Snowdrop at the Kits Point boat launch:

Built by Turner's Boatworks on January 14, 1952, Snowdrop is a Four Man Lifeboat. She has a LOA of 12' 1", a Beam of 4' 4", and a Draft of 1' 9". She displaces approximately 500 lbs. Her Engine is a Wisconsin ABM, Spec No. 60706, Serial #1539141, built November 1950.

The Wisconsin ABM (M for Marine) has a Forward/Neutral/Reverse transmission and is equipped with a spark arrestor.

The ABM is a gasoline fueled, one cylinder engine, displacing 13.5 cubic inches and producing a mighty 4.0 horse power @ 2800 rpm. She will cruise for eight hours on a US gallon of gas giving her a cruising range of 32 nautical miles at 4 knots. Her propeller size is 9" 6P.

"Pull-start" Aluminum handle, unique feature on Wisconsin Marine Engines.

Snowdrop has won "Best Classic Construction" in 1998, the "Best Power Yacht" (Under 30') in 2003, "Best Traditional Construction" in 2005 and 2009, "Best Work Boat or Work Boat Conversion" and the Coveted "People's Choice Award" in 2010, the "Best Small Boat" (Traditional Construction) in 2013 and "Best Power Yacht (under 30')" in 2015. Snowdrop is owned by Mike Bretner and cruises out of North Vancouver, BC.

Snowdrop's ground tackle...A 2kg Bruce anchor with 25' of chain.

 

Snowdrop during the 2015 windstorm in False Creek. A gust of 55kts was recorded at the dock:

 

Snowdrop and Gwragedd Annwn at the festival docks.

Snowdrop's Log:

Snowdrop’s History: 

 

Snowdrop after her first refinishing, in the early 1970’s.

 

I purchased her on March 13th, 1991 from Tom Baine.  She comes with two engines, a Briggs & Stratton FJ2, #416 and a Honda GX 140, A propeller and a shaft, no rudder or oars.  There is a notch cut out of her transom for an outboard motor.

There were “Snowdrops” flowering next to the hull, hence “Snowdrop”.

Picture of Tom Baine: fourth owner.

 

Picture of second owner who refininshed her in the early 1970’s:

His name is Dave Martin.

I met him at the 2009 Wooden Boat Festival.

 

The LOG of “Snowdrop”

 

1991        Purchased Snowdrop from Tom Baine.  First year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

1992        Second year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

My wife, Pat comes with me when I take “Snowdrop” back to Fisherman’s Cove Marina.  We can hear the Vancouver Symphony in the middle of English Bay and we see nude sunbathers at Lighthouse Park.

               Powered by the Honda GX140.

I Keep Snowdrop in the water at Fisherman’s Cove Marina.

Install Bilge pump and battery to pump out rainwater.

Take Pat’s Parents on a tour of Fisherman’s Cove when they come to visit.

Zale (family friend) and I motor “Snowdrop” from Fisherman’s Cove Marina to Horseshoe Bay at dusk to take her home for repairs .  We show a white light so we do not get run over by the Bowen Island Ferry  When we turn out our light after there is no chance of collision, the ferry lights us up, looking to see what has happened to us, as if we have sunk.

1993        Third year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

1994        Fourth year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

1995        Fifth year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

1996        Sixth year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

1997        Stripped and completely refininshed Snowdrop.  Missed the Wooden Boat Festival as Snowdrop was not ready.

1998        Seventh year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

               Powered by the Briggs & Stratton FJ2 #416.

Won “Best Classic Construction”.

1999        Eighth year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

2000        Nineth year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

2001        Tenth year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

2002        Eleventh year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

2003        Twelth year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

Won “Best Power Yacht ( under 30’)”.

July 20th, 21st, 22nd Cruise with sons Paul and Matthew to Halket Bay on Gambier Island.  The FJ2 engine dies and we are towed back to Horseshoe Bay by a sailboat, the “Fantasy”.

July 27th, Re-build the Briggs & Stratton FJ2 engine.

September 15th Fishing expedition with Paul and Matthew.  Cates Park to Seymour River.

2003        September 19th, Fishing expedition with Paul and Matthew.  Cates Park to Seymour River.  Catch One Salmon.

September 21st, Take small engine course at BCIT, re-build the FJ2 engine again.

September 26th, Buy brand new Briggs & Stratton 3.5 hp motor for Snowdrop.

