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Classic 73 Double Ended Motor Yacht

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Boat REF# 167103
removed from sale
Length 22.25m (73'0")
Year 1922
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Sleeping berths 9
Engine 1 x diesel 114hp, Gardner Model 6L3 6 cylinder (1940)
Lying Stimson marina - Seattle, WA USA - Shown by Appointment


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Extra Details

Designer Edson B. Schook
Builder Menchions-Vancouver, B.C.
Lying Stimson marina - Seattle, WA USA - Shown by Appointment
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Fuel capacity 2,409.1 ltr (530.0 USG) Total - 3 Tanks
Water capacity 1,363.6 ltr (300.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 168.2 ltr (37.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x diesel 114hp
Engine make and model Gardner Model 6L3 6 cylinder (1940)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 3 blade Bronze 44x33
Fuel consumption (approx) 11.4 ltr (2.5 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 8.5 knots
Max speed (approx) 8.5 knots
Generator output 2.25KVA
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Owner has created and installed a ventilation system on the cylinder heads to reduce fuel oil mist in the engineroom.

Batteries are 7 years old and serviceable.

Outback inverter 32 VDC input-3200 watts output.

A main engine compressor provides pressure for the diesel's air start system. A secondary system is provided by a single cylinder Petter diesel with it's own compressor.

Engines are cool by a keel cooler.


Length 22.25m (73'0")
LWL 20.73m (68'0")
Beam 4.57m (15'0")
Draft Max 2.01m (6'7")
Airdraft 8.53m (28'0")
Displacement 49,778kg (109,760.0lbs)
Headroom 1.98m (6'6")


rigged Wood spars (unknown year) with Galvanised standing rigging (unknown year)

Electrical Systems

4 batteries charged by: engine, shore power, generator


Construction Wood
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Finish Paint finish

This classic motoryacht's hull is described as a large “canoe” hullform. Her canoe stern and fine lines are elegant and beautiful to behold and also provide for a smooth entry and exit of the water passing along her sides. There is very little wake produced when she is underway. The double-ended canoe stern also provides the substantial benefit of parting following seas that are overtaking her, thus making for smooth and uneventful downwind passages.

This vessel is planked with 2-1/2" Port Orford cedar over double steam-bent oak frames. She was refastened below the waterline in 2006. Her ice sheathing is Iron wood.

The owner informed me that full length oak motor mount beams extend 20 ft, creating a very stable hull that has resisted hogging for nearly 100 years!

Her mostly painted fir decks and varnished wheelhouse are in beautiful condition. The brightwork throughout is immaculate above and below decks. There are numerous brass/bronze and painted iron deck fittings, all maintained to a high standard. Exterior paint work has also been maintained and she looks entirely shipshape.

Her decks are 1-1/2" fir planked throughout. Forward of the pilot house and aft over the crew's quarters the current owner has sheathed over the fir with 1/2” marine plywood topped with 10 oz fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin. These surfaces have been painted with gray nonskid paint.

1. 530 gallons total fuel capacity are divided up into three black iron tanks.
2. 300 gallons fresh water in one galvanized steel tank.
3. New 37 gallon poly holding tank, macerator and head installed in 2006.


Total # of berths 9
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 8
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 2
Shower 1
Heads 2 heads (Electric)
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Beginning our walk though aft in “crew’s quarters” or aft stateroom. This stateroom has plenty of natural light and visibility. It includes two large single berths, ample drawers and storage, and a beautifully finished head compartment in cedar and tile.

The crew’s quarters exits to a companionway leading either to the saloon forward or to starboard companionway stairs to the boat deck above.

Stepping forward in the the saloon we see a large antique dining table with seating for up to six. Opposing bolstered settees convert into over and under bunks (both port and starboard). The saloon has beautiful cabinetry and joinery throughout with vintage brass fixtures and classic port-lights. Cabinetry doors are leaded stained glass and quite striking. Examination of the cabin soles and overhead bright work confirms that craftsmanship and love abound in this vessel. There is also an original framed blueprint of her profile construction drawing to add to the atmosphere. Again there is plenty of natural light from portlights and the substantial skylight in the room center.

The next compartment forward is the full-width galley -- a completely separate space from the adjoining saloon so you can entertain without seeing all the dirty dishes. The galley features: large Dickinson diesel range, two burner propane cooktop, full sized sink, and microwave. Classic USN dinnerware is included.

