Classic Weekend coming to Bell Harbor Marina

Photo courtesy of Tom Brayton, CYA.

We’re fortunate here in the Pacific Northwest to have an incredible mix of classic wooden vessels, and many of them are set to be on display this weekend in downtown Seattle.

The Pacific Northwest Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association is hosting the 22nd Annual Classic Weekend at Bell Harbor Marina on June 16-17.

Featuring up to 50 beautiful classic boats, the event is a wonderful opportunity for the public to see so many beautiful boats. Admission is FREE, and many of the vessels will be open for public tours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

This year’s marquee class of boats were all built by the Blanchard Boat Works; a historic Seattle boat building company that was in business from 1905 to 1969 in several locations and was run by two generations of the Blanchard Family. During this time, over 2,000 power and sail boats were constructed for commercial and pleasure use.

Visitors will be able to see the 1926 100-foot motor yacht Malibu, the 1922 72-foot schooner Red Jacket and the 1926 36-foot cruiser Faun, which are all fabulous examples of Blanchard Boat Works yachts.

The Malibu is a classic 100-foot fantail motor yacht designed by Ted Geary. She was built for the owners of “Rancho Malibu” a remote ranch on the California coast, which is now the famed city of Malibu. Her third owner developed a posh resort at Princess Louisa, B.C. and named the ajacent rapids, Malibu Rapids. 

Red Jacket under full canvas on Commencement Bay. (Photo courtesy of Swiftsure Yachts)

The Red Jacket was built for Seattle resident Fred Baxter on Lake Union at Blanchard Boat Company.  Ted Geary, an expert sailor, designed Red Jacket to be sleek and fast. She has sailed oceans, but has spent the last 87 years sailing the Salish Sea. At 98-years-old she is one of the most beautiful and seaworthy sailing yachts in North America.

Photo courtesy of Tom Brayton, CYA.

The Faun is a 36-foot Blanchard Standardized Cruiser, launched in June 1926 by the NJ Blanchard Boat Company for W.N. Winter of Medina, Washington. Her designer is Leigh Coolidge. She is one of 25 standardized cruisers built by Blanchard. Her hull is cedar, her frames oak and her brightwork is teak. Her ribs, frames and ribs were replaced in 2013-2014. She was awarded best Classic Power Yacht Under 40’ at Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day in 2018.  

The public will have a chance to vote on the “People’s Choice” Award for the public’s favorite classic yacht.

Additional information about this event can be obtained from:  Diane Lander, Event Chair, or 206-919-5099.

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