Historical Summary:

The first boat of the series to be sold, "Cutterhead" was purchased by a gentleman named Clayton Philbrick. He owned a company call the Philbrick Cutterhead Co. (a machine tool manufacturer), hence the name. This vessel originally sold for about $6,000 (a lot of money in 1925).

The boat spent a lot of time in Seattle owned by a banker, then a doctor and then a dentist who moved the boat to Lake Chelan and used it for diving and fishing and recreation. This vessel had been well traveled throughout the years. She has a log entry in a resort far up in Southeast Alaska from 1929 when she ventured north for a family vacation. In the 1940's she was involved in a very bad storm and had a collision with a large dock and damaged the aft cabin coach roof. Blanchard Boat Co. later rebuilt it in all teak. It was repowered and replaced with a new Chrysler Crown 100hp gas engine, which lasted until 1986.

In about 1957 the boat was purchased by a prominent lawyer and some more customizing was performed. New uphostery, a new settee was built inside to replace one of the double bunks, a new galley stove was added. The lawyer's family owned the boat for over 25 years when the lawyer passed away. The wife and kids wanted to keep the boat. She was maintained, but alas, they just didn't use her much. So after 4 or 5 years had passed, it was decided among the family members to sell her.

That is when Capt. Dennis Feragen purchased her in 1986. "I fell in love with her as soon as I sat at the helm. I could see myself in a romantic rum runner sort of way of the 1920's". He decided to completely customize the boat to allow others to share in his vision by providing dinner and cocktail cruises on Lake Union and the Seattle waterways. The reconstruction process took almost 2 years and over 12,000 man-hours. First the boat was hauled out and housed in a shop or boat shed and the entire vessel was stripped out. Every cabinet, wiring, mechanical system and floors were removed to reveal any possible problems, rot or damaged timbers. At this time the entire hull was refastened with stainless fasteners, new planks were installed where needed, frames were replaced, new floor timbers, keel bolts, longitudinal frames, engine beds, deadwood, timbers, carlins, butt blocks, etc. Everything that was questionable was refitted and repaired and replaced. The interior layout was completely redesigned to accommodate her new life as an entertainment boat. Everything had to have substance and be built with longevity in mind. New fuel tanks from stainless steel, water tanks and refrigeration. The galley is all custom fabricated stainless. For the interior wood work, imported hardwoods from Brazil, Africa, Burma and even recycled teak decking material from a World War I battleship USS Roanoke were incorporated into the design and finish. With the use of modern materials such as epoxy, brass, leather and velvet upholstery and laminates, the whole combination was built to be world class.  All new mechanical systems were installed including engines, generators, electrical components, galley and refrigeration, dishwasher, wiring, bow thruster, etc.


Engine: GM diesel Model: 350, 200 hp.  Cruising Speed: 10.36 miles per hour.  Max Speed: 11.51 miles per hour

Tankage: Fuel 100 g.  Water 50 g.


  • Sleeps 2
  • Convertible-Couch
  • Abundant interior deck space
  • Marine electric head
  • 2 heat zones (propane/engine hot water)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Interior colors= burgandy/wood
  • Beautiful wood jointery
  • Wet bar
  • Large dining and entertainment area


  • Stainless steel sink
  • 6 gallon hot water
  • Propane 4 burner stove w/ oven
  • Stainless steel counters
  • Microwave
  • AC refrigerator/freezer
  • Exhaust fan
  • Dishwasher

Electronics & Navigation Gear

  • Interface 20/20 depth sounder
  • VHF
  • GPS
  • Vintage compass
  • Barometer
  • Ships clock
  • Angle indicator
  • Brass ships bell
  • Integrated sound system


  • 30 amp shore power
  • Battery charger
  • 8 batteries
  • Dual battery switch
  • Large inverter
  • Fume detector
  • Halon system
  • Bow thruster

Deck & Hull Equipment

  • 2 anchors
  • Power windless
  • 10 jackets
  • Fender w/ lines
  • Docking lines
  • Aft-curtains w/ screens (burgandy)
  • Bottom paint
  • Swim platform
  • 2 Windshield wipers
  • 2 Bilge pumps

New Owner's Update, April 2018:

My grandfather, the late honorable William C. Goodloe, purchased a 1928 Blanchard 36’ dreamboat when my father was a child. I grew up on the Susie and was first mate from adolescence - until my grandfather sold her for one dollar in my teens.
Cutterhead sat in a shipyard in Port Townsend for three years, when somehow the port commissioner acquired her. He blocked her up on a remote ship builders property and constructed a sturdy shelter. He then went to work on her for the next 4 years, sanding painting, calking, varnishing and repairing the hull. He removed the bow thruster and double reinforced the nose with slabs of what appear to be mahogany. I made the trip to port Townsend to have a look, and when I climbed in and looked around, I was completely surprised and blown away by the over wrought interior, it was completely transformed from its original design. After a long internal and familial struggle, I decided to purchase Cutterhead. I had the elegant old girl trucked by way of the Kingston ferry and launched at the port of Edmonds. I did this to be closer to the engineer and mechanic. As it came with no propeller and a failed starter. I figured it’s a diesel and was confident I could get it to run, and it did!