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The goal is to take this boat on a trip that no other Wharram boat has taken.
From Great Slave Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories up the MacKenzie River to the Beafort Sea
and westward to the Bering Sea and south to the inside passage on the Alaska and British Columbia coast.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

I rode my bike over to Tsunamichaser today to finish cleaning the inside from last weeks trip. She's basically empty. I'm hoping to go sailing tomorrow without the normal load of stuff I have onboard when I cruise just to see what kind of speed I can get her up to! I also went in search of a Wharram I saw moored kinda in the weeds on the channel where I keep Tsunamichaser but on the other side. Some photos - she could use some luv'n.





6 Comments:

Blogger MattJ said...

I owned Tolfea 6-7 years ago. Looks like the new owner has not done any maintenance. Sad to see the boat in the shape it is. Tolfea was built in Port Townsend. The owners before me sailed Tolfea to Sitka and spent the winter up there. It has a diesel cabin heater that can heat the small cabin to be way too hot for even the coldest Seattle night. I guess they needed it in Alaska. I lived on her for a year in Eagle Harbor next to my friends Wharram, Cool Cat. My wife and I have a lot of great memories from our time aboard. Currently we're living in Connecticut while my wife is in grad school. Can't wait to be back sailing in Seattle!!! If you have any more info on the current state of Tolfea please send me an email. I would like to go take a look when I'm home for the holidays. Also I have a question for you about you new outrigger canoe project. Thanks, Matt matthewjohnson1@hotmail.com

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know how to contact Glenn Reed, one of the previous owners of Tolfea during the Sitka adventure? I was a fellow bike messenger from the Seattle days with Glenn - trying to get in touch.

-torvald@cwu.edu

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Birch said...

Hi. This is Birch Gerke, the builder of Tolfea. I recently bought her and have begun refreshing all the important stuff. She was in the yard in Port Townsend and impounded. There is much that is needed, sails, motor, gear but the structure is now rebuilt and the hulls are solid.Should be sailing by Spring.

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Birch said...

Birch , birchlight@yahoo.com
I will post some pics soon. I would like to hear from any past owners or others with their experiences. What a long strange trip it's been. 35 years on.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Cindybearly said...

My father owned Tolfea in the 1980s. I believe he purchased it from Birch Gerke. The boat meant so much to him and he would be devastated to see what happened to it but so thrilled to know that Birch hopes to restore it!

Unbeknownst to us at the time he bought and owned Tolfea, my dad (Bill) was experiencing mild strokes that were gradually disabling him. I have a picture of him on the Tolfea and will always associate it with his last times of living with only minor disability. (He had many moments of joy despite the advancing disability but could not enjoy things like boating or building.)

Birch, if you see this and still have Tolfea and could indulge me, I'd love it if you could hold my father in your heart for a moment while on Tolfea. If he's out there somewhere it would delight him to no end. Thank you! Be well. :D
Cindy Garrott

7:42 PM  
Blogger Cindybearly said...

My father owned Tolfea in the 1980s. I believe he purchased it from Birch Gerke. The boat meant so much to him and he would be devastated to see what happened to it but so thrilled to know that Birch hopes to restore it!

Unbeknownst to us at the time he bought and owned Tolfea, my dad (Bill) was experiencing mild strokes that were gradually disabling him. I have a picture of him on the Tolfea and will always associate it with his last times of living with only minor disability. (He had many moments of joy despite the advancing disability but could not enjoy things like boating or building. He left this world in 2012.)

Birch, if you see this and still have Tolfea and could indulge me, I'd love it if you could hold my father in your heart for a moment while on Tolfea. If he's out there somewhere it would delight him to no end. Thank you! Be well. :D
Cindy Garrott

7:44 PM  

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