Welcome New Members

Welcome to these new CYA Members! This list shows new member vessels received within the last six months.

11 Records Found
  • Firebird

    Firebird

    Member Type: 

    Vintage

    Boat Name: 

    Firebird

    Year: 

    1959

    Length: 

    43'

    Builder: 

    Stephens

    Owner: 

    Jonathan Arambel

    Fleet: 

    • Northern California

    The original owners were the Dobbin’s . Here is some history as told from the (now) 85-year-old daughter of the original owner of Firebird, Leslie E. Dobbins: 

    The Dobbins Family were music enthusiasts. The Firebird by Stravinsky was the origin for naming the boat Firebird. 
     

    Leslie’s father (Hugh) married the daughter of Lewis Marshall Lloyd, a Missouri Senator, turned Los Angeles land baron and inventor. While on his land he lit his cigar and due to the methane levels, it blew up. He struck oil. Supposedly, there are many family members still getting paid. 
     

    Leslie E. Dobbins, graduated from Stanford and was a Mechanical Engineer. Leslie and a friend invented a 4-cycle diesel engine he was president of the company. According to his 85-year-old daughter, It was either sold to Cummings or it was a hostile takeover, depending on who you ask. 

    Leslie’s house in Berkley was built by Julie Morgan, the same architecture who worked on the Hearst Castle. When Leslie and his wife Dorothy moved to Seattle, they loved their house so much that they had Julie Morgan build them an identical home in Seattle. Dorothy was one of the founders of the Berkeley Women’s City Club (now the Berkeley City Club), which also was built by Julia Morgan. The building was financed entirely by Berkeley women, a lot of it from the Dobbins Family. 

    The Dobbins Family is credited for being very philanthropic. According to Leslie's children, he always told them the more you have, the more you have to give to others. Most of the family is described as prominent California philanthropists and a socially prominent family in Berkeley. The Dobbins Family established Presbyterian churches at Santa Barbara, Golden Gate. Cayucos. Berkeley and many other places. 

    Current owner purchased the boat from the estate of the previous owner in January 2017.  Firebird was a longtime member of the St. Francis Yacht Club.. 

    Firebird
  • Gracie

    Gracie

    Member Type: 

    Vintage

    Boat Name: 

    Gracie

    prev-names: 

    Long Gone II

    Year: 

    1962

    Length: 

    28'

    Builder: 

    Grandy

    Designer: 

    Monk

    Owner: 

    Steve & Lisa Vanek

    Fleet: 

    • Pacific Northwest

    Gracie is a 28’ Sedan Cruiser built in 1962 by Grandy Yachts of Seattle, Washington. The following is the limited information we have of her history.

    She was originally purchased by Bob Carstensen. Apparently, Bob knew the Grandy family personally and would often stop in and have coffee at their boatyard. After having the boat built he named her “Long Gone II” and must have had a lot of pride in owning her because of the excellent condition we found her in.

    We were told the original engine was a Graymarine and must have been a V8 because of the dual exhaust ports, which were original. From limited records we found onboard, it seems that engine lasted about 5 or 6 years at which time a new engine was installed, a Ford 351 Windsor. In 1987 a third engine was installed, also a Ford 351 Winsor, and is the engine she still has today.

    In 2003, presumably due to his age, Mr. Carstensen gave “Long Gone II” to his niece and her husband, Sue and Edward Puchelt. He had owned the boat for an amazing 41 years! Sue and Edward used the boat until Sue’s passing around 2010. Edward continued using the boat occasionally until we purchased her on July 3, 2014.

    After purchasing the boat in Everett, WA and cruising her to Pleasant Harbor, WA, we started “cleaning” the boat and emptying out all her compartments (Edward hadn’t wanted anything that was left on this completely furnished boat). This was like an archaeological dig. The deeper we went the older the items, including the big orange puffy float jackets (dated 1954!), which it turns out were original equipment that came with the boat. We have kept the items that had any significant meaning for the boat.

    What amazed us the most was after removing the shag carpet that had been installed, we found the original linoleum flooring in almost pristine condition. This, along with the original counter tops, original and almost new looking Princess propane stove, original compass (with 1962 documentation showing when it was calibrated) and many other small details, let us know that we had found a true gem of a boat.

    After using her that first summer we had the boat trailered from Olympia, WA to Scappoose, OR where we worked on the hull. This was an 18 month labor of love (as only a wood boat owner can understand) in which the transom was rebuilt, a dozen or so bottom planks replaced and the “Knee” of the bowstem replaced. The hull was stripped almost to bare wood and repainted.

    We agonized over renaming her (I’m sort of a traditionalist in that a boat should keep it’s given name), but finally decided to rename her “Gracie” (I also like boats bearing feminine names, not meaning to step on any toes!). For us, this name just seems to fit our graceful little boat.

    Gracie was relaunched in September 2016. She now resides on the Columbia River in a boathouse at Portland Yacht Club in Portland, OR. The cabin top has been recanvased as closely as possible to her original. Many of her original metal parts have been re-chromed. The work continues. This year the hope is to paint the gunnels and varnish the cabin exterior and mast.

