It's probably safe to say it was the largest crowd ever gathered in Sausalito to christen a boat so small.
Hundreds came to the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center on Saturday to celebrate the launch of the Charlie Merrill memorial Swampscott dory and to remember the local legend commemorated by the 17-foot boat, with its striking plaque inscribed "Charlie Merrill loved the sea and we loved Charlie"
The traditional lapstrake dory, commissioned by the Richareson's Bay Maritime Association ...
Full page article about NBBW, the construction of the Charlie Merrill by Anton Hottner, and its launching Saturday, June 9th at the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center.
Maritime Day at Napa Street Galilee Harbor. Here we see Anton engaging a walk-in with a lively discussion on the joys of owning a fine traditional wooden boat, like the Herreshoff dingy behind him.
There were many other items for sale, these were only a few. There was a lot of talking, eating, and drinking at this annual celibration.
The July 25-31 edition of The Scope [vol 36, issue 30, 2006] has a good introduction into the history of this harbor of live-aboards.
This is an annual celebration in Sausalito. Here on May 28, 2006, the North Bay Boat Works was dispaying the Swampscott dory, in the background, and the Herreshoff dingy in the foreground. Jason expounds on the virtues of wooden boats to all who will listen.
Held on Opening Day weekend, April 29-30, 2006, on their wharf in front of the Sausalito Bay Model. The NBBW displayed the newly completed Herreshoff dory at the show. It's a little early in the morning and the band hasn't yet started under the tent in the background.
"If you know Sausalito, you know it's a mecca of wooden boats. From the oldest surviving wooden -hulled ferry on the West Coast to the bird boats found only in the San Francisco Bay, Sausalito takes its nautical history and heritage seriously. Enter Northbay Boatworks, the newest generation of wooden-boat builders on the waterfront. Graduates of the Arques School of Traditional Boat Building, the four North Bay partners are devoted ..."
"As graduates of the Arques School of Traditional Boatbuilding, the young men of North Bay Boatworks consider wooden boats works of art..."