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.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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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