2004        Thirteenth year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

Re-power “Snowdrop” with new Briggs & Stratton 3.5 hp engine.  The new engine does not have enough torque and stalls whenever I put her into gear.  The “new” 3 ½ horses are not a strong as the “old” 2½ ones.

2005        Fourteenth year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

July 24th, to August 6th, Replaced Keel.

               Won “Best Traditional Construction”.

July 21st, Howe Sound Trip.  Paul Matthew and I took Snowdrop to Halket Bay on Gambier Island and to Plumper Cove on Keats Island.  Saw the Gibson Fireworks from Keats Island.

2006        Fifteenth year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

Snowdrop is re-powered by a 2 ¾ HP. Briggs & Stratton model BM, Type 300243, Serial 34230, built May 1940, with my home-made FNR transmission.

August 15th, Fishing with Paul under First Narrows.

October 10th, Install the 1945 Wisconsin AK, engine with an F-N transmission.  4.1 HP@2400rpm.  Size 2⅞ by 2¾, Serial #570709.

October 13th, Cates Park to Vancouver Harbour.  Test Cruise for Wisconsin AK engine with F-N transmission.

October 22nd, Fishing Expedition with Paul and Matthew. Cates Park to Seymour River.

December 31st, Cruise to see windstorm damage in Stanley Park. 

2007        Sixteenth year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

2008        Seventeenth year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

August 19th, Test cruise of Wisconsin AK from West Van around Siwash Rock with Matthew.

               September 12th, Cruise up Indian Arm to Indian River.

2008        September 27th, Cruise from Cates Part to Seymour River, MacDonalds’s barge, Deep Cove, Jug Island.

September 28th, Cruise from West Van to Snug Cove on Bowen Island.

October 1st,Vancouver Harbour Cruise from Cates Park to Hollyburn Sailing Club and return to Cates Park.

               October 6th, Crabbing off Cates Park.

               November 24th, False Creek and Coal Harbour Cruise.

2009        Eighteenth year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

Won “Best Power Yacht (under 30’)”.

January 13, Cruise in English Bay, False Creek.  Saw Floating ice in English Bay off Jericho.

January 21st, “Ice Lines” expedition up Indian Arm.  Sailed through ice ½ to ¾ inches thick on route to Indian River.

January 30th, Started to re-framed Snowdrop.  Finished on August 19th.

September 12th.  Cruised up Indian Arm to Indian River.  Took over Nine Hours.

2009        September 22nd, False Creek Cruise.

September 30th, Crabbing in Burrard Inlet by MacDonalds Barge.

October 7th, Cruise from Cates Park to Deep Cove, Seymour River and return.

December 24th, Wisconsin AK out, Wisconsin ABM, Built November of 1950 in.  4.0 HP@2800 rpm, F-N-R Transmission Serial #1539141.

2010        Nineteenth year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

Won:       “Best Work Boat ot Work Boat Conversion”.

                              “People’s Choice Award”.

January 5th, Wisconsin ABM engine shakedown Cruise West Van to False Creek. 

Feburary 23rd, Olympic Cruise. West Van to False Creek, with Wisconson ABM engine.  Got a plastic bag wrapped around prop.  Mars Waterbomber demonstration flight.

               March 22nd, Crabbing off Cates Park.

               July 21st, Crabbing out of Cates Park.

Aug 12th, Cruise up Indian Arm.

2010        Aug 19th, Put copper sheathing on bow to break ice.

September 13th, Cruise from Cates Park around Twin Islands in Indian Arm.

September 19th, Crabbing in Indian Arm, cruise to Port Moody.  A small runabout sank at the dock while I was on my trip.

September 24th, Crabbing, Cruise to Port Moody and Deep Cove.

2011        Twentyth year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

April 22nd & 23rd, Harrison Lake to Hollyburn Sailing Club, Down the Harrison and Fraser Rivers to Hollyburn Sailing Club.  Took two days.  I slept on the dock at Haney.

First year in the Hollyburn Sailing Club Wooden Boat Show. Snowdrop wins "Boat of the Show".

 

2012        Twenty-First year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival. Second year in the Hollyburn Sailing Club Wooden Boat Show.

2013        Twenty-Second year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.  Win “Best Small Boat” (Traditional Construction). Third year in the Hollyburn Sailing Club Wooden Boat Show.

2014        Twenty-Third year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival. Fourth year in the Hollyburn Sailing Club Wooden Boat Show.

2015        Twenty-fourth year in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.  Snowdrop wins “Best Power Yacht (under 30’)”

               Fifth year in the Hollyburn Sailing Club Wooden Boat Show.