Our 2023 Olympia Boat Fair's Featured Boat


1930 M/V COMRADE 38’custom cabin cruiser, 10.5’ beam
Designed by H.C. Hanson, Seattle
Custom built for Herbert William Davis, Jr, Seattle
Built by Franck & McCrary, Seattle
Current owners- Kathy Weber & Bill Shain
Renewed by Haven Boatworks, Port Townsend

The renewal of Comrade retains the spirit of the past and prepares her for her next century of cruising.
She recently completed a multi-year revitalization. The August 2022 new hull includes 88 oak frames, all new cedar planks, and a
purpleheart stem and knee!

Why? When Kathy and Bill bought Comrade from the Birdseye family in 2017, they were buying her back into the family.
Kathy’s great grandfather H.W. Davis, Jr had her designed and custom built to his specifications.
He was recently widowed and had two teenage sons at home in West Seattle. We think that’s why Comrade originally had 3 bunks and lots of headroom.

“Grandpa and Grandma would not have met, and we wouldn’t be here, if Grandpa he hadn’t snuck Comrade out one day with friends, and met girls- including my future grandma- at the beach in Manchester, WA, just across from West Seattle. We are glad he did!” -Kathy

We are grateful to both generations of the Birdseye family and the Carl Bolin family for decades of caretaking Comrade.
She lives in an Everett, WA boathouse when she is not cruising.


Yanmar 57hp engine
Electrical system, including isolation transformer
Instruments including radar, send-receive AIS
Vacu-Flush head
Propane locker
Heaters for winter cruising
Range, refrigerator, microwave 88
new oak frames
All cedar planks
Cork flooring
Electric lift for pram
Bench frames and upholstery
Rudder and steering cable

New tender to Comrade
Built with oak, cedar, locust
Herschoff-designed pram
Built by Haven Boatworks, 2022