HOWB 045 – Interviews: Si Miller, 1965 Century Wooden Ski Boat; Bill Weaver, PT658 Wooden Patrol Torpedo Boat

by admin on July 26, 2012



Ten days ago, I attended the Annual Maritime Heritage Festival in St. Helens Oregon.  It was a really fun festival with a wide range of traditional yachts, small craft, vintage cruisers, the Steamboat Portland, a wooden PT Boat 658, and other fun boats.  If you can make it to the show next year, put it on your calendar – it is a great event.  I recorded a total of 6 interviews, 2 of which are included in this episode.

The first interview is with Si Miller of Portland, OR.  Si bought at new wooden ski boat in 1965 and he still has it to this day – 1965 Century Resorter wooden beauty.   She is in immaculate condition and Si recently spent 50 days placing 50 coats of varnish on her and sanding between each coat.  Is Si’s own words – “I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t love every minute of it!”  See the pics below of Si’s boat.

The second interview is with Bill Weaver, crew member of the PT Boat 658 wooden torpedo patrol boat.  She is ’78 long, has three 2,850 hp Packard V-12’s with a top speed of 55 knots.  She is the only fully restored and functioning on-the-water PT boat in the world.  The boat is a living museum and has thousands of visitors each year at her home port in Portland, OR.  She is one awesome looking fighting machine complete with torpedoes and 50 caliber machine guns.  See pics below.

Listen to the full interviews by clicking on the green button above.

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

1965 Century Resorter – 50 coats of varnish, seriously!   Nice job Si Miller.

Si Miller, original owner of Century ski boat (above), pulling with his ‘Vette when boat was new. Sweet!

1940 Chris Craft Runabout – Nameless

007 Cruiser – one serious boat that screams speed.

PT 658 – How would you like to see this sneaking up on you in the Pacific some night???

PT 658 on the run – top speed 55 knots. Power: 3×12 cylinder x 2,850HP Packards!


Thanks Bill and Si for taking time for the interviews.  Best to you with your boats!


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 Yacht 1st Annual Palooza – Port Townsend, WA

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 6-17 – Build Your Own SCAMP microcruiser (360 385-4948) – Port Townsend, WA

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

August 25-26 – 2012 Toledo Antique and Classic Boat Show – Toledo, OH

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

Aug 31 – Sept 2 – 39th Annual Harbor Days – Olympia, WA

September 1-4 – Small Craft Skills Academy – Port Townsend, WA (see website for other locations)

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

Note:  If you have events you would like added to the calendar, please email me at


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