Featured Boat - Kettenburg PC

With Bolero's imminent construction I haven't posted a featured boat post in a while (although I did manage a few pictures of Dennis Conner's Cotton Blossom II restoration in my last Bolero post). But this oversight is easy to remedy since a post featuring the Kettenburg PC is long overdue. This is one of my favorite old race boats in the 30 foot range.

Here is are some vintage images and history from the San Diego Bay PC Fleet and the Kettenburg Boat Works Owners Association.
In the late 1920’s, the concept of the Kettenburg “Pacific Class” one design racing yacht was developed by George Kettenburg Jr. Mr. Kettenburg’s design was the answer to the request of his close friends, SC Joe Jessop and SC George Jessop (of the San Diego Yacht Club), to build a “one design” class of wooden racing yachts that could compete successfully in Southern California waters. Because of the PC popularity, Kettenburg Boatworks, located at Commercial Basin adjoining Roseville, continued to build these beautiful yachts into the early 50’s. Since that time, the PC fleet has been a very successful and active presence at many yacht clubs along the west coast, with the heart of the fleet at the San Diego Yacht Club. The PC was the first successful wooden racing yacht built for southern California waters. Seventy years have gone by and these vessels are still the pride of many clubs and harbors from Alaska to Southern California.

The fleet in San Diego has done an exceptional job of restoring and keeping this beautiful fleet of classic race boats alive.

Oh, and like the Knockabout sloops of the early 1900's, Kettenburg couldn't help but put cruising in the ad campaign. Funny thing is people did "cruise" in these small sailboats. And in my judgment, they did it with speed and style.