SASSAFRASS

SASSAFRASS was built in Vietnam in the early 1960’s for a US navel officer. She was originally gaff rigged, fore and main. She spent most of her life in southern California in Emerald Bay, owned by a Catalina harbor patrol officer and his wife and several subsequent Vietnam vets. She was purchased in the early 1990’s by retired 90-year old shipwright Worth Brown of Seattle Washington, the builder of HOOT MON, winner of the 1954 Havana cup. Worth, his son and son-in-law sailed her up to Seattle where Worth began a refit to take her to Alaska.

At age 97 Worth was no longer able to get around the boat; we purchased her and let Worth stay on board until we were able to move from southern Mexico. Worth died aboard the vessel before we returned, a happy place for a shipwright to cross the bar. We lived aboard for a year then contacted builders Joe Bakketun and John Thomas of Ballard, and Naval Architect, Tad Roberts of Gabriola, BC. A 10-year refit followed, taking the vessel down to a bare hull. with construction of a new interior, house, pilot house decks and rig. We currently live in the San Juan Islands in Washington with plans to cruise the vessel south.

Design Specs

LOA:
65′ 
0″
Beam:
14′ 
0″
LWL:
42′ 
Draft:
7′ 
6″
Design or Class: 
Pilot house
Former Name: 
ISLAND TRADER
GOODWIND
Home Port: 
Friday Harbor
Designer: 
Tad Roberts, original designer unknown
Boat Type: 
Schooner
Rig: 
Staysail schooner
Gross Displacement: 
Number of Engines: 
1
Engine Model: 
Beta 105
Total Engine Horsepower: 
105 hp
Fuel Type: 
Diesel
Builder Name: 
Bakketun & Thomas, refit. Hull Nyguen yard
Location Built: 
Vietnam, refit Ballard Wa.
Year Built: 
1963, refit 2004-2010
Owner Name: 
Scott Family
Owner Country: 
USA
Posted on:
Wed, 09/14/2016 - 1:27pm
Last modified on:
Thu, 09/15/2016 - 9:30am