Tuesday, March 27, 2012

More About Bonne Amie - Design 1068

One thing about social media is that if you post something that is wrong, people will straighten you out pretty quickly. A few days ago I posted an article about the Nevins Yawl Bonne Amie which is undergoing restoration. We received the following from her owner:

"Bonne Amie is actually being restored in Seattle, WA by Jensen Motor Boat Co. (Est. 1923), I noticed you had mentioned Port Townsend. She was the first in the series and launched in 1955 despite having hull #2 (Golliwog was launched in 1956 but Colin Ratsey got the distinction of owning #1 according to Olin). The masts are replicas of the originals made by Nevins down to the hand made hardware. All her original deck hardware has been located and restored to original including her chrome primary bases and all the interior hardware (see attached images of the cabin lights). Restoration has actually taken 6 years, I am enclosing another couple pictures if you'd like to add them to the post."

I did look up that issue about what hull number she is. Here's an early article which bears this out. It's interesting to note that the magazine misspelled her name.


Our index card file also shows Bonne Amie launched in 1955 and Golliwogg in 1956.

Here are some images of her spar under construction and the fitting and hardware he mentions.



Thanks for sending these and we look forward to further updates.


1 comment:

  1. Well, I can happily report that Bonne Amie is taking on the look of a beautiful restoration at the Jensen Motor Boat Company. With topsides painted and boot top applied, one can begin to look forward to seeing her in the water soon. My hope is to try a little racing against her on our 41' Concordia Yawl Coriolis when the time is right. A Nevins S&S centerboarder versus an Abeking & Rasmussen Ray Hunt full keel sounds like an interesting afternoon. All good wishes on the restoration. Doug Adkins

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