Boat Reviews By Owners
1947 -- 29' 0" YOUNGQUIST
Model: custom sedan cruiser
Cockpit: I lived aboard for 4 years- the first several months (summer+) I had it in the yard, I cruised it for 2 years, spent another summer working on it, cruised a few months, it broke, lived at the dock- a large (must have been) rat moved onboard and in a couple of weeks ate bedding/flotation- survival suits /dive gear / woodwork/ wiring /clothing / books / electronics/ French's mustard bottle then left presumably minutes before I returned from vacation (fortunately a bottle of whiskey escaped pillaging). I never got the boat running again, although I went on a long cruise under tow from San Juan Islands to lower Puget Sound by way of far too many side excursions at the whim of my "tug" operator-but that is another story . . .
Cabin: Lots of cabin space came at the expense of accessibility to the motor and drive (#@!%$* Borg-Warner V-Drive--great machine-loved the "smooth-clutch-float" in-out of gear action, BUT with the Chrysler Ace 6 tank motor located dead-center underneath the rear cabin bulkhead/wall/galley/ with NO EASY access to anything except the battery switches and dipstick -perhaps the distributor. The worst problem was the completely inaccessible Zenith Updraft Carb, and the extra water she would tend to collect in the stern due to increased stress on the packing and entire aft section of the hull when running in heavy weather. The cabin was all window-big custom rounded sliders which may have kept the rain out in 1947, but not anytime since. The v-berth was great-larger than most, but the head was less than 40" in height, and never worked properly or legally--
Construction: It was well-built for the time and the purpose, but 50 years later, with some decades of neglect . . . . When I actually got to cruise, it was great. Certainly not a heavy weather boat, but I had it out in strong gales crossing the Straits of Juan de Fuca with equally strong tides kicking up 6'-10' window-smashers. The long bow handled those, while a fairly narrow and rounded stern made following seas enjoyable. Unfortunately, the fuel tanks were original and impossible to replace without major reconstruction, so choppy weather would break loose bits of rust etc and send them through the fuel system to that horrible old Zenith, which was already situated to scoop up bilge water as it sloshed around in the stern oblivious to bilge pumps and flow-holes. Needless to say, there were some tense moments (and hours) when I'd lose power in bad weather or location, but my trusty Danforth (if given half a chance) would grab and hold with 100 lbs of lead attached to the rode end of my anchor chain. Unfortunately, that led to other problems . . .
Handling: Liked putting around the Islands (San Juan) and Puget Sound on fair days. More than about a 6' chop could get scary.
Engine Room: Chrysler Ace FlatHead 6 cyl-
Tractor/Tank motors--very reliable, but very old--gas is really the problem when you are discussing a 7 knot boat--but the initial investment of a diesel engine can be prohibitive, and in the late 40's the US had lots of flatheads around--that old Chrysler sure did purr, as well. The Borg-Warner Drive was also top quality, but the implementation in my boat was less-than ideal. If you have a Zenith Updraft Carb, I suggest making sure it drafts good clean air and is accessible for immediate servicing/ removal-replacement in case of emergency--an old Carb in the bilge with marginal fuel, wet distributor, bad alternator etc can lead to disaster
General Comments: Perfect for what she was designed for-I understand she was one of Younquists' first boats, and it was a custom design apparently for an important Seattle city official. In other words, she was designed for weekend trips on Puget Sound, Lake Union-Ships Canal-Lk Washington- SEAFAIR, and perhaps the occasional two-week island hop into BC. Certainly was not designed to do the Inside Passage--not enough fuel capacity to cross Queen Charlotte Sound with margin for error, nor seaworthy enough to take more than minor grumpiness of weather on the part of the Sound. Perhaps some hippy has it now on the blocks in the corner of a storage yard in Ballard and dreaming about the day he can cruise Puget Sound . . .
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Date Submitted: 2004-03-08
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