About a month ago, there was a story in this column about a wooden cruising sailboat, the Havorn, originally built in Norway in 1936 as a fishing boat. It was love at first sight for Rick Knier in the early 1970s, his wife Toni, recalled, but an opportunity to buy the boat didn’t come along until around 2005.
He lovingly restored the Havorn and brought her to Astoria, where, he said, she could be seen “tacking through the anchored ships.” Then disaster struck, when the top third of the main mast, which had become decayed, broke off.
Rick decided to replace both the main and mizzen masts with larch trees felled in Idaho, which he partially shaped on the spot in the forest. On Aug. 25, a crane at Tongue Point hoisted the finished masts into position, and with the help of Bucky Barnett and Nate Killops, were set into place. The photo, left, is courtesy of Peter Marshall; at right, courtesy of Rick Knier.
“It might be mentioned that the gaff rig is somewhat complicated,” Rick noted. “When the main mast was lowered, attached and sometimes dangling were 10 steel stays and shrouds for supporting the mast, and hundreds of feet of Dacron line formed into six halyards, employing eight single and double wooden blocks.” Somewhat complicated? Yikes.
“Motoring by Alderbrook to her big event, the stout ketch looked incomplete,” Rick added, “but on the return leg, she was proudly displaying her pretty new spars.”