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25’ 10” Feet 1947 Original Design

‘Chub’, originally ‘Trio Dee’, is truly one of a kind! She was built in 1947 by L.E. (Earl) Fowler at Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Washington. She was built of reclaimed Port Orford cedar and oak. It would seem that the builder combined ideas and plans of different boats but it’s a bit unclear. The following is a direct quote from Earl Fowler found in a letter to Tom Thompson. “ I looked at all the designs in how to build 20 boats. It made me want to work again. At a quick glance ‘Serene’ resembles Chub but her plans were published in Rudder magazine in 1946, by a great lakes man named Wycough. There was just a picture and a table of offsets. A half section, the rest was all mine.” In 1958 she was sold to a marine surveyor in the SF Bay Area where she still resides today. Around 1969 Tom Thompson took possession and renamed her ‘Chub’ after a fish with a belly that resembles her hull. Tom owned her for 30 years. Afterward, she changed hands many times in 12 year period. I came into possession Halloween a 2012. Chub has been registered and active upon the water her entire life. She has been greatly cared for by numerous owners, myself being one of them. It is with great sadness that I create this post, it is so difficult to let her go. So much blood, sweat, and tears, and so much joy and laughter. Unfortunately, 2020 changed everything, and so it must be. Chub is a magical little boat and her story is long and wonderful, but for the sake of this posting I’ll keep it to the vitals. She’s a great all-around vessel for fishing, socializing, and towing. • Refastened below the waterline with stainless in 2000. • Hauled in 2014- bottom job, new prop, and Cutlass bearing. •. Hauled in 2017- bottom job, recaulked seams and re-powered. • Repowered in 2017 with a Volvo penta MD 17 C, 3cyl diesel w/low hours, excellent compression. Has awesome hydraulic drive. Plenty of extra parts- belts, filters, clamps, pumps, etc. • Raw water cooled but has had heat exchanger in the past. • New batteries, charger, bilge pump and float switch. Although her bilge has always been dry. • Wheel is from the USS Oregon, has wonderful little gypsy wood burning stove, and plenty of extra parts, fasteners and period pieces. As we all know a wooden boat’s work is never done, rather it’s an ongoing love affair. I’m looking for Chub’s new romance, the next situation, the next person or group of people that will keep her alive and moving about the water. And with that I leave you with another quote from Earl to Tom, “ I have built a number of boats for myself but Helen and I enjoyed Trio Dee/Chub more than all the others”. Any interested parties should feel free to contact me for further information.

17 Feet 1962 Grady White

Second owner Bristol condition none finer

13 Feet 1961 Glasspar

Very little use, i am second owner. Excellent condition

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