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Issue Twenty EightYacht<br />

Hacker Craft<br />

September/October 2011<br />

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60 Hacker’s Second Century<br />

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68 2011 Classic Yacht Regatta<br />

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74 Chris-Craft Cobra<br />

Chris Caswell explains how this nameplate<br />

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82 A Working Waterfront<br />

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88 Shocking Beauty<br />

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There’s a fictional town in Minnesota<br />

that exists only on the radio, internet<br />

and in the minds of its many<br />

listener-citizens. I’m referring not<br />

to Lake Wobegon but<br />

Garage Logic, a place<br />

in the state that differs<br />

palpably from Garrison<br />

Keillor’s embellishment<br />

in that each of its citizens<br />

seems to have a handson<br />

interest in internal<br />

combustion, be it on<br />

two wheels or on Spoon<br />

Lake, one of the fictional<br />

town’s many freshwater<br />

playgrounds.<br />

The premise of Garage<br />

Logic is that any problem worth<br />

solving can be solved in the garage.<br />

It is the creation of Joe Soucheray,<br />

the afternoon drive-time host<br />

broadcasting from am-1500, KSTP<br />

in the Twin Cities. Soucheray is<br />

also a columnist for the Saint Paul<br />

Pioneer Press, a collector of vintage<br />

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the show quite a lot over the past<br />

fifteen years.<br />

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boatyard, bottom-paint<br />

roller in hand as GL-ers<br />

have called in simply to<br />

share the sound of a Harley<br />

or Evinrude starting<br />

in their own garage.<br />

I’ve listened while working<br />

at a fuel dock in my<br />

college years as Soucheray<br />

walked us through The<br />

Knack Hardware Store<br />

and Lounge, essentially<br />

the town’s public house,<br />

“sifting through the nuts<br />

and bolts of life”.<br />

I’ve listened to Steve McComas, a.k.a.<br />

the Lake Detective, a real-life marine<br />

biologist whose claim to fame is that he’s<br />

never been stumped by callers wanting<br />

to know what’s happening beyond<br />

their dock on any of Minnesota’s more<br />

than ten thousand lakes. LD, as he’s<br />

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Vince Brennan<br />

Chris Caswell<br />

Dan McFadden<br />

Jim Moores<br />

Brant Olson<br />

John Sabella<br />

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Whether in the<br />

harbor, ashore<br />

or at sea, the 80<br />

boats expected for<br />

the 10th Monaco<br />

Classic Week from<br />

September 14-18<br />

are living proof that<br />

maritime heritage is<br />

alive and well.<br />

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naco Classic Week<br />

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This year the Yacht Club de Monaco,<br />

a real virtuoso when it comes to<br />

regattas and parties, has attracted an<br />

exceptional group of sailing yachts,<br />

vintage motoryachts and steam<br />

yachts with, for the first time, a fleet<br />

of Chris Craft heritage-inspired<br />

motorboats alongside the traditional<br />

Rivas.<br />

1994 was the year when Monaco’s<br />

harbour hosted the inaugural<br />

motorboat meeting and another<br />

“landmark date in the history of<br />

yachting” when the Yacht Club de<br />

Monaco launched the Monaco Classic<br />

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Week. This event commemorated<br />

the centenary of the first motorboat<br />

meeting and paid tribute to HSH<br />

Prince Albert II, then heir to the<br />

Monegasque throne, and his ten years<br />

as President of the Yacht Club. Its aim<br />

was also to demonstrate Monaco’s<br />

unwavering attachment to the sea.<br />

Unique of its kind, even then Monaco<br />

Classic Week had one over-riding<br />

objective: to unite the survivors of<br />

a golden age of yachting, large and<br />

small leisure crafts alike: motorboats,<br />

vintage steam yachts, motoryachts<br />

and classic sailing yachts for at least<br />

a week in one harbour.

This year Hispania (1908) will be sailing<br />

in Monaco for the first time. Having<br />

recently undergone a restoration, this<br />

15m yacht which belonged to King<br />

Alphonse XIII of Spain is the sister-ship<br />

to Tuiga and recalls how crowned heads<br />

used to regularly compete in Monaco<br />

and on the Riviera in the golden age of<br />

yachting.<br />

The “regularity and manoeuvrability”<br />

trials, as well as the other events, will be<br />

very similar to those held in 1904. The<br />

crew who most elegantly apply and respect<br />

the codes of naval etiquette will be<br />

judged by a panel including princesses<br />

and artists. And the chefs competition<br />

will underline the importance of living<br />

and eating well on board.<br />

The races, which will be timed and<br />

winners awarded timepieces by the<br />

famous watchmaker Hublot, will see<br />

gaff cutters, sloops, ketches, yawls<br />

and schooners compete off the coast of<br />

Monaco.<br />

A spectacle is guaranteed as, for the<br />

first time, the Race Committee plans<br />

to alternate<br />

the starts<br />

according to<br />

rig type, not rating.<br />

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With all these activities there will be little<br />

respite for the owners, skippers, captains<br />

and crews. However, it is obvious they<br />

come here to enjoy themselves and<br />

in doing so offer everyone a unique<br />

spectacle. Other highlights include the<br />

prestigious “La Belle Classe” evening<br />

and the “Nuit du Yachting” hosted at<br />

the Oceanographic Museum when the<br />

coveted “Personnalité de la Mer” prize<br />

is awarded.<br />

Strolling along the quay on the south<br />

side of Port Hercule, it is easy to feel<br />

like you’ve stepped back in time. And<br />

it’s easy to marvel at the achievements<br />

of a bygone era which, through the<br />

patronage of a select few, have been<br />

given a new lease of life. At the foot<br />

of their passerelles will be around 15<br />

vintage cars from the first Classic Lancia<br />

Torino to Monaco, a nod to this year’s<br />

centenary celebrations of the Monte-<br />

Carlo Rally.<br />

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on watch<br />

Marblehead Kicks Off New England Regatta Circuit<br />

Marblehead, Massachusetts – The<br />

2011 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge<br />

began its seventh consecutive season in<br />

North America – and its second season<br />

in Marblehead<br />

– in August.<br />

Marblehead<br />

was added<br />

in 2010 in response<br />

to sailors’<br />

and captains’<br />

wishes<br />

to have a complete<br />

regatta<br />

circuit in New<br />

England.<br />

Kicking off on August 12th, the<br />

Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta<br />

attracted 65 classic and vintage boats<br />

on registration day. Saturday’s race<br />

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brought plenty of sun and light winds,<br />

and Sunday’s race was marked by cloud<br />

cover and drizzle with mixed winds.<br />

Overall, a pretty tame series.<br />

The competitionshowcased<br />

an impressive<br />

range<br />

of beautiful<br />

vintage, classic<br />

and yachts<br />

– from the Antigua-based<br />

1938 vintage<br />

yacht, Mariella,<br />

to international<br />

one designs such as Tango, to the<br />

12-meter yacht Valiant, as well as the<br />

“Spirit of Tradition” yachts Vigor, White<br />

Wings and Wild Horses.

The event culminated with the celebrated<br />

Awards Party on Sunday<br />

evening, August 14th, at the Corinthian<br />

Yacht Club where the 68’ winning<br />

yacht Black Watch, co-owned and<br />

skippered by Trevor Fetter of Dallas,<br />

was awarded the overall prize: a Panerai<br />

timepiece as well as receiving a<br />

Panerai Barometer for placing first in<br />

its vintage class.<br />

First-place winners in other classes<br />

included Only Time for the Modern<br />

Classic division, owned by Rob Gorman;<br />

Sagacious, owned by Timmy Dittrich, won<br />

for the Classic International One Design<br />

Division, and Amazing Grace, owned<br />

by Hoff Stauffer won for the “Spirit of<br />

Tradition” division. Each winner of<br />

the respective classes was awarded a<br />

classically-designed Panerai Barometer.<br />

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on watch<br />

A Blustery 39th Opera House Cup<br />

Nantucket Island,<br />

M a s s a c h u s e t t s<br />

– The second event<br />

of the North American<br />

Panerai Classic<br />

Yachts Challenge<br />

took place<br />

in winds from the<br />

southwest reaching<br />

18-20 knots at times, along with perfect<br />

sunshine. The strong winds resulted in<br />

an exciting and challenging Sunday in<br />

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particular, with<br />

crews hoisting sail<br />

to healthy angles<br />

of heel.<br />

Winning the prestigious<br />

Opera<br />

House Cup trophy<br />

and a Panerai<br />

8-day Radiomir timepiece was local<br />

contender Equus, from the Spirit of Tradition<br />

class, owned by Wendy Schmidt.


The regatta consisted of 56 boats from<br />

four different racing classes including<br />

Classic, Spirit of Tradition, 12 Meter<br />

Class and the smallest class of the fleet,<br />

the 26-foot sloops in the Alerion Class.<br />

S p e c t a t o r s<br />

and racers<br />

alike were<br />

thrilled with<br />

the opportu-<br />

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on watch<br />

39th Opera House Cup, cont.<br />


nity to see the renowned<br />

Mariella in action, a 1938<br />

Bermudian ketch whose<br />

owner Carlo Falcone<br />

brought her up from Antigua<br />

specifically to join in<br />

the North American Circuit<br />

of the PCYC. Winning<br />

the 12-meter class<br />

was Valiant, a 65-foot Bermudian<br />

sloop owned by<br />

Marblehead resident Gary<br />

Gregory, whose crew made a quick<br />

recovery after dealing with a man-<br />


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overboard to cross the finish line first<br />

in the fleet.


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Jim Moores’ personal Trumpy Aurora II

White Wings, a 76-foot sloop in the<br />

Spirit of Tradition class came in second<br />

overall, with Valiant placing third overall.<br />

Dorade made her debut at the Opera<br />

House Cup and was awarded the R.H.<br />

Tiedemann Award, while Ticonderoga<br />

celebrated her 75th birthday at the race.<br />

This year marks the 39th Annual Opera<br />

House Cup which started in 1973 after<br />

a group of local sailors sitting in the legendary<br />

Opera House restaurant decided<br />

they needed to host a regatta for classic<br />

single-hulled wooden sailboats. Restaurant<br />

owner Gwen Gaillard handed them<br />

a champagne bucket as a trophy, which<br />

is still used today. Buckets have popped<br />

up almost everywhere since, it seems.<br />

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on watch<br />

St. Maarten Ranks Tops for Yacht Crew Hangouts<br />

The view from the<br />

Sunset Bar, St. Maarten<br />

Philipsburg, St. Maarten -<br />

TheCrewReport.com has named its<br />

recommendations for “the best crew<br />

hangouts in the world” with St.<br />

Maarten capturing four of the top<br />

spots.<br />

Their number one selection is the<br />

Soggy Dollar Bar in Palapa Marina.<br />

Other St. Maarten yachtie hot spots on<br />

the list include the Sunset Bar, situated<br />

at the end of the island’s Princess<br />

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Juliana Airport Runway, long a favorite<br />

spot for visitors and locals alike.<br />

The Sand Bar at the Isle de Sol Yacht<br />

Club and Karakter Bar, located on<br />

Simpson Bay Beach.<br />

“St. Maarten, known as the marine<br />

capital of the Caribbean, has a long<br />

history of being a favorite destination<br />

for yachting enthusiasts,” said May-<br />

Ling Chun, interim Director of Tourism<br />

for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau.

