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Unforgettable

Unforgettable

Member Type: 

Vintage

Boat Name: 

Unforgettable

prev-names: 

RIBEYE II, PATIENCE II, BLUFFER, SHIRLEY JANE, CHERI 1, LADY ANN, BEOWULF

Year: 

1965

Length: 

57'

Builder: 

Chris Craft

Official Number: 

503908

Engine Info: 

twin GM 8V71N Detroit Diesels, 318hp ea.

Owner: 

Alan J Winningham & Ryan Ihrig

Fleet: 

  • Pacific Northwest

1965 Chris Craft Constellation, Flush Deck Motor Yacht

Introduction / General Specification
‘UNFORGETTABLE’ is a 1965, 57 ft Chris Craft Constellation, commonly referred to as a ‘Connie’, hull number CAC570733A, Coast Guard documentation number 503908. She is constructed of batten seamed double planked mahogany planking over white oak framing. Planking thickness is 7/8” sides, with double planking below the waterline of 1½”. Primary framing is 1½”x 3¼ on 24” centers with intermediate frames of 1¼” x 2 ¼”, also on 24” centers making the frame spacing every 12”.

She is powered by a pair of 318hp, GM 8V71N Detroit Diesels through Allison 2:1 reduction gears, with 1 3/4" stainless shafts, turning 28" bronze propellers, resulting in a comfortable cruise speed of 11-12 knots @1400 rpm. With twin aluminum tankage totaling 560 gallons she has a range of approx 350 miles. 110V electrical power is provided by a 12.5Kw 4 cylinder Westerbeke diesel generator.

She was built in Algonac, Michigan, hull 33 of 36 built that year, as acknowledged by Charles W. Stager, a Master Carpenter of Chris Craft. She is one of 262 57’ hulls built during a model run beginning in 1963 and ending in 1972. During this long production run, only minor changes were made, mainly a few alternative aft cabin arrangement plans, hardtop choices and equipment options. The last wooden boat produced and
delivered by the original Chris Craft Corporation was a 57 ft Constellation, shipped on Nov 4th, 1972. Needless to say, these boats enjoyed, and still have, a loyal following.

Layout
UNFORGETTABLE features a forward cabin with upper/lower berths with its own head and shower, a complete lower midships galley (to starboard) with convertible dinette that converts to a double berth (to port). The original overhead enclosure that enclosed the galley and dinette has been removed providing a drastic change in light and air. Four steps up is a spacious 12x14 ft saloon with a built-in custom mahogany settee, four steps down aft are a day head (to starboard), followed by a railroad ‘Pullman’ style sofa that converts to upper and lower twin berths, separated by a privacy curtain. Opposite the Pullman (portside) is a private twin guest cabin enclosed by a sliding mahogany door on the passageway, with additional access to the master shower. The aft master stateroom boasts abundant storage, built-in make up table, chest of drawers, twin beds (starboard and port) and its own head and shower (with access also from the guest stateroom). Aft of the master stateroom is a lazarette, accessible via twin hatches from the main deck. Engine room (under the main saloon and of similar size) is accessed both via under stair entries from both the galley facing aft and at the beginning of the rear stateroom corridor facing forward. Up four stairs from the saloon (starboard side) and moving aft is the pilothouse with steering station, rear facing wet bar, port and starboard wing doors and the protected afterdeck. Forward near the bow, the house enclosure offers a large settee facing forward with room for additional deck chairs along with access to the windlass and anchor. In total she sleeps 10, down from the 12 she was originally advertised to accommodate.

