Vessels Built by Barrie Farrell.

compiled by John M. MacFarlane and Barrie Farrell 2015

Barrie Farrell’s Recollection of Boat Building

I worked at Seair Marine Ltd. as the only employee and built a dozen or so Vancouver 27 sail boats that were sold as being ‘built by Seair Marine Ltd.’. Seair finished quite a few of my Farrell kit boats. Seair went through bankruptcy proceedings but managed to keep going with the one 27’ mould. Ralph Rolston, who owned Seair, when he saw one of my boats that they had finished, would say "I built that boat". And sure enough I don’t see any of the boats they finished on the list of the ones I built.

I worked in partnership with Roy Gibson at Pender Harbour for a while and I built a dozen or so 14’ runabouts and a couple of 18’ cabin boats. Roy Gibson wasn’t a boat builder but they were sold under his Adams River Timber Co. name.

I went down to Westport WA USA and designed a 27’ gillnetter, built the moulds and three boats for them. One was a regular gill netter and the other two were bow pickers with water jets. I was working for a guy who wanted to start building "Farrell boats". When I got home from Westport I found that Palmer Boats had flipped a Farrell 34’ and stolen a mould from it and was in production. I just said, "to heck with them. l’ll build a bigger and better one". So I designed and built the 37’ moulds. While I was building the mould at Westport then Art White from Snowball Boats came along and wanted a 37’ mould also. So I built two moulds and then later when I built the 29.5’ and 32’ moulds Art White wanted them too. Art White lengthened a 37’ to 40’ and took a mould off it. We had an agreement not to sell in the other’s country.

In Pender Harbour, in the 1960s, I sold my 34’ mould to Jack Currie in North Vancouver and went to work building them for him. I think we built about 18 boats and I think they were sold under the name ‘Jackson Boatworks’. My involvement was never mentioned and I never got credit for the design. When l was 19 years old I designed and built Sea Song on Nelson Island BC. She was a 24’ deep draught planked cod boat. I didn’t have any power so I built it all by hand.

When I was 15 years old I was working at the Alberni Shipyard for Bill Osborn (brother of Bob Osborn of Osborn Propellers) and I was living in Parksville. I built a 23’ plywood hull in our backyard and sold it to be finished by someone else. I had a week off so I built 5 pram dinghies and sold them all within a week. I built 3 boats at Westport and two 18’ inboard speed boats for Vic Gooldrup. Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s there was the Banana 2 and the Nice Breeze sailboat Zed Fling which was 27’. Faster, a 24’ vessel was wrecked in a storm while on delivery and not yet licenced.

I created a full set of moulds for a 2’ model of my 37’ boat, and built a few of them. I created a fully rigged combination troller/gillnetter model and with the help of Ron Burchett we made it RC (radio–controlled). It was exhibited at EXPO ’86 in Vancouver BC along with Ron’s other large working RC models.

Boats that are listed in the Canada List of Shipping as having been built by Farrell Boats (1977) Ltd. were actually built by Don Picalo who took over Farrell Boats when l got caught by the high interest rates of the 1970s and I was having financial difficulties. He ran the company for a few years and then went broke. But there are quite a few boats on that list that I built. I think that might have been because guys who bought boats from me as kit boats and finally got them finished wanted to license or register them and they needed a builders certificate and went back to Picalo for them. I’ve picked out seven boats on their list that I know I built: Cloud Burst; Ravenwood: Golden Isle; Kalaloch; Romance R: Silver Fox; and White Pointer. I’m sure there were others but I don’t know what their names were.

Besides the boats that were built under my name I built about 24 for Seair Marine Ltd., 25 row boats, 18 boats for the Jackson Boatworks, 14 boats for Roy Gibson (Adams River Logging), and 20 other miscellaneous vessels. There were a number of boats in addition to the list. I can’t remember the names of the boats I built for Joe Mickleberry (a 15’), Dick Wise (a 16’), Lloyd Hass (a 16’), Wilf Harper (a 20’ tug boat), Terry (who had Cardinal Boat Moving a 37’), Chris Kristmanson (P.R.), Thelma Newick (17’ cabin boat), Len Larsen (15’), Mr. Duck (Port Alberni 32’), Bill Berry (Sayward 32’), Howard Gray (a 37’) Mat Isherwood (Port Alberni 32’).

Some other boat builders bought boats from me. The Vestad family were well established boat builders but they ended up buying four boats from me, and even the dad Oley got one. Bruce Tasaka (Prince Rupert) bought a 32’ kit boat from me which he finished for himself for fishing.

