Built and designed in 1926, the Malibu is a 100′ long wooden ship, equipped with twin diesel engines and designed to cruise the open seas at 12-13 knots (about 15 mph). While the ship has seen years of good use, a restoration was recently completed.
Local historian and sawyer, Steve Cross (who is known in the wooden ship industry as the world’s largest provider of Live Oak), recently interviewed Blaise Holly of Haven Boat Works in Washington state – about 70 miles from Seattle. Steve and Blaise discussed the design of the Malibu, how Live Oak from Iron City, Georgia was used in her restoration, and included some interesting tidbits about ship construction (including the introduction of the “Boltinator”).
“There’s no other wood that we’ve used for framing that will hold a fastener quite so well as that Live Oak does.” –Blaise Holly
Tune in to hear the latest episode of The World According to Steve: Malibu.