Ownership History
Sold new by the world’s largest Chris Craft dealer of the day, ‘Rodi-Chris Craft’ in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to E.D. Swain of Wilmington, North Carolina, May 16th, 1966, and christened “RIBEYE II”. She was originally delivered as an Express model with a short hardtop w/o bulkhead. On August 30th, 1968 Swain sold her to Norman D Groh of Norfolk, Virginia, who renamed her “PATIENCE II”.  Groh later married Barbara C Groh who became a joint owner November 23rd, 1970. February 16th, 1972 she was sold to Walter C and Betty Jane Rose, of Oswego, New York,
who renamed her “BLUFFER”. May 21st, 1974 she was traded in to Emperor Yachts of Wilmington, Delaware, who resold her to Jack and Shirley W. Harris of Asheville, North Carolina on September 5, 1976 who named her “SHIRLEY JANE”. July 15th, 1978 she was sold again, this time to Barbara J Sayer & Marcel E Drapeau, who renamed her “CHERI 1” and operated her briefly as a charter vessel in Fort Lauderdale, dba Cheri’s Charters, Inc., a Delaware Corp. January 5th, 1981 she was sold to Victor Y. Ellias who shipped her from Florida to Portland, Oregon where she was boathouse kept and renamed “LADY ANN’, until December 14th, 1993 when she was gifted to the Boy Scouts of America. Until her shipment to Portland she lived in Florida waters. During her stay in Portland, she had a custom hardtop extension with wing doors added, providing full after deck protection for her bow to stern full teak decks (a new model feature for 1965) along with the addition of a side/rear curtain enclosure, permitting the after deck to be fully ‘open air’ or enclosed for inclement weather protection. Her custom hardtop extension is unique with a noticeable swept back ‘coupe’ like curvature falling off to the stern. Factory extensions were flat, square with a heavy side “v” pillar on port and starboard sides where the deck wing doors are located and typically included permanent or semi-permanent glass side enclosures. January 9th, 1996 she was resold by the Boy Scouts (San Gabriel. California Council) to David G Moore of Newport Beach, California who renamed her “BEOWULF”. Mr. Moore kept her in Newport Beach, California and embarked upon a passionate and complete long term restoration/update/modernization of her over the years of his ownership, spending in excess of $1.5M including a complete hull refastening, paint, engine rebuilds, new generator, along with restoration and or replacement of all other ship’s electrical, plumbing, interior and exterior wood work, instrumentation, electronics, interior furnishings, galley update, etc., with the bulk of the work performed in the 2010-2013 time period in Long Beach, California. During this period, Moore employed a full time project manager, John Adams, to insure all the work and every detail be of the best quality possible. Upon her completion, Moore sold her on September 4th, 2014 to Neil W Herman of Phoenix, Arizona who moved her to San Diego, California where he used her briefly as a waterfront condominium. Having little boating experience and realizing maintaining her was beyond his desire or ability, she was soon put back up for sale.

Having owned a number of smaller boats, including a much smaller Chris Craft, we decided in 2014, as becoming ‘empty nesters’ came onto the horizon, we were ready for a new life adventure/project. Lifelong boaters (with one of us 4th generation Seattle) we launched an investigative search in earnest, examining a wide variety of vessels, eventually narrowing our search to a handful of models suitable for our past cruising style
with friends and family in the PNW with plans for extended summer adventure in the far north. After a large amount of education, learning (with much more still to come!) and self examination as to the responsibilities of large wooden vessel caretaking, our search narrowed to finding a well kept 57’ Connie that was as unadulterated as possible while having been updated. We ran across an online listing for the then BEOWULF in
November, 2016. After several trips to San Diego, beginning in June, 2017 a haul-out, survey and sea-trials, we finally closed on her on December 17th, 2017. Upon our purchase, she was moved to Ensenada, Mexico and transported via a dedicated yacht transport ship to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, off loaded, and reimported to the US at Roche Harbor, San Juan Islands, Washington on December 27th, 2017. After delivery to us at Roche, we began the journey south with our new pride and joy arriving at her new permanent home port December 29th, 2017.

UNFORGETTABLE is again under cover at her new permanent berth, at the Seattle Yacht Club, Main Station on Portage Bay where we’ve been club members since 1994. Now renamed UNFORGETTABLE, she is undergoing additional detailing and upgrading with the intention of returning her to a ‘like new’ Bristol condition.
 

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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

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.. 

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Pearl

Pearl

Member Type: 

Vintage

Boat Name: 

Pearl

prev-names: 

Pau Hana

Year: 

1959

Length: 

32'

Builder: 

Chris Craft

Official Number: 

1220919

Owner: 

Rick & Julia Grover

Fleet: 

  • Pacific Northwest

32' Chris-Craft Express Cruiser
When David Wiehle found Pearl, she was known by a different name and was in a much different state. Her name was Pau Hana, owned by Patricia Coulter who was almost ready to give the vessel away to the Sea Scouts for a tax break after the vessel had been on the market for over a year after her husband passed away.