Vessels Built by Barrie Farrell Boats

78 matches. 1 page. Max 120 records per page.
Page # 1
Name Registration Vessel Type Year Built
(Un-named Vessel) 817073 Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) #10K10073 820158 Fishboat, general 1989
4 Ks (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Alice R. I (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
An Phu 814142 Fishboat, gillnetter 1990
Annca (nk) Fishboat, general 1972
Banana (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Barracuda (III) (Licenced Vessel) Fishboat, crab 1977?
Busy Beaver (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Bypass 812858 Fishboat, general 1989
Casa Josa (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Casa Josa (nk) Yacht (nk)
Charger (II) 369693 Fishboat, general 1974
Count The Green 810457 Fishboat, general 1988
Crisis 812720 Fishboat, general 1996
Crystal Spirit 810478 Fishboat, general 1988
Devil Woman (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Dieflyn 819529 Yacht 1997
Dream Weaver (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Due West (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Faster (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Finn Boy 810457 Fishboat, general 1988
First Excursion (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Flash Back 812784 Fishboat, general 1989
Foxy Lady (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
G.M. Hustler (nk) - 1977?
Gail W. (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Golden Era 815165 Fishboat, general 1992
Golden Star I 816203 Fishboat, general 1992
Gulf Wanderer (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
High Voltage I 817576 Fishboat, general 1994
Iowna (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Island Bounty I 815335 Fishboat, general 1989
Jan Marie (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Jaylen Lee 817558 Fishboat, general 1994
Jonathan-T 801672 Fishboat, general 1968
June Breeze 812896 Fishboat, general 1990
King Fisher (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Kirsten F. 13K95393 Fishboat, general (nk)
Klyouk (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Kolach (nk) Yacht (nk)
Little Miss Barbara (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Malibu (II) (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Marauder (III) (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Michelle Lynn 812784 Fishboat, general 1989
Miss Babs 820158 Fishboat, general 1989
Miss Barbara (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Miss Pender 811200 Fishboat, gillnetter 1988
Mr. N 814142 Fishboat, gillnetter 1990
My Own Lark 810478 Fishboat, general 1988
Nice Breeze (nk) Yacht, sail (nk)
Pacific Charm 817073 Fishboat, general 1975
Pender Breeze 812896 Fishboat, general 1990
Pender Breeze 812896 Fishboat, general (nk)
Penny Sue (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Prime Time (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Prime Time III 810458 Fishboat, general 1988
Ravenwood (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
River Express 810457 Fishboat, general 1988
River Wind 810477 Fishboat, general 1988
Salish Son 810183 Fishboat, general 1989
Sea Fun (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Sea Song (III) (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Seafari (nk) Fishboat, general 1972
Seymour Winds 816210 Fishboat, general 1993
Sheba Queen II 801672 Fishboat, general 1968
Silver Sun 810183 Fishboat, general 1989
Spring Tide (II) (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Vicki C. (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Victor (III) 816460 Fishboat, general 1992
Voyager (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
West Water (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
White Eagle III 814223 Fishboat, general 1952
White Wing (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Wild Canadian 812330 Fishboat, general 1989
Wild Wind (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)
Wintergreen 814221 Fishboat, general 1990
Zed Fling (nk) Fishboat, general (nk)

Vessels Built by Barrie Farrell while employed by Seair Marine Ltd. (Vancouver ’27s, Ralph Rolston, owner)

5 matches. 1 page. Max 120 records per page.
Page # 1
Name Registration Vessel Type Year Built
Astera 804146 Yacht, sail 1983
Blue Raven 804830 Yacht 1984
Cannilie Kai 802278 Yacht 1979
Katepwa 393389 Yacht 1978
Soulmate 814113 Yacht, sail 1980

Vessels Built by Barrie Farrell Boats Ltd.

35 matches. 1 page. Max 120 records per page.
Page # 1
Name Registration Vessel Type Year Built
(Un-named Vessel) 817073 Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) #10K10073 820158 Fishboat, general 1989
An Phu 814142 Fishboat, gillnetter 1990
Bypass 812858 Fishboat, general 1989
Count The Green 810457 Fishboat, general 1988
Crisis 812720 Fishboat, general 1996
Crystal Spirit 810478 Fishboat, general 1988
Dieflyn 819529 Yacht 1997
Finn Boy 810457 Fishboat, general 1988
Flash Back 812784 Fishboat, general 1989
Golden Era 815165 Fishboat, general 1992
Golden Star I 816203 Fishboat, general 1992
High Voltage I 817576 Fishboat, general 1994
Island Bounty I 815335 Fishboat, general 1989
Jaylen Lee 817558 Fishboat, general 1994
Jonathan-T 801672 Fishboat, general 1968
June Breeze 812896 Fishboat, general 1990
Michelle Lynn 812784 Fishboat, general 1989
Miss Babs 820158 Fishboat, general 1989
Miss Pender 811200 Fishboat, gillnetter 1988
Mr. N 814142 Fishboat, gillnetter 1990
My Own Lark 810478 Fishboat, general 1988
Pacific Charm 817073 Fishboat, general 1975
Pender Breeze 812896 Fishboat, general 1990
Prime Time III 810458 Fishboat, general 1988
River Express 810457 Fishboat, general 1988
River Wind 810477 Fishboat, general 1988
Salish Son 810183 Fishboat, general 1989
Seymour Winds 816210 Fishboat, general 1993
Sheba Queen II 801672 Fishboat, general 1968
Silver Sun 810183 Fishboat, general 1989
Victor (III) 816460 Fishboat, general 1992
White Eagle III 814223 Fishboat, general 1952
Wild Canadian 812330 Fishboat, general 1989
Wintergreen 814221 Fishboat, general 1990

