We are in the process of moving to Texas. I spent a total of 5 hours going through containers; we have 50 five cu.ft. boxes packed...looking for the picture of Joe at the launch of CHANTY. I know I still have it but it will take some time.
This is a photo I took outside Joe's shop; of "MISTRESS", a wooden Bahama 32 Joe designed and built, this must have been about 1980... maybe early summer. Joe built her for Don Jones who lived in Eugene Or. and was going to have a great long cruise which is quite a story. Ended up in port Ludlow Wash.
I believe Joe made several of these Bahamas 32's through the years...
Joe made a 60 ft wooden boat for Joe Beek who had the fuel dock and ferry at Balboa Island; Newport beach Ca. It is still in use as a charter boat in that area.. the boats name is "AMIGO" and still uses that name. link below...http://www.caladventures.com/NewportLanding.htm
Joe made a 42 ft sail boat for a man in Eugene Or. and that man was doing most of the finish work himself..that was early 80's..I saw it several times but never followed the outcome.
A fellow in Alaska was also making a 42 ft. sail boat from Joe's plans and I think Joe may have made a trip up there for a bit of guidance.
"SALISHAN" was a 65 ft wooden motor yacht he built in the mid 70's for a friend from Vida Or. named Ed, it was a very fine yacht and powered by extremely large cat diesels.. Ed later took the larger engines out and repowered with much smaller cat diesels. Ed owned a large helicopter company in Seattle and I think it was his input for the large engines not Joe's.
The "KINGFISHER" was a 47 ft wooden boat that Joe built in Newport Or. in the late 30's or early 40's . It was a sport fishing charter boat and was used by the navy I believe as a coast wise patrol boat in WW ll... returned to the owner after the war and was still in use as a charter fishing boat in the late 80's that I know of and maybe much longer. She was working out of Newport Or. but had run out of Depot Bay Or. for years also... link belowhttp://www.oregoncoast.history.museum/collection.html
Joe said "a great woodworker is one who can correct his mistakes"!
Joe was instrumental in forming the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club in Newport Or... of which I was a member in the late 1970s and 1980's.
I have some of his tools and I feel like there is a lot of magic left in them. He also gave me many parts and fittings that he did not sell when he closed his shop.
There is ample information on the internet of Joe's start with fiberglass Islanders and then the ensuing deals by greedy people he got mixed up with that took advantage of him.
Joe designed and built motor homes called Islander Motor Home. I saw several on the road in the 80's in southern Calif. but none recently. Some company makes an Islander currently but there is no connection to Mcglassons Islander. Used to see one listed for sale on the internet from time to time but not lately. links below....http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=2CQVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=F_gDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1173,4364812&dq=history+islander+motorhome&hl=enhttp://www.google.com/search?q=history+islander+motorhome&hl=en&rlz=1W1GPEA_en&sa=X&tbo=p&tbs=tl:1,tl_num:20,tll:1960,tlh:1979&ei=bNpyS42YB466swO0so27BQ&oi=timeline_histogram_nav&ct=timeline-histogram&cd=6&ved=0CJABEMkBKAY
Joe made a gondola for someone and I'm not too clear about that story but I saw a picture of it. The lines were beautiful.
Joe had pilot license and a crashed a small plane by age 16 and his father; superintendant of schools in Tillamook Or. didn't even know he knew how to fly until after the crash.
Many years ago Joe built an airplane from designs he made.. he did the entire job by himself and then flew it.. I never saw a picture of it but I'm certain it had fine lines... He even made the prop out of spruce he had harvested.
The "HEIDING"; a 120 foot steel motor yacht with twin Bessemer Cooper engines.. Jean Spencer was the captain.... she chartered out of Newport Beach California an went to Mexico...La Paz and Puerto Vallarta in the 1950's....Joe would fly down people and supplies to Mexico and meet up with the HEIDING.... Evy; Joe's wife worked as cook on that boat. Their clientele was very special indeed.. Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, David Sarnoff; head of RCA, and many more of the movie celebs... ..Evy used to cook me and my wife a chicken dish that was Frank Sinatra's mother's receipt. He had Evy cook it for him every time he was on he HEIDING. Chicken, potato and cheese was the base as I recall.
I have rambled too much.....! Many memories concealed under a deep layer of newer events.
I won't give up on the buried photos.... but it will take a while..
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