The Coulters spent many seasons cruising Pau Hana up into Canadian waters.The details are unknown, but we are fairly confident that she spent time in the Desolation Sound area, fishing along the way. Pau Hana resided at the Seattle Yacht Club in Portage Bay for over 20 years.

In September of 2006, David Wiehle and Elizabeth Bailey picked up the then Pau Hana at Seattle Yacht Club in Portage Bay, and limped it over on the port engine to the Seaworthy Services refinishing shop on Westlake. There began extensive restorations. The engines were pulled and put into the care of mechanic Ivan Gelseth. During the engine rebuild, David Wiehle began finish work on the exterior. All metal was removed and taken to Show Quality for polishing and/or re-chroming. All of the exterior paint and varnish above the gunnel was stripped, and the beautiful original mahogany stained the rich tone it now is. At least a dozen coats of varnish were applied to the windshield, cockpit interior, transom, sidedecks, and cabinsides. The unique name was designed and applied by Seaworthy employee Jose Jimenez. Jose also did the majority of the work involved in the gorgeous Awl-Grip fairing and paintwork on the cabintop. The keel coolers were removed and plugged, the bilges extensively cleaned, and the hull, bootstripe and bottom painted at LeClercq Marine, where the (rebuilt) engines were put in. Once back at Seaworthy, Pearl had her fuel tanks pulled and taken to Ballard Sheet Metal, where new stainless steel versions were constructed and installed by Ivan. Ivan went through the engine room, installing new sea strainers, batteries, exhaust system; the list goes on.

Pearl was nearly complete by late June 2008, so David Wiehle pushed for a "maiden voyage" of the 2008 Chris-Craft Rendezvous in Port Orchard the second weekend in July. Pearl marched in on Thursday afternoon, and won the crowd throughout the weekend. She left on Sunday with her first award: "People's Choice". Beaming with pride, David and Elizabeth took Pearl for an outing in the San Juan Islands in the following weeks. She now resides at BoatWorld Marina on Westlake.
 

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Navillus

Navillus

Member Type: 

Vintage

Boat Name: 

Navillus

prev-names: 

Almardor (original name), Bowmar

Year: 

1963

Length: 

50'

Builder: 

Stephens Brothers

Official Number: 

290661

Owner: 

Marc Harrington

Fleet: 

  • Northern California

Navillus V is Stephens hull number M-104, launched May 5, 1963 under the name of Almardor. She was sold originally to Albert F. Roller, a noted architect in the San Francisco Bay area in the thirties and forties.

Albert F. Roller was a long time member of the Saint Francis Yacht Club, and Almador was used as a committee boat during some of their races. She also traveled to the Tinsley Island Stag Cruise during his ownership.

According to letters found on the boat, air conditioning was installed in the saloon when she was built in 1963.  In one of his letters to the Stephens Brothers, after some trouble, Mr. Roller expresses that he was glad the trouble had not occurred several weeks earlier when he had the mayor of San Francisco aboard.

From 1989 until 2002 she was owned by Robert Marotta, a Bay Area boat broker.  During his ownership she was known as "Bowmar". We believe that he took her both to Alaska and to Mexico during his ownership.

She was recently purchased by Marc Harrington from the Sullivan Family Trust.  Navillus is berthed at the Sausalito Shipyard and Marina.

Sea Star

Sea Star

Member Type: 

Affiliate

Boat Name: 

Sea Star

prev-names: 

AQUARIUS, SAVITAR III, SAVITAR

Year: 

1965

Length: 

85'

Builder: 

Burger

Designer: 

Jack Hargrave

Engine Info: 

Twin Caterpillar (D343A) diesels

Owner: 

Erik & Aspin Teevin

Fleet: 

  • Pacific Northwest

Sea Star features a semi-displacement aluminium hull and aluminium superstructure, with teak over aluminum decks.

Skal

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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