SKYLARK

SKYLARK is a 1947 Blanchard 33. She was designed by William Garden, who was in his 20’s when he drew the class. SKYLARK is number 3 of 9 built, the last being built as a yawl.

My family was the second owner of the boat, purchasing her in 1959. We owned the boat from 1959 to 1974. Another boat replaced her as the family boat and I lost track of her for 40 years. After reaching out to the owner of another Blanchard 33 (AURA), I was able to obtain old phone numbers and locate her in the late summer of 2014. She was largely original but iron sickness was a problem, and she has been undergoing a deck-off restoration at Jensen Motor Boat Company in Seattle. Virtually all steel has been replaced from stem to stern with bronze, new garboards and broads, along with a new deck and coach roof, which were original plywood with canvas. Fortunately, the boat was fastened new with Everdur. The entire hull below water was re-fastened and re-caulked. The hull is now grooved, as it was before.

The picture shows SKYLARK prior to restoration, lying on east Lake Union, about 5 blocks from where she was built! We anticipate launching in Spring 2016.

Design Specs

LOA:
33′ 
3″
Beam:
8′ 
9″
LWL:
24′ 
0″
Draft:
5′ 
0″
Design or Class: 
Blanchard 33
Home Port: 
Seattle
Designer: 
William Garden
Boat Type: 
Sail
Rig: 
Fractional sloop
Gross Displacement: 
6 tons
Sail Number: 
664
Sail Area: 
478 sq. ft.
Number of Engines: 
1
Engine Model: 
Yanmar
Total Engine Horsepower: 
27 HP
Fuel Type: 
Diesel
Builder Name: 
Blanchard Boat Company
Location Built: 
Seattle, WA (Lake Union)
Year Built: 
1947
Hull or Design No.: 
Design #98
Owner Name: 
Ben and Denise Gardner-Young
Owner Country: 
USA
Posted on:
Sun, 02/28/2016 - 6:28pm
Last modified on:
Tue, 03/01/2016 - 2:22pm