Aloha

Member Type: 

Associate

Boat Name: 

Aloha

Year: 

1962

Length: 

40'

Builder: 

Owens

Fleet: 

  • Pacific Northwest

In the late 1950's, the Owens Company hired 30 year old Darryl Fish, an industrial designer at Ford Motor Company, to design their Tahitian model yacht.  Fish was the designer of the "mod" 1950's Ford Thunderbird that began the sports car craze in America.  The Owens Company wanted the same sexy styling found in the Thunderbird for their Tahitian model. Fish created chrome cowlings on the side of the boat that were similar tot he wheel covers of the T-bird, as well as portholes that looked like T-bird windows.  This particular 40-foot 1962 Owens Tahitian was sold new in Seattle and was moored at the Seattle Yacht Club from 1962 to 2001.  From 2001 to 2003 the boat was kept on Bainbridge ISland and underwent an extensive restoration.

Aloha has twin monel 120 gallon fuel tanks.  The twin Chris Craft 350 V8 engines were installed in 1970 and rebuilt in 2000. The engines are paired with Paragon P34 2.5:1 transmissions.

Built in 1962, Aloha is an Associate Member in CYA. (Members also own the 1955 Hi'Ilani.)