Preview: A Visit with Bertram Levy, Part 2 – Sailing His Sweet Double Ender

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September 26, 2019

After savoring the process of building of this magnificent 19-foot sloop, Bertram has invited us to go for a sail. Welcome aboard, and thank you Bertram.

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28 Responses So Far to “A Visit with Bertram Levy, Part 2 – Sailing His Sweet Double Ender

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    For all the joy she brings you, Bertram, I hope you feel the extra waves of joy she brings to all of us who get to watch you sailing Port Townsend bay and Admiralty Inlet during this crazy weird year of Covid. Thanks for the inspiration! She’s truly a beaut.

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    Tom Vogel says:

    Love to revisit this 2 part video. Beautiful boat. Superb craftsmanship. An honest presentation by its builder / owner of life. Thanks for sharing it all with us. Keep on sailing.

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    Charles Carey says:

    inspiring really. I want to build a boat like Bertram and play music like Bertram!

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    David Lesser says:

    Congratulations, Bertram. Just delightful. This is what it’s all about.

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    Antonio (Tony) Osse says:

    Inspiring people, beautiful boats, great interview. Thanks Mr. Levy and OCH staff for another dose of enthusiasm on our passion.

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    Ed Altonji says:

    So glad you gave us Part 2! I often wondered how she was coming along and now we know – beautifully. Thank you Bertram for sharing with us.

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    James Turner says:

    I would also love to see a sketch or reference for the sculling oar. MURRELET is a beautiful creation. It was touching to hear someone else express builder’s remorse for when a long project is completed an vacates the shop

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    James Turner says:

    I would also love to see a sketch or reference for the sculling oar. MURRELET is just a beautiful creation. It was touching to hear someone else express builder’s remorse for when a long project is completed and vacates the shop.

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    Craig Johnsen says:

    Ah, Bertram! Another lovely creation from your hands and mind. Your boats have been inspirational and we are grateful for your friendship. Sail on. Craig and Vicky

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    Arthur Winer says:

    Such a beautiful boat and such an enjoyable video. I especially enjoyed Bertram’s commentary on the boat and his life. Nice to see yet another late-70’s sailor following his passion and staying active. Thanks.

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    Bruce Sinclair says:

    Lovely man.
    Lovely boat.
    And a wonderful interview,
    Steve is becoming the Terry Gross of the wooden boat world, always bringing out the best from his subjects.

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      Robert Kunzig says:

      Yes indeed Bruce – thank you Bertram, thank you Steve!
      So wonderful is the life you show us, it is an inspiration.
      Because of OCH and others I too am getting out on the water, overnighting and feeling deeply the depth of it all. What a gift you give every quiet early morning I choose to click into…

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    Rod McLaren says:

    “nothing too much fancy” Now there is an understatement. What an absolutely beautiful boat.

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    David Newell says:

    lovely boat – enjoy the fruits of you labour. Dave

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    alex lemon says:

    is this an Aage design? the video doesnt say.

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      Bertram Levy says:

      The lines are taken from a Maynard Bray article, drawn by Peter Christen, and modified to 19 feet from the original Fern 18.3. There are no plans as Mr. Nielsen didn’t want his plans sold. There was one construction drawing in the book of Nielsen called Worthy of the Sea. I made it up as I went.

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    Larry Cheek says:

    A beautiful argument for:

    (1) A bright-finished hull, and to hell with all the drearily practical attributes of paint;
    (2) NOT giving up boatbuilding, sailing, or ambition just because of age; and
    (3) Dedication to the highest level of craftsmanship possible.

    Congratulations, Bertram. It’s a stunning achievement.

  • Charlie Nichols

    Charlie Nichols says:

    Such a beautiful boat – had the chance to stand and dream on the Boat Haven docks last month while I was in PT – such a great video – very very nice job on the video interview – but a much better job building the boat – BRILLIANT!!!! Thanks!

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    Jerry Readinger says:

    What a beautiful boat and such an interesting man Bertram is.
    I would love to see plans or sketches on how to build his sculling oar.
    Thx for the videos!

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    Stephen L. Clark says:

    Another video that gives this 73 year old hope for the future. I watch for the boats, but your real success is the people. Bertram is a perfect example. Thanks, Steve

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    Philip Myer says:

    Aage would be impressed a gorgeous little double ender- wow she goes like a home sick angel in light air.

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