FOR SALE: Blue Moon<br />

Once in a Blue Moon: Here is a rare opportunity to own a piece of<br />

American pop culture!<br />

Blue Moon is a 1952 Chris Craft 32’ Super Deluxe.<br />

Blue Moon has been restored inside out and has been kept in a boat house<br />

its whole life. It resides on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. I<br />

have travelled throughout Europe and have seen some incredible boats in Amsterdam, Venice, London, this beauty<br />

would be a head turner where ever it is re-located and could be an instant business.<br />

I have showed the boat all over the Great North West. The boat has won ‘Best in Restored Power’ and ‘People’s<br />

Choice’ awards, too many to list. Most of the boat is mahogany other than the cockpit decks which are edge grain<br />

fir. New polypropylene fuel tanks and water holding tank, eliminating all of the metal. It has a secondary helm<br />

below, one of the features of the Super Deluxe. There were only 130 made from 1950 to 1952 and may only be a<br />

handful left in the world. This is hull #C32-112. It was re-powered in 1966 with twin Chevy Corvette 327s, rare<br />

in themselves. We have restored 5 or 6 Chris-Crafts over the last ten years, although none as rare as Blue Moon.<br />

– James Friesen<br />

Whether she ends up in North America or Europe, my hope is she ends up with someone<br />

who will cherish her as I have. More pictures are available on Facebook: James Friesen<br />

Serious inquiries please call or email for price.<br />

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2011 Castine Classic Features Herreshoff Fleet<br />

Spartan<br />

Castine, Maine – This year’s Castine<br />

Classic race celebrated Herreshoff<br />

and drew a record fleet of 42 boats.<br />

Prior to the race, eight historic<br />

Herreshoff yachts were on exhibition<br />

at the Castine Town Dock and were<br />

honored at a symposium at the<br />

Maine Maritime Academy. Halsey<br />

Herreshoff, grandson of “Captain<br />

Nat”, hailed the Castine event as<br />

“the greatest collection of Herreshoff<br />

yachts in modern history.” It marked<br />

the first time in over seventy-five<br />

26<br />


years in which yachts representing<br />

the renowned New York 30, 40 and<br />

50 classes, designed a century ago<br />

for the New York Yacht Club, were<br />

assembled.<br />

Spartan, a 72’ New York 50 Class sloop<br />

designed by the famed Nathanael G.<br />

Herreshoff in 1912, led the Herreshoff<br />

Class fleet in the twelfth annual<br />

Castine Classic Yacht Race to Camden.<br />

Spartan, skippered by Charles Ryan,<br />

bested the 58’ P Class Joyant, built

in the same year by Herreshoff and<br />

sailed by Bob McNeil. Alera, the first<br />

43.5’ New York 30 Class sloop built in<br />

1904, took third place, skippered by<br />

Claas van der Linde.<br />

The event illuminated the finer details<br />

of the restoration of these yachts,<br />

which relied heavily on the drawings,<br />

photographs and files of the Herreshoff<br />

archives at the Hart Nautical<br />

Collections of the MIT Museum in<br />

Cambridge, Massachusetts. Kurt<br />


Hasselbalch, Hart Nautical curator,<br />

chaired the discussion among a panel<br />

of restorers, owners and sailors of<br />

Herreshoff yachts.<br />

The Castine event kicked off three<br />

days of classic boat racing culminating<br />

in the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta.<br />

Spartan took honors in all three of<br />

these races.<br />

After a delayed start, the fleet set<br />

sail from the Castine harbor bell on<br />

tgrace of the coast of Maine, Siren<br />

the Shipyard Cup is a<br />

participant and spectator’s<br />

dream. Few events celebrate<br />

the authentic majesty of<br />

yachting’s heritage like the<br />

Shipyard Cup.<br />

The 2011 Shipyard Cup will<br />

again be open to sailing<br />

vessels 70 feet and above<br />

from around the world with<br />

typical entrants averaging<br />

100 feet and over. The cup<br />

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2011 Castine Classic, cont.<br />

a 19.6nm course designed to end in<br />

Camden. The five classes started in<br />

a very light northeasterly breeze,<br />

which shortly died. A light, fickle<br />

wind eventually came up from the<br />

southwest. The conditions made<br />

for a slow race and caused the race<br />

committee to shorten the course.<br />

However, the vast majority of the fleet<br />

was able to complete the race.<br />

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In the Spirit of Tradition class, the<br />

newly-launched 75’ sloop Isobel took<br />

honors. Isobel, skippered by Richard<br />

Schotte, beat Pleione by more than 30<br />

minutes. Pleione is a Taylor 8 Meter<br />

sailed by Bruce Dyson.<br />

Wild Horses, a 76’ W-76 class sloop<br />

sailed by Donald Tofias, took third<br />


Siren, a New York 32, led<br />

the Classic A fleet. Siren<br />

was skippered by Peter<br />

Cassidy. Second place<br />

went to another New York<br />

32, Falcon, sailed by Bob<br />

Scott. Quest, a 48’ Fife<br />

skippered by Diane Palm,<br />

took third.<br />

Marie J took first place in<br />

the Classic B fleet. She is<br />

a 34’ Jayne-designed sloop<br />

sailed by Eric Urbahn.<br />

Snow Star, a 37’ Nielsen<br />

sloop skippered by Tom<br />

Kiley, took second. Third<br />

place went to Thora, Vince<br />

Todd’s Little Harbor 36.<br />

In the Concordia fleet, the<br />

winner was the 39’ Snow<br />

Falcon skippered by George<br />

Gans III. Second place<br />

went to Captiva, another<br />

Concordia 39 sailed by John<br />

Bullard. Terry Fisher took<br />

third place sailing Mandala,<br />

another Concordia 39.<br />

Joyant<br />

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IYRS Gala Raises $700k<br />

Newport, Rhode Island — Guests arriving<br />

at the 14th Annual IYRS Summer<br />

Gala were ushered into a setting of<br />

elegant black and white on a long red<br />

carpet. But the outcome of the evening<br />

was more profound than the shine and<br />

shimmer of a magical night in Newport:<br />

guests helped to raise nearly $700,000<br />

for IYRS educational programs, ensuring<br />

continued opportunity for students<br />

who want to use the training programs<br />

at this Rhode Island school as a gateway<br />

to skill-building, jobs and careers.<br />

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“Students of all ages and backgrounds<br />

come to IYRS from all walks of life,<br />

but they all leave on a common path:<br />

using their high level of craftsmanship<br />

and technical skills to build successful<br />

careers,” said IYRS President Terry<br />

Nathan. “We are fortunate that our many<br />

supporters understand the important<br />

role that our school plays.”<br />

Now with three full-time programs,<br />

IYRS graduated its largest class in the<br />

school’s history this June, including the


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IYRS Gala, cont.<br />

first graduates from the new Composites<br />

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Live and silent auctions featured an<br />

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Auction items included a stay in a<br />

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With a unique insider’s perspective,<br />

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The story unfolds in 1947 when three<br />

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This is a serious book, exploding<br />

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John Wayne’s Yacht Now On National Historic Register<br />

San Diego, California – Saddle<br />

up, partner. The United States<br />

Department of the Interior has<br />

approved the nomination for John<br />

Wayne’s charismatic (and still<br />

working for a living) 136-foot yacht<br />

Wild Goose to enter the National<br />

Register of Historic Places.<br />

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Previously certified by the California<br />

Office of Historic Preservation,<br />

Wild Goose was deemed eligible for<br />

entry into the National Register<br />

because of her association with the<br />

iconic Hollywood actor. Documents<br />

submitted and approved cite the<br />

yacht, rather plainly, “as an expression

of John Wayne’s personality and<br />

outsized image.”<br />

John Wayne purchased the wooden<br />

yacht in 1962 for $116,000 and enjoyed<br />

time aboard until two months prior<br />

to his death in 1979.<br />

The yacht was a converted<br />

minesweeper, originally built in<br />

1943 in Seattle as YMS-328 for the<br />

US Navy. She was decommissioned<br />

from military use in 1946, and her<br />

three on-deck guns were removed in<br />

the process.<br />

Wild Goose still cruises in California,<br />

hosting day trips under the operation<br />

of the locally well-known Hornblower<br />

Cruises & Events.<br />

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2011 Boatyard Dog Champ: And the Winner is...<br />

Rockland, Maine – Five preselected<br />

canine competitors and<br />

their human companions strutted<br />

their stuff, cheated shamelessly,<br />

went swimming (brrr!)<br />

and showed off their<br />

skills (or lack thereof)<br />

during the ninth annual<br />

World Championship<br />

Boatyard Dog trials at<br />

the Maine Boats, Homes<br />

& Harbors Show on<br />

Sunday, August 14.<br />

The wild and wacky<br />

competition returned<br />

for a ninth year before a<br />

large and lively crowd.<br />

One of the tenets of the<br />

trials is that cheating is<br />

not only tolerated, it’s<br />

encouraged. Breaking<br />

the rules was a challenge<br />

for the winner, Fenway,<br />

however, since her<br />

handler was Officer Joel Neal of the<br />

Rockland Police Department.<br />

Still, the pair wowed both crowd and<br />

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judges. Perhaps it was the sight of a<br />

policeman being thrown in the drink<br />

by a dog. Or maybe the judges were<br />

swayed by the “Get Out of Jail Free”<br />

passes and Dunkin’<br />

Donuts gift cards they<br />

received as bribes<br />

from Joel and Fenway.<br />

Regardless, the pair’s<br />

speed through the<br />

obstacle course and<br />

agility getting into and<br />

out of a very tippy boat<br />

during the “Dinghy<br />

Hop” portion of the<br />

trials were notable.<br />

The duo combined<br />

two other critical components<br />

of the competition,<br />

that either dog<br />

or handler must end<br />

up soaking wet, and<br />

that a rubber duck<br />

must be used.<br />

Officer Neal stood on the edge of the<br />

dock with the duck clenched in his<br />

teeth. When Fenway leaped up to get

the duck, she pushed him over backwards<br />

into the water, and the crowd<br />

went wild.<br />

As winner of<br />

the competition,<br />

Fenway will keep the<br />

coveted revolving<br />

“Pup Cup” for a<br />

year.<br />

The pack of contestants<br />

this year was<br />

as varied as it was<br />

talented. So close<br />

was the competition<br />

among the top three<br />

dogs that the judges<br />

finally resorted to a<br />

secret ballot vote.<br />

Fenway won by<br />

a nose, followed<br />

closely by the rescued<br />

chihuahua Pixel.<br />

Pixel’s routine<br />

included walking<br />

the “plank,” which consisted of her<br />

handler Janet Williams lying on her<br />

stomach, into the tippy dinghy.<br />

A yellow Lab named Lyla and her<br />

agile young handlers were right on<br />

the leaders’ heels<br />

in third place. The<br />

judges noted that<br />

they had seen many<br />

a dog catch a ball,<br />

but very few who<br />

would throw it back<br />

as did Lyla.<br />

As usual, the trials<br />

kicked off with<br />

a paw-rade. It was<br />

led this year by the<br />

Maine Squeeze Accordion<br />

Ensemble<br />

and featured the<br />

newly crowned<br />

Maine Sea Goddess<br />

and a coterie of<br />

Shriners in lobsterboat<br />

go-karts. Two<br />

antique biplanes<br />

from the Owls Head<br />

Transportation Museum<br />

flew over the inner harbor, delighting<br />

spectators and dogs alike.<br />

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DryTunes: Keep Your Music Thirsty<br />

Campbell, California – Having<br />

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device clean and dry on board<br />

– and allows the user to remotely select<br />

and play music up to 40 feet away.<br />

The Digital Media Locker is rated for<br />

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Freak Storm, First-Ever Fatalities Taint 103rd<br />

Chicago-Mackinac Race<br />

Chicago, Illinois – For the 361 classic<br />

and contemporary raceboats entered in<br />

the Chicago Yacht Club’s 103rd Race to<br />

Mackinac, the first 30 hours consisted of<br />

idyllic sailing. Plenty of breeze from the<br />

right direction, a kindly sea-state, warm<br />

air and spinnakers punctuating the<br />

horizon as far as the eye could see. But<br />

then a severe thunderstorm crossed Lake<br />

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Michigan around midnight during the<br />

