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IDAHO – A Lee & Brinton Halibut Schooner

A couple of beautiful prints sent to me by John Rawlings. This is the Lee & Brinton design for Idaho, launched by Nilson & Kelez in Seattle in 1912. Idaho was 78′4″ x 19′5″ x 9′3″ and 76 gross tons. In the drawing the engine appears to be a three cylinder, and John reports original[.....]

Boats Should Look Like Boats

Concept of the day…..department of How Come? Why oh why can we not have heavy displacement cruisers that look like boats? The two boats shown here have almost the same accommodation, despite my sketch (above) being only 44′ x 14′ compared to the Nordhavn (below), at 55′ x 18′. Both have a separate pilothouse with[.....]

Tad Roberts facebook page

I have a facebook page where I post daily boat stuff, you might find something of interest……

Edwin Monk Sr. and Lorne Garden

From the late 1940’s into the 1950’s, Edwin Monk Sr. and Lorne Garden were partners in the firm of Edwin Monk Naval Architects. Lorne was the older brother of better known Seattle/Victoria designer William Garden. Very little is said about Lorne in the available printed references. Ed Monk Jr. recalls visiting the[.....]

Berry Point 26 Launched and Running

I’m very pleased with the little movie of the Berry Point running along. Her owner builder was the instigator in the creation of this design starting in 2006 on the Wooden Boat Forum. Perfect Powerboat Thread from WoodenBoat Forum

Pacific Proa cruiser

There was an interesting minimal cruiser in the cove last night. A so called “Pacific” or “Flying” Proa, which carry the outrigger to windward. Main hull appeared to be skin on frame, about 28′-30′ long, beam might be 12′-16′. She had no trouble in sailing all over in this crowed bay, leaving[.....]

Fire in the Bay

We had a fire in the Bay today. These pictures show how important the first few minutes are. In the first couple of photos the fire is just getting going, been smoking for about 10 minutes, then caught and flared up. Don Mayrand and crew from the shipyard arrived about 15-20 minutes in. Their scow[.....]

R2AK Update Tuesday June 9th

R2AK update for Tuesday…. The wind she blows….at least here it does! A flock of little boats are sheltering in Silva Bay. Dick Smiley and Boatyard Boys, as well as Excellent Adventure are here. Super Friends are just outside the bay tacking across towards the mainland. The tide is about to turn to ebb which will flatten[.....]

R2AK Weather – Start Prediction

R2ak race start weather. So Environment Canada is predicting W15 increasing to W15-25 for Thursday. That’s a ways off yet but NOAA’s Grib file above seems to agree. The light yellow area in the eastern Juan De Fuca indicates 15-18 knots of NW. Looks like a wet uphill slog to Victoria, but maybe not much rowing…..

R2AK Weather update – pre race

More weather….as of Sunday May 31st, with about 4 days till the start in Port Townsend. The strong westerlies have broken down over the outside coast and in Hecate Strait. Winds are light over most of the coast right now, from the Grib file below you can see the strongest wind (Bright yellow spot) (according to[.....]

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