February/March 2004 News Letter

Published by Dick and Jean Guertin

6312 Agnes Rd. N.E. Tacoma, Wa. 98422 * 253 927 1494 *

Newsletter aol address: Monkboatclub@aol.com

Club Web Site: www.edmonkwoodenboatclub.org


The Everett Dinner of Feb. 21 at the Woodfire Grill was terrific. There were eighteen members and guests for dinner. We are grateful to Bob and Jan Larsen who made the arrangements that worked out so well. There were three boats available for us to visit and tour, two at the South guest dock and one at its covered slip within minutes walk of the restaurant. Our thank you also goes to the staff of the Woodfire Grill for delicious food and excellent service.

Dan and Tami's HOLIDAY was at the guest dock having arrived through the fog from Marysville. Her new Sigmar cast iron topped stove which replaced the original Olympic was burning in the galley providing a warm and inviting atmosphere aboard. Iíve seen photos of HOLIDAY in Bet Oliverís book and on our web site, but seeing this well kept family heirloom at the dock was a real treat. HOLIDAY had originally belonged to Danís grandfather. This boat, a double ender, is a real credit to the talent of Ed Monk Sr. I hope one day to seeing it slipping effortlessly through the water with Danís son J.J., the next-in-line fourth generation owner, at the helm.

Bob and Jan Larsen's CHACONNE was also open for inspection at the dock. This beauty partly full of rainwater when rescued from a U.S. Marshallís auction is under complete interior rebuilding and I/O restoration. Bob and Jan have a joint effort going as have many others of us in that Bob does the mechanical and carpentry (to Janís approval!) and Jan does the finish treatment in stain, paint and varnish. The pride and fun of their project is evident in their voices as they talk of the barriers encountered, accomplishments made, the next steps in the plan, and the vision of cruising to come.

An after dessert treat, better than chocolate, was the after dinner tour of NAN owned and for sale by Steve and Diane. They have owned it for about ten years and the mechanical and finish work accomplished is out of this world. They both have an eye for detail, and a strict sense of preservation of the boatís history. For example, all modern electronics are enclosed in disappearing cabinets so when the boat shows, only original equipment is seen. Even the aft hanging lkr. and Dianeís shoe storage is heated by hot water circulated from coils around an Artic furnace by the aft staterooms. As the women chatted in the saloon, the guys descended to the engine room to find it a palace in its own right. Every piece of equipment was polished or sported a fresh coat of paint. The newly installed RO water maker was installed next to the hull and insulated to keep it cool to reduce algae growth. Steve rebuilt and installed the Ford Lehman diesel that replaced the original gas engine. I could go on listing gleaming equipment but suffice to say the detail was complete even to the "tasteful" calendar pinup posters of the 40ís hanging from a bulkhead.

Members and guests at the Woodfire Grill

Ken and Donna Shields, former owners of TOPAZ

Mike & Betty Butler --- PARAMOUR

Wolfe & Mary Bryce with guests ---Eugene Richards, Joanne & Edward Bryce LEE ANN

Dan, Tami & J.J. Bartlett --- HOLIDAY

Steve Hemry & Diane Anderson ---NAN

Dick & Jean Guertin --- MENEMSHA

Bob & Jan Larsen --- CHACONNE


The RSVPís were appreciated to help us in keeping the butterflies of our first 2004 event at idle under the keel.

The second Dinner meeting of 2004 will be April 3 on Tacomaís Foss Waterway.

Our dinner will be at Johnny's Dock. Johnny's location is on the East side near the head of the Foss waterway across from the Museum of Glass. Dinner will be at about 5 pm. We will have our own room overlooking the marina and waterway facing the cone of the Glass Museum. There will be a one-tab bill payment. Jean and I will pick up the tab and be reimbursed by individuals. We will be choosing our dinner entrees from 3 to 4 entrées taken from their menu. The tab will include a 17% gratuity. Beverages will be separate and paid by the glass. Once again we will be asking for RSVPís but we will gladly welcome any members at the door.

We have a "one time only" moorage facility available next door to Johnny's for this Dinner/weekend. The new Foss Landing Marina & Boat Storage, formally Picks Cove, will be installing 400 ft. of new docks for their clients during March. Asst. Mgr. Audrey Hamel (253-627-4344) has assured us of room for at least 5 boats with power, if required, for the Fri and/or Sat nights since their new projected customers will not have moved in at this time. Moorage will cost fifty cents/foot with three dollars for power. There is a steep deposit for Gate keys, reimbursed of course, that the club will cover. For the moorage arrangements to go smoothly at Foss Landing, I must be able to tell Audrey how many will be requiring moorage by Wed. March 31. Johnny's Dock restaurant and marina has a guest dock with barely room for a 40 ft boat at most with other dockage adequate for dinghies. Moorage would be complimentary for this one space for Sat evening with dinner by reservation at 1st comeÖ. I will check at the last minute to see if there might be any empty slips on their perm. moorage docks. Originally I thought that any overflow of our boats could be moored across the waterway at the Foss Waterway Marina, but the Tacoma Dome Boat show is going on that same weekend and a boat dealer has reserved their available transient slips to show his larger boats. TYC has limited guest moorage a few miles from downtown for reciprocals. Jean and I will gladly give anyone a lift back to TYC after dinner if needed. Please let us know if we can do anything to help you get here by boat by calling us @ 253-927-1494 or email at Monkboatclub@aol.com