Further forward is the engine room -- its meticulous appearance is a marvel. A well equipped workshop is to starboard. There is an engineer’s head compartment complete with shower. Authentic instrumentation in the engineroom will bring you back. Everything appears just-so. The original systems have been maintained and are in top condition giving the engine room a vintage atmosphere. And all the new systems seem to be well thought-out, properly installed, and protective of the classic vibe. Standing head room and full 360 degree access to the six cylinder 1940 Gardner Diesel, which is reported to run like a top, will make the maintenance tasks a pleasure. The present owner is a retired prototype mechanical engineer -- an "engineer's engineer" with patents to his name. His meticulous work can be noted in the engineroom and its systems, along with the spotless machinery, polished brass, and newly-varnished bright work throughout. He has invented and installed custom systems throughout the machinery space and all of his work appears first rate.

Moving forward through the forward companionway there are vintage fire fighting nozzles and equipment mounted for display. A large storage closet with ample shelving is located to port. To starboard is the ladderway up to the wheelhouse.

Forward still is the master's stateroom which includes a desk to port and the double bed to starboard. There are ample drawers and hanging lockers. The atmosphere is warm and comfortable.

Forward of the master stateroom is the access to the anchor chain locker.

Ascend the ladder-way to the wheelhouse... The wheelhouse will excite anyone with a love for classic vessels. Original (and functional) brass throttle and transmission control wheels are located on the port side. A stocked signal flag locker is also located here. A serious ship's wheel and binnacle with classic compass dominate the centerline helm, with its great visibility over the bow. Wheelhouse doors are located both port and starboard. Various brass gauges and ship's clock and weather station are located on the aft bulkhead.

The Chart Room is located aft of the Wheelhouse, and provides comfortable seating and a dining table. Vintage furnishings complete the experience. Again, great visibility abounds through large windows. The Chart Room includes a single settee berth, coal/wood burning stove with slate backsplash, original folding leaf chart table has been newly restored with exotic woods (and is large enough for meals), ca.1910 railroad station lamp, a 26 inch JVC flat panel TV on swing out wall mounting, small stereo sound system with four speakers (two portable), marine navigation library including flat charts and chart kits for the entire area from Olympia WA to Ocean Falls BC, antique brass lamps and ship fixtures. This is a very warm, inviting space.

Hot water system:
1. Dockside by immersion heater in a 60 gal. tank
2. Underway or at anchor by diesel boiler.

Cabin heating is hot water with radiators throughout the boat heated by diesel boiler.

The on-deck space is as fascinating as the interior.

On the weather deck we see that most of the aft upper deck is protected by a solid roof which provides protection from the elements. Well-maintained painted decks and substantial painted iron deck cleats and fairleads again provide the confidence that this vessel is stout. On deck aft (protected by the roof) is the 13 foot FRP skiff and newer outboard ready to swing outboard on steel starboard side davits. Also on deck are skylight hatches and wooden deck boxes, all meticulously vanished and maintained. The bright work on deck is impressive! The wheelhouse is tongue and groove varnished teak with a 360 degree view from the windows. The handrails are original and made of impressive five inch wide solid teak. Forward is a steel ships stack and the spare propeller mounted to the wheelhouse wall. This propeller is reported to “never have been used”. Moving to the bow we come to the original hydraulic wildcat, powered by an engine-driven hydraulic pump. This is an impressive machine, with dual wildcats and capstans. The current owner reports that a previous owner used the massive windlass to raise a sunken commercial fishing vessel off the bottom and tow it into shallower water where it was later salvaged at low tide (which also says something about the sturdiness and buoyancy of this vessel).

