Malibu

Historical Summary:

Malibu - A classic 100 footer by Ted Geary, built by Blanchard Boat Building Co. with sturdy Douglas Fir sawn frames on 16" centers, and planked with 2.5" Port Orford yellow cedar.  She is 100 feet OAL, with LWL of 95 feet, beam of 19.5 feet and draft of 7.5 feet.  Malibu's original 4 cylinder Washington diesels have been replaced twice, now with Cummins diesels, cruising at 13 knots with a range of over 2000 miles.  She has the classic Ted Geary fantail stern. 

Malibu was originally built for the Adamson and Rindge families of Malibu, CA.  According to an article in Wooden Boat Magazine:

. . .Geary had designed a 100′ fantail motoryacht for May K. Rindge and her daughter, Rhoda Adamson. Built at Blanchard Boat Yard on Lake Union, the yacht was christened MALIBU after the stretch of shoreline west of Los Angeles that the Adamsons called home. When Geary moved to Southern California, his friendship with the Adamsons grew. Rhoda Adamson was a keen sailor and enthusiastic yachtswoman, and when she bought PIRATE in early 1934 she named Geary sailing master and co-helmsman.

The R-boat Pirate is now moored at Seattle's Center for Wooden Boats, a stone's throw from Malibu's current mooring on Lake Union.

Malibu was purchased by Wells McCurdy in 1974 and totally reconfigured for cruising the Pacific Northwest.


Currently in private ownership in Seattle, Malibu is also designated as a City of Seattle Historic Landmark.