Vessels Built by Farrell Boats (1977) Ltd.(Farrell designs mostly built by Don Picalo but some by Barrie Farrell (see history above))

35 matches. 1 page. Max 120 records per page.
Page # 1
Name Registration Vessel Type Year Built
Avante 369037 Fishboat, general 1976
Born-Free 393952 Fishboat, general 1980
Capt's Lady 391743 Fishboat, general 1979
Carefree II 372400 Salvage Vessel 1977
Cloudburst 372659 Fishboat, general 1977
Crabby One 391681 Fishboat, general 1979
Free Dawn 54 391721 Fishboat, general 1979
Georgina Marion 383880 Fishboat, general 1978
Golden Isle 372370 Fishboat, general 1978
Gulf Breeze 393239 Fishboat, general 1980
Havorn 371084 Fishboat, general 1977
Hot Pursuit 396054 Fishboat, general 1979
Houston Stranger 383896 Fishboat, general 1978
Jigger Two 371084 Fishboat, general 1977
Kalaloch 371359 Fishboat, general 1977
Kiki-B 391745 Fishboat, general 1979
Krystal Lynn I 393238 Fishboat, general 1980
Little Thetis 391723 Fishboat, general 1979
Maile II 383896 Fishboat, general 1978
Makala Mist 384120 Fishboat, general 1974
Maroon Marauder 393238 Fishboat, general 1980
Marwyn 392545 Fishboat, general 1978
Mikayla Sea 391723 Fishboat, general 1979
O.T. Ninety Six 396054 Fishboat, general 1979
Ocean Bandit 391723 Fishboat, general 1979
Pacific Twilight 393240 Fishboat, general 1980
Ravenhood 372400 Salvage Vessel 1977
Romancer 393228 Yacht 1979
Sarclay Bound LLL 391721 Fishboat, general 1979
Silver Fox 812913 Yacht, power-cruiser 1977
Striker 371359 Fishboat, general 1977
Sun Gem 371837 Fishboat, general 1976
Sun Skipper 371359 Fishboat, general 1977
Victor Boy 393239 Fishboat, general 1980
White Pointer 391745 Fishboat, general 1979

Vessels Built by Barrie Farrell Boat Co.

