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  • 09 Apr 2021 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In order to encourage the preservation of fine classic wooden motor yachts, the Board of Directors of the PNW Fleet may from time to time, at Its sole discretion, grant a one-year initial CYA membership to the owner of a vessel that, in the opinion of the Board, faces particularly difficult restoration challenges and who would especially benefit from the support, encouragement, and guidance that membership in CYA could provide.  The Grant comprises the normal CYA initiation fee and one year’s dues, and is paid out of PNW general operating funds. 

    Candidates to receive a Membership Grant shall meet the following criteria: 

    • Candidate is actively committed to, and involved in, restoring a classic vessel from a noteworthy designer or builder, or one of unusual historic value;
    • The expected restoration cost is likely to approach or exceed the market value of the vessel when restored;
    • The candidate is not a current CYA member.

    Any PNW fleet member may nominate a Grant candidate.  Nominations are to be made in writing to the PNW Board.  Nominations received will be considered and voted upon at the next regular meeting of the PNW Board, or at a later time deemed appropriate by the Board.  It is expected that no more than one Grant will be made in any one PNW fiscal year.

  • 04 Mar 2021 9:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Todd Powell, PNW Fleet

    Insurance! Everyone’s favorite subject, the pinnacle of action and excitement…or maybe not. While insurance is a critical item, most of us spend as little time as possible on the topic.  These past few months, Mike O’Brien (Canadian Fleet), Ted Crosby (USA Fleet), Scott Andrews (NoCal Fleet), Rick Olson (SoCal Fleet) and myself (PNW Fleet) spent some time digging into the status of insurance for our Classics so you would not have to. After some polling of membership as well as talking with folks in the industry, we discovered the following:

    Insurance is available. Canada seems to be having the most difficulty with availability overall, with 71%  of respondents reporting that they have had challenges obtaining satisfactory insurance. A few even had their insurance cancelled and had to seek coverage elsewhere. Southern California is at the other end of the spectrum with no one reporting any difficulties at this time. The other fleets all fall in between these two extremes.

    However, while insurance may be available, there have also been some changes in requirements and costs that we need to be aware of. What follows is not a comprehensive list but rather, the most repeated items we’ve heard about from our membership and industry sources. And even though your current provider might not be asking you for these items, that may change and it is best to be prepared.

    Structural Survey- Most of us are familiar with the initial out of water survey required to bind coverage for a new purchase, but there is an increased frequency of out of water surveys required to maintain coverage. Here in the PNW some members reported a 3-5 year frequency requested by their provider.

    Fastener inspection-this now seems to be almost a “must have” for hull insurance. If you’re going for liability only, it does not appear to be as critical. Originally this was more common at point of purchase, but it has now crept into the ongoing requirements.

    “Boating Resume”- This applies to folks who are new to boating or are making a significant jump up in size. Basically, the provider wants to know if you can drive the boat. You may need to prove you have experience or agree to take instruction from a licensed captain within a certain time period after purchase. A side note, this is not specific to wooden vessels but to all vessels.

    Costs-This one was a bit more erratic. We had member reports ranging from 0%-20% increase in premiums in the past few years. What was more interesting was that two members with the same provider reported very different amounts of increase. This is an area that will require continued observation to try and understand.

    Another question is “Who is doing the insuring?” We found that a variety of insurers are covering our boats. Of the 46 fleet members who gave us the name of their insurance company there were 13 different providers given. That being said, the most common insurers of our small data group were Hagerty (10) and Markel (9).

    Where do we go from here? Obviously, the insurance industry will continue to change, probably slowly, as time marches on. Our vessels will continue to age and with that may come additional costs and/or requirements as we have seen play out in the last few years. Our recommendation is to develop a relationship with a broker or an agent and to check in with that person at least annually. Find out what their provider(s) are doing or not doing so that you will not be surprised with a “sudden” request. Perhaps at your next haul out, have your fasteners inspected, a letter written by the inspector and toss it in your file ready to be produced if asked.

    We are working on getting a list of insurance providers, brokers and agents up on the website for your reference. This will not be a recommendation, just information so that you can see who insures at least some of the members of our club.

    And if you haven’t reviewed your insurance coverage in that last decade? You might want to dust it off and give it a quick scan…

  • 03 Nov 2020 8:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Nov/Dec 2020 issue of Woodenboat has a great article
    on Dreamboats, including some great photos by Greg
    Gilbert (Winifred), and good shots of Commodore Lander's
    Marian II.


  • 17 Aug 2020 4:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 42-ft Stephens bridge-deck cruiser CLASSIQUE (1929) has fallen on hard times and is at risk of being lost unless a new owner is found soon.

    Efforts are underway to assess her condition and determine the scope of work needed to return her to service.  If you are interested in helping in any way, or if you know someone who might be interested in taking on a classic in need of work, please read on.

    Sistership (Compadre):

    CLASSIQUE is one of four yachts built to this design by Stephens Brothers during 1928 and 1929.  COMPADRE, owned by Rick and Cindy Randall, is a sistership.  CLASSIQUE has been berthed in fresh water, under cover in Seattle since at least 1992, and was a CYA member from many years.  Her previous owner Peter Aden passed away last year, and CLASSIQUE has sat largely unattended since then.  The current owner is willing to give CLASSIQUE to a responsible new owner for the cost of back moorage owed to the marina (thought to be around $6000).  Because Peter was in failing health for several years, the boat received little maintenance for an extended period, and small problems have grown into larger ones.

