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Rolling the Bartender Upright

bartenderThis classic Pacific Northwest design is from the board of George Calkins, and was drawn in 1963. It was the biggest of the Bartender class, which was designed for the rough surf off Washington and Oregon’s Pacific coast. The design was so successful that it was accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard for use as its surf rescue boat.

We are building this boat with a mid-section stretched 16 inches – one frame bay – to yield a design length of 27 feet 4 inches, and will raise the hardtop over the steering console an inch or two for the owner’s headroom. It is framed in sitka spruce, planked with marine plywood and sheathed in 9-ounce fiberglass below the waterline and 6-ounce glass above.

Students in the 2012 Yacht Interiors class July – September 2012 built most of the interior of this boat. The hull was begun on January 7th 2013 by students in the Contemporary class and rolled upright on May 10th, 2013. Work is continuing on this beautiful, powerful boat as of this writing and we expect the boat to be completed by the Contemporary class of 2014 in time for the 2014 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.

The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is located in Port Hadlock WA, on the Olympic Peninsula, and is a private, accredited non-profit vocational school.

Our mission is to teach and preserve the fine art of wooden boatbuilding and traditional maritime crafts.

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