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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Double-Ended Trollers

Here are some pictures of the little double-ended troller Full Moon. She was built in 1959 by the Wahl Boatyard Ltd at Dodge Cove in Prince Rupert. Gross tonnage is 10.12, she is 33′ long, 10’8″ wide, and 5’1″ deep. I believe the boat is currently based in Nanaimo. It’s somewhat surprising to see that[.....]

Moonraker Cruising BC

Above: Moonraker with the stove going, anchored next to Tzu Hang at Musgrave Landing, BC, in the winter of 1953-54. In August of 1953 Moonraker of Fowey sailed quietly into Victoria and tied at Fisherman’s wharf. Moonraker was small, 29′ overall with a beam of 9’8″ and draft of 6′. She was built as a[.....]

Harold Remmem and Decimal Dolly

Harold Remmem was a boatbuilder, he also fished all his life. He was born in 1913, the son of a boatbuilder, living on the banks of the Fraser River, fishing and boatbuilding where natural occupations. Harold started fishing as soon as he was big enough to row a skiff. From Harold’s son Bernard, “Annieville school[.....]

The Oliver Clark II

The Oliver Clark II is now 74 years old and still working the BC coast. She was heavily built at Marpole in Vancouver by George Askew in 1939 for Will Vivian of the Vivian Engine Works. The intention was that she serve as a demonstrator so a monster 8 ton Vivian engine occupied much of[.....]

High-Speed Hull Design

I drew the Hinckley 36′ Picnic Boat in May of 1993, 20 years ago now. The commission was for a waterjet powered day boat, maximum speed to be 30 knots. I doubt I considered the use shown in the picture above. But of course this is the designer’s job, worry about the worst case. As[.....]

Bulbous Bows

People often ask about adding a bulbous bow to their boat, usually in the interest of increasing fuel efficiency. My usual answer is that it’s probably not going to do any good, and it’s likely do harm. The chances of adding a useful bulb is really small unless an owner is willing to undertake an[.....]

Chinook – Garden designed heavy cruiser

Chinook is gone now, I believe she burned in a marina fire around 2011. Her design is a stock troller from William Garden, available in 38′, 42′, and 48′ sizes. Chinook is the smallest, 38′ LOA with 11′ beam and 5′ draft. She was built in the late 1950’s (or early 60’s) by Jim Emmett[.....]

Sayonara – A Garden designed heavy cruiser

Sayonara stopped in last night, they were away again before daylight so I just got a couple of pictures. She’s 35 years old this year and looks good. Writing about her in his first book, Yacht Designs (1977), William Garden called her Bill Trenholme’s Boat. At 58’6″ LOA with 16′ of beam and 7’4″ draft[.....]