    CLASSIQUE is powered by twin Detroit Diesel 3-53 engines. Unfortunately neither currently runs.  The boat took on (fresh) water several inches above the floorboards recently.  It has since been pumped out, and the bilges are dry now.  The engines undoubtedly were affected in some way, but their condition has not been determined.  We hope to bring in a mechanic to troubleshoot the problems in the next couple weeks.  The hull appears to be in fair condition, but has not had a proper survey.  A casual check showed that several floor timbers and frame-ends in the bilge are soft.  Some of the floors will need to be replaced and a significant number of frames will have to be sistered.  While this is routine work for a competent shipwright, it would be beyond the capabilities of most owners.

    Cosmetically, CLASSIQUE is in surprisingly good shape on the exterior. Topside paint and varnish are serviceable, if a bit tired.  The teak deck seems to be in good condition.  Inside however, the boat is quite dated, with much of the original dark varnish on cabinets, bulkheads and overhead. Consequently, she’s a bit dark and gloomy inside.  The original interior is largely intact, except for modifications to the port-side settee in the saloon, which was made (crudely) into a dinette.  Fortunately that can be rather easily reversed and the saloon returned to it’s original layout. Systems generally appear to be dated or obsolete.  The boat has two heads but no holding tank.  Wiring has been updated but may not be to current standards.   The condition of fuel and water tanks is not known, but the fuel tanks are not original and outwardly appear to be in decent shape.

    Rick Randall is heading up an effort to further evaluate CLASSIQUE and to aid in finding her a new owner.  The first step will be to assess the engines and get them running if possible.  Without running engines, it is doubtful that anyone would be willing to take over ownership considering the other issues to be addressed.  We are hoping to make progress on that in the next couple weeks.  Then we would like to get her hauled for a proper survey so that her condition is better understood.

    Currently there are no funds available for the engine and survey work.  Rick is willing to pay for some limited engine work, at least to the extent of troubleshooting and understanding the problems.  Beyond that, we are hoping that concerned and interested CYA members will be willing to contribute funds to cover the remaining engine work, haulout, and survey.  Details of the fund-raising effort will be announced later.  In the meantime, if you have questions or would like more information about CLASSIQUE, please contact Rick Randall at (360)-536-2995 or randallrgr@comcast.net.
  • 15 Mar 2020 7:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rick Olson provided a nice spread of photos from the 2020 Change of Watch event in Seattle. They can be viewed HERE.

    (Or from the link on the Members Only tab.)

    Thanks Rick!

  • 06 Mar 2020 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In memory of past Canadian Commodore Robin Hutchinson, Fleet Historian Mike O'Brien has written the following tribute:

    We regret to announce the passing of Dr. Robin Hutchinson on January 30, 2019 at the age of 80. Robin was a leader in the treatment of diabetes and kidney transplants, having established the first interprovincial chain matching process which increased the opportunities for matching Canada wide.

    Robin was a founding member of the Canadian fleet of the Classic Yacht Association as well as being one of our early Commodores.

    Until 2018, Robin and his spouse Pat were the proud owners of the M.V. Sannox, recently re-admitted to the CYA. Sannox had previously been owned by Robin’s father and when he found it for sale, he was delighted to bring it back into the fold.

    Robin was a true gentleman, a noted historian and a delightful raconteur.

    Our sympathies go out to Pat Hutchinson and to Robin’s son and daughter. He will be truly missed by all members of the Canfleet.

  • 04 Mar 2020 8:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear CYA Members,

    It is with great sadness that I must announce the passing of former Canadian Commodore and CYA Newsletter editor Dave Sharrock, on Thursday, February 20th.

    Past Commodore Michael Topliss told me that "Dave, who lived with his wife Dale on Quadra Island was our newsletter editor for many years.  He created and managed a wonderful publication for the association and was a great task master making sure he had good quality photos, and well edited grammar correct text.  Dave and Dale operate a B&B on Quadra.  Dave’s boat “Spartan III” sank this past January due to bilge pump failure.  Dale feels this in part, broke his heart."

    I liaised with Dave over the past few years in his work with the CYA newsletter and I am forever grateful for the time he took in compiling the publication and always making sure it was published on time.

    A further tribute will be made in the CYA newsletter.


    Owen Bubb
    Canadian Fleet Commodore

  • 10 Feb 2020 4:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Remembering Our Friend
    Constance M. Munsey

    March 14, 1949 – December 13, 2019

    Connie Munsey passed away peacefully on Friday December 13, 2019. She was born in Everett, Washington on March 14, 1949 to Elmer and Geraldine Ahola. She was happy to have celebrated her 70th birthday in Hawaii with life-long friends. Connie attended Crofton House School for Girls in Vancouver, Canada where she was trained as a concert pianist. She also attended the University of Washington where she majored in English.

    In testament to her personal strength and intellect, she went on to hold many professional positions in which she was the only, or one of few, women holding the same.

    Over the years, Connie has been blessed to have many close friends and valued relationships with people who shared her love of classic wood boats, conservative politics, and living life as a laborer in God’s vineyard. She was a cradle Episcopalian and generously gave of both her treasure and talent as a church musician and member of the Altar Guild.

    Along with her husband Malcolm, she worked for the Virginia V Foundation on the restoration of the historic wood steamer. Together, they shared their love of the sea and old wood boats by living aboard and cruising northwest waters on their classic yacht M.V. Lawana.

    Connie held several elected offices in the Skagit County Republican Party, the 40th District Republicans, and the Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) organizations. She was a tireless volunteer for numerous local and state political campaigns and managed campaigns for several local candidates.

    She dearly enjoyed music, performing arts, entertaining friends, and was a devoted fan of the University of Washington Huskies football.

    Connie was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother Michael, and her husband Malcolm Munsey CPT US Navy. She is survived by her daughter Allison (Kinnon) McDonell and grandchildren Chloe, Parker and William.

    Connie will join Malcolm again when her ashes are entombed at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii at Punchbowl. Tuesday – March 10, 2020.

    Remembrances can be made to the American Cancer Society in Connie’s name

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