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O ne of the foremost boat designers of the twentieth cen-tury left us on April 29, 2011, at the age of 92. He re-portedly died near Sidney, B.C. In a career that spanned over six decades, Garden penned more than 650 designs, including both production and custom boats. His wide-ranging work encompassed yacht and commercial projects,

and such production vessels as the Formosa 51 and the Mariner 36, to name two of many.

Born in Calgary, Alberta Canada on November 18, 1918, family moved to Oregon in 1924. Garden started school i Oregon, but the family returned to the Montlake District o Seattle in 1928. Garden graduated high school there and studied boatbuilding at Edson Technical School, which lat became the Seattle Central Community College. He then started work at Andrew’s Boat Company on Portage Bay, Seattle. By his 24th birthday, he had drawn more than fif boats. He had also drawn and built his own schooner

Gleam , which he cruised throughout the Vancouver Islan San Juan Islands and British Columbia region.

Garden formed a boatbuilding partnership with Dave Le-clercq, based at an old mill on Portage Bay, where they c structed five boats, but closed shop in 1942 to work at la ger yards building vessels for the war. Later that year, he was drafted by the U.S. Army and assigned to the Adak S Repair Base, in the Aleutian Islands. After discharge from the army in 1946, Garden returned home, put Gleam bac in shape and designed halibut boats, trollers and the 30-foot cutter Bull Frog . One of Garden’s cruises on Gleam , documented in an article in the April 1951 issue of Yacht ing , “Beachcombing the Goose Islands.”

William “Bill” Garden – Nov. 18, 1918—April 29, 2011

William “Bill” Garden

Photo Courtesy www.tillerbooks.com, Yacht Designs

A Bill-Garden perspective drawing. This was his own boat, Oceanus .

From Yacht Designs , by Bill Garden, Courtesy International Marine/McGraw-Hill

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