333-mile race. Windgusts were reported<br />

by some instruments at 100+ knots with<br />

waves of 4-6 feet.<br />

The Coast Guard was notified at 12:40 am<br />

via VHF radio by crew members from<br />

one of the competing boats Sociable that<br />

another of the competing boats, WingNuts,<br />

had capsized in these severe conditions.<br />

Five sailors were pulled from the water<br />

on arrival to the scene and one other sailor<br />

was later rescued. The six sailors were<br />

rescued by the crew of Sociable.<br />

The accident occurred approximately 13<br />

nautical miles northwest of Charlevoix,

Michigan and 10 miles east of South Fox<br />

Island.<br />

The Sociable skipper called all boats for<br />

assistance on Channel 16 and ten boats<br />

immediately abandoned the race to join in<br />

search efforts for two missing sailors.<br />

The two lost sailors were WingNuts skipper<br />

Mark Morley, 51, and Suzanne Bickel,<br />

Photo by Jack Renner<br />

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Morley had 44 years of sailing experience,<br />

including six Chicago Mackinacs and<br />

85 qualifying races. Suzanne Bickel had<br />

sailed in two previous Chicago-Mackinac<br />

Races, with 16 qualifying races.<br />

Sailor Tim Prophit told Sail World USA’s<br />

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Chicago-Mackinac Race, cont.<br />

through enough times to know what it’s<br />

like. Usually, it blasts through after a<br />

minute or two, then it’s over and we can<br />

keep going. So when the stuff really hit<br />

the fan, the instinct is to bear off and run<br />

with it, initially—we didn’t have time to<br />

drop the sails or put in a reef.<br />

“We’re just screaming downwind—the<br />

water had been pretty flat—and I’m<br />

doing my best to stay under the rig,<br />

hoping that I didn’t wipeout too badly.<br />

It was unbelievable! I’m not sure how<br />

fast we were going, but water was just<br />

BLASTING off the side of the boat. I had<br />

three guys up on the foredeck, trying to<br />

get the jib down and then the boat just<br />

dove down, right into the lake. So we<br />

called everyone back; I figured that if<br />

the bow goes in that I’d lose control of<br />

the rudder. It just never stopped. It just<br />

came on stronger and stronger. It got to<br />

the point where we just had to stop and<br />

lay the boat down. Heaving-to wasn’t an<br />

option.”<br />

Sailing is a remarkably safe sport in large<br />

part because of the caring of its close-knit<br />

community. When a sailor dies, all sailors<br />

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mourn and do what they can to see that<br />

such an accident does not happen again.<br />

Chicago Yacht Club Commodore Joseph<br />

Haas asked US Sailing to conduct an independent<br />

study of what happened. On July<br />

28 Gary Jobson, president of US Sailing,<br />

appointed the Independent Review Panel<br />

for the 2011 Mackinac Race and directed it<br />

to consider what lessons might be learned<br />

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The members of the Independent Review<br />

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to the panel.<br />

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Classic Boat Consignment<br />

Coming to Geneva Lake<br />

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making waves<br />

in Wisconsin at the end of September.<br />

The Geneva Lake Antique and Classic<br />

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boat event, will be held Sun-<br />

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day, September<br />

25th at The Abbey<br />

Resort on<br />

Geneva Lake in<br />

Fontana.<br />

With 60 vessels<br />

on hand, the boat<br />

auction should<br />

have something<br />

to fit everyone’s taste and budget, from<br />

thousand-dollar rowboats to rare six-figure<br />

Chris-Crafts. Mecum’s Geneva Lake<br />

Boat Auction will be held the day after the

Annual International Antique and Classic<br />

Boat show Sept. 23-24. Several boats<br />

will first participate in the show and then<br />

run across the auction block on Sunday.<br />

Among the unique boats going up for<br />

bid is a 1986 Wellcraft 38’ Scarab KV 38<br />

which Wellcraft sent to Universal Studios<br />

for use in the television show “Miami<br />

The motor yacht Trudella was comissioned in 2007 and<br />

completed in the spring of 2009.<br />

Her hull was built in 1938 in Germany.<br />

She is built as a gentelman’s heavy<br />

cruiser with art deco design<br />

features in the interior.<br />

She has every conceivable<br />

modern design feature<br />

including climate<br />

control in every cabin,<br />

sattellite TV, sat phone,<br />

sat nav, etc.<br />

Vice.” It was used for all aspects of<br />

filming the show, including as the camera<br />

platform for “in cockpit” filming and has<br />

undergone a complete restoration. The<br />

boat can reach speeds of over 70 knots.<br />

“We believe there is a real growth<br />

opportunity in the collector boat hobby<br />

that includes specialty fiberglass boats<br />

For Sale: the motor yacht Trudella<br />

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Interested parties can contact the agent at bquantum@eircom.net.<br />

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in addition to wooden boats, and we are<br />

excited to be on the forefront in offering<br />

these types of watercraft to the industry,”<br />

said Scott Ales, boat consignment<br />

YNOT<br />

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specialist at Mecum Auctions. “Several<br />

other fiberglass brands are expected<br />

at the event in September, including<br />

Buehler, Donzi, Chris-Craft X19 and




A beautifully restored 1932 Stephens 55-foot Bridgedeck Commuter/Cruiser<br />

In show condition after a complete restoration that included all new interior, wiring, plumbing, engines, and tanks<br />

The semi-displacement hull is carvel planked. Twin Yanmar model 6LPASTP2 turbo-injected diesels, 6-cylinder, 4-cycle, 312 hp each, new<br />

in 2008. All new tanks in 2008. 2008 Westerbeke model Mini/13, 60Hz diesel generator in sound-insulated enclosure.<br />

In 2008 and 2009<br />

SEA DOG won<br />

several awards in<br />

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region, including the<br />

Victoria Classic Boat<br />

Festival.<br />

Contact the owner, Les Gunther at lesgunther@rockisland.com, or call 360-378-5733. Serious inquiries only, please.<br />

Located in Puget Sound, WA • $415,000<br />


two ‘70s vintage Magnum Marine twin<br />

engine boats. Many may remember the<br />

Magnum name as the third company<br />

started by the famous Don Aronow in<br />

1966.”<br />

During the recent Monterey Auction in<br />

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won Best of Show at Lake Tahoe the<br />

week before the auction. Last year, the<br />

auction company sold a 1929 Hacker<br />

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recently won the best Restored Antique<br />

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More than one hundred of the top ranked<br />

vintage boats in all classes from the entire<br />

US and Canada are expected to attend the<br />

annual International Antique and Classic<br />

Boat show prior to the sale on Sept. 23-<br />

24. Sponsored by the ACBS, the judged<br />

event will take place Friday and Saturday<br />

at The Abbey Resort in Fontana.<br />

All classes of antique and classic boats<br />

will be represented. Awards including<br />

the coveted best of show, for both Best<br />

Preserved and Best Restored boats of the<br />

year, will be given. With its impressive<br />

attendance and natural beauty, this show<br />

has become a premier North American<br />

antique and classic boat event.<br />

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calendar<br />


2011<br />

50<br />

The Monaco Yacht Show

Autumn’s Best Shows<br />

Southampton International Boat Show<br />

Southampton City Marina<br />

Southampton, UK<br />

September 16-25<br />

southamptonboatshow.com<br />

Newport International Boat Show<br />

Newport Yachting Center<br />

Newport, Rhode Island<br />

September 15-18<br />

newportboatshow.com<br />

Norwalk International Boat Show<br />

Norwalk Cove Marina<br />

East Norwalk, CT<br />

September 22-25<br />

boatshownorwalk.com<br />

Monaco Yacht Show<br />

Port Hercules<br />

Principality of Monaco<br />

September 21-24<br />

monacoyachtshow.com<br />

Genoa International Boat Show<br />

Fiera di Genova<br />

Genova, Italy<br />

October 1-9<br />

genoaboatshow.com<br />

Annapolis Sailboat Show<br />

Ego Alley<br />

Annapolis, Maryland<br />

October 6-10<br />

usboat.com<br />

Annapolis Powerboat Show<br />

Ego Alley<br />

Annapolis, Maryland<br />

October 13-16<br />

usboat.com<br />

Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show<br />

Every good marina in town<br />

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida<br />

October 27-31<br />

flibs.net<br />

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2011 Tahoe Concour<br />

Story & Photos:<br />

Brant Olson<br />


s d’Elegance<br />

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2011 Tahoe Concours d’Elegance<br />

The Tahoe Concours d’Elegance boat<br />

show, held annually in Carnelian Bay,<br />

Lake Tahoe, is considered by many<br />

to be the premier wooden boat show<br />

on the west coast. 2011 marked the<br />

39th year for the judged competition<br />

and the Marque class of the show<br />

highlighted boats manufactured by<br />

Gar Wood. There were over 30 Gar<br />

Wood boats entered in this special<br />

event. The stunning views of Lake<br />

Tahoe, combined with the visitor<br />

friendly marina at the Sierra Boat<br />

Company, provide a perfect venue for<br />

viewing these beautifully restored and<br />

maintained boats.<br />

Thirteen classes of boats were eligible<br />

for entry in the judging, where each<br />

boat is judged on its own merit. Based<br />

on a 100 point system, the goal of the<br />

judges is to reward those who have<br />

restored their boats to the authenticity<br />

and standard as they appeared when<br />

shipped from the factory. Since each<br />

boat is judged on its own merit, it is<br />

possible for more than one boat in<br />

each category to attain a first place<br />

score. Judges research and prepare<br />

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documentation to validate how the<br />

boats were originally manufactured,<br />

and along with pictures and vintage<br />

catalogs from the owners, are able<br />

to determine an overall score for the<br />

boat.<br />

Earning “Best of Show over 23 feet” was<br />

the first place 1941 24’6” Gar Wood 95<br />

American Utility Heigh-Ho II. Earning<br />

“Best of Show under 23 feet” was the<br />

1936 19’ Chris-Craft custom Special<br />

Race Boat Phantasy II. “Best Marque

Class of Show” and “Best Overall Boat<br />

of Show” went to first place winner Jean<br />

Ann, a 1939 19’ Gar Wood 912 Custom<br />

Runabout.<br />

From the 19’ Chris- Craft Runabout to<br />

the famous 56’ Thunderbird, once owned<br />

by George Wittell, there is something<br />

for everyone to appreciate. A late entry<br />

to this year’s competition included the<br />

1955 29’ Chris-Craft Flat Top, owned by<br />

country music star Alan Jackson from<br />

Brentwood, Tennessee. Varnish and<br />

chrome, polished to perfection, was<br />

abundant in the marina. Each boat is<br />

truly a work of art and a labor of love.<br />

Along with the beautiful boats in the<br />

marina, there are many other options for<br />

the Concours d‘Elegance visitors to enjoy.<br />

Live music, great food and beverages<br />

and a variety of vendors displayed<br />

during all hours of the show. Vendors<br />

from Korbel Champagne, Range Rover,<br />

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2011 Tahoe Concours d’Elegance<br />


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2011 Tahoe Concours d’Elegance<br />


Frederique Constant Geneve watches,<br />

Hagerty Insurance, Big Woody Wine<br />

Co. and BuckBean Brewery Co. were all<br />

available to provide an interesting wealth<br />

transfer experience for all participants<br />

attending this unique event.<br />

The Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation<br />

and the Sierra Boat Company offer an<br />

opportunity to look back at the history of<br />

boating on Lake Tahoe and the passion<br />

for wooden boats. The Concours<br />

d’Elegance is certainly a prestigious<br />

event for boat owners and a unique<br />

experience for spectators. Lake Tahoe<br />

is stunning in its beauty and is often<br />

referred to as “the gem of the west”. A<br />

walk around the docks in the marina<br />

offers views of 10,000 ft. snow covered<br />

mountains and crystal clear waters.<br />

In 2012, the Tahoe Yacht Club will host the<br />

40th Concours d Elegance boat show and<br />

includes the Italian boat manufactured<br />

by Riva as the Marque class. The dates<br />

for the show are August 11th and 12th,<br />

2012. Be sure to include this wonderful<br />

event on your social calendar. The<br />

passion for wooden boats is alive and<br />

well in Carnelian Bay at Lake Tahoe.<br />

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Hacker’s Second Ce<br />

Hacker-Craft upgrades product under new ownership,<br />

in anticipation of worldwide sales<br />

The Hacker-Craft Sport<br />

struts her stuff.<br />



ntury<br />

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Below: George Badcock in the 26-foot Sterling<br />