    We are truly grateful to be a part of this boats history (and vice versa)!

    Gracie
  • Donnella

    Donnella

    Member Type: 

    Vintage

    Boat Name: 

    Donnella

    Year: 

    1958

    Length: 

    45'

    Builder: 

    Stephens Brothers

    Official Number: 

    CF 2627 AU

    Designer: 

    Dick Stephens

    Fleet: 

    • Northern California
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    Donnella
  • Skal

    Member Type: 

    Classic

    Boat Name: 

    Skal

    Year: 

    1928

    Length: 

    34'

    Builder: 

    Stephens

    Owner: 

    Robert Sesar

    Fleet: 

    • Northern California

    Stephens Hull # 559: Elegant and stout with her brand new Yanmar Turbo diesel she's fit for any waters. 

    Fully enclosed cabin gives one comfort all year long for a gracious live aboard. A Gypsy wood burning stove Keeps her warm and toasty. Great effort made to preserve old fixtures with modern conveniences carefully tucked away. Bottom rescue job long ago is now seriously strengthened with a professional install of laid up glass. 

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  • Conquest

    Member Type: 

    Classic

    Boat Name: 

    Conquest

    prev-names: 

    Year: 

    1929

    Length: 

    50'

    Builder: 

    Stephens

    Official Number: 

    229013

    Designer: 

    Owner: 

    David & Margaret Waite

    Fleet: 

    • Southern California

    During the 87 years she's been afloat, Conquest has been owned by a flapper whose ghost is now said to haunt a Washington hotel, participated in a world war, hosted First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, made a Playboy Playmate of the Month look reasonably nautical, housed a seasick parrot, and won the Newport Harbor Yacht Club Opening Day Commodore's Award and Werner Trophy. Conquest has seen a lot, but with a long line of owners keeping her in Bristol condition, it doesn't show.

    . . . Read more from:
    CONQUEST, A SHORT HISTORY OF THE VESSEL, by James Wolcott, SC Fleet Member,
    CYA Newsletter June 2016
    [Link Below]

     

    Conquest
  • Hokey Pokey

    Member Type: 

    Vintage

    Boat Name: 

    Hokey Pokey

    prev-names: 

    Year: 

    1948

    Length: 

    24'

    Builder: 

    Hackercraft

    Designer: 

    Owner: 

    Curt and Marsha Erickson

    Fleet: 

    • Pacific Northwest

    You put your right hand in,
    You put your right hand out,
    You put your right hand in,
    And you shake it all about,

    You do the hokey pokey
    and you turn yourself around
    That what it's all about.

    2) left hand
    3) right foot
    4) left foot
    5) head
    6) butt
    7) whole self

    Hokey Pokey
  • Sea Boarder

    Member Type: 

    Vintage

    Boat Name: 

    Sea Boarder

    Year: 

    1951

    Length: 

    42'

    Builder: 

    Stephens

    Owner: 

    Jim Kroeger

    Fleet: 

    • Southern California

    Long time CYA member Jim Kroeger found his grandfather’s old boat “Sea Boarder”  at a Newport Beach Wooden Boat Festival in 2015. He became friends with the owner who had acquired her several years earlier and was nearly done with a complete restoration. Shortly after, the owner decided to sell the boat (on the advice of his wife!). Jim still has his steamboat, but is now the proud caretaker of his grandfather’s old boat too!

    He has made a copy of his grandfather’s original insignia — a pipe with a curl of smoke — and Mounted it at the top of the pilot house. He also put his photo in the boat, and when he goes out to sea, he asks the question, "I say, 'Granddaddy, will you guarantee us good sailing today?' "

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    Sea Boarder with Jim Kroeger's grandparents Bill and Elsie Thompson, circa 1958Steam launch Southern Bay, and Sea Boarder
  • Southern Bay

    Member Type: 

    Vintage

    Boat Name: 

    Southern Bay

    prev-names: 

    Year: 

    1994

    Length: 

    21'

    Builder: 

    Beckman Limited, Rhode Island

    Designer: 

    Truscott Boat Mfg Co.

    Owner: 

    Jim Kroeger

    Fleet: 

    • Southern California

    “Southern Bay” has an interesting history. She is a replica of a 1905 steam-powered launch built in Michigan by the Truscott Boat Mfg. Co. Truscott is not a well know company although they built as many as 500 boats a year up until 1945.

    An Eastern family owned and used the Truscott launch for 40 years. When she fell into dis-use they sunk the hull in the cold water of New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee for 8 years to preserve it. As this was a very sought-after design, a mold was made so the boats could go back into production. Beckman Limited of Rhode Island began reproducing the hull in fiberglass naming the new boat the Truscott Compromise.

    The Compromise hull shape is what is unique. It is a combination of a Canoe stern and the underbody shape of a Drake stern giving the boat less “squatting” and more stability as she glides through the water. Drake sterns are named after Sir Francis Drake. The waterline of his ship stuck out farther than the deck.

