Bruno Atkey’s Steel Sailboat in British Columbia Waters

From Godfrey Stephens:

“Bruno and Mecea’s s/v Ola Suerte

 ‘engine’/sailing up the coast…”

Bruno was one of our star builders in Builders of the Pacific Coast. He welded up this spiffy sailboat out of sheets of steel, using the “origami” technique  of boat building, pulling the sheets into shape with come-alongs, then welding. Over a period of 12 years. He also welded up a tiny stainless steel wood stove for the boat.The deck is split cedar. Bruno is an awesome builder, master with many materials, also surfer, fisherman and adventurer of “The Wild Coast” of British Columbia. I want to be like him when I grow up.

5 Responses to Bruno Atkey’s Steel Sailboat in British Columbia Waters

  1. Anonymous says:

    pictures of inside please?

  2. I'm a sucker for a gaff-rigged sailboat any time, Lloyd, and this one also has the charm of a tugboat-type cabin located (!!) in the stern. I love it.
    I have never heard of the origami technique of boat building, but I've been away from writing about boats for a long, long time.
    K

  3. Steven says:

    Inside Pics here from Lloyd: http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.ca/2012/04/bruno-atkeys-ola-suerte.html

    btw, think she's a junk-rig.

  4. I agree it's a junk rig ideal for single handed sailing

  5. Anonymous says:

    For those of us surfing the west coast of Vancouver Island in the late 60's and early 70's Bruno was well known to us and I'm glad to see he's still as resourceful as ever. The boat is simple and efficient much like his houses.

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