Right: Hacker-Craft’s new paint booth, part of a new production fa<br />

Founded in Detroit in 1908, the Hacker Boat Company<br />

is one of the longest-lived boatbuilders in the world. Its<br />

founder, John L. Hacker, was an extraordinary talent<br />

who has long been acknowledged as one of the era’s<br />

leading naval architects and the greatest American<br />

motorboat designer of the early 20th century. Hacker<br />

incorporated several innovations during the first World<br />

War, most notably a revolutionary V-shaped hull that<br />

allowed his boats to reach speeds unheard of in the<br />

early part of the 20th century.<br />

In 1911 he designed the first airplane floats for the<br />

Wright Brothers of aeronautical fame. At the time of<br />

his death in 1961, John Hacker’s designs would easily<br />

have made a who’s who list of the greatest wooden<br />

boats ever built - Pardon Me, Thunderbird, Tempo, El<br />

Lagarto, Peerless, Dolphin, Miss Pepsi, My Sweetie - to<br />

name a few.<br />

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The company’s corporate<br />

offices and production<br />

facilities are now<br />

located on or near the<br />

shores of Lake George.<br />

Recently George Badcock’s<br />

Erin Investments<br />

bought out Hacker-Craft<br />

with the aim of modernizing<br />

the boatbuilding<br />

operations. “The goal

cility<br />

was to bring the company into 21st century”,<br />

Badcock said. It took capital and<br />

a new management team and Badcock<br />

invested heavily in a new factory in 2010.<br />

A two-story showroom was added this<br />

year, encompassing 5,000 square feet.<br />

“It has been one giant effort to move the<br />

company forward”, Badcock said. “We<br />

see Hacker-Craft as a global company.”<br />

Hacker is planning expansion into the<br />

European Union, the Middle East and<br />

parts of Asia in search of increased sales.<br />

This modernization of the boatbuilding<br />

process has not resulted in cookie-cutter<br />

mass production. “There is no substitute<br />

for hand workmanship”, Badcock<br />

remarked. “We have completely changed<br />

the product over the past couple of years.<br />

Now we have a quality control manager<br />

and a comprehensive quality control<br />

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process. Each boat is as perfect as we can<br />

make it.”<br />

Today’s Hacker-Crafts are hand-built<br />

with fine select mahoganies. Many<br />

models look like classic original 1920s<br />

and 1930s Hackers above the waterline,<br />

but significant changes have been made<br />

throughout thanks to improved modern<br />

boat building techniques and materials.<br />

Utilizing these new technologies and<br />

materials, today’s Hacker contemporary<br />

classic boats are built with “dry” bottoms:<br />

modern epoxies are layered between each<br />

of three planking layers of mahogany.<br />

Not only are the dry bottoms strong and<br />

resilient, their maintenance has been<br />

drastically reduced. No more replacing<br />

rope caulk, wetting and swelling or<br />

yearly refinishing.<br />

John L. Hacker’s grand-nephew Charles<br />

Hacker visited the factory recently. He<br />

spent two days on site, exchanged stories<br />

and appreciated the efforts that have been<br />

made to strengthen the company and the<br />

boats as the 21st century unfolds.<br />

All this effort has begun to pay dividends.<br />

Hacker-Craft has recently introduced a<br />

new model, the Sterling. Designed in-<br />


The new Hacker-Craft Sterling 26<br />

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house, it has a barrel-back look and a<br />

wide beam. The prototype Sterling is a<br />

26-footer, powered with a 5.7L Crusader.<br />

They are currently building a 30-foot<br />

Sterling powered by an 8.2L MerCruiser.<br />

Hull #2 of the 26 is also underway.<br />

With a new facility and expanding sales<br />

force, Badcock’s goal is to produce 35-40<br />

boats per year. The company currently<br />

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For over a hundred years, Hacker-Crafts<br />

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2011 Classic Yac<br />

Newport, Rhode Island - The Museum<br />

of Yachting’s 32nd Annual Classic<br />

Yacht Regatta was held September 3-<br />

4 in Newport and wrapped up the<br />

final segment of the second-annual<br />

North American Panerai Classic<br />

Yachts Challenge circuit. Roiling teenstrength<br />

southerly breezes and mostly<br />

sunny skies prevailed for most of the<br />

weekend, creating excitement on the<br />

choppy waters of Narragansett Bay for<br />

the circuit’s finale regatta.<br />

The Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht<br />

Regatta, in partnership with organizing<br />

authority Sail Newport, drew a fleet<br />

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of 55 boats from throughout the<br />

region. Again this year, the turnout<br />

was recognized by all participants and<br />

sponsors to be an impressive display of<br />

commitment by the skippers and crews<br />

of the many classic and vintage boats<br />

that participated.<br />

Saturday’s course at the MoY Classic<br />

Yacht Regatta was clockwise around<br />

Conanicut Island. A building breeze out<br />

of the south pushing back against the<br />

ebb tide made for choppy conditions at<br />

the bay’s entrance. Fifteen to 18 knots<br />

built to around 20 knots by the end of<br />

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course, taking them north of the bridge<br />

towards Prudence Island and back,<br />

allowing them to stay in the flatter<br />

water of the bay interior.<br />

Sunday’s conditions saw the larger<br />

boats heading south to round R4 and<br />

then north toward Prudence Island<br />

before finishing between Goat and Rose<br />

islands. Conditions mirrored Saturday’s<br />

breeze, with strong southerly winds<br />

again in the 15- to 18-knot range.<br />

The class winners were: Wild Horses,<br />

which won the Spirit of Tradition fleet;<br />

Valiant took first place in the classic<br />

non-spinnaker class; Belle, helmed by<br />

owner Joe Loughborough, won the 6-<br />

Meter division; Firefly captured the<br />

S-Boat class; and Columbia took first<br />

place in the 12-Meter class.<br />

Gary Gregory, owner of Valiant,<br />

walked away with a Limited Edition<br />

Panerai timepiece as the overall<br />

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Story & Photos:<br />

Chris Caswell<br />

A Turning Point For Boating:<br />

The Chris-Cra<br />

Ike had a heart attack and Churchill<br />

resigned as Britain’s Prime Minister. Davy<br />

Crockett hats were the rage, and millions<br />

of coonskin-capped kids lined up for Salk<br />

polio vaccine shots. A young preacher<br />

organized an Alabama bus boycott and<br />

the name Martin Luther King made the<br />

news. The Brooklyn Dodgers finally beat<br />

the Yankees to win their first World Series<br />

and women around the world wept when<br />

Princess Margaret renounced commoner<br />

Peter Townsend.<br />

It was 1955 and Chris-Craft introduced<br />

the Cobra.<br />

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Nowadays, when cars are casually<br />

named for every wild animal<br />

imaginable, a ferocious title means little.<br />

But in 1955, the Cobra was everything<br />

its name implied: lean, low and snakefast.<br />

It was the fastest Chris-Craft and<br />

it was a turning point for the boating<br />

world in many ways.<br />

To say that the Cobra was rakish is an<br />

understatement, particularly for the<br />

standards of a world just a decade past<br />

a World War. The bow had the “bullnose”<br />

look that was new that year,<br />

but it still looked sleek. The stance of

ft Cobra<br />

the boat, even at rest, was of immense<br />

power with the sheer climbing from a<br />

low and flat stern. To compound this<br />

rakish look was the tailfin, an imposing<br />

golden monument that made the Cobra<br />

instantly recognizable even at a distance.<br />

With its gleaming varnish, menacing<br />

exhaust rumble and the willingness of<br />

owners to race anything in sight, the<br />

Cobra soon made itself known across<br />

the country.<br />

Chris-Craft built two versions of the<br />

Cobra: an 18-footer and the 21-footer<br />

shown on these pages. There wasn’t<br />

exactly a stampede to buy Cobras and<br />

only a total of 106 were built but during<br />

their brief existence they left their<br />

mark.<br />

Chris-Craft was convinced that nothing<br />

could ever replace a good mahogany<br />

speedboat but they built the Cobra<br />

engine cowlings and fin from a new<br />

miracle material called fiberglass. It was<br />

the beginning of the end for traditional<br />

wooden Chris-Crafts and within a few<br />

years the firm had switched entirely to<br />

building fiberglass boats. The lustrous<br />

sheen of varnished mahogany hulls no<br />

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The tailfin, surprisingly, didn’t have the color molded in.<br />

Instead, gold powder was mixed in varnish and then carefully appl<br />

longer graced their production lines<br />

and fiberglass was here to stay.<br />

The Cobra dipped into the automotive<br />

world for styling, but the fin was a radical<br />

departure even though it was the<br />

fad for cars. The Chevrolet Corvette,<br />

a success since its introduction two<br />

years before, contributed to the Cobra<br />

in styling and concept. The Corvette<br />

had an all-fiberglass body, it was a<br />

two-seater and it was fast. The Cobra<br />

used fiberglass, was only a three-seater<br />

in spite of its length and relied on big<br />

Detroit engines for power. Even the<br />

Cobra windshield resembles the Corvette<br />

style.<br />

But underneath this brash exterior the<br />

Cobra was pure Chris-Craft. Built at the<br />

Cadillac, Michigan plant where most<br />

of the smaller runabouts were built in<br />

the ‘40s, it started life as a stack of the<br />

finest woods. The hull was framed in<br />

oak with stringers of the same tough<br />

wood. The hull and deck planking<br />

was the best mahogany that could be<br />

found and this was an era when good<br />

wood was the norm.<br />

Each hull was carefully finished and<br />

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then several layers of syrupy varnish<br />

were laid on. The tailfin, surprisingly,<br />

didn’t have the color molded in.<br />

Instead, gold powder was mixed in<br />

varnish and then carefully applied.<br />

The bottom finish on the Cobra, unlike<br />

the traditional bronze color, was almost<br />

black. It was graphite powder mixed<br />

with varnish to give a smooth and fast<br />

finish.<br />

The Cobra cockpit was both lavish<br />

and, perhaps to modern taste, garish.<br />

The instrument panel was trimmed in<br />

black alligator upholstery, the steering<br />

wheel was automotive in style with a<br />

horn rim and the bench seats had white<br />

and gold coloring to match the fin.<br />

Sitting behind the wheel there is a<br />

long, long expanse of foredeck with<br />

neatly caulked seams and varnished<br />

mahogany stretching to the horizon. It<br />

isn’t however, all it appears to be. The<br />

neat lines of white seam compound<br />

don’t always mark seams, since the<br />

decking is composed of wide planks<br />

with two or three false seams for effect.<br />

In spite of the illusion, the two-toned<br />

mahogany foredeck is stunningly<br />


ied.<br />

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Any of the three factory engines were enough to blow the burgees off m<br />


ost boats in 1955,<br />

when the largest Evinrude outboard was just 25hp.<br />

The Cobra was the top of the Chris-<br />

Craft line for outright speed and the<br />

buyer was offered a choice of several<br />

powerplants, depending on his bravery<br />

and pocketbook.<br />

The standard engine for the 21-footer<br />

was the Chris-Craft MBL engine, an inline<br />

six of 339 cu. in. that produced 158<br />

hp and heaps of torque. The MBL was<br />

from Hercules Engines of Ohio which,<br />

during wartime, had built nearly one<br />

million engines for everything from<br />

Jeeps to PT Boats. Their block was<br />

converted to marine use by Chris-Craft<br />

and bore the Chris-Craft Marine logo.<br />

Owners who wanted a bit more punch<br />

could opt for a Chrysler Hemi V-8 of<br />

331 cu. in. that put out 200 hp. And if<br />

the buyer wanted a resounding thump<br />

in the back when he punched the<br />

throttle, there was a Cadillac V-8, also<br />

of 331 cu. in. that pumped out 285 hp.<br />

For those hotshoes who still weren’t<br />

satisfied, you could buy the Cobra<br />

without an engine and drop in<br />

something to your own taste. One<br />

owner, for example, installed a<br />

supercharged Cad engine. There were<br />

seven Cobras ordered “less engine”<br />

and rumors still fly about the speeds<br />

achieved by some of these specials.<br />

But the three factory engines were<br />

enough to blow the burgees off<br />

most boats in 1955, when the largest<br />

Evinrude outboard was just 25hp. The<br />

smallest of the optional engines would<br />

get the Cobra to 50mph and the big Cad<br />

engine was good for an honest 55mph.<br />

Even by today’s standards that’s pretty<br />

quick for a 21-footer that weighs a ton<br />

and a half with everyone aboard. And,<br />

the Cobra could still take the chop<br />

dished out by an afternoon breeze on<br />

a big lake without jarring everyone’s<br />

spine like modern ski boats.<br />

Among the innovations on the Cobra<br />

were an aircraft-style push-pull<br />

throttle on the dashboard and, as on<br />

many Chris-Crafts after 1953, the<br />

optional Chris-O-Matic “automatic<br />

transmission” that was an electric/<br />

hydraulic shifter to replace the usual<br />

gear shift lever sprouting from the floor.<br />

This quickly became known as the<br />

“Crash-O-Matic” because it sometimes<br />

had a mind of its own, particularly in<br />

docking situations.<br />

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One well-restored Cobra recently sold for more than $140,000 at auc<br />