A welcome renaissance is taking place at Downtown Tacoma and Foss Waterway. On Pacific Ave., there is the new Tacoma Campus of the UW with restaurants, pubs and stores. The new Washington State History Museum is next to the refurbished Union Station and newly built Federal court. The new Tacoma Art Museum is a few steps away. The Chihuly Bridge of Glass crosses over 705 and RR tracks to the Museum of Glass on the Foss Waterway. The newly opened Albers Mill has shops and restaurants. Heading North along the dock, a little longer walk but worth it, is the Working Waterfront Museum. This museum features the history of ship & boat building in Tacoma and is striving to preserve Tacomaís maritime heritage. This is all within a quarter to a half-mile walk from the moorage site and Johnnyís. There are enough new sights to see here to warrant spending a full day along the Foss Waterway in Downtown Tacoma. Come Friday night and put on your museum walking shoes Saturday morning.

Direction by car: Traveling from South or North, take the City Center, Tacoma Dome exit. Follow signs to the Tacoma dome as if you were going to the Tacoma Dome parking lot. At E. "D" street, take a left at the light. (Right would lead to the Dome parking lot) Johnnyís is straight ahead though 2 traffic and 1 railroad light. About 3 or 4 hundred yards on the left after leaving the last light is Johnny's parking.


We welcome new members into the club and hope to meet them soon at a Monk event:

Cris and Monica Alliegro --RAO, Ken Allison --Stikine Westerly

Wayne & Stacy DeJaeger --Tai-Pan, Katherine Kindred --Cee Aer

Gary & Debbie Reeves --Enchantress, Richard & Debby Sims-- Drifter

Rusty & Melissa Morrison --Tennessee Waltz


At this time, we havenít received any feedback or suggestions for the newsletter. I will attach the next opinion by Giffy Full in the Bonding/Zinc series to the hard copy of the newsletter sent by postal service as announced in the last letter. Iím still looking for input on this subject to present at the Tacoma meeting. Please feel free to contact us by phone or email with comments (kept confidential if desired). Weíre looking for ways to make this letter interesting and informative to all members. Your experiences might help others looking for input or advise.


Be sure to check out the Monk web site, Mike Butler is continually adding new Monks to the site @ www.edmonkwoodenboatclub.org


Boats will be given a full description in one newsletter, one line in succeeding letters

Nevír Dunn, 36í w/ Shelton boat house if needed. Contact Roy Dunn Ph: 360-426-9524

MicroShip, 30í Top-Notch Yacht Sales or contact Chuck Posey at 360-675-0842.

Palco, 42í tricabin, Dockstreet Brokers, HansenYachts, or contact Pat Hughes pat.hughes@uas.alaska.edu




The M/V "NAN" is being offered for sale at $215,000. Ed Monk Sr. built her in 1934 as a liveaboard for his family and office to begin his famous career. During the last 10 years she has undergone a complete classic restoration. The hull has been refastened, all plumbing and wiring replaced, fuel water and holding tanks are new, a rebuilt 120 Lehman engine was installed in 2001, a Spectra water maker 2003 are a few of the various upgrades. For more information contact Steve Hemry (425-422-9592) or Diane Anderson (425-422-3366). E Mail Address nan1934@msn.com or Hemry@boatsurveyors.com Length O/A 50' Beam 13' 4" Draft 3' 6" Fuel 252 Gallons Water 200 Gallons


With some sadness but gratitude for the lovely year of owning "Chutzpah" Jeri and I decided to get a larger boat. As some may know she is a 1995 47' One diesel trawler. She showed very well at the recent Seattle Boats Afloat Show and is being brokered by Dan Sammis of Ships International at Lake Union. I'm asking $395 and would be happy to have some Monk club member become her new skipper. Howard Brandwein: (503) 285-7863. Thanks. The "Chutapah" was formerly named the "Anderson Cove" and was featured in the Bet Oliver book on page 148.


The Gig Harbor Embroidery, Apparel and Gift shop, SEW WHAT, on 3133 Harborview Dr. in downtown Gig Harbor has our Burgee logo in their computer to embroider our club logo on hats shirts or garments you purchase or bring in. The club also has hats and shirts for sale by contacting Mike Butler. Sew What?ís phone: 252-858-5053, fax: 253-858-5429

2004 remaining schedule (after April 3rd TACOMA)

May 8th weekend OLYMPIA WOOD BOAT FEST: The club is reserving 5 slips at Swantown for this weekend. Members wishing to participate in the Fair and moor at Percival Landing will be required to register with the Boat Fair committee. The email address for official information on the Fair is: chymal@cs.com Michael and Joanne Lacy will be hosting our Monk group this weekend, making Swantown moorage reservation and Sat. night dinner reservations at a restaurant near the waterfront . Please send RSVPs to their email address: lacyfarms@alum.calberkeley.org Their phone # is: 360-894-2804 They would like RSVPs by April 3rd since this is a popular weekend, reservations for a restaurant seating must be made early.

June 25th weekend POULSBO MONK RENDEZVOUS (dock space reserved, need host)

Sept ? ANNUAL STEAK FEED a weekend not yet decided, need a host and destination

Oct. 2nd weekend SHELTON OYSTER FEST (this is City of Sheltonís fair; we have hosts)