113 matches. 1 page. Max 120 records per page.
Page # 1
Name Registration Vessel Type Year Built
(Un-named Vessel) C21739BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C02612BC Fishboat, general -
(Un-named Vessel) C00096BC C00096BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C00587BC C00587BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C01214BC C01214BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C01644BC C01644BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C01705BC C01705BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C02199BC C02199BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C02203BC C02203BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C02699BC C02699BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C02875BC C02875BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C02915BC C02915BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C04963BC C04963BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C05704BC C05704BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C11358BC C11358BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C12661BC C12661BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C13505BC C13505BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C14218BC C14218BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C20137BC C20137BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C20482BC C20482BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C21063BC C21063BC Passenger Vessel (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C21446BC C21446BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C21697BC C21697BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C22147BC C22147BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C22214BC C22214BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C22281BC C22281BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C22554BC C22554BC Fishboat, general (nk)
(Un-named Vessel) C23390BC C23390BC Fishboat, general (nk)
Able Lady No. 1 348390 Fishboat, general 1973
Anthony Isle 370273 Fishboat, general 1975
April Lady 370689 Fishboat, general 1975
Aqua Motion 348480 Fishboat, general 1973
Atlas Mariner 346696 Fishboat, general 1972
Barfleur 369566 Fishboat, general 1975
Big Daddy 369067 Fishboat, general 1974
Brownie Won 369102 Fishboat, general 1974
Cat-Sas 393377 Fishboat, general 1975
Catherine Tamera 369202 Fishboat, general 1974
Chaleur Bay 347977 Fishboat, general 1973
Chasina Isle 348006 Fishboat, general 1973
Christie Pass 348806 Fishboat, general 1974
Corban 348895 Fishboat, general 1974
Dahlia 370735 Fishboat, general 1975
Dar Kat 347139 Fishboat, general 1972
Day Tripper 348041 Fishboat, general 1974
Deep Bay 369106 Fishboat, general 1974
Deldon 369671 Fishboat, general 1975
Don Quixote 369106 Fishboat, general 1974
Dry Rot 369513 Fishboat, general 1974
Example 393269 Fishboat, general 1976
Fiddler's Green No. 1 368675 Fishboat, general 1974
Fonzie 368605 Fishboat, general 1974
Four Winds V 369671 Fishboat, general 1975
Free Dominion No. 1 347950 Fishboat, general 1973
Freedom No. 1 347950 Fishboat, general 1973
Friskie Lady 347985 Fishboat, general 1973
Fritzi-Ann 347985 Fishboat, general 1973
Ganhada 370208 Fishboat, general 1975
Geni III 368930 Fishboat, general 1974
Harlynn 348894 Fishboat, combination 1974
Helm's Deep 369102 Fishboat, general 1974
High Drive 369066 Fishboat, general 1974
Honky Cat 346634 Fishboat, general 1972
Inlet Mist 393377 Fishboat, general 1975
Island Lass I 368930 Fishboat, general 1974
Jenny I 812857 Fishboat, general 1978
Kadoroda Ro-mer 368605 Fishboat, general 1974
Kassidy Rose 369704 Ferry, passenger 1974
Krapanj (I) 347139 Fishboat, general 1972
Lady Amber 391735 Fishboat, general 1969
Lonesome 370593 Yacht 1976
Mandy K. 369590 Fishboat, general 1975
Maypol 393377 Fishboat, general 1975
Midnight Gambler 346634 Fishboat, general 1972
Miss Egmont 347809 Fishboat, general 1973
Miss Karine II (I) 368663 Fishboat, general 1974
Miss Shilo 347836 Fishboat, general 1973
Miss Tami II 346634 Fishboat, general 1972
Montagnais II 370186 Yacht 1975
Mount Foley 347812 Fishboat, general 1973
Native Legacy 812729 Fishboat, general 2000
Nordic Shadow 348896 Fishboat, general 1974
Ocean Pixie 348896 Fishboat, general 1974
Pacific Carouser 368916 Fishboat, general 1974
Pacific Dancer 348386 Fishboat, general 1973
Princess Louisa Inlet 369106 Fishboat, general 1974
R Share 368605 Fishboat, general 1974
Raindrop 348050 Fishboat, general 1974
Reaper I 370593 Yacht 1976
Rhonda-Lee 346982 Fishboat, general 1973
Ridin' High 369157 Fishboat, general 1973
Rose Ann VI 369138 Fishboat, general 1974
Ruby Marie 369119 Fishboat, general 1974
San Simone 347853 Fishboat, general 1973
Sea Urchin 369214 Tug, salvage 1974
Sheba Queen (II) 368930 Fishboat, general 1974
Shel-Cherie 348904 Fishboat, general 1973
Skeena Princess 369543 Fishboat, general 1975
Sno-Bird 6 368597 Fishboat, general 1974
Sno-Bird 7 368598 Fishboat, general 1974
Stellar Queen 369704 Fishboat, general 1974
Sunraycer 812875 Fishboat, general 1975
Sunshine V 347124 Fishboat, general 1973
Super Star 369571 Fishboat, general 1975
Tamichelle C02915BC Fishboat, general (nk)
Tanya Ann 369513 Fishboat, general 1974
Tara Marie 369619 Fishboat, general 1975
Tiger Princess 368663 Fishboat, general 1974
Tinker Bell II 344948 Fishboat, general 1974
Tonina 347124 Fishboat, general 1973
True North 370186 Yacht 1975
Tuffy Too 371903 Work Boat 1974
Winjo 369639 Fishboat, general 1975

Vessels in the Small Craft Register Built by Barrie Farrell

27 matches. 1 page. Max 80 records per page.
Name Registration
Un–named #C02203BC
Un–named #C22554BC
Un–named #C20482BC
Un–named #C23390BC
Un–named #C21446BC
Un–named #C12661BC
Un–named #C20137BC
Un–named #C02612BC
Un–named #C04963BC
Un–named #C01644BC
Un–named #C13505BC
Un–named #C22281BC
Un–named #C01214BC
Un–named #C02875BC
Un–named #C01705BC
Un–named #C00587BC
Un–named #C00096BC
Un–named #C02699BC
Un–named #C21063BC
Un–named #C14218BC
Un–named #C22214BC
Un–named #C22147BC
Un–named #C02915BC
Un–named #C02199BC
Un–named #C05704BC
Un–named #C11358BC
Un–named #C21697BC

Author’s Note: This is a partial list (work in progress).

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