We Are Wood Boat Friendly

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Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard understands the needs of older wooden vessels, said Boatyard Manager Mark Lindeman.

He was pointing out some boats in the yard that I should blog about and Doeina, a vintage wood boat built in 1949, was first on the list.

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Doeina was designed by Ed Monk, Sr., who was born in 1894 in the community of Port Blakely on Bainbridge Island, Wash. He was a shipwright and naval architect in the Pacific Northwest from 1914 to 1973.

Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard Understands the Needs of Older Wood Boats

The classic Ed Monk, Sr., designed bridge-deck cruiser was here at the yard for her annual maintenance last week. The 40-foot boat was hauled, cleaned and sanded in preparation for a new coat of bottom paint. The boatyard crew also cleaned her running gear and protected all with barnacle barrier.

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Ed Monk, Sr., designed pleasure and commercial vessels, both power and sail. He continued to design boats up until his death in 1973 at the age of 79. He produced more than 3,000 boat designs ranging from six-foot dinghies to yachts and work boats in the 150-foot range.

Shipwright John Iverson also got to do some minor transom repair, much to his delight, added Lindeman.

“Our shipwright John salivates at the sight of a wooden boat,” he said, referring to Iverson’s passion for woodworking, especially on wood boats. “His eyes glaze over when he sees a wooden boat.”

“Now it’s back in the water for more fun in the Sound.” – Boatyard Manager

It’s a good thing I stopped by the boatyard that day because as soon as I got the scoop and headed out to the yard to take pictures, I saw Travelift operator Mark Rybin rolling the huge lift in the direction of Doeina. He was getting ready to set her back in the water, and in another 15 minutes I would have missed my chance at this classic gem.

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Marine Travelift operator Mark Rybin works to set the wide lift straps in place under the 68-year-old wooden vessel’s hull.

“We had to hurry to get the boat back in the water before the hot weather dried her planks out,” Lindeman said. “Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard is wood boat friendly. We understand the needs of older wooden vessels.”

“Now it’s back in the water for more fun in the Sound,” he added.




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