Blue Star

In Festival Boats 2019

Based on a design by Scott Sprague for a 24′ tug designed to pull a small freight barge out to her owners’ cabin in British Columbia. The mast and boom are to load/unload a dinghy, the scow, or cargo from the deck and small aft hold. She has great visibility and easy access to the deck. A small fore-cabin has two bunks. The pilothouse cabin is a work in progress, we are working out how to include a heating stove and small table with stove and sink. BLUE STAR was launched in 1996 after being the project boat for students at the NW Wooden Boat School. Her original name was BLUE CHIP, then EVENING STAR, and HOBO. Renamed BLUE STAR in 2013.

Construction is Yellow Cedar batten-seam planking on 1 1/2” x 3” Apitong frames at 11” centers, Purpleheart backbone. Douglas Fir planked decks on Mahogany beams. Concrete ballast. 34 HP Perkins diesel engine. 4-blade 20″ propeller. She generally runs at 6 knots and is used for day trips around Bainbridge Island, based out of Winslow Wharf Marina. A design note is on page 126 of WoodenBoat #43.