Red Jacket (formerly Katedna) was the first yacht to be built by the well-regarded N.J. Blanchard Boat Company on Seattle’s Lake Union. Designed by Ted Geary, another Pacific Northwest yachting icon, she has been a fixture on Puget Sound waters the majority of her nearly 100 years of sailing.
Her traditional hull shape provides a seakindly motion and her schooner rig is easily managed with the combination of an electric halyard winch, furling headsails and low friction sailtracks. Her owners have not found her size, systems, or maintenance overwhelming, but have found her to be a joy to sail and a pleasure to maintain.
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Red Jacket’s gorgeous interior is finished in the Herreschoff style with white painted bulkheads and varnished solid wood trim. The cabin sole is beautiful solid teak. Her cabin top is varnished tongue and groove red cedar supported by white painted deck beams and substantial knees. Cabin sides are varnished Alaska yellow cedar. Bronze ports provide excellent light and ventilation.
Upon entering Red Jacket’s interiorvia the companionway, it is seven steps from the deck to the cabin sole. There is a quarterberth immediately to port that is an excellent storage space for often used items or a sleeping spot for off-watch crew. Just forward of the quarterberth is a large locker.
The salon arrangement is traditional with straight settees to port and starboard and a fixed table offset slightly to starboard. The table is beautifully constructed and is gimballing with the removal of a pin at the base. Leaves fold away to provide more cabin space.
The galley is aft to starboard, with counters running down both sides of the space. A modern Dickinson diesel stove is located forward and outboard. There is a counter space aft, and storage in lockers above and below. Aft, there are additional lockers that were once cold storage. The opposite counter inboard features a large sink with pressure hot and cold water. There is an open rack for dish storage above and hooks for mugs. Opening ports and a large hatch overhead provide excellent ventilation.
Forward, there are two staterooms and a head. The head is a large space with a teak grate covering a sump that drains to a gray water sump. The shower is integral to the space and there is a curtain on a track. The head is forward. Outboard are two large lockers. On the aft bulkhead there is a Pullman sink (not plumbed) and mirror.
The forward staterooms are nearly identical, featuring a Pullman berth. There is a dressing seat forward with drawers below and a locker above.
The fo’c’sle is accessed from the foredeck. In addition to storage for sails and other large items, there is a Pullman style berth to starboard and open hanging lockers to port.
Dickinson diesel stove
Brass hot/cold pressure water faucet at galley
Brass water hand pump at galley (not plumbed)
Norcold refrigerator/freezer – 110v and propane
20lb propane tank in teak box on deck
Skipper head with 30-gallon plastic holding tank
Gray water sump for shower and galley sink with overboard pump
Icom ICM-424 VHF radio
Icom Commandmic VHF RAM mic
Raymarine i40 depth display at companionway
Bronze clock and barometer
Bronze bell on main mast
12v DC and 110v AC electrical systems
Sopac DC breaker panel
DC voltmeter and ammeter
(3) 12v DC outlets at electrical panel
(2) Dyno 8D house batteries
(1) engine start battery
(2) 12v DC alternators – one charging start bank and one charging house
Trucharge 20amp battery charger
Isuzu 4JB1 70hp diesel engine, 3,258 hours (1991)
Borg Warner Velvet Drive transmission
Walter RV-20 V-drive
23” 3 blade bronze propeller
Dual lever throttle/shift control
Light in engine room
Dual selectable Racor 120 fuel filters
Oil change pump
300 gallons fresh water storage in stainless tanks (new 1987)
150 gallons diesel in iron tanks (new 1987)
(2) 360 GPH Rule bilge pumps
(1) 3500 GPH Rule bilge pump
(1) Jabsco engine driven emergency bilge pump
American Appliance 10 gallon hot water heater
Shurflo pressure water pump
Red Jacket’s hull is planked with 2” Port Orford cedar, douglas fir and Alaska yellow cedar over steam bent white oak frames on 12” centers. Keelson and floors are white oak. She is fastened with steel nails. Her hull below the waterline was refastened with galvanized steel screws in 1998. Her seven-ton lead ballast is bolted externally to the hull with monel bolts that were replaced in the mid-1970s. Her deck is Alaska yellow cedar overlayed with plywood and fiberglass. Cabin coachroof is tongue and groove red cedar overlaid with laminated marine plywood and fiberglass. Her cabin sides are Alaska yellow cedar overlaid with teak finished bright.
Red Jacket’s hull is painted black, with red boot stripe and red cove stripe. She has a varnished teak cap rail. Bronze stanchions support double lifelines that surround her deck. The deck is painted buff color with nonskid. Forward, there is a sturdy Samson post and original bronze horizontal anchor windlass. Aft is a sliding hatch that accesses the fo’c’sl and anchor locker. Just forward of the cabin is the fore mast, with a teak box enclosing the propane tank to port.
The cabin top is painted white with teak handrails running the length. The cabinsides are varnished teak with bronze ports. Two teak butterfly hatches allow excellent light into the cabin. The spacious cockpit aft is surrounded by a teak coaming. The cockpit seats are varnished Alaska yellow cedar. There is a teak grate covering the cockpit sole. A gorgeous wood wheel with bronze hardware is centrally located. The companionway is offset to port with hinged teak doors and a sliding hatch.
There is an open deck space aft of the cockpit with a hatch accessing the lazarette. Two bronze cowl vents provide ventilation to this space.
Original bronze windlass with chain gypsy and capstan – converted to 12v DC
175lb “patent” anchor
Salt water anchor washdown pump with hose on deck
Canvas covers for all hatches, bowsprit, boomkin
Canvas boom tent
Laminated Sitka spruce mast and booms, overhauled in 1998 with all new 1x19 stainless standing rigging
Laminated Sitka spruce boomkin and bowsprit
Silicon bronze chainplates
Strong Track low friction mainsail track
Mainsail with full battens
Harken genoa furler (2) CDI furlers for staysails
Running backstays with Lewmar clutches
So-Pac bronze electric halyard winch on cabin top servicing halyards and major control lines
(2) Merriman #6 primary winches
(2) bronze secondary winches
Originally Katedna, she was named for the first owner Fred Baxter’s wife Kate Edna McGraw (daughter of Washington State’s second governor). Baxter was Vice-Commodore of Seattle Yacht Club and she attended the first Opening Day festivities in Seattle. In the early 1920s she was sold to a California owner and sailed through the South Pacific, returning to San Francisco. By the early 1930s, she was back in the Pacific Northwest area to stay. A fire damaged her interior and masts in the early 1930s and she was rebuilt with a re-designed Ted Geary sailplan replacing the original gaff configuration with her current arrangement. From the late 1930s on, a series of three dedicated owners have cared for Red Jacket, her current owners since 1987. In 1993, Red Jacket was named one of the 100 greatest sailing yachts in North America by SAIL magazine. An interesting discussion of her history is featured in Norman C. Blanchard’s book Knee-Deep in Shavings: Memories of Early Yachting and Boatbuilding on the West Coast, which is an excellent read and which Red Jacket is featured on the cover.