Which Boat is That?

Ketch

Ketch
Ketch

A Ketch is a two masted boat with the smaller (but still decently sized) mast aft ("mizzenmast").

In windy conditions, a ketch will sail nicely without its mainsail, using just mizzensail Help The sail set on the mast aft of the mainmast and jibA triangular sail set in front of the foremast.

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Ariel of Victoria

Stats Stats for Ariel of Victoria
length58
beam14
height
draft7.5
displacement
sailarea
built1972
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Designer: Fred Peterson
Builder: Peterson/Hunt, Nanaimo BC (1972)
Home Port: Seattle WA
  • Large ketch (58')
  • Blue hull, yellow bootstripea decorative horizontal stripe along the waterline, white cabin
  • High freeboard Wikipedia distance from the waterline to the deck
  • Red spinnaker Wikipedia a large baggy sail flown from the bow of a ship when sailing downwind.

Built in Nanaimo of native lumber, her hull is yellow cedar on oak, and her deck originally red cedar. She emigrated to the US in 2009 and was extensively restored. She usually wins the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club’s Race Your House race, and sails extensively in the Salish Sea.

Thane

Locate Stats Stats for Thane
length57.5
beam15.5
height
draft6.5
displacement18.2
sailarea
built1976
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Builder: Len Pearson (1976)
Home Port: Victoria BC
  • Gaff-rigged Help quadrilateral sail attached at the top to a gaff ketch.
  • Green hull and cabin with white bulwarkan extension of a ship's sides above the level of the deck..
  • Dark red sails.
  • White bowsprit Wikipedia A spar entending forward from the bow, typically used to anchor a forestay. and topmast Wikipedia the upper spar of a two-part mast.

Thane is a modified replica of "Spray", made famous when Joshua Slocum first solo-circumnavigated the world 1895-1898. The Spray class is noted for it's ability to self-steer, highly useful when single-handed.

Thane's hull was found in a field in 1972, and she was extensively rebuilt over the next five years.

Bimi

Stats Stats for Bimi
length42
beam14.5
height
draft2
displacement
sailarea
built1955
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Designer: Knauth & Norgaard
Builder: Nunes Bros. (1955)
Home Port: Kenmore WA
  • gaff ketch
  • Light Blue hull
  • Red (jibA triangular sail set in front of the foremast & mizzensail Help The sail set on the mast aft of the mainmast) and yellow (main) sails
  • Broad beam
  • Bowsprit Wikipedia A spar entending forward from the bow, typically used to anchor a forestay. and Boomkina spar or arched projection off the stern of the ship, typically to hold stays

Named after an orangutan from a Kipling short story, Bimi raced extensively in San Francisco Bay, where her shallow draft allowed her to cruise the inland deltas. She once saluted the mayor of San Francisco with cannon fire, causing him and his bodyguards to frantically dive for cover. She moved to the Pacific NW in 1984 and was adapted to the wetter climate. The refitters enjoyed an old bottle of scotch discovered under the floor boards.

Moonbeam

Stats Stats for Moonbeam
length40.5
beam11.5
height
draft6
displacement
sailarea
built1935
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Designer: Phillip Rhodes
Builder: Minneford (NY) (1935)
Home Port: Vancouver BC
  • Ketch
  • Double-ended Help Where both bow and stern are pointed. (as on a Viking longship)
  • White hull, wooden cabin with white roof.

Designed by Phillip Rhodes, Moonbeam is a beautiful example his early work. Moonbeam began sailing from Los Angeles to Puget Sound in the late 1930's. She has sailed to Alaska and extensively through the Gulf Islands of BC.

Her planking is Honduran mahogany over white oak frames and her cabin top is cold molded yellow cedar.

Unda

Stats Stats for Unda
length40
beam10.5
height
draft5.3
displacement
sailarea
built1949
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Designer: Aage Utzon
Builder: Egon Nielsen (1949)
Home Port: Lopez Island WA
  • Ketch
  • Double-ended Help Where both bow and stern are pointed. (as on a Viking longship)
  • Creamy yellow hull

Unda is a double-ended cruising ketch custom designed in 1938, and launched in 1949 in Nakskov, Denmark. She is oak framed, larch planked and copper-riveted. Spruce spars, cabin sides and cockpit combing are “book-matched” teak planks, with interior featuring African mahogany.

She was purchased in 2004 for $1.00 and extensively refitted. After the refit she won her division in a SF Bay Regatta, and has sailed to Mexico twice.

Maggie Jane

Stats Stats for Maggie Jane
length35.5
beam8.3
height
draft5
displacement
sailarea
built1965
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Designer: Herreshoff
Builder: Homebuilt (1965)
Home Port: Vashon WA
  • Ketch
  • Black hull, pale yellow topside

A modified Herreshoff H28 ketch, originally christened Marjory Jane and sailed on Lake Michigan. Brought to the Pacific NW where a bowsprit Wikipedia A spar entending forward from the bow, typically used to anchor a forestay. was added, and renamed Captain Pierce, but ended up sadly as a half-sunk derelict in Lake Union.

Extensively restored, with aid from the son of the original builder, and just resumed sailing in 2018.

Betsy D

Stats Stats for Betsy D
length35.5
beam6.5
height
draft0.7
displacement
sailarea
built1977
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Designer: New Haven Sharpie
Builder: Bo Garrison (1977)
Home Port: Port Townsend WA
  • Ketch
  • Two sails of near identical size, no jibA triangular sail set in front of the foremast
  • White masts, white hull

The design is an evolution of dugout canoes and was a popular oyster boat in Long Island Sound. The rig consist of two solid, unstayed spars, and, unlike most sailboats, the boom is not at the absolute bottom of the sails ("sprit-boom")

Originally named Transit, she has sailed as far north as Desolation Sound, and spent many years at the Seattle Center for Wooden Boats as a public sail vessel.