We had a raised cabin
model for about five years in the 1970s when we lived in Seattle
. We moored it at Edmonds. It had a sort of ugly olive green stripe and deck, one of the optional carved tillers, and one of the wood-burning stoves. It was named Quah-Lah, which I was told by the PO is Haida for leader.
We put a small propane
stove/oven on the port side where the end of the quarter berth is, and converted the pipe berths up front to a decent-sized double berth.
We loved the boat. We took it on a six-week cruise
to Desolation Sound and numerous shorter cruises in Puget Sound
, the San Juans, and the Gulf Islands. Not exactly offshore sailing but we had our share of thrills and the boat was always solid so long as it wasn't overpowered.
We had no problems with the boat, except for the cracks in the deck which was pretty universal. I filled them and painted the deck a light color and added some sand for non-slip and that solved
most of the problem.
The only thing I didn't like was the outboard
and its weight at the extreme stern. I schemed on a small diesel
, which would work if you had a small raised hatch in the cockpit
sole for clearance. Fate intervened with a job on the east coast
and we sold the boat in 1979.
I have very fond memories of Quah-Lah, and very glad to see there is still interest in these boats. I would love to find another one and see if I could move forward on my re-powering scheme.