Dreamboats

The "Lake Union Dreamboat" style is a round-bilged wooden hulled displacement cruiser with a plumb bow, raised foredeck and squared-off house aft built in the 1920's.  They were simple and comfortable, economical and versatile.  Most were built with open sided houses which were later enclosed to varying degrees. 

This page is an attempt to catalog and track the vessels built in the "Lake Union Dreamboat" style.  The two largest builders of them were the Blanchard Boat Company (36-footers) and Lake Union Drydock (generally 42-footers).  Lake Union Drydock copyrighted the Dreamboat name, and it really stuck -- the tag is now used to describe any boat of the era with the plumb bow/box cabin design.

Blanchard Stock Cruisers

25 built between 1924-1930.


"Elsinore" 1925. Held by Blanchard for a time, presumably to use as a sales model.  Named for Elsie and Norman, children of N.J. Blanchard.  Last know as Contessa.


"Cutterhead" 1925.

The first boat of the series to be sold, "Cutterhead" was purchased by a gentleman named Clayton Philbrick. He owned a company call the Philbrick Cutterhead Co. (a machine tool manufacturer), hence the name. This vessel originally sold for about $6,000 (a lot of money in 1925).

Location: PNW

Cutterhead page . . .

 


"Faun" 1926.   Location: Seattle (CYA and Seattle Yacht Club)

 More photos of Faun . . .

 


"Rowena" 1926.  Now Resolute.


"Cimarron" 1928. Now Blanche.  (CYA)

Location: Southern California

 More photos of Blanche . . .

 

 
 


"Colleen" 1928. 

Location: Alameda, CA

 

 


"Arlene" 1929. Only 38' version built.

Location: Seattle (CYA)

  
 

 


"Mer-Na" 1930.

 Mer-Na page . . .

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Lake Union Drydock Dreamboats:


"Winifred" 1926. Was lengthened to 47'.  Location: Seattle (CYA)

Winifred sold for $7,125.00 new in 1926.  She was built for Adolph and Winifred Schmidt of Olympia, Washington. Mr. Schmidt surprised his wife by naming the boat after her. In 1928 Mr. Schmidt organized a predicted log race from Olympia to Juneau, Alaska. Winifred had a famous passenger on board for the race: Charles F. Chapman, then editor of Motor Boating Magazine and author of the boater’s bible: "Chapman’s Seamanship and Small Boat Handling". Winifred came in first in the 40-ft and larger class, with a margin of error of only 28-minutes for the entire 980-mile trip. Winifred is planked with Alaskan Yellow Cedar below the waterline and vertical grain Douglas fir above the waterline. The pilothouse is solid Burmese Teak. A comfortable yacht in both calm and heavy weather, Winifred cruises at a little over 9 knots and is powered by a four-cylinder (453) Detroit Diesel.

Three Sheets NW video  |  More photos of Winifred . . .


"Orba" 1927.  Location: Seattle (CYA)

 More photos of Orba . . .

 


"Zella C" 1927. Location: Seattle (CYA)

 More about Zella C . . .

 

 

 

 

  


"Marian II" 1928.  Location: Seattle (CYA)

More about Marian II. . .

 

 

 

  


"Turning Point" 1928.  Location: Seattle (CYA)

 

 

 

 

 


"Vagabond" 1928.

Location: Seattle (Queen City Yacht Club)

Video

 

 


"Island Runner" 1929.

 Location: Port Townsend (CYA)

 

 

 

 


"Joy Sea" 45' 1930.

 Location: Southern California (CYA)

 

 

 

 

 


 

Others:


"Lawana" 40' 1911. Built by: Taylor & Grandy. Location: Seattle. (CYA)

Lawana (ex-Klootchman) was the prototype for the Lake Union Dreamboat series.

Lawana page . . .

 

 


 34' 1928 by Karl Rathfon. Location: San Fransisco.

 For Sale Ad

 

 

 

 


Dreamboat Model

by Sail Classics

 

 

 

 


"Nirvana" 38' 1929. Builder: Grandy Boatyard. 
Location: Alameda, CA
Reportedly designed by Ted Geary

 

 

 


Blanchard 36 Virtual Model

See The Virtual Sailor Boat Shop

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Documents:

The Tacoma 40-foot Cruiser "Klootchman"

An article from Pacific Motor Boat magazine, December 1910 about the prototype vessel (now named "Lawana".)

"Dream Boat", An Economical 40-Footer

An article from Pacific Motor Boat magazine, October 1926 about the Lake Union Drydock series.

Dreamboat Ad
from
Lake Union Drydock

Blanchard Stock Cruiser Ad
from Pacific Motor Boat
May 1927

 

Note: The above has been compiled by Rick Etsell.  Please email me if you have any updates or further information that should be included on this page.  Last Updated: October 7, 2010.