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Heavy displacement

Geerd N. Hendal, Yacht Designer

Geerd N. Hendal (1903-1998) yacht designer of Camden , Maine. These drawings were published in The Rudder Magazine of April, 1948. I would guess this was an early proposal to Drayton Cochran for Little Vigilant (launched 1950 to a Walter McInnis design). Geerd was a well known yacht designer at the time but I have[.....]

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[.....]

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 that operates[.....]

Falcon Rock, Fisheries Patrol Vessel

The Falcon Rock was built for the Minister of Fisheries in 1960 at the McKay-Cormack Ltd yard in Victoria. She served the Department for 37 years, much or all of it out of Prince Rupert. I believe she had 2 or 3 sisters, all built in BC yards around the same time. The design was[.....]

Island Raven, a Garden designed motoryacht

Island Raven was launched in 1979, the last plank-on-frame hull built by Bent Jespersen before their exclusive adoption of cold-molding. Her length is 36’7″, LWL is 34’3″, beam is variously reported as 12’0″, 12’6″, and 13’3″, and draft around 4’3″. The framing elevation is interesting for the great depth of wood aft of the stem[.....]

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[.....]

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[.....]

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[.....]

Sail Assisted Powerboats

This is a type we see very seldom any more. The sail-assisted powerboat or as this design from Al Mason is termed, an “Auxiliary Motor Cruiser”. I guess the auxiliary part is the short sail plan. Having just heard from the owner of the new Timbercoast Troller concerning performance under sail, a short rig coupled[.....]