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by Rob

Our ACBS Home Shop Boat Tour Continues…

November 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Our secret sleuth, N.H, continues his home boat shop tour with a visit to a fabulous vintage boat gallery in Barrie, Ontario

The Peter Moore Collection at Carpe Diem Wood Boat shop in the centre of Barrie.

“This facility is located in an innocuous single storey industrial building with a large overhead door and single entrance door. Apart from the Carpe Diem Wood Boats shop sign, this space could be any plant in any city. However, behind those doors is a wonderful white-walled, polished concrete floor, and a pristine building, so large that a bus could perform “donuts” in it and not contact Peter’s amazing collection of boats. He also has a large pool-like setup with two overhead gantries that allow him to move and soak his boats in water.

Currently in the tank is his award winning 1921 JJ Taylor Heldena III, immersed to swell up prior to usage. This large shunting area for the boats also contained a number of boats and engines. Directly across from the tank was a large dual-engine Shepherd 25 foot+ runabout. and a Glen-L Monaco that was being built by a friend of Peter’s.

Beyond the main room with the “soaking pool,” lies Peter’s extensive collection of boats – nine or ten watercraft, which includes a number of immaculate dual engine Shepherds, a 1935 JJ Taylor Toronto Harbour Police boat,(approximately 30+ feet with a working siren) and Copy Cat, a 1998, 25 foot Hacker Craft. Also included in the colleciton is Rambler a 1918 triple cockpit launch that I recognized from several boat shows. Peter purchased Ramblerat the Clayton Boat Show auction in 2016.




This facility is a spectacularly spacious venue for art-pretending-to-be-boats! It was quite an art gallery. I thank Peter and his family very much for sharing his collection with us.

by Rob

Saturday February 22, 2014

February 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Legendary Yachts in Washington, USA Boasts a Fine History of Wooden boat Building
(More from the West Coast of the USA and Canada!)
Radiance under sail
A team of Washougal woodworkers is celebrating 20 years of building artful wooden yachts and pleasure boats that sell from $85,000 to $3 million, though changes in the market have Legendary Yachts, Inc., down to just four employees.

“We just want to keep working,” said Will Pollard, 44, vice president of Legendary Yachts, Inc. “We’re very custom, very specialized. I’d be very happy if we were building one 60-footer.”

At one point, Legendary had 22 busy employees, who turned all wooden boats large and small. Today, the four-person operation is refurbishing six seaworthy yachts, and looking for more.
Will Pollard of Legendary Yachts

Will Pollard poses by the hull of a wooden vessel being refitted in the warehouse at Legendary Yachts. The four-man team of builders is rebalancing and rebuilding the cast-off ship frame to ready it to sail on the Columbia again.
Dean Baker, Special to The Oregonian

The company operates out of sight and generally out of mind in a nondescript warehouse in east Washougal, but it’s got plenty of fans among avid boaters.

“Are you referring to the beautiful wooden sail boats that they have built there?” asked boat-owning Washougal booster Roger Daniels. “They have pretty much been a secret to local folks.”

The boat business grew out of a dream by Stan Bishoprick III, who in 1977 founded Exterior Wood, a giant in the pressure-treated wood business.

From the profits, Bishoprick launched Legendary Yachts and Windy Ridge Farm, first raising thoroughbred racehorses and then registered Angus beef cattle. Bishoprick, who died last October, was also a professionally trained singer, served as cantor at several Jewish temples, was choir director at Vancouver’s First Presbyterian Church and sang in the Portland opera and was president of the opera association.

Bishoprick launched the boat business after building his own 72-foot ketch, the Radiance, patterned after the famous 1935 sailing yacht Ticonderoga.

Bishoprick caught the boat-building bug in high school by helping his father build a 56-foot Marco Polo schooner. That schooner, the Corahleen, is being refurbished in the Legendary Yacht shop. (The schooner’s name was taken from the elder Bishoprick’s mother, Cora, and his three sisters, among them former U.S. Rep. Jolene Unsoeld. )

Bishoprick announced the formation of Legendary Yacht when he launched the Radiance in August 1994. His staff at both the lumber and boat companies included his son-in-law, Pollard, son of former Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard.

“Will and his brother Ed always loved to go fishing when they were kids,” Royce Pollard said. “They took to the water like fish.”

Radiance on Launch Day 1994
The yacht Radiance on launch day in August 1994.
Courtesy of Legendary Yachts

The Radiance became the centerpiece of a two-year family adventure that began in fall 1995, when Bishoprick, Will Pollard and their families sailed over the Columbia Bar, down the West Coast, through the Panama Canal, up to Maine, across to Bermuda and Antigua and back.

“It was a fabulous trip,” Will Pollard said. “It brought in tons of publicity of the company. It was once in a lifetime.”

Curtis Sluyter, a Portland area contractor and boat builder, came across Legendary Yachts a few years ago while trying to refurbish the hull of his 27-foot-wooden yawl, the Vajra.

“Will has been so great to work with, and he is on top of his game,” Sluyter said in an email.

Despite changes in the market, Legendary has found a niche by emphasizing wood. Company builders use South American and African mahogany, teak, western red cedar, western red cedar, Port Orford cedar and spruce.

They’ve built boats of many sizes, including the 58-foot ketch Bounty, the 64-foot Mistral and smaller boats such as the 12-foot Haven.

“Unfortunately, we are not building anything new right now,” Pollard said. “In a perfect world, we are building brand new wooden boats – power or sail. But we are blessed with six boats that are wooden boat restorations or fiberglass refits.”

Legendary’s four workers stay busy with cabinets, paint, varnish and mechanical work.

“I am trying to keep all these talented people doing what they do best,” Pollard said. “We’d love to be building another Radiance, and employing 17 or 18 people. We really want to be building new boats, and we’ve got a prospect, to build something beautiful to showcase our workmanship.”

— Dean Baker