HOWB 034 – Wooden Boat Gems at Portland Yacht Club: Interviews Chuck Kellogg & Mark Hall

by admin on May 10, 2012



Two weeks ago, I met Chris Finks (Maritime Heritage Coalition) at the Portland Yacht Club to personally tour several of the historic and wonderful wooden boats his friends own and moor at the Yacht Club, and to talk shop (wooden boat shop of course).

One of the chaps I interviewed that day was Chuck Kellogg.  Chuck has been a member of the Portland Yacht Club since his youth when he first learned seamanship and sailing on the Club’s 18′ plywood “Flatties“.  The Flattie is a sloop with a centerboard that was designed and first built in 1928 in Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC.  Click on this link for more info: Flattie.

Chuck currently owns a drop dead gorgeous 1937 Bridge Deck boat “Phantom”.  She is 58′ of sheer beauty and elegance, and was built by Astoria Marine Company in Astoria, OR (see photos below).  Chuck also owns a 36′ Bridge Deck boat “Kaleta”.  She is is a beautifully designed and inviting vessel built in 1928 in Tacoma, WA by Martinac Marine.  Chuck had her out of the water to restore her hull last year (we’re talking major restoration), now she’s back in the water for interior and deck refurbishing (see photos below).  Kaleta will be the Flagship vessel for the Maritime Heritage Coalition.

Next I was given a tour of “Marymack” – a 50+’ Bridge Deck boat that is absolutely beautiful (see pics below).

Finally, I met with and interviewed Mark Hall who owns a 1961 Chris Craft Constellation that is 55′ of craftsmanship and stateliness.

Click on the green player button above to listen to the interviews with Chuck Kellogg and Mark Hall, and find out more their wooden boats passions, adventures and tall stories.

Here’s some pics to enjoy (click to enlarge):

"Phantom" - 58' Bridgedeck boat built 1937 in Astoria, OR. She is phenomenal! Nice job Chuck!


Phantom pulling out of Portland Yacht Club for "Stag Cruise".


"Kaleta" - 36' Bridgedeck boat built in 1928 by Martinac Marine in Tacoma, WA. Hull has been restored, next is interior and deck redo.


Kaleta Stern. Note rain cover over rear deck. This baby was built for the rainy pacific northwest!


Marymack Lauch Day - Circa 1938.


Marymack rename Merrimac and moored at Portland Yacht Club. Another Bridge Deck beauty!


Marymack - Bright work everywhere on this gorgeous boat!

Thanks Mark and Chuck for taking the time to be interviewed for my podcast.  And best to you in your wooden boat endeavors and adventures on the Columbia River!

UPCOMING FUN EVENTS (tell ’em Wooden Boat Dan sent you!)

May 12 – Seattle Maritime Festival – Seattle, WA

May 12-13 – 33rd Annual Olympia Wooden Boat Fair – Olympia, WA

May 19th – Port Townsend Pocket Yachters 1st Annual Palooza – Port Townsend, WA.  Please bring your 10′-23′ boats to show!

June 29 to July 1st – 22nd Annual Wooden Boat Show – Mystic Seaport, CT

June 30 to July 4th – 36th Annual Wooden Boat Festival – Seattle, WA

July 8 – 2nd Annual Wooden Boat Festival at the Willamette Sailing Club – Portland, OR

July 13-15 – 5th Annual Maritime Heritage Festival – St. Helens, OR

August 11 – La Conner Classic Boat and Car Show – La Conner, WA

August 25-26 – 20th Annual Tacoma Maritime Fest – Tacoma, WA

September 2-4 – 34th Annual Victoria Classic Boat Festival – Victoria, BC, Canada

September 3-5 – 11th Annual Wooden Boat Rendezvous – Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, WA

September 7-9  – 36th Annual Wooden Boat Festival – Port Townsend, WA


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