Historical Summary:

Compadre is a 43 foot bridge-deck cruiser designed and built by Stephens Brothers Boat Builders in Stockton, California.  Launched in 1929, she was the second of three cruisers built by Stephens Bros. to a 42-foot design.  Compadre is unique, however, because her original owner, Leland Adams of San Francisco, specified that the wheelhouse be lengthened by18 inches, making her 43-1/2 ft overall.  A sister ship, Classique, currently is berthed in Seattle.  The third boat, originally named Alys, has apparently has been lost. 

Compadre's interior layout is unusual for a bridge deck cruiser of this era.  The galley and saloon are forward of the wheelhouse; aft is the owner's stateroom.  Later 43-foot Stephens cruisers had the more common layout, with the stateroom forward and the galley/saloon aft.  That designed proved more popular, and Stephens ultimately built at least seven of those boats during the early 1930s (surviving examples include Seven Bells, Allure, and Cielito.) 

To learn about Compadre's history, and to see photos of the interior, please go to our website www.mvcompadre.com.

Compadre at anchor in Manzanita Bay (Bainbridge i. Washington), Memorial Day weekend 2010. (Rick Etsell photo)

Early photo of Compadre at speed.