HOWB 072 – Interview | Roy Jackson – built Wooden Schooner over a 3 decade period! WOW :D

by admin on January 31, 2013

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I had the rare and special privilege of meeting up with Roy Jackson who, along with his late wife Dolores built a 43′ Murray Peterson designed gaff rigged Coaster II Schooner – Dolores M Jackson – between 1976 and 2009.  The interview and time together with Jackson was a blast!  This is an amazing story!  The interview is a MUST LISTEN!

Roy grew up in Detroit, MI and was accustomed to the regular sight of schooners and other vessels navigating the Detroit River.  His mom and dad boated (black tie events) on friends boats while the kids played on land.  Roy’s dad had been in the British Calvary, so Roy was taught to ride horses and spent lots of time on horseback as a kid including riding on the famed Belle Isle.

Roy began a career in advertising after school, and in 1965 a coworker invited Jackson to join him on sailing his Yawl from Nassau, Bahamas to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  This was a new experience for Roy and he enjoyed every minute of it.  The trip was “perfect” according to Jackson with smooth swells, moonlight, steady breezes and phosphorous creatures to gaze upon in the water at night.   When he returned from the trip, Jackson determined he was going to build his own boat someday.

While reading a Sensible Cruising article in National Fisherman magazine, Roy laid his eyes on a beautiful Murray Peterson designed Coaster II Schooner.  He decided he would build that boat and ordered the plans from Peterson in 1973.  A friend at work told Jackson that Seattle, WA was a hub for building wooden boats.  Roy did his research and decided to make the move in 1974 including taking a position at a large ad agency in Seattle.  The Jackson’s purchased property on Bainbridge Island (a 30 minute ferry ride to downtown Seattle),  Roy designed their home, had it built, and they moved in.  Next was construction of the boat shed for building the schooner and lofting of the vessel on the shop floor in 1977.

You can hear the whole Jackson story by clicking on the green player button above.

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

Roy on deck of 43' schooner he built.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Roy on deck of 43′ schooner he and Dolores built between 1976 and 2009. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Murray Peterson designed Dolores M Jackson at home moorage.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Murray Peterson designed Dolores M Jackson at home moorage. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

She's a beaut from every angle!  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

She’s a beaut from every angle! Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Her interior is gorgeous.  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Her interior is gorgeous. Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Every schooner needs a guard dog - meet Iris :D  Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Every schooner needs a guard dog – meet Iris 😀   Photo by Wooden Boat Dan.

Thanks Roy for doing the interview.  Best to you and all your beautiful vessel!

Wooden Boat Hack of the Week – #15 | Flux brushes aren’t just for plumbing!

Looking for a way to apply small amounts of epoxy to your boat building or repair project?  Buy a pack of flux (acid) brushes at your local hardware store (plumbing department) or online.  Here’s why:

    • They’re inexpensive – and cheap is good when it actually worksFlux Brush temp
    • The brushes are sturdy and disposable
    • They’er the perfect size for small epoxy jobs – bristles are about 1/2″ x 1/2″ with 4″ handle
    • Every hardware store carries them (used by plumbers for applying flux to solder joints).

So next time you go to plumbing for your wax ring (Wooden Boat Hack #12), pick up some flux brushes too.

Pocket Yachters of Port Townsend, WA Offer Free Classified Ads for Smaller Classic Boats For Sale

If you have a smaller classic pocket yacht you would like to sell, email your ad copy and photos to  Marty@IslandBoatShop.com.  Marty can assist you in placing your classified ad on the PocketYachters.com website under the Boats for Sale section.  It’s a free service and the Pocket Yachters pride themselves on finding the “right” buyer for your classic vessel.  Thanks for the heads up Marty!

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October 11, 2014

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