Axel’s daughter Yvonne was kind enough to send me these photos which I treasure. She also forwarded captions with information about each photo (Thanks Yvonne!)
The boat was completed in 1953, and the Fisks owned her for about 15 years, which means she was sold around 1968.
To start the slideshow, click on the first photo.
These are not very good copies and I will endeavor to get better ones for the movie, my Winter project that will feature a wonderful song Arlevon by former owner Charlie.
The boat was built in their back yard in Tacoma, and later moved to Gig Harbor when the Fisks moved there in 1962. She was beached for haul outs and Roy and his dad had to scramble to get the bottom scraped and repainted before the tide came in.
The boat was a modified Chapelle design. with a 6 cylinder gas Norberg. It was so much smaller than the BUDA, Roy slept on a bunk over the engine (and he’s over 6 feet tall!)
Roy had the page in the Chapelle book where his father had sketched over the original design – making her a foot shorter, wider transom, and noting some changes to the hull formula. I will have to take a scanner there and make a copy
The stack was for a wood stove used for heat.
Arlevon got her name from Axel’s daughters Arlene and Yvonne. Arlene, who was much older is the tall blonde on the right in the black and white photo of the ladies on the dock on launch day. Yvonne (much younger) is third from the left.
Arlevon had a sister ship, Youngun, built by Axel’s nephew Jack Young. See the stern view of the two boats side by side. The Youngun was 24′ and he later built the Youngun II which was bigger than the Arlevon.
The family went on cruises up to the San Juans, and every weekend she went to Oro Bay on Anderson Island – so Dru, you might take her back there for a visit when you go to the Tacoma Wooden Boat show!!
She was kept at the Tacoma Yacht Club and evidently Axel built a railway for her and hauled her out – so she was dry docked every winter..