Dulcinea

Dulcinea

Boat Name: 

Dulcinea

prev-names: 

Ma Belle

Year: 

1958

Length: 

31'

Builder: 

Owens, Baltimore, MD

Owner: 

Aaron St. John & Angelina Allen

Fleet: 

  • Pacific Northwest

Home Port: 

Seattle, WA

Hull Construction

Single planked mahogany hull. Bottom was re-planked with Western Red Cedar in 1975, and fastened with silicon bronze screws.

Propulsion

Duclinea is propelled by two "Owens Flagship" engines (Hecules QX flathead sixes), approximately 136 HP each, mated to Paragon 1XE mechanical transmissions. The engine were replaced in 1975, and rebuild circa 1996. Max RPM is 3,200. She cruised comfortably at 12 knots, and can be pushed to 14 knots.

Historical Background

The earliest known owner for Dulicea was Mr. W. C. Wilkinson, an accounting manager for Pacific Northwest Bell, who owned her as early as 1970. Her name at the time - Ma Belle - may have been a reference to his employer. Mr. Wilkinson lived in Bellevue, and presumably the boat was berthed there.

In 1974, she was sold to Budd Leavitt, who retained the name Ma Belle and kept the boat in Tacoma. In 1975, Mr. Leavitt embarked a a serious refit. Both engines were replaced, and the bottom was re-planked with Western Red Cedar. A flying bridge was designed and installed near this time. A 1974 survey notes a cockpit helm station, and a 1977 survey notes the current fly-bridge and control station.

Ma Belle appears to have changed hands several times, but staying in the Leavitt family until 1986, when she was purchased by Dave and Karen Tyler.

The Tylers renamed Ma Belle to Dulcinea, her current name. They also embarked on a refit in the 1990s, replacing several planks, refastening the hull, and rebuilding the engines. They kept Dulcinea at the Tacoma Yacht Club, and participated in several Daffodil Parades.

I purchased Dulcinea in 2014, and have since kept her at Salmon Bay Marina in Ballard.