Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bell Harbor Classic Rendezvous 2016

Bell Harbor Classic Rendezvous 2016

At the 11th hour an active Coast Guard serviceman from Virginia  made an offer to buy Wand'rin Star. We had just spent a week working with our broker who is trying really hard to navigate this deal. We finally had to put a stop to the unrealistic expectations of the buyer and give our final counter offer. We still had a trucker on contract and if he did not like our terms then we would continue with our plans to truck Wand'rin Star to Puget Sound. Bell Harbor is just a 15 minute walk away and so I suggested we get out and check out the Classic Rendezvous of wooden power boats
It was just the escape we needed to do something fun and stop thinking about all the pros and cons of the pending transaction of Wand'rin Star. Besides it was Fathers Day weekend and well, it's all about boats.


The first vessel to greet you as you enter the ramp to the docks.

All Wood

All sizes

Adagio, built in North Tonawada, NY

Turning Point, a Lake Union Dream Boat built in 1928.

Patamar, home built by a Boeing engineer


Thelonius won the Rotten Wood Award

CLE ILLAHEE built on Lake Union 1929

CLE ILLAHEE bow view

Freya has cruised Puget sound and the Alaska inside Passage sine 1940

ORBA built in 1927 on Lake Union

TABU 1940 Chris Craft built for Bernard Townsend Smith, the son of the founder and VP of Chris Craft Yachts

SCANEDALON a 1953 45' Notice all the varnished interior wood as well.

Many Millions of man hours just in varnishing all these vessels.

Mount Rainier is looking on.

PIED PIPER 1939 has a modern design.was featured in the 1940 New York Boat Show.

LUXURIA, 1962 Two Friends bought this project just to see who could spend more time restoring an old vessel.

Our Favorite, CORSAIR II

The story goes this was a Rum Runner and owned by a Seattle Police Captain eventually convicted of Tax Evasion during Prohibition.

She got our two votes.

But this was definitely the most interesting of them all

Sea Witch built in 1906 from British Life boat plans.

SEA WITCH is 110 years old

Some were confused and thought this was the bow.
Check out the Rack and pinon steering. on SEA WITCH

One last look back at Mt.Rainier as we were leaving as a 70' racing machine loaded with tourist go out for a sail on Elliot Bay.

Really loved seeing all these incredible vessels. The brochure for the event listed a special Seminar presented by CYA Classic Yacht Association http://cya.wildapricot.org/ The title of the seminar was "Owning a Classic Wooden Motoryacht - It's more Practical than you Think" Yeah right and if you bought that then I have some practical home sites on Mt. Rainier for sale just with perfect views of all those wooden yachts motoring about on Puget Sound. I can only think of one practical wooden boat to own and that would be one with the least wood and the least moving parts. You can take a class at the Center for Wooden Boats and either build your own 10' rowing boat or Kyak, your choice. Any wooden vessel with more wood than that or more moving parts than either of those two boats  is no where near Practical. 

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