    Powered by a propane fired vertical boiler and two cylinder steam engine. She produces about 10 horsepower. The inside and deck of “Southern Bay” is finished in Mahogany with a Teak and Holly sole. Her beautiful bright work and vast amounts of polished brass give her a classic “Great Gatsby” glow. She was named best in show at the Sacramento Delta, B&W Steamboat Show. Listen for her train style steam whistle at our next event.

    Southern Bay
  • Prime Time

    Member Type: 

    Classic

    Boat Name: 

    Prime Time

    Year: 

    1949

    Length: 

    40'

    Builder: 

    Matthews

    Owner: 

    Bob and Joan Hersh

    Fleet: 

    • Southern California

    1949 Matthews 40 Stock Cruiser
    This 40' classic wooden motor-yacht was built by Matthews, in Port Clinton, Ohio in 1949. She is fresh off a loving, ten year restoration including the most recent bottom job in March 2016.  

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  • Loueda

    Member Type: 

    Vintage

    Boat Name: 

    Loueda

    Year: 

    1947

    Length: 

    32'

    Builder: 

    H. E. Snyder

    Designer: 

    Monk

    Owner: 

    Owen Bubb and Missy Preston

    Fleet: 

    • Canadian

    Loueda, a 30ft Cruiser, was built at Granville Island, Vancouver BC in 1947 with the builder listed as H.E Snider and to a design by Ed Monk. Snider owned the boat until 1967 where she passed to R.F Chudley of Victoria and then in 1970 on to John Cunningham of North Vancouver. In 1987 she was sold to Elmer "Buck" Buckingham who, along with being a significant player in the local wooden boat scene, carried out extensive and sympathetic renovations. With Buckingham she was taken at least as far as Sointula and on many occasions on lengthy voyages up the east coast of Vancouver Island as detailed in her logs which we have from 1987 to the present day. She featured at many Vancouver Wooden Boat Festivals and won the log race in 1992. Sold again in 1997 to Patrick Shaw she has been well maintained but seems to have fallen off the radar somewhat with regards the Wooden Boat "circuit". We bought her in June 2016. Her construction is of red cedar below the waterline, yellow cedar above and mahogany cabin. The engine was replaced in the mid-70s with a 6 cylinder Chrysler-Nissan diesel which she retains. Most original features remain intact and no alterations have been made to her layout or structure; a modern head and propane stove seem to be the only deviations from the original. She is featured in Bet Oliver's book Ed Monk and the Tradition of Classic Boats and won Best Motor Yacht 30ft and Under at 2016's Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

    Loueda
  • Annie Laurie

    Member Type: 

    Classic

    Boat Name: 

    Annie Laurie, Bonita IV

    prev-names: 

    Gladlar

    Year: 

    1929

    Length: 

    60'

    Builder: 

    Gray Boat Works

    Owner: 

    Michael Fazio

    Fleet: 

    • USA

    ANNIE LAURIE was launched in 1929 from Gray Boat Works in Thomaston, Maine as BONITA IV. She was designed by Albert Condon. Her original owner was not able to take possession because of the Crash, and she was subsequently sold to Frederick L. Putnam of Boston, Massachusetts, and christened GLADLAR.

    GLADLAR was powered by twin Sterling Dolphin engines and was shown in a 1930 Motor Boating magazine article doing 26 knots. With her current twin GM Detroit Diesel 6-71's installed in 1957, she now cruises at a comfortable 12 knots.

    During the period prior to World War II, GLADLAR spent her summers in Marblehead Harbor off the Eastern Yacht Club. She was used by Mr. Putnam to commute to his office in Boston from his summer home in Marblehead, as well as to cruise the New England coast with clients. In the Sfall of each year, GLADLAR motored down to Florida, and was berthed at Brazilian Dock in West Palm Beach, Florida. GLADLAR was always maintained by a captain and steward.

    At the onset of World War II, GLADLAR was conscripted by the United States Coast Guard for coastal patrol. She was stationed off of Cape Cod, where she spent 9 days on duty listening for submarines and 5 days in port. She was reportedly fitted with 50 caliber guns and a depth charge rack.

    After the War, Mr. Putnam repurchased the vessel and she continued to spend summers in Marblehead and winters in Florida. The captain at this time was Capt. Cliff Larson. Mr. Putnam died in the late 1970's and the vessel was sold to interests in Maine. In the early 1980's, GLADLAR was purchased by a woman in Connecticut and renamed ANNIE LAURIE.

    ANNIE LAURIE was purchased by Capt. Barry White in 1985, and an extensive restoration was started to return her to her original condition, or better. This work included new teak decks, a new canopy over the aft deck, a reconstructed wheelhouse, significant interior work, and also included rewiring the electrical systems, and engine and transmission rebuilding. 

    ANNIE LAURIE was owned by Barry's family until September of 2015, when she was transferred to the present owner.

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    Annie Laurie