2 burner diesel Stove

Nav Equipment

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Wheelhouse Items and navigation equipment:
Large Seamaster binnacle-mounted compass
48 mile Raymarine radar/chart plotter
Newmar 32 VDC-24VDC converter, 30 amp. for radar
Hand held Polaris compass
Furuno depth sounder
Standard VHF radio
Icom VHF radio
Unimetrics hailer/intercom
Full signal flag set in wall mounted rack
Antique Wood Freeman auto pilot (not working, but complete)

Deck Gear

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J. Swan windlass (with remote control)
2 anchors
(#210 babbit anchor w/ 450 ft. chain, #100 yacht anchor w/ 350 ft. chain )
243.84m (800'0") of chain
Custom dinghy (1973)
(Hard Dinghy)
5hp outboard, Tohatsu, Short shaft (2012)
Windlass double wildcat / double windless

Ground Tackle
#210 babbit anchor w/ 450 ft. chain
#100 yacht anchor w/ 350 ft. chain

Deck mounted spare three-blade bronze 44” (33 pitch) propeller (reportedly never been used)

Boat Handling Equipment
2 ea.-50 ft., 1 in. black nylon dock lines
4 ea.- 30 ft., 1in. black nylon dock lines
2 ea.- 12 ft. pike poles
8 large fenders (4 black cylindrical, 4 orange round)

Equipment on Deck
13 ft. fiberglass skiff (with its own unique history, it was a gift from John Wayne to a former owner).
5 hp. Tohastu short shaft outboard engine, 2012
Fuel tank and hose
2 oars
Custom canvas cover for skiff
Large wooden deck box
Small teak folding table
Folding dock cart with canvas cover
Propane tank (with cover)
Wash down hose
Propane box with 2 tanks for cooktop in galley
44 X 33 in. Spare propeller (unused)
2 weather covers for wheelhouse
Large American flag on removable mast for aft display
Wooden boarding ladder

Safety Equipment

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4 bilge pumps (1 manual / 3 electric)

Safety Equipment:
Numerous smoke detectors and 1 CO detector
10 adult life vests
3 child life vests
2 commercial duty cold water immersion suits
2 life rings
1 folding emergency boarding ladder, in leather case
6 parachute flares
12 handheld flares
5 smoke bombs, floating
1 new Orion signal set kit
7 hand held fire extinguishers
1 engine room halon fire suppression system
1 life raft canister on deck (may not be serviceable)

Wheelhouse Items and Safety Equipment:
Trumpet warning horn
Unimetrics hailer/intercom
Full signal flag set in wall mounted rack
Wall mounted fire ax

Fire systems: Engine room halon spray nozzles-20lb. canister, also several handheld extinguishers throughout boat.

Broker's Comments

This 1922 Classic Double-Ended Motoryacht, currently named ARGONAUT II is a Pacific Northwest native and has a rich history throughout the region. Originally built for the Powell River Paper & Pulp Company and launched in 1922 she was christened the GRETA M. She was designed as a luxury yacht and used to transport company VIPs from Powell River to Vancouver.

In 1937 she was sold to the United Church of Canada and renamed the THOMAS CROSBY IV. After which she was used as a floating mission, in which course she also served as a hospital, a mail ship and a supply ship to the remote villages, logging camps, and light houses along the wild coast of Vancouver Island for many years.

Her current and previous owners have kept her in beautiful condition to maintain an original appearance, and she displays her vintage equipment and classic motoryacht aesthetic proudly.

She is immediately warm and charming as you step aboard. You feel as if you have been transported to a former time when quality and craftsmanship enabled maritime self-sufficiency that is rare to encounter today.

This is an inviting live-aboard, with fore and aft cabins (each with dedicated heads) and plenty of drawers, and storage lockers. The cabins are located at opposite ends of the vessel so there is plenty of privacy. Her saloon is elegant, warm and comfortable, and provides the ability to entertain family and guests around the full-sized dining room table. The galley is a separate compartment so the saloon feels like a real dining room.

In the wheel house you'll enjoy the sense of commanding a ship from from the glory days of wooden vessels. The large ship's wheel uses a stout original chain drive to control the rudder, and a substantial brass binnacle with the original compass guides your course...

On deck there is plenty of room for summer parties and entertaining many guests. The large aft deck is covered to shelter from sun or rain, even with the 13 foot hard dingy on deck. Substantial and high hand rails give a feeling of safety and security. The current owners have cruised extensively throughout the Puget Sound, Gulf Islands, Vancouver Island, and parts of the Inside Passage.

With many more miles yet to log, you'll be proud to be a part of this beauty's history.

Note: offers on the asking price will be considered. Vessel details subject to contract.

This Classic 73 Double Ended Motor Yacht has been personally photographed and viewed by Paul Langer of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.