In 1970, Libby and I went to the Marina Del Rey in Los Angelas, California to purchase the 45′ (well she was actually 56′ overall with the bowsprit) William Garden design built by Albert Seidl in Vancouver, BC Canada. She was built out of yellow cedar on oak frames and named the Illahee, which in Canadian Indian means “My home, my country, and everything that I am.” We sailed her from California to Mexico twice, and then from Mexico to Hawaii. We sailed through the Hawaiian islands and stayed in the Alawai Boat Harbor in Ala Moana. There we eventually sold her in late 1972 and she was delivered back to California. A big chunk of history is missing, but I did visit the Illahee in 1980 and visited with the new owners, and then never saw her in person again. I hope to meet her again someday. The new present owner, Brian Kenny, is in the process of restoring her to her former beauty. I know this only because he recently contacted me, to my pleasant surprise. Glad to know that she is still around and that she did not have a watery demise and visit Davy Jones’s locker.
Here are photos from when we owned her: