“To provide a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations”
So reads the Mission Statement of The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle. What a unique idea — or is it? Sharing maritime culture and skills while preserving the history of a local culture is such a great idea that others seem to have had a similar vision.
In Italian, the meaning of the name Carlotta is an Italian form of Charles, meaning strong.
And indeed strength has followed Carlotta since her conception in 1899. She’s shown strength through her 118 years; there was “a daring World War II escape from Guernsey as the Germans were landing at the airport. She’d been laid over by hurricane force winds until the mast trucks were almost hitting the water…dropped four feet from a travel lift, towed by rowboat completely around Texada Island…in the 1970s she fell over on her beaching legs, smashing her port side frames in.”
Carlotta has also required the strength of her owners. More recently The Mohan’s who found pleasure and passion for 10 years, were ushered into personal heartbreak and tragedy leading to her to her most recent sale in 2014. The newest owners continued her restoration and contacted Abernethy Gaudin Boatbuilders in Brentwood Bay (Vancouver Island) British Columbia, Canada.
After a two-year build and summer on the water, Roy Morford is selling his beautiful Argie 15.
Designed by Dudley Dix and is built with a hull of marine ply (supplied by West Wind) and lots of walnut and holly. She sails very well according to Roy and would be a good, stable family boat!
Asking $7,500 which includes a new, unused set of oars, a custom made aluminum launch dolly and a new boat cover.
Contact Roy if interested.
Paul Gartside Design – 14 ft Lapstrake Sailing Daysailer
Silva Bay Shipyard School Built
J. Nielsen of West Wind Hardwood Owned and Loved
Western Red Cedar Planking – Traditional clinker planking over bent frames.
Honduras Mahogany Trim
Gunter Jib and Main – Leitch and McBride Sales
Vintage 5.5 HP Johnson Outboard
Western Maple Bowl
Gordon’s first big bowl which he made from a piece of figured western maple and a small accent of blood wood…..and with a little guidance from his Grandfather Ray.
Well done Gordon Aggus!
At the encouragement of friends, Jan and I visited the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) at South Lake Union (Seattle, WA) in February 2014. This was a quiet Sunday morning; chilled by the previous evening’s dusting of snow and yet, it is a hub of hands-on learning year-round. Boat rentals, classes and workshops, field trips, lectures, and opportunities for direct experience on the water and at the docks are just a few of the things you’ll find when you visit.