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Troller Early Spring For Sale

The double-ender Early Spring was built in Sointula, by Edwin Peterson, in 1941. Gross tonnage is 10.63, she’s 37′10″ long overall, beam is 9′8″, draft is 5′6″, and displacement 17tons. Power is a 3-71 GM with a Borg-Warner gear and she is Cedar planked on Yew frames. Son James changed some planks[.....]

Electric Launch

I designed the Electric Launch for Barefoot Wooden Boats in the fall of 2005. She was built at the Shipyard School by students Amie and Jason under the direction of instructor Al Brunt over the 05-06 winter and launched in April of 2006. Dimensions are 15′ length overall, 4′6″ beam, and a draft[.....]

R2ak – The Race to Ketchikan

The first sail and oar race to Ketchikan will start on June 4th, 2015, from Port Townsend Washington. That makes the race course about 750 miles of wilderness and open North Pacific Ocean, mostly through BC waters. There are a few Canadian boats entered, and we think the Barefoot entry from Silva Bay[.....]

Troller Hull Lines

The Richmond Star is a 40′ by 12′ troller built by Ernie Wahl in 1977. Below are the few lines drawings of real troller hulls that I’ve been able to gather. There are some shared features to these hulls, drag to the keel, a long parallel mid-section, and considerable reverse in the sections aft. [.....]

Modern Schooner Design

It’s been quite a while since I thought of this boat. I made the drawing 13 years ago (2001) and still haven’t seen anyone use this arrangement. It’s based on the old fishing schooners with main cabin in a trunk aft of the mainmast. This is a big boat, 160′ on deck[.....]

Double-Deck Seiners

The double-decker Chelsea Lake, built as the Great Northern 3 by A.C. Benson Shipyard Ltd. in 1947. Design is probably by Robert Allan of Vancouver. For a few short years big double-decked seiners were the ultimate West Coast fishing boats. Starting in the 1930’s and ending less than 30 years later in the late[.....]

Boats designed around Old Engines

The 1889 built tug Valerie K in the Johnston Straits. The story of two engines and five boats. My friend Bill Page has a couple of old marine engines that should be busy pushing boats around. But which boats? The first engine is a Hundested type B/L, 39 HP single cylinder hot-bulb diesel[.....]

Cruising Speed Under Sail

I’m starting to think it’s all rubbish. Sailors love to compare boats, “that’s a fast boat”, “That boat is horribly slow”. One of things that constantly amazed me when officiating during the Shipyard Raids was how close the speed of the various sized and shaped boats was. This was longer term speed, not[.....]

Drawing Signe

I started drawing Signe in January of 1987, the day I started work in Bruce King’s office. Years later I counted through our drawing file and I think there were over 80 sheets in the set. Joe Artese (interior design) made 3-4, Bruce made one, I did the rest. It took me[.....]

Lumberjack, an ocean racing schooner

Black hull, teak house, and tanbark sails is the proper look for a schooner. Few look the part as well as Lumberjack. Lumberjack is a steel schooner designed in 1935 by Victor Brix. She was built by G. De Vries in Amsterdam, originally under another name and ketch rigged. Just after WWII the[.....]

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