and i<br />

The 21-ft. Cobra<br />

shown here is hull<br />

no. 3 and belonged<br />

to the late Joe Kabot<br />

of Troy, Michigan<br />

when the pictures<br />

were taken in the<br />

late ‘70s. Kabot was<br />

universally beloved<br />

by classic boating<br />

enthusiasts as a<br />

confirmed runabout<br />

enthusiast who<br />

owned a variety<br />

of Chris-Crafts<br />

and, though Kabot<br />

restored it to pristine<br />

condition including<br />

the MBL engine, he<br />

used it regularly for<br />

family outings and<br />

water-skiing.<br />

There were only 55 of the 21-footers<br />

built (plus a prototype) and only 36 are<br />

known to exist today. Sadly enough,<br />

the Cobra had too many strikes against<br />

it at the start. It was introduced in<br />

January of 1955 and the production<br />

line closed down when hull 55 was<br />

shipped in August of that year. The<br />

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sales figures just<br />

didn’t warrant<br />

production and<br />

the boat was<br />

phased out of the<br />

Chris-Craft line<br />

for the 1956 model<br />

year.<br />

With a base price<br />

of $4680 for the<br />

standard Cobra<br />

and up to $6560 for<br />

the Cad-powered<br />

version, it was an<br />

expensive boat<br />

for 1955 when the<br />

average annual<br />

income was $4130,<br />

minimum hourly<br />

wage was a buck<br />

and a new Cadillac<br />

was $3900. Of course, gas was just 23<br />

cents a gallon, too. The Cobra had been<br />

an expensive and radical departure<br />

from conventional runabouts and<br />

the limited seating didn’t encourage<br />

ownership.<br />

There also are rumors that its highspeed<br />

handling left a bit to be desired

tion<br />

t would be hard to find even a scruffy Cobra for less than $50,000.<br />

when combined with the powerful<br />

torque of the engines. Chris-Craft was<br />

reportedly threatened with a lawsuit<br />

resulting from the high-speed flip of one<br />

Cobra. That deep vee forefoot quickly<br />

warped into a nearly flat bottom at the<br />

stern which, without a steadying skeg,<br />

made her a bit squirrelly at high speed<br />

on flat water.<br />

Even though Chris-Craft reverted to allwood<br />

construction for 1956, the Cobra<br />

was the turning point for mahogany<br />

runabouts. Chris-Craft didn’t forget its<br />

experiment with fiberglass in the Cobra<br />

and, in 1958, the first fiberglass Chris-<br />

Craft speedboat was introduced. Soon<br />

there would be no more mahogany<br />

runabouts from the once-largest builder<br />

in the world.<br />

So what happened to those missing 19<br />

Cobras? Some may have suffered the<br />

ravages of time or owners, or been lost<br />

to fire or accidents. Others have simply<br />

disappeared...perhaps shipped abroad<br />

or, even better, are sitting patiently<br />

in barns under dusty tarps awaiting<br />

someone who will recognize their<br />

beauty and value. And valuable they<br />

are...one well-restored Cobra recently<br />

sold for more than $140,000 at auction<br />

and it would be hard to find even a<br />

scruffy Cobra for less than $50,000.<br />

So what remains of the Cobra are its<br />

mark on the boating world and the few<br />

boats cherished by passionate owners<br />

who still believe that there is nothing<br />

quite as wonderful as the warmth of a<br />

gleaming mahogany deck under your<br />

elbow as you roar across a summer<br />

lake.<br />

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Seattle’s Hardworking Waterf<br />

Story & Video:<br />

John Sabella<br />

Unique among American cities, Seattle<br />

has not one but two working waterfronts.<br />

While container cranes service<br />

ocean going ships along the shores of<br />

Elliot Bay and Harbor Island on the inland<br />

sea called Puget Sound, the very<br />

heart of the city is home to another bustling,<br />

freshwater working waterfront<br />

along the shores of Lake Union and the<br />

Seattle Ship Canal.<br />

When Seattle was no more than a<br />

frontier outpost as early as the 1850s,<br />

regional pioneers discussed the benefits<br />

of building a navigable channel between<br />

Lake Washington and the Puget Sound<br />

so they could transport the magnificent<br />

resource that covered the landscape,<br />

old growth Douglas fir, to the shipyards<br />

that were already emerging on the<br />

region’s saltwater shorelines, and to<br />

timber markets.<br />

Construction of the Seattle Ship Canal<br />

with a system of locks modeled after the<br />

Panama Canal began in 1911. Named<br />

for Army Corps of Engineers General<br />

Hiram Chittenden who championed<br />

the Ship Canal project, the locks linking<br />

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the Puget Sound with lakes Union and<br />

Washington officially opened on July<br />

4, 1917, although the canal project was<br />

not officially completed until 1934.<br />

As soon as the locks opened, boat<br />

builders hard at work developing the<br />

first generation of Seattle’s famous<br />

fishing fleet began relocating their<br />

operations to the fresh water shorelines<br />

in the heart of the city, and quickly<br />

discovered serendipity of the move.<br />

Not only was Seattle’s mild climate<br />

ideal for year round boat building and<br />

repair operations, moving a wooden<br />

vessel from salt water to fresh killed<br />

the teredos, the shipworms that feasted<br />

on wooden hulls whenever they were<br />

exposed to the sea.<br />

John Strand built the remarkable, 100year-old<br />

schooner Tordenskjold out<br />

of old growth fir on the shores of the<br />

Ship Canal in 1911 and dispatched her<br />

to Alaska to fish halibut. She is proof<br />

positive of the quality of northwest fir,<br />

of the region’s renowned boat building<br />

prowess, of the bounty of the Gulf of

ont<br />

Alaska and the Bering Sea, and of the<br />

inestimable benefits of freshwater<br />

moorage for a seagoing vessel.<br />

Tordenskjold<br />

According to one maritime historian,<br />

Seattle’s burgeoning wooden boat<br />

building industry situated along the<br />

city’s freshwater waterfront had access<br />

to the world’s best resource for<br />

creating wooden vessels, the enormous<br />

stands of old growth fir that<br />

also prompted William Boeing to sit-<br />

uate his fledgling aircraft company<br />

in Seattle in the era of wooden airplanes.<br />

Soon, talented shipwrights<br />

and naval<br />

architects from<br />

around the world<br />

had migrated to Seattle<br />

and the Seattle<br />

boat yards took<br />

advantage of what<br />

was arguably the<br />

nation’s best boatbuying<br />

clientele.<br />

At first, the work<br />

was exclusively the<br />

business of creating<br />

the commercial vessels<br />

that pioneered<br />

the formidable fishing fleets that<br />

worked the North Pacific, the Gulf of<br />

Alaska and the Bering Sea. The sailing<br />

ships that delivered Northwest<br />

timber to markets around the Pacific<br />

rim and the workboats that sustained<br />

the region’s maritime economy were<br />

also being created at this time.<br />

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By the roaring 1920s, however,<br />

the creation of celebrated wooden<br />

yachts became a core enterprise of<br />

the boat yards that lined the shores<br />

of the Seattle Ship Canal and little<br />

Lake Union at the very center of the<br />

bustling city.<br />

In the 1930s, when times were as<br />

tough for wooden boat builders as<br />

for everyone else, Seattle boatyards<br />

and naval architects looked south to<br />

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the Hollywood movie stars who still<br />

had the means to keep them busy.<br />

When the era of wood gave way to<br />

the age of fiberglass, aluminum and<br />

steel, Seattle’s freshwater waterfront<br />

led the way as the in-city boat yards<br />

created fleets like the Alaska king<br />

crab boats that operated on one of<br />

the world’s toughest oceans, the<br />

Bering Sea. Also being built were<br />

the region’s substantial salmon fleet<br />

and ultimately the<br />

factory trawlers and<br />

factory longliners<br />

that harvest Alaska’s<br />

huge groundfish<br />

resources.<br />

The yards continue<br />

to build workboats,<br />

military vessels and<br />

yachts. Today, in the<br />

lexicon of Seattle officials,<br />

the area is<br />

known as the BIN-<br />

MIC, the Ballard-<br />

Interbay Manufacturing<br />


Center. It’s one of the engines that<br />

power the city’s economy.<br />

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At the dawn of the super yacht era, wellheeled<br />

prospective boat owners shopped<br />

the world market for yacht design and<br />

construction expertise. According to the<br />

late Seattle boat builder Bruce Reagan,<br />

they were astonished by what they<br />

found in Seattle. Reagan who had a 30year<br />

career building everything from<br />

aluminum water taxis, fireboats and<br />

rigid inflatables to the super sailing yacht<br />

Venturosa said that after touring yards<br />

throughout Europe,<br />

these individuals<br />

brought their yacht<br />

dreams to this country,<br />

where they typically<br />

began their inquiries<br />

at Palmer Johnson<br />

at Sturgeon Bay,<br />

Wisconsin on the shore<br />

of Lake Michigan.<br />

Despite Palmer Johnson’s<br />

extraordinary<br />

capabilities, according<br />

to Reagan, the<br />

yard struck them as<br />

far removed from the<br />

bustling realm of the<br />

west coast maritime world. When they<br />

got to Seattle, in contrast, they discovered<br />

a dense concentration of technical design<br />

and construction capability that had<br />

emerged during the city’s decades-long<br />

history of commercial boat and aircraft<br />

manufacture. In an afternoon, they could<br />

inspect ship and boat yards, equipment<br />

manufacturers, engineering and design<br />

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Binmic 4<br />


firms and the white-collar insurance,<br />

legal and financial services headquartered<br />

in the city’s downtown office<br />

towers.<br />

Today, while the frenzy of new vessel<br />

construction that energized the Seattle<br />

waterfront during the last four decades<br />

of the 20th Century has subsided,<br />

resulting in the closure of a number<br />

of signature shipyards, vessel owners<br />

from around the world bring their<br />

ships and boats to Seattle for service<br />

and supply. There is no place in the<br />

country with a greater critical mass of<br />

maritime industry. Eric Freeman sees it<br />

first hand.<br />

Seattle’s freshwater waterfront is an<br />

economic engine for the city and an<br />

important support system for vessels<br />

old and new.<br />

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Portland, Oregon – Electric boats have been<br />

gracing our waterways for over a century. These<br />

quiet, gently-moving vessels are loved by many but<br />

have taken a back seat to their petroleum-powered<br />

sisters. Steven Shovoly, president of Edison<br />

Marine, believes the time is right for a mahogany<br />

runabout with sufficient electric motivation to pop<br />

up on plane.<br />

Significant improvements in battery technology<br />

are creating a small but growing resurgence in<br />

quiet, clean-running electric vessels. The Achilles<br />

heel of electric vehicles has historically been the<br />

combination of cost, weight and energy capacity<br />

of the battery system. This is changing, due to<br />

the development of better batteries for a host<br />

of applications outside the recreational marine<br />

industry. From cell phones to laptops to partiallyelectric<br />

automobiles like the upcoming Chevy Volt,<br />

the availability of increasingly lighter batteries with<br />

more energy capacity continues to trickle down to<br />

peripheral industries. The market is responding<br />

with a host of new applications like the runabout<br />

you see here.<br />


Shocking Beauty<br />

Edison Marine delivers a<br />

26-knot electric runabout<br />

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Edison’s runabout is fashioned after<br />

the iconic barrelback runabouts of the<br />

early 1940s and is getting rave reviews.<br />

Tapping over 40 years of boat building<br />

experience and over 30 years of<br />

electric engineering experience, Edison<br />

Marine’s beautiful blend of old world<br />

wood boat charm and electric drive<br />

technology is unique in today’s boating<br />

market. Most, if not all, electric boats<br />

on the market are significantly different<br />

than Edison’s offering. They are in<br />

most cases standard fiberglass hulls<br />

with slow running, “golf cart” electric<br />

drive systems. The beautiful Edison<br />

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will never be confused with anything<br />

