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Save a Tancook Whaler in San Pedro California

As an old Tancook whaler owner I hope someone from our SeaKnots community will buy and "save" this absolutely wonderful boat. It's a piece of art and they sail like a dream! Very fast boat.
Believe me, everyone welcomes you and gives you high 5's in a Tancook.

this is not my boat; I found her surfing for wooden sailboats for sale last night... after a few glasses of Jack Daniels.

As far as I know there are ony 2 Tancook Whalers on the West Coast of the US... Tara/Mara and this one.

Anyone know of another??


She's at San Pedro Yacht sales... and can probably be purchased for a lot less .... woodend classics are sooo misunderstood.

The listing should show with this link... I hope: Tancook Whaler


I an NOT a broker, just another romantic who loves classic sail.

Let me know if you "save" her from someon who will probably buy her for some lowball price and then start chopping up the wood, drilling holes and using "bondo" as boat repair.

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Comment by Pat Daly on March 30, 2009 at 10:44am
Ya, me too. I've asked the broker via e-mail to include more interior photos for all of us to share. She's really different which is a breath of fresh air in todays "all the same" tupperware world.

When I grew up in Northern California I use to go down to the Sausalito waterfront.... in those days it was a bevy of waterfront activity. The big thing was building your own houseboat... many of which are still there today with $800,000 price tags, building your own Trimaran... some of which are still afloat and seem to wash up with the tide to the Napa marina or in some boneyard So Cal marina ( I don't mind boneyard boats... in fact that is where I found Mara... Your Yara in San Rafael where they were thinking of cutting her up!)
Watched Sterling Hayden walking the docks... sometimes in Leighter hosen (sp)... wild guy... loved to drink and fight. Watched The Taj Mahal being built and Forbes Island being towed into the bay... Taj is still a local landmark. Anyone know if Forbes Island is still there?? ( build of steel, huge organ that you could hear playing at night with sound across the water and ... get this, palm trees planted on deck... had about 2 feet of earth on top of the steel... owner build bluewater bargesso "the Island" was no big deal and built of scrap from jobs some client had already paid for (pretty clever)

Doesn't seem like anyone has the vision, guts or serendipity to do anything themself anymore, except buy a fractional ownership of some tupperware boat made in France, excluding you buddy, and a fraction of Seaknots community.

Ya, I know, folks here do sometimes change their own oil, fret with the rigging that someone else installed and play with all kinds of electronic gizmos. Sometimes they actually go sailing!

Anyway, IF the broker does post interior shots of the tancook I'll try and post em here for all too see. Or, if folks can't wait e-mail whoever the broker is at San Pedro Yacht Sales in So Cal.

Maybe there is someone who still has the guts to be different and dances to his own tune who will save this Tancook.
Fair seas and keep on sailin.
Comment by Kent Wheeler on March 30, 2009 at 12:29am
Hi Pat, thanks for the invite! that's a pretty boat. Interesting layout with the motor in the middle, seems a bit small for a for & aft cabin. Gives me some good ideas for a bit more head room.Id like to see interior pics of the rest of her hmmm?
Comment by Pat Daly on March 29, 2009 at 11:06am
Here's the only other Tancook that I know of. Kent saved her... she use to me mine for many years.

http://www.wheelerfolk.org/familyphotos/Kents_boats/index.html


Maybe your son can correspond with Kent or they can even visit each other sometime and talk about restoration of Tancooks?!

Thanks much Joel!
pat
Comment by Joel on March 29, 2009 at 10:52am
My son just became the owner of a 27' Tancook Whaler in Port Townsend, WA. It has a cabin and is on the hard, where he intends to fix it up. Maybe you can see it in the Wooden Boat Festival this year or next. The intended name is "Little Martha," from the Duane Allman song.

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