"...San Francisco North Bay (Red Rock, Richmond
Bridge) at the Bow... Point Richmond
to the right... One of my Favorite
tacks late afternoon. Breeze straight
from the Golden Gate bridge and Ocean.
Great sail until the lee side of Angle
Island, then the wind can just poop
out..." Stephen (March, 2014)
My name is SEA QUEST
a quiet life in Southern Cal until the
late 90s when I was brought up to San
Francisco. I'm an American Marine
1961 1 3/8" teak build, hull 7 .
I've grace the cover of Bay and
Delta magazine July '98
sporting my original colors black hull
and white sheer.
broke an hour after the picture was
taken during the 98 Masters
mariners regatta. This prompted her sale
and purchase by Stephen.
Sea Quest in the Oakland estuary no
mast, no vanish, and looking like she
needed attention. Having been able
to go aboard her I fell in love. I could
see her beauty. After a long
conversation with her past owner a deal
was made and I took her away to her
new life. I changed her color to help
ease her hull seams and re reef the
whole deck to keep her dry and then had
a new mast built – a one piece design
not two which allowed water to seep into
the mast itself. And made many repairs
to restore her to her unaltered look,
well has close as I could. Oh yea and a
ton of varnish!
rigging is has very simple, I single
hand her most of the time and would
trust her in any conditions. I live
aboard her. She's my home my love.
Sea Quest is a regular at the Master
Mariners wooden boat show in Tiberon and
has won awards and come in second
in the gaff division Master
were a past owner of Sea Quest and have
any pictures or stories, please send
them to me or the web site. Also I would
love to get the original builders plate
which I've be told the family who first
bought the boat still has. Many thanks
to Bill for getting the site going!
...And thank you Stephen for being the primary
catalyst to the creation of this site!
The webmaster made the
acquaintance of Stephen Carlson when he received
an email saying, "I'm trying to locate William
R. Carr. I own a Sea Witch in San Francisco Ca
and would love to talk to him... I actually
know Hugh's (great) grandson and Charlie Davies'
son Brad, but none have found a set of plans
complete. I sail her (Sea Quest), in San
Francisco bay and coast though I haven't cruised
her yet. I live on her, she makes a great
ask away any questions. I'm loaded with answers.
I love these boats!"
And out of that meeting
with another Sea Witch enthusiast – one who
actually owns and lives aboard one – and with all
the great information and photos he soon provided
– came the idea for this web site. Stephen was the
catalyst. For one thing, finding that he was
trying to locate a set of Sea Witch plans too, I
realized I wasn't the only one searching for them,
and that they would be even more difficult to find
than I had imagined. It occurred to me that
perhaps a Sea Witch web site could eventually
scare some up – and it has! See: Sea Witch Plans.
|JUNE 1, 2012: Stephen and
Sea Quest participated in this year's
Master Mariner Race placing third in
year I raced she got second. The second
race we place 5th, due to a bad start.
The third year we came in
third missing second place by a
tenth of a second. This year we placed
third .....a very wet and windy race at
the end... For me, its all about the
fun. June 24 is the big wooden boat here
in Tiberon, getting here ready for that.
Last year I won best owner maintain
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SEA QUEST VITAL STATISTICS
lb. (13 tons)
ballast: (lead ingots app. 85 lb. each), total
engine: Ford industrial 220, about 60
hp (with) a Borg Warner transmission.
tank: About 90 gal under the cockpit.
PTO attached to the front of the engine runs a
5500 kw generator.
Four of the five 4-d batteries are in the bilge
area across the keel, and the fifth battery is
under the quarter berth.