fiberglass or golf-related.<br />

Shovoly’s runabout is handcrafted<br />

using traditional solid plank over<br />

batten construction techniques and<br />

marine epoxy. Using solid mahogany<br />

throughout, she is finished with 13<br />

coats of varnish and urethane to a<br />

stunning deep, rich finish befitting<br />

a boat of her character and beauty.<br />

Her 1940 barrelback runabout style<br />

features twin cockpits forward with<br />

twin hatch doors aft, over the electric<br />


The Edison can cruise at 6 to 8 knots<br />

for 8 to 10 hours on a charge.<br />

Featuring twin high performance 9” DC<br />

motors, twin 1000-Amp controllers and<br />

twin propellers, the Edison moves faster<br />

and more powerfully out of the water<br />

than a Mastercraft ski boat, according to<br />

Shovoly. She’s<br />

a true inboard,<br />

running direct<br />

drive shafts<br />

coupled to the<br />

DC motors.<br />

The current<br />

implementation<br />

features a<br />

144V absorbed<br />

glass mat battery<br />

pack with<br />

15kW-hr of energy.Weighing<br />

in at 840 lbs., the 15kW-hr AGM battery<br />

pack can be upgraded to a 15kW-hr<br />

Lithium Ion pack for a savings of over<br />

500 lbs. The on board Manzanita Micro<br />

battery charger can top off the 15 kW-hr<br />

battery pack in 4-5 hrs.<br />

Edison is unique in the sense that it<br />

offers twin drives in a 17-foot (5.2m) hull.<br />

Normally, twin screws are reserved for<br />

larger vessels that can handle the space<br />

for twin motors. The physical advantage<br />

of an electric motor over a traditional<br />

internal combustion engine is evident and<br />

makes a twin drive 17-foot boat possible.<br />

“While the Edison moves fast and powerfully<br />

out of<br />

the water”<br />

says Shovoly,<br />

“she is<br />

best suited<br />

as a cocktail<br />

cruiser”.<br />

“She’s an absolutestunning<br />

beauty<br />

and a joy to<br />

be in and<br />

around. She’s<br />

economical,<br />

too. With her built-in 110v/220v charger<br />

she charges in 4 to 5 hours with an energy<br />

cost of $1.50.”<br />

Edison has an optional on board gasoline<br />

generator for remote charging. It comes<br />

in handy when you’re camping and get<br />

caught far away from a 110V outlet.<br />

According to Shovoly the Edison can<br />

cruise at 5 to 7 mph (6 to 8 knots) for 8 to 10<br />

hours on a charge. She has an impressive<br />

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top speed of slightly more than 30 mph<br />

running at about 3600 rpm.<br />

“We are very excited about the future of<br />

electric drive systems and proud to be<br />

able to recreate such a beautiful piece of<br />

our past”, said Shovoly. “Edison Marine<br />

is committed to low and zero emission<br />

drive systems and will continue to look<br />

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for ways to offer alternative solutions<br />

for boat propulsion.”<br />

Edison Marine is located in Portland<br />

Oregon. They are currently taking<br />

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Seattle, Washington – When we started<br />

this series (SOS 10 in the March/<br />

April 2009 issue of Classic Yacht, which<br />

you can find archived on the home<br />

page), we pointed out the sobering<br />

reality that when you’re on your boat<br />

and more than<br />

a few minutes<br />

away from the<br />

dock, you are the<br />

first responder in<br />

a medical emergency.<br />

That being said,<br />

you’re not alone<br />

because professional<br />

medical advice<br />

is only a VHF<br />

radio call away (to<br />

the Coast Guard<br />

on Channel 16).<br />

We talked about<br />

the importance of protecting yourself<br />

and staying cool, calm and collected<br />

as you perform an initial examination<br />

to determine the extent of the patient’s<br />

injuries.<br />

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sabella on safety<br />

In SOS 11 (May/June 2009), we covered<br />

what we term ABC’s of Care, or<br />

the evaluation and treatment of airway,<br />

breathing and circulation. It’s<br />

important to understand the ABCs;<br />

they always come first because the<br />

patient is at extreme<br />

risk if his<br />

breathing or<br />

circulatory systems<br />

are compromised.<br />

In<br />

SOS 12 (July/<br />

August 2009 issue),<br />

we covered<br />

choking,<br />

bleeding and<br />

shock.<br />

In this article,<br />

we’ll cover two<br />

important topics,<br />

protecting<br />

the spine and treatment of burns.<br />

Unless you have no other choice, don’t move<br />

an injury victim with suspected head or neck<br />

injuries.<br />

Onboa<br />

Protect the Spine<br />

Your first responsibility as a first responder<br />

is to cause no additional harm.

d First Aid:<br />

The following article is based on the content of<br />

Onboard First Aid: Immediate Actions,<br />

http://www.johnsabella.com/detail.lasso?title=10206.<br />

Attempting to move a patient who has<br />

a spinal injury could cause substantial<br />

additional damage. The spine is<br />

the body’s central structural support.<br />

It houses the spinal cord and pairs<br />

of nerves that travel throughout the<br />

body. These nerves carry commands<br />

to your organs and muscles and relay<br />

instantaneous messages relating to<br />

touch, temperature and pain.<br />

Be extremely careful to avoid causing<br />

additional bone, spinal cord or nerve<br />

damage. Don’t move the victim<br />

until you have help, unless it’s the<br />

only way you can provide treatment<br />

or protect him from further harm.<br />

If he’s conscious, ask him if he is<br />

experiencing back or neck pain. If he<br />

says yes, be extremely cautious about<br />

moving him. If he’s unconscious,<br />

confused or intoxicated, assume he<br />

has a head, neck or spine injury and<br />

be equally cautious.<br />

Before you move him, stabilize the<br />

cervical (upper) spine, using hand<br />

traction to keep the head in a neutral,<br />

midline position. If you have help,<br />

one person should be assigned to<br />

maintain spinal traction.<br />

Cervical Collar<br />

As soon as possible, apply a cervical<br />

collar. A real “C” collar would be<br />

an excellent, inexpensive addition to<br />

your first aid kit but providing the<br />

first response to a medical emergency<br />

is almost always a matter of<br />

improvisation, and you can improvise<br />

a cervical collar out of a pillow or<br />

rolled towel.<br />

If you have to reposition the victim,<br />

roll his body gently, as a unit. One<br />

person should use hand traction to<br />

support the head and neck, while<br />

others support the hips and legs.<br />

Use a backboard before transporting<br />

the victim. In a pinch, you can use a<br />

piece of plywood or a door. Slide the<br />

backboard under the victim, moving<br />

him as gently as possible. Strap and<br />

tape him securely to the board before<br />

you try to lift him.<br />

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Burns are now classified in terms of four levels of s<br />

Deep Partial Thickness an<br />

Use hand traction to keep the spine in a<br />

neutral, midline position.<br />

As soon as you can, apply a cervical collar.<br />

If you don’t have the real thing, improvise<br />

using a rolled towel or pillow. Here, adding<br />

additional stability to the forehead, you<br />

see one of the first responder’s best friends:<br />

duct tape.<br />

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Treatment of Burns<br />

If the patient has been burned, it<br />

is important to prevent further<br />

damage. A burned extremity can<br />

be irrigated with tap water or<br />

immersed in a bucket of clean water<br />

to cool the tissue. You’ve got to<br />

stop the burning process as quickly<br />

as possible by cooling the affected<br />

area and/or removing the source of<br />

heat.<br />

You can use an ice compress to cool<br />

the burn, but be careful not to cause<br />

further damage. Never use dry ice<br />

or blue gels. They’re so cold that<br />

they’ll cause additional burning.<br />

Classifying Burns<br />

Burns are now classified in terms of<br />

four levels of severity. Burn injuries<br />

can be considered relatively minor<br />

if they are Superficial or Superficial<br />

Partial Thickness burns involving<br />

less than 15% of the body surface<br />

area.<br />

These burns do not extend all the<br />

way through the skin layer, which<br />

retains sensitivity to light touch. An<br />

older classification system referred

everity: Superficial, Superficial Partial Thickness,<br />

d Full Thickness burns.<br />

to these injuries as First and Second<br />

Degree burns.<br />

Cut away foul weather gear and<br />

clothing to expose a small burn.<br />

Remove foreign matter but leave<br />

blisters intact. Gently probe the<br />

skin to confirm that the victim still<br />

has sensation in the affected area.<br />

Once the area of the burn has been<br />

cooled, application of a burn cream<br />

or antibiotic ointment is soothing<br />

and helps prevent further infection.<br />

Apply a Dressing<br />

Apply a bulky, loose-fitting dressing<br />

made from sterile gauze. Monitor<br />

the area beyond the wound to make<br />

sure the dressing doesn’t restrict<br />

circulation (remember the capillary<br />

refill test from SOS 12?). Many facial,<br />

genital, hand or foot burns are special<br />

cases that may require consultation<br />

with a physician to minimize scarring<br />

or loss of function.<br />

Burns that extend into deeper skin<br />

layers or completely through the<br />

skin are referred to as Deep Partial<br />

Thickness and Full Thickness burns.<br />

These serious injuries were classified<br />

Use a backboard to move his body as a<br />

unit. The on-scene leader should use<br />

hand traction to stabilize the spine while<br />

others support his hips and legs. Strap<br />

him securely to the backboard, or a piece of<br />

plywood or a door.<br />

If the victim has been burned, it is<br />

important to act quickly to prevent<br />

further damage.<br />

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You can use ice to cool the burn, but take<br />

care not to cause additional damage. Never<br />

use dry ice or blue gels. They’re too cold.<br />

Remove foreign matter but leave blisters<br />

intact. Gently probe the wound to confirm<br />

that the skin retains sensitivity. This is an<br />

example of a Superficial Partial Thickness<br />

burn.<br />

In the case of a chemical burn, immediately flush<br />

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as Third Degree burns under the older<br />

system.<br />

These types of burns severely damage<br />

the skin and underlying structures such<br />

as nerves and muscles. They require<br />

additional shore side treatment. Skin<br />

that has suffered a Full Thickness Burn<br />

appears leathery and stiff, with no<br />

sensitivity to touch.<br />

If the burn is large, protect the tissue<br />

by covering the entire area with a clean<br />

sheet or cloth. This covering can be<br />

moistened with sterile saline solution<br />

or clean water to provide evaporative<br />

cooling.<br />

Monitor the victim’s ABCs and<br />

administer oxygen if it is available.<br />

Chemical Burn<br />

In the case of a chemical burn,<br />

immediately flush the affected area<br />

with large amounts of clean water. You<br />

may have to continue for 30 minutes or<br />

more to remove the burning agent.<br />

Use water. Don’t try to neutralize the<br />

caustic substance with another chemical<br />

or you may just cause more harm.

the affected area with large amounts of clean water.<br />

If the victim has burned his eyes, begin<br />

irrigation immediately.<br />

If the victim has burned his eyes,<br />

irrigate them with eyewash, saline<br />

solution or clean water. Start within<br />

seconds, if possible, and continue for<br />

at least 10 minutes unless an unsafe<br />

condition arises. The faster you flush<br />

away the caustic substance, the less<br />

damage will occur.<br />

In the case of an electrical burn, protect<br />

yourself before you move to assist.<br />

Disable power supplies and eliminate<br />

the electricity source with extreme<br />

caution.<br />

Next: seizure, head injury, chest pain.<br />

John Sabella’s firm produces safety training<br />

DVDs and books used on boats and ships all<br />

over the world.<br />

johnsabella.com<br />

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With things slowed down a little before<br />

the season starts in Florida, it’s time to<br />

haul out Aurora II. The heat and the<br />

rain did test my will. When we first<br />

got Aurora II, I could see that there had<br />

been work done to the bow from the<br />

inside. I could tell the upper part of the<br />

stern had been replaced. This year, the<br />

plan was to have our crew work to strip<br />

the paint off the port side and transom,<br />

and then spline between the planking<br />

to prevent hull paint from cracking.<br />

We used heat guns to peel off the old<br />

paint. It’s kind of like an architectural<br />

dig – under all the paint were the first<br />

colors. The original white was an<br />

eggshell, but for many years, she was<br />

a light teal blue/green. It was a pretty<br />

color, very 1950s. I am not bold enough<br />

to go back to that color. Originally,<br />

white lead putty was in the seams and<br />

has broken down through the years.<br />

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Someone had puttied over it until it<br />

looked like the planks were cupped<br />

and needed refastening, which was not<br />

the case. When we stripped the bow, I<br />

found that there was a lot of automotive<br />

filler. After removing that, I found the<br />

stem planks were a mess, with the<br />

shortest being three inches and the<br />

longest being two feet. No problem;<br />

my assistant Chet and I laid out a new<br />

planking scheme. We plan to splice<br />

all the planks with a 10:1 ratio, so no<br />

butt blocks. When Chet cut out planks,<br />

there it was: a real problem. This is one<br />

of the poorest excuses for woodwork<br />

I have seen in a long time. Someone<br />

had cut the stem off 90 degrees so that<br />

the shelf would cover a butt joint, no<br />

splice or overlap. Then they had dug<br />

out some of the lower part that was<br />

rotten and filled it with goop (epoxy<br />

and saw dust). The sad part of this<br />

story is that someone paid good money

Insight from the travels of<br />

wooden boat restorer Jim Moores<br />

to get this repair done, and now it has<br />

be removed and done right. The other<br />

sad thing is that this kind of shoddy<br />

repair is dangerous because the bow<br />

takes the brunt of so many sea states.<br />

Being an owner doesn’t require you<br />

to know all about wooden boats. But<br />

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the log<br />

you should know what questions to<br />

ask, such as what standard are you<br />

using for my repairs? Work on wooden<br />

boats should meet or exceed Lloyd’s<br />

classification standards, which is the<br />

standard used by insurance companies.<br />

The requirements are not over the top,<br />

just good common sense. Besides, why<br />

pay for a job twice?<br />

On Aurora II, I’m trying to practice what<br />

I preach. Namely, sectional or phased<br />

restoration. Before the haul out, I sat<br />

down and made a list of what needed<br />

to be accomplished: strip the port side<br />

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of the transom; straighten the shafts;<br />

