Over $2 million invested in complete restoration/conversion!
Built in 1943, but updated and cherished for 20 years by 2 very knowledgeable owners, CHIPPEWA is truly a part of Northwest history. See the complete history below.
And, her end-tie slip in the new North Basin of the Everett Marina is transferable to a new owner.
A complete 2018 survey by Maupin Marine Survey is available for review.
Current owner willing to conduct detailed equipment tour of the vessel post-sale or if needed as part of a buyer’s inspection process. Owner will also skipper the vessel during sea trial and potentially an additional outing post-sale to ensure safe handling of the boat around the docks.
Don't just own a boat, make it a full adventure aboard this notable part of Northwest marine history. Give us a call to learn more or to schedule a private viewing of this incredible vessel.
We're open Monday thru Saturday, 10 AM to 4:30 PM. We are working on an appointment-only basis during the pandemic, so please be sure to call at least a day prior to your intended visit. Call Roger (206-261-3790) or Marty (206-769-6142) to schedule a viewing of this incredible vessel.
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The Chippewa is a former working tugboat that has been totally renovated and converted as a pleasure cruising vessel. She is massively built, powered by a single Washington Diesel engine, with a well-built and spacious wheelhouse forward, pleasant cabins for crew and guests, and a warm galley and main salon area, with wide-open aft deck for line handling. Chippewa was extensively refastened and has had many of her original planks replaced over the years. She has been owned for many years by men of vast engineering, boat handling and vessel maintenance experience.
The Chippewa originally was the first of three identical Navy tugs built in 1943 by Horace McCurdy's Seattle-based Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company. Numbered by the Navy (YTB-361) and designed by LG Coolidge and Ed Monk Sr., it is a 2/3 scale of the classic 'miki' tug, memorable for their aesthetics. Its original purpose was to monitor Puget Sound during WWII.
Following 17 years in the Navy, in 1960 she was wold to FOSS and became the ROLAND, towing between Seattle and SE Alaska.
In 1976, she was sold to a private towing company out of Longbranch, WA and became the CHIPPEWA, towing mainly in Alaska. When not towing in Alaska, the CHIPPEWA was berthed at Longbranch in southern Puget Sound, doubling as a family yacht.
In 1996, "Buzz" Dana purchased the Chippewa and began a very complete restoration, giving her the family name the DONALD R. This was the third tug restoration by Buzz, including previously the restoration of the WALLACE. The initial restoration of Chippewa was done over approximately 5 years.
The first year, the wheelhouse was extended and initial hull work begun. Over the next several years, it underwent a major refit and rebuild by the Bekketun & Thomas Boat Company in Ballard, WA including:
Also completed at FVO in Ballard, WA:
The DONALD R was then launched in 2001 and Buzz continued the refit project at his home on Lake Washington, near Seattle, where the tug was moored. The continuing refit included new interiors, wiring/electronics, and final safety aspects.
The current owner took over in 2014 and returned the tug to the previous name CHIPPEWA. He has moored it in Everett, WA in Puget Sound north of Seattle. Her end-tie slip in the Everett Marina North Basin can potentially remain in place with a new owner, per Everett Marina policy. The current owner has continued to restore and maintain the CHIPPEWA, having been in the boat building industry for decades. Added improvements include:
Given the CHIPPEWA's Navy beginnings, there are many spare parts, including engine parts.
Builder: Seattle WA based Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging
LOA: 83 feet
Beam: 20 feet
Draft: 10 feet
3 inch Fir planking on 10" x 10" Fir frames
2-1/2 inch laid Fir and Yellow Cedar decking
Stem is Australian Gum
A single Washington Diesel, Model 3160 - six cylinder, keel-cooled diesel engine built by Washington Iron Works in Seattle
12.75 inch bore, 16-inch stroke
Direct reversing 375 HP @ 325 RMP, coupled to a 9" shaft and a 66" x 47" three-blade bronze propeller
Cruise at 268 RPM, making 9.2 knots, burning 9 GPH
Watermaker: Village Marine reverse osmosis system
Anchor rode: 600' of 3/4" galvanized chain
Anchor: 600-pound Navy anchor
Electronics in Pilothouse:
For more photos and videos, please visit www.tugchippew or on Facebook Chippewa.