As I wait (and wait) for the truck to pick up SKYE (now scheduled for Feb. 11th), I thought I should make an “about” post which presents a bit more info about this unique vessel…


SKYE was designed by Lyle Hess, and is a full-keel, heavy displacement (relatively speaking) boat with a cutter rig. She is 31′ 8″ on deck, about 39′ 6″ overall, with a 29′ waterline and 10′ 8″ beam. She draws five and a half feet or so, and has a design displacement of 16,425 lbs. Ballast is about 5800 lbs.


SKYE was masterfully built by William and Elaine Eppick over a period of eight years, and launched in 1988. She is strip planked with Port Orford Cedar, 1-1/4″ thick, and has steam-bent white oak frames. The mast is Douglas Fir, square in section, with galvanized wire rigging, parceled and served. She has an ice box, foot-pump water pressure, simple electrical system, rudder steering with a windvane, a compass, VHF and a depth sounder. A very solid, simple, reliable, maintainable, low-stress boat. SKYE is of course named for the Isle of Skye, which is off the West coast of Scotland.

SKYE spent many years sailing the Pacific Northwest, and with her most recent owner (prior to myself ), she sailed from San Diego to Hawaii and back. I am the fifth owner, after the Eppicks, and purchased SKYE last November (2012).

In 1990, SKYE won the “New Classic” award from the Classic Boat Festival in Victoria, B.C.


SKYE attended the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival in the 1990s and also in 2004.


And here are a couple photos of the interior:



I’ll be adding more details about SKYE as I go along. For example, in that last image of the forecabin desk, the chair is an authentic soda-fountain chair from the 1920s or 30s, found by Bill & Elaine Eppick in an antique shop and rescued from its unappreciated existence.