install the new racing props for the<br />

annual Trumpy race; fix the planking<br />

scheme where needed; and install<br />

grounding plate. Aurora II should be<br />

out for three to four weeks. Of course,<br />

that is in a perfect world.<br />

Here’s something for you Hemingway<br />

buffs. We will be taking a 1933, 34’<br />

Wheeler Cruiser and transforming<br />

it into Pilar, Ernest Hemingway’s<br />

sportfish. Hemingway got an advance<br />

on “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, went to<br />

Wheeler and asked to have one of their

stock boats built a little differently.<br />

The original Pilar sits on a tennis<br />

court just outside of Havana as part<br />

of the Hemingway Museum. Why are<br />

we converting the<br />

Wheeler into Pilar? For<br />

a movie, of course. So<br />

now for the mystery.<br />

For whom? Well, we<br />

will just have to keep<br />

you in suspense!<br />

The other exciting<br />

news is that Frederic<br />

Marq from Miami has<br />

found the 107-foot<br />

Ted Geary motoryacht<br />

in upstate Washington<br />

and has had her<br />

worked on in Port<br />

Townsend. She is being<br />

shipped to the east<br />

coast. The motoryacht,<br />

built in 1929, is one of<br />

just a handful of these<br />

grande dames built of<br />

solid teak. There are<br />

only two others on the<br />

east coast, Principia<br />

Left: the next Pilar<br />

Below: an all-teak Geary motoryacht<br />

and Meriwether. I tip my hat to a great<br />

man who has the courage to dream.<br />

Frederic and his wife plan to make Cora<br />

Marie their dream home on the water.<br />

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Finally, here’s a little technical stuff on<br />

shafts and logs that might be helpful to<br />

boat owners. Aurora is showing signs of<br />

electrolysis. She has had a lot of rewiring<br />

done through the years. However, there<br />

is still a lot of the original still there and<br />

serviceable. A bonding system is in<br />

place, too. But electrolysis has burned<br />

the wood at the shaft log and strut areas.<br />

The entire electrical system is using the<br />

engines as its ground.<br />

I am doing two things to correct the<br />

problem. One, when the engines are<br />

not in use I shut off the battery and<br />

instrument switches. These are paths<br />

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for electricity<br />

to flow out.<br />

The problem is<br />

that the most<br />

e x p e n s i v e<br />

metal, the<br />

engines, are<br />

being used as<br />

the ground. I<br />

have installed<br />

a dynoplate<br />

directly under<br />

the 32-volt<br />

master panel<br />

through the<br />

ground, to protect the motors. To make<br />

the ground plate work right it needs to<br />

be isolated from the hull, so I over-bored<br />

the hole and inserted polyethylene tube,<br />

then fiberglassed the outside of the hull<br />

where the plate is to be installed and<br />

used Delrin as a backing plate so that<br />

the ground has no connection to the<br />

hull. In the old days of copper ground<br />

plates, we used to find that planking was<br />

burned up because wet wood conducts<br />

electricity. So doing a few extra steps<br />

makes sense.<br />

Jim Moores is the owner of Moores Marine<br />

in Riviera Beach, FL and Beaufort, NC

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Story: Lew Barrett & Vince Brennan<br />

Photos: Vince Brennan<br />

Seattle, Washington – I met Vince<br />

Brennan online a few years ago before the<br />

former modest ripple of online chatting<br />

grew to a tsunami through vehicles<br />

like Twitter and Facebook. Vince was<br />

and remains a contributor to an online<br />

forum that I habituate as well, and we<br />

quickly became friends. Mostly, we chat<br />

about wooden boats and what we had for<br />

dinner. Our chatter is at it’s best when it<br />

centers around our community, and this<br />

is a paradox. Although our community<br />

is virtual by dint of it’s existence only in<br />

cyber space, it is actually a very real little<br />

town. The community is so well knitted<br />

together that by the end of this summer,<br />

at least two marriages will be credited to<br />

it. Such is the power of wooden boats,<br />

tradition, computers and a good host’s<br />

tender oversight.<br />

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Now you understand that Vince first became<br />

a friend of mine on line. As I have hinted, we<br />

share many good friends developed through<br />

the same medium, although many of us<br />

have since made sure to meet in person. I’d<br />

like to get around to introducing you to a<br />

number of these friends in time, for they are<br />

talented, clever and warm but this month I<br />

wish to introduce you to Vince.<br />

Vince practices an art that is at the very<br />

core of what comes to mind when we say<br />

“naval tradition.” Vince is a master of the<br />

knot, the marlinspike, the knife and line, and<br />

through the tools and materials of the sailor<br />

he turns out beautiful knitted and carved<br />

objects that connect us directly back to the<br />

Wright Whale and Baffin Bay. Vince’s<br />

product is, as sailors call it, Fancywork.<br />

I own a Vince Brennan piece, and intend

On Line<br />

to own more. I recommend you examine<br />

the idea of one or a few too. They are quite<br />

simply, great fun to own. You can see them<br />

here http://frayedknotarts.com/. If<br />

you look at the needle case section, you can<br />

even see the piece Vince made for Rita and<br />

me. I treasure it too much to leave it aboard<br />

except for special occasions<br />

so it usually stays at home<br />

where it reminds me of my<br />

love affair with my boat and,<br />

makes my desk a warmer<br />

place at which to work.<br />

Vince has a deep voice and an<br />

eastern accent I can’t quite<br />

place. He calls Philadelphia<br />

home these days but would<br />

fit right in on any coast<br />

or harbor in the country.<br />

Since I thought you would<br />

enjoy a few words on fancy<br />

work I asked Vince to give<br />

me some material about his<br />

craft and himself so that<br />

I could distill them into a<br />

pleasant read. In response,<br />

Vince sent me something I<br />

cannot improve upon and<br />

Whalebone busk (or bodice<br />

stiffener) with a poignant<br />

message...I wonder if she did?<br />

dare not distill. I called Bill Prince and<br />

asked if he would allow me to introduce<br />

Vince to you, then exit stage right and let<br />

Vince speak for himself. And that’s exactly<br />

what we’re going to do this month.<br />

Enjoy a great read, in Vince’s own writ. I’ll<br />

look forward to writing for<br />

you another time. Vince<br />

is, after all, the expert On<br />

Line. Read him and learn<br />

what can be made with a<br />

hank of hair and a piece of<br />

bone.<br />

Enter Vince: Knot tying<br />

can be a hobby, an avocation,<br />

a full-time job<br />

or an obsession. In my<br />

case, it has been all four,<br />

occasionally simultaneously.<br />

I do it because it’s a<br />

challenge, it produces<br />

beautiful work, it makes<br />

others happy and it<br />

provides me with some<br />

spending money.<br />

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By its very nature, it is ephemeral.<br />

We’re not talking about producing<br />

“great art” that will last through the<br />

ages or change the world. Most of<br />

the satisfaction I get from knot tying<br />

is in knowing I’ve done as good<br />

a job as is possible given the available<br />

materials<br />

and in the happiness<br />

that the purchaser/user<br />

will<br />

experience while<br />

the item is being<br />

used.<br />

In the age of sail a<br />

surprisingly few<br />

sailors learned<br />

this work and<br />

fewer still became<br />

truly proficient<br />

in it. We<br />

like to think of<br />

the “old salt” in<br />

the “foc’sle” happily<br />

making up<br />

beckets for his sea chest or a pouch<br />

for his knife, but in reality, most of<br />

these poor souls had almost no time<br />

to themselves to either learn fancywork<br />

or engage in it.<br />

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Under sail, a man would have<br />

precious little time to sleep and eat<br />

much less muck about with a handful<br />

of strings! Most of their learning<br />

experience was in bending two lines<br />

together, handling the sheets and<br />

sails in a blow and reefing and unfurling<br />

the sails<br />

themselves.<br />

Sailmaker specialists<br />

handled<br />

the repair of<br />

sail and canvas<br />

aboard, one or<br />

two rope experts<br />

would handle<br />

the splicing,<br />

serving and tarring<br />

of shrouds<br />

but most sailors<br />

were there<br />

exclusively to<br />

provide muscle<br />

when and where<br />

required, man<br />

the pumps and otherwise maintain<br />

the ship’s fabric.<br />

Pair of chest beckets ca. 1870’s<br />

from New England area<br />

On a “Port-and-Starboard” watch cycle<br />

you’d spend four hours on deck

doing maintenance and four hours<br />

off duty...sleeping!<br />

Whalers were the exception to this...<br />

they always carried far more men than<br />

were absolutely necessary to “work the<br />

ship” and, in consequence, the sailors<br />

aboard were more apt to have spare<br />

time for getting into trouble. Scrimshaw<br />

was their generally preferred way<br />

of occupying their time. It required<br />

only a steady hand, a good eye and a<br />

lot of patience, where fancy knotting<br />

requires (in addition to the above)<br />

a knowledge of rope construction,<br />

a good memory and more than a bit<br />

of manual dexterity. It’s not hard to<br />

scratch a bunch of lines into bone but<br />

you need to be able to analyze and<br />

repair an error in fancywork if you<br />

want to produce a top-notch item.<br />

For this reason, most rope-based<br />

fancywork items were really produced<br />

by the boatswain’s and the mates/<br />

officers aboard a ship, especially<br />

whalers which were out for up to four<br />

years at a time.<br />

Chimney “skirts” (or “smoke<br />

deflectors”) were very popular as<br />

they could be set up in the captain’s<br />

(or the mate’s) cabin and left there<br />

for long periods as a bit was done<br />

now and again, time permitting. In<br />

the foc’sle, there was precious little<br />

room for leaving something like that<br />

up somewhere and scrimshaw, which<br />

could be stuck into the seachest and<br />

retrieved easily, was far more popular<br />

and convenient.<br />

The seachest “becket” or handle is<br />

another example where very few were<br />

actually made by the seachest’s owner,<br />

but were produced by “beached”<br />

sailormen and purchased, often at<br />

the same time as the chest, from a<br />

chandler’s store. These were used to<br />

hoist the chest from a lighter to the<br />

deck and to move the chest around<br />

aboard the ship. Very few chest/<br />

becket assemblies survive: either the<br />

chest was destroyed through use or the<br />

beckets simply fell apart on the chest.<br />

So much for history...why do I choose<br />

to do this?<br />

I love the look and feel of real handcrafted<br />

items and it is a joy to me to be<br />

able to produce them in the same style<br />

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and with the same materials and methods<br />

as were used “back when”. To be<br />

able to get a square braid with footrope<br />

knots to look as though the footrope<br />

knots were applied after the braid was<br />

made is a small triumph<br />

and a source of pride. To<br />

have an old man come<br />

up, look at my items<br />

and share memories of<br />

when he was a young<br />

man and watched older<br />

sailors make things like<br />

this and then tell me<br />

that my work is just like<br />

he remembers, well, it<br />

doesn’t get much better<br />

than that.<br />

At age eight (1953) I was coming home<br />

from my school when I walked past a<br />

house not too far from me and saw an<br />

older man sitting and putting a “Turkshead”<br />

on his stair railing. He was tall,<br />

thin and incredibly wrinkled with<br />

fingers that looked like gnarled roots,<br />

a full head of snowy hair and more<br />

tattoos than I even knew existed.<br />

At that time he was 80 or so, having<br />

run off to sea at age twelve as a cabin-<br />

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boy on a merchant ship in 1885 and<br />

having been “under sail” from then<br />

‘till WW I when he joined the Navy.<br />

How “romantic” is that for an eightyear<br />

old? He continued in the Navy as<br />

a sailmaker and then<br />

a boatswain’s mate<br />

until he retired, then<br />

went back to sea in<br />

the Merchant Service<br />

again until just after<br />

WW II as a mate.<br />

Being a shy and<br />

retiring type, I<br />

immediately went up<br />

to him and started<br />

asking, “Whatch’a<br />

doin’ Mister? Can I see? Can ya’ show’s<br />

me how to dooo that?”<br />

For some reason, he took a liking to the<br />

short, fat boy and told me he’d be glad<br />

to show me, but I hadda get permission<br />

from my Mom first. He walked me home<br />

(an entirely different time, that!) and had<br />

a cuppa with Mum and she said it was<br />

OK, so I started going to his place three<br />

days a week and got instructed in the<br />

basics of marlinspike seamanship and<br />

some fancy work.

