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Schertzer Boat and Machine


Jan & Kathi Skillingstead


  • Pacific Northwest

United Airlines pilot, Frank W. Anderline and his wife, Florence launched their new forty-five foot bridge deck cruiser, Pamabro (Pa, Ma, and Brownie the dog) in January of 1933 at the W.J. Schertzer Boat and Machine Works on Lake Union, Seattle. They built her as a live-aboard and moored at the Seattle Yacht Club. 

In 1936 the Anderline’s sold Pamabro to Ray and Ruth Krueger, who renamed her Shearwater the following year. Ray Krueger was Seattle Division Mgr. for National Lead (Dutch Boy Paint). The Krueger’s soldShearwater in 1943 to Leslie G. Prendergast, and then bought her back from Prendergast in 1949. Her next owners were Charles O. and Alyce (“Granny”) Carroll. Charles O. Carroll held the politically powerful office of King County Prosecutor. The Carroll’s owned Shearwater for eighteen years (1951–1969).

King County Superior Court Judge Joel A.C. Rindal and his wife Helen bought Shearwater from the Carroll’s in 1969 in partnership with King County Republican Chairman, Kenneth Rogstad and his wife, Doris. The Rindal’s bought out the Rogstad’s interest in Shearwater in 1977 and continued to cruise her for another twenty years. 

In 1997 Shearwater was sold to Ron and Kathy McClure of Wenatchee, WA. McClure, the author of the popular books, “Classic Wooden Yachts of the Pacific North West” and “Classic Wooden Motor Yachts”, moved Shearwater to Anacortes, the gateway to the San Juan Islands. That same year Shearwater suffered a near fatal calamity. The boat moored next to her in the Anacortes Marina exploded, severely damaging Shearwater and other boats in the vicinity. The McClure’s spent the next five years bringing her back from the brink.

Kathi and I became the owners/stewards of Shearwater in October of 2002 and returned her to Seattle where she resides in good company, among other boats of her vintage, at the Stimson Marina in Ballard. The restoration continues. . .

Owners: Jan and Kathi Skillingstead
Year: 1933
Builder: Shertzer Boat and Machine
LOA: 45'
LWL: 44'
Beam: 11' 6"
Draft: 4' 4"
Power: Original - Hall Scott Invader 250 H.P.
Second - Hall Scott Invader 250 H.P.
Current - John Deere 4045TFM Diesel 120 H.P.
Cruising Speed: 8 Knots