- Pacific Northwest
Gem has a rather unknown history. She was reportedly built in 1932 at the Stimson Boat Works, Seattle. There is the Stimson Marina on the Ballard side of Seattle's Ship Canal, right next to Kovich-Williams, which also built boats. Gem may well have been a work boat, for she had a quarter-berth in the wheel house and galley forward and below. From a scant log book, she was originally gas powered with her present Yanmar 27 hp diesel engine installed early 1980's. Jerry Anderson, from whom we bought her, has done a simply marvelous job of restoring her! Jerry was, and is, a master craftsman.
The galley has now been relocated to the wheelhouse, a marvelous stovetop/heater (Wallas) installed. Opposite the helm seat is a "first mate's" seat. Aft of the wheelhouse is an open cockpit. What was the galley area now has two single bunks with a head forward.