The inside of his house was covered in<br />

knotting: compass rose doilies on the<br />

dining room table, anti-macassars on all<br />

the furniture and arm doilies to match,<br />

the curtains were all “MacNamara’s<br />

Lace” work, knot-covered picture<br />

frames, globe knots on the doorknobs...<br />

it was a museum of fancy knotwork, and<br />

just as clean as a whistle.<br />

I continued to go there for two years<br />

<br />

until he fell ill and “passed the bar” in<br />

’55...a long life and a fairly full one.<br />

After his death, I slowly forgot a great<br />

deal of the work but I always had a very<br />

great interest in the sea and sailing, so<br />

I suppose it was natural that I’d enlist<br />

in the Navy as soon as I got my draft<br />

letter...for sure I didn’t feature sleeping<br />

in a muddy foxhole, toting a great heavy<br />

rifle, eating nasty old K-rations and<br />

Honey Teak<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

“After 40 years of<br />

screwing around with<br />

varnish, I found my<br />

solution in February<br />

of 1993.”<br />

-William Canavan<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

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having people shoot at me when I could<br />

have three hots and a cot and perhaps<br />

see the world...the Navy was for ME!<br />

I rapidly found (as did many) that the<br />

“romance” of the sailor had somewhat<br />

diminished from Mr. Cross’ days<br />

under sail. It was a mostly boring<br />

“job” of painting, chipping, priming<br />

and (surprise!) painting again, with the<br />

occasional booming aboard of supplies<br />

to break the monotony.<br />

I was assigned to a destroyer tender (a<br />

fairly large ship) and, being the “new<br />

boy” was immediately put into the<br />

nets to chip, prime and paint the sides.<br />

Not a lot of fun: hot, messy, and nasty<br />

work. In between times of painting,<br />

I worked on learning to “be a sailor”<br />

and went “messcooking” (helping in<br />

the galley for a month at a time), until<br />

one day, as I was coming up to get<br />

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more paint, I saw the senior chief of<br />

my division bustling down the deck to<br />

a “piping aboard” ceremony, wearing<br />

his “inspection” boatswain’s lanyard<br />

and his class “A” uniform.<br />

“Mornin’ Chief! Nice lanyard you’ve<br />

got there!”<br />

He stopped dead and looked at me.<br />

“Whadda’ ya’ know about lanyards,<br />

ya’ (censored) polliwog?”<br />

“Well, you have (and I don’t remember<br />

now what he had...) “this” braid and<br />

“that” knot and a “such-and-so” a<br />

collector knot but I don’t recognize the<br />

breastplate weave...”<br />

“Hold it! You know all this stuff? Can<br />

you make these up?”<br />

“Ahhh, well, yeah, gimme a few days

with “The Encyclopedia” (read on)<br />

and I can probably whip one up for<br />

you...”<br />

“OK, sailor (note the instant promotion<br />

from “polliwog?”)! You give that paint<br />

roller to that ‘skull’ over there and<br />

report to the boatswain’s locker and<br />

wait for me.”<br />

That was it. I never touched another<br />

paintbrush the whole time I was in<br />

the Navy. All I did was run boats and<br />

booms, stand my watches and make<br />

up “prettys” for the chiefs and the<br />

officers.<br />

By the time I got out, I was so disgusted<br />

with the Navy, Vietnam, Nixon and<br />

all, that I just put all the knotwork out<br />

of my mind, except for an occasional<br />

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“ g o t<br />

retired” in<br />

2001 and while stooging<br />

about looking for something to do, I<br />

remembered knotwork, figured that<br />

there HAD to be some demand for<br />

it within the boating communities<br />

and started regaining my skills (and<br />

calluses!), and the rest is hysteria.<br />

Some people like to make knots. They<br />

like splicing and rigging, coiling and<br />

flaking, making baggywrinkle and all<br />

that; some people like to be able to<br />

make all the esoteric knots from ABOK<br />

or The Encyclopedia of Knots, but for<br />

me, doing a well-grafted needlecase,<br />

a “Chesapeake Lifesaver” with a star<br />

knot end, a boatswain’s lanyard that<br />

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would cause<br />

the Admiral<br />

to stop in an<br />

i n s p e c t i o n<br />

and inquire<br />

about it,<br />

this is<br />

where I<br />

“get my<br />

jollies”.<br />

Over the years I’ve known<br />

many superb knot-tiers. Some are<br />

very well known within the knotting<br />

community, some are known outside<br />

the community, but with very, very<br />

few exceptions they have disappeared<br />

from the knowledge of even those<br />

expert in our craft after their deaths.<br />

Where they do live on is in the minds<br />

and hearts of those to whom they<br />

have passed on their art, and to that<br />

end – and with the assistance of the<br />

World Wide Web – many of us today<br />

have put up websites which allow us<br />

to show those interested how to do a<br />

particular item. It must be working...<br />

my site gets over 1,000 “hits” per<br />

day!<br />

Alan Grogono (Grog to his friends)

has an amazing website for teaching<br />

knotting (www.animatedknots.com/<br />

index.php).<br />

I maintain my several tutorial pages<br />

(www.frayedknotarts.com/tutor1.<br />

html) and the International Guild of<br />

Knottyers, or IGKT, has a forum online<br />

(igkt.net/sm/index.php) where anyone<br />

can ask a question and receive advice/<br />

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The Charles W. Morgan in 1941

A Rare Sea Trial, Sailing Songs and More<br />

A sea trial is an exciting event for any<br />

vessel and every few years the staff at<br />

Mystic Seaport gets the opportunity<br />

to take one of our watercraft below<br />

the Mystic River lift bridge for a trial<br />

voyage on Fishers Island Sound.<br />

This summer it was our eastern-rig<br />

dragger Roann. After a complete<br />

structural rebuild and restoration<br />

that began in 2004, it was time to take<br />

her back to open water and see how<br />

she performed.<br />

Roann was built in 1947 at the Newbert<br />

& Wallace yard in Thomaston, Maine.<br />

Designed by Albert E. Condon, she is<br />

one of the last-surviving examples of<br />

a type of fishing vessel that was once<br />

common in New England waters.<br />

Eastern-rig draggers originated<br />

in the 1920s and replaced the big<br />

fishing schooners as the industry<br />

transitioned from sail to power.<br />

Similar to the bigger British steam<br />

vessels that introduced trawling<br />

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Museum<br />

technology to New England, easternrig<br />

draggers had their pilothouse aft<br />

and the working deck amidships.<br />

Western-rig draggers of Connecticut<br />

and Rhode Island had the working<br />

decks aft and pilothouse forward.<br />

Mystic Seaport acquired Roann from<br />

her third owner in 1997. He was<br />

trading up to a new steel vessel and the<br />

heavier wooden types, once a staple<br />

on the coast, had all but disappeared<br />

making Roann an excellent addition<br />

to the Museum’s collection of historic<br />

fishing boats.<br />

Roann’s structural rebuild was<br />

completed before the Charles W.<br />

Morgan was hauled at the Museum’s<br />

shipyard in 2008. Since then she<br />

has been in the water with much of<br />

the focus going to her mechanical<br />

systems. A core team of experienced<br />

volunteers carried out a complete<br />

rebuild of her Detroit 12V71 diesel<br />

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engine under the supervision of the<br />

shipyard’s lead mechanic.<br />

Although she has been taken out and<br />

maneuvered in the Mystic River in<br />

years past, she had not been to open<br />

water since she arrived at Mystic<br />

Seaport. It was time to change that.<br />

So one sunny day this August a small<br />

crew backed her out of her berth,<br />

down the river, through the famous<br />

Mystic lift bridge and out to Fishers<br />

Island Sound. The crew took her<br />

west to Bartlett Reef off Niantic, CT<br />

and took her through her paces.<br />

“She performed fabulously,” said<br />

shipyard director Quentin Snediker.<br />

“Everything we asked her to do —<br />

hard turns, full stops — she did just<br />

fine.”<br />

“The mechanicals are about 90<br />

percent complete,” he added. “She<br />

still needs some work in the forecastle<br />

and the main cabin, and she needs her<br />

electronics, but she has really come a<br />

long way.”<br />

Future plans for the Roann include<br />

using her as a support vessel for the<br />

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Charles W. Morgan when she returns<br />

to sea for her 38th voyage in 2014.<br />

While Snediker and his team have been<br />

hard at work on Roann and the Morgan,<br />

the Museum’s exhibit staff has been<br />

putting the final touches on Neptune’s<br />

Orchestra, a brand-new exhibition on<br />

the history of music at sea that opens<br />

on October 8.<br />

Mystic Seaport has held the Sea Music<br />

Festival for the last 32 years, so there<br />

is a lot of experience and knowledge<br />

on the payroll to help develop a<br />

comprehensive presentation of the<br />

music sailors enjoy and its origins.<br />

“Every human society makes music;<br />

it is part of who we are,” said<br />

Jonathan Shay, director of exhibits<br />

and interpretation for Mystic Seaport.<br />

“Sailors brought their music with them,<br />

but as they traveled around the globe<br />

they absorbed the different sounds and<br />

techniques of the places they visited.<br />

We want to capture that and explain<br />

those influences for the visitor.”<br />

Neptune’s Orchestra will feature items<br />

from the Museum’s extraordinary

collection of musical instruments,<br />

images, recordings, film and<br />

documents. The visitor will have a<br />

chance to listen, to play and to work<br />

to the sounds created by sailors before<br />

recording was even invented.<br />

The high point of the year at the<br />

Museum will be the celebration of the<br />

70th anniversary of the arrival of the<br />

Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport.<br />

The Museum and the town of Mystic<br />

are coming together to recognize and<br />

honor the date that the Morgan was<br />

towed up the Mystic River to her new<br />

home.<br />

Both Mystic Seaport and the town<br />

have changed a lot over the past 70<br />

years. The Museum was a much<br />

smaller institution then and the town<br />

The Charles W. Morgan today<br />

had yet to develop into the tourist and<br />

educational destination it is today.<br />

In many ways, the Morgan was the<br />

catalyst for what the area has become.<br />

She put Mystic Seaport on the road to<br />

expansion, and the visitors who flocked<br />

to see her helped put Mystic on the<br />

map of attractions in New England.<br />

So beginning on October 28, the town<br />

and Mystic Seaport are scheduling<br />

a series of events to celebrate the<br />

ship and her years in Mystic. The<br />

celebration culminates on November 5<br />

when Mystic Seaport will be free to the<br />

public to enjoy a special day of history,<br />

ceremony, food and fun in honor of our<br />

most important vessel.<br />

We hope to see you there!<br />

www.mysticseaport.org<br />

119 ClassicYachtMag.com

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Winter Reading<br />

Whether you’ll be cracking open a book<br />

within view of a Florida Keys sunset or just<br />

marking time until next boating season,<br />

there are several new titles (and updates<br />

on classics), worthy of your attention this<br />

winter.<br />

The Next Classics<br />

It’s been 50 years since fiberglass boats hit the<br />

market. It’s long past time that the accepted<br />

roster of “classic yachts” include a selection<br />

of the best ‘glass boats from the second half<br />

of the 20th century. We pick those which are<br />

most deserving of the title.<br />

Museum Crawl<br />

While winter may mean a break from time<br />

on the water for many of us, it’s a great time<br />

to plan a trip to one of America’s many<br />

great classic and antique boat museums.<br />

We pick one of the best and tell you what’s<br />

new in time for your next visit.<br />


Ultimate Gift Guide<br />

“Tis the season! Get the scoop on great gifts for the boat owner who<br />

has everything, or thought so until now. This is an issue you’ll be<br />

e-mailing to your spouse, kids, or whomever, in hopes that someone<br />

will take the hint and pony up for something really unique.<br />

121 ClassicYachtMag.com

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