Sea Wolf

Member Type: 

Non Member

Boat Name: 

Sea Wolf

prev-names: 

Blue Heron III

Year: 

1958

Length: 

62'

Builder: 

Blanchard

Designer: 

Bill Garden

Fleet: 

  • Pacific Northwest

Sea Wolf  was built by the famed Blanchard Company of Seattle, of 1-7/8” Alaskan yellow cedar planking on 1-3/4” white oak frames. Sea Wolf was the third vessel of this series built by Blanchard. Her Bill Garden design was commissioned by the wealthy industrialist Mr. Casey Jones, all of whose yachts were called Blue Heron and each were Bill Garden designs.  

Garden devoted a chapter to the Blue Heron lll design in his boat design book. “The layout development was dictated by family use. Blue Heron lll is fairly typical and generally bears a resemblances to a fleet we did in this style. All of the type have the saloon aft over the machinery. The saloon-galley combination has proven out well for western waters, where boats up to 80 feet may be a family operation without a permanent crew – the upkeep being done by a shipyard or part time help. With this layout, a pleasant galley-saloon interchange is possible”

“Balancing off the several plus factors of the layout is the loss of cabin room when compared to a double decked boats of the same leading dimensions. A double decker's aft stateroom and high saloon, well above the marina traffic, makes it the usual choice for the marina cruise. Built for a handy layout capable of providing reasonable comfort for a sensible number on board, the sunken saloon arrangement is a pleasant one” Bill Garden continues, “ the Blue Heron type has a shippy look, and while many yachts have this general appearance today, the Blue Heron was unique when she has built. For the big ship man or the ex-sailor, the type has real appeal and avoids the usual gin palace, two-story yacht appearance.”

As of November 2012: Currently For Sale