To be truly great, you have to be ruthlessly consistent giving yourself over to the monotony of the same thing over and over, beautifully. It’s the discipline of attrition, and it’s why wooden boats and their restorations are such masterpieces of human endeavor.
Such is the case for restoring Ocean Queen V, the beautiful 55' Philip Rhodes yawl that WBFV is chartering. Since receiving the boat in April of this year, WBFV has been patiently attending to her needs. Having found a persistent and large leak from her rudder tube, and a rotted section in her mainmast, she is completing a three month refit.
Having ensured she swims, and that her rig is sound, WBFV will now turn toward her running rigging, sails, engine, and electrical systems. Look for Ocean Queen V back on the water soon!
Wooden Boats for Veterans is proud to announce it has added Ocean Queen V to its fleet. Built in 1951 at the venerable Abeking & Rasmussen yard, she is a Philip Rhodes 55' yawl with a storied racing career. Through the sponsorship of the Demere family, and through the generosity of Westpoint Harbor and the Driscoll Family Foundation (a supporting organization of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation), WBFV will sail her for veterans and other groups in the south bay area. She arrived on Saturday March 26th and will host an Open House on April 30th at 2-4 pm. Keep a lookout for our upcoming schedule this year.
Since 2015 Wooden Boats for Veterans has given sail training to over 500 veterans, future veterans and their families on the water to provide physical, mental and emotional therapy for their injuries brought about by operational service. We provide three programs; sailing training, experiential sailing, and wooden boat preservation. Learning to sail and saving wooden boats are outlets for coping with PTSD, and traumatic injuries. At WBFV, teamwork, community and camaraderie is rediscovered through our educational programs in sailing, racing, voyaging, restoring and preserving.
Recently the good people of Westpoint Harbor and the Demere Family hosted WBFV’s Board members in celebration of OCEAN QUEEN V becoming the flag ship of the harbor. Over 100 guests came out to celebrate. It was a gorgeous day of getting to know each other, touring OQV, and other beautiful boats that call this lovely harbor, Home. They even had a special craft beer created just for the occasion!
All of us at WBFV are so happy to have OQV and all involved in her care, in support of our programs to bring the beauty, peace, and therapy of wooden boats to veterans.
Terry founded WBFV in 2014 to build a community of veterans and their families around wooden boats.
Service, Sailing, & Community