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The Poulsbo Boat certainly has a lot going for it: she’s seaworthy, commodious, handsome and rooted in the history of her home waters. Little wonder she is such a favorite around the OCH office.

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    Eric Friberg says:

    Did they say who built the boat? They did a beautiful job. Most of the boats I’ve seen have had small inboards.

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    I lived in the PNW for many years, never saw one. I now live on Lake Superior, and this would be a great place to have one. Where can I get one?

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      John Wujack says:

      Wasted energy in displacement hulls. I think most would consider the Poulsbo Boat a displacement hull. If a boat can’t get up and plane across the surface, one only needs to have enough horse power to move the boat forward at its theoretical maximum hull speed. More HP if you want to quickly accelerate to that maximum, but after that maximum speed is attained the boat pushes water rather than cutting through it, the propeller cavitates and fuel is wasted for no measurable gain. Skip Fry? The well known surfer from the late 60’s?

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    Philip Prather says:

    What a nice looking boat! It looks very seaworthy too! Thanks.

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    Norman Johnson says:

    I lived in Poulsbo for many years. There is a great maritime museum there that gets better every year. If you are going to the Port Townsend boat show, make a stop in Poulsbo.

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    Jim Kern says:

    That is a wonderful boat. It could prove to be a more complex build than I would want to tackle, but I would like to know if there are published plans available anywhere?

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      Gordon Sanstad says:

      There has been plans for the Poulsbo Boat available at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle. In the early 1970s noted northwest wooden boat guru Marty Loken oversaw a monograph on original builder Ronald Young and his boats. The author did pull the lines form an existing boat, so all hull lines and a table of offsets are included. I believe the title is “Building a Poulsbo Boat.”
      Gordon Sanstad
      Island Boat Works
      Langley Washington

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    Jeffrey Wright says:

    What a wonderful treat to find this interview of Jim Tolpin and his boat. I have long followed Jim with my being an avid woodworker and his having written numerous books on the subject. I currently have his small but beautiful book on my nightstand he wrote about the nature of the cottage home. lt too is a work of art and I highly recommend it.

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    Steven Clancy says:

    Thanks for the video. It brought back fond memories. I have owned a Poulsbo boat, As a young lad my father and I would rent a boat at Point No Point and fish for salmon in a Poulsbo boat. My grandfather was a minister in Poulsbo in the ’40’s and 50’s so I spent many a day as a young boy in Poulsbo hanging around the water front.

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    Chris Heape says:

    Really lovely job! That would be very useful in the seas around Cornwall too.

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    John Wujack says:

    I’m always excited when OCH explores the Pacific NW. As a resident of Poulsbo, WA living on Liberty Bay to see the Poulsbo Boat is very thrilling. I may need to do more research and plan again on doing so at the upcoming Rendezvous, but I think it needs to be mentioned that most of the surviving fleet (I don’t know the historical proportion) are powered by inboard motors that are covered with an enclosed console that housed the throttle and wheel steering. Primarily used as “dayboats” for fishing (when salmon were plentiful) most owners and paying guests returned to more comfortable surroundings at the end of the day rather than sleeping in a wet, open boat with filled with fish, blood and guts. Yes, today I think a sleeping platform and dodger could be utilized to extend the range of these capable boats, and I’d be curious to know just how commonly these amenities were employed. My limited knowledge instructs me other than a slicker and a hat there probably wasn’t much onboard other than an oiled tarp for protection from the PNW’s rain. Looking forward in seeing OCH at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Yes, it’s on!


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