'Suellen' - 1951 Ed Monk 37' Cruiser

Year Launched:

Edwin Monk, Sr.

Builder: Louis A. Hascall,
. West Seattle, WA

37 ft.

Beam: 10 ft. 9 in.

Draft: 3 ft. 6 in.

Displ.: Net 11 tons

Engines: Perkins 120 hp.

'Suellen' on the Columbia River in July, 2010.

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'Suellen's' Story:

The Future



'Suellen's' Story

History: Louis A. Hascall built 'Suellen.' Hascall was an experienced master carpenter employed at Blanchard Boat Works in Seattle at the time ‘Suellen’ was completed. Toward the end of a long career in boat building, this was Hascall’s personal project and his masterpiece. His family says they asked him to wear a suit at the lauching, but he insisted on wearing his work coveralls.

The design for ‘Suellen’ dates from about 1937, early in Ed Monk’s long career. Hascall laid the keel in about 1939, just before the start of the US involvement in WWII. It was a few years after the war that building materials became available and the project was completed.

The launch site was Riverside Marina, next to Pioneer Boatyard on the Duwamish River. These old marine facilities were razed by the Port of Seattle in about 2008. ‘Suellen’ was moved by truck from the Hascall home in the heights of West Seattle down a long hill to the launch site.

Just before Christmas of 2008, we found the granddaughter of Louis Hascall and namesake of “Suellen.” She was surprised and delighted to know her grandfather’s boat was still in use. Her family had not seen the boat since it was sold in the early 1950’s. She generously shared photos of the christening and and stories about her grandfather. Suellen, along with her brother and several other family members, rechristened the boat in the summer of 2009.

All who knew Louis A. Hascall proudly describe him as “a real gentleman with a passion for building boats.” Hascall died in 1985 at age 99.

‘Suellen’ is in near-original condition with a beautiful mahogany interior. The flying bridge, said to be designed by Ed Monk, Sr. for this vessel, was added in the late 60’s or early 70’s.

‘Suellen’ was purchased by John and Jane Lebens in October, 2008. In June of 2009, ‘Suellen’ motored to Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River, then up the coast to Puget Sound, to spend the summer at Friday Harbor in the San Juans. Later in the summer, she spent some time in the hands of the Port Townsend Shipwright Coop for keel bolt and corrosion checks, and has a clean bill of health.

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Documentation: ‘Suellen’ has been documented since it’s original launch with the exception of the ownership of Roy Dunn ('Nev’r Dunn') in Shelton, Washington from 1989 to 2004 and Ron Wilton ('ULA') in Portland, Oregon from 2004 through 2008.

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Refurbishment: Although ‘Suellen’ was in excellent structural condition when we bought her, there were a number of areas of deferred maintenance. All interior and exterior paint and brightwork is being refreshed. Electrical and plumbing systems have been replaced. The original icebox is being refurbished with a new compressor, added insulation, new gaskets and fresh paint. All needed engine work has been completed. Hundreds of other details have been attended to.

The first winter was devoted to addressing all recommendations in the survey. Her hull has been painted and the maidens supporting the swim-step have been revealed. The Perkins 6-354 engine has been refreshed with all new hoses and clamps, filters, belts and fresh fluids. The 120 volt wiring is all new and to ABYC standards. The 12 volt starting, charging, fusing and switching systems is all new. Plumbing and the water heater are new. Old carpets have been replaced with commercial grade cork floors. Much of the interior enamel has been refinished. All the upholstery is new.

Year 2010 has seen major exterior refinishing. All brightwork has been wooded and revarnished. All painted surfaces have been stripped and are being repainted with the original colors. Brass and bronze parts are being polished.

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The Future: Full electronics including radar is on our short list. We plan to mount a mast consistent with the original Monk plans. We are looking around for a vintage pram for the aft deck. An autopilot would be nice. Of course with a wood boat the list never ends.

We’ll spend several more months in restoration and cruising local Columbia River waters, then plan to bring her back to Puget Sound, where we all love to play, by the summer of 2011. It will be 'Suellen’s' 60th birthday.

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Construction: ‘Suellen’ is built of yellow cedar on oak frames with a mahogany house. Planks are 5/4 thick attached by galvanized screws to bent oak ribs 9” on center. The house is built of 1 ½’ by 2’ solid mahogany planks. Decks and cabin tops are wood with painted canvas overlays.

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Engine: The single engine is an early 1980’s Perkins 6.354. It’s a 6-cylinder, naturally aspirated horizontally mounted model of about 120 hp. The exhaust system is freshwater cooled, wet exhaust, through a transom discharge. Fuel is filtered through dual 500M Racors.

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Tanks: There are two stainless steel fuel tanks of approximately 60 gallon capacity each. The two copper water tanks hold about 61 gallons each. A new Seaward hot water tank has been installed.

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Electrical: The 120 volt system is all new and meets ABYC standards. The shore-power system provides for battery charging, outlets and water heating. The 12 volt system is also new and includes a Xantrex battery charger and a Balmar Digital Duocharge charging regulator. The house battery is a single 8d unit. Lighting is via 12 volt Compact Fluorescent lamps drawing about .6 amps each.

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Deck: Mahogany hand rails are supported by 20 cast bronze stanchions. The original Danforth 20H anchor is on the foredeck and the rode is in the anchor locker. Cleats, fairleads and other fittings are mostly bronze.

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Navigation: The compass is a restored original 1940’s vintage 6” Kelvin-White Constellation. A Garmin 545s chart plotter is installed on the flying bridge. A MacBook running MacENC with GPS and AIS is used in the lower helm.

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Safety: In addition to the vintage whole-boat carbon dioxide system, ‘Suellen’ has three 5 lb. fire extinguishers. A fine (and very loud) Cunningham Air Whistle is installed on the bridge. The VHF radio is a new Standard Horizon with intercom, MMSI and haler capability. There is a back-up hand held VHF radio. Mustang inflatable life vests and a throw ring are always on board.

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Accommodations: ‘Suellen’ has proved herself to offer very comfortable living and cruising arrangements with typically well-placed and sized windows and good seating. She sleeps four, with two in the V-Berths and two in the galley settee.

Entering from the cockpit, three steps down take you into the galley. The galley is a sun lit space with stainless steel countertops and sink, refurbished 1940's ice box and a Dickinson diesel stove to starboard. To port is the head and the settee.

The head is a roomy refuge with the original 1944 sink tucked onto a wall of turquoise tile beside mahogany storage cabