- Pacific Northwest
Holiday has been family owned since launched in July 1946. My Grandfather Rex Bartlett commissioned Ed Monk Sr. to design her and was built on Lake Union by the Edison Technical School. Jim Chambers who ran the school along with Earl Wakefield and Vic Franck also worked on building her. I grew up on the boat and later helped "Gramps" maintain her, taking ownership in 1985. We are very proud of the fact Holiday has been maintained all these years and not restored. Of course mechanical repairs and replacements have been made due to normal wear and tear. She still has the original varnished Grandy lap strake dingy stored on the galley deck which was given to my Grandfather as a gift from the school for the volunteer work he did there. Holiday has been displayed in Passage Maker magazine, Bet Olivers Ed Monk and the Tradition of Wooden Boats and will be featured in Wooden Boat magazine later this summer. In the early days my Grandmother Verda wrote articles about their trips for Sea and Motor Boat magazines. We are currently moored in Marysville on Ebey Slough where she has been comfortably protected from the elements for over 60 years.
Holiday, family owned for over 67 years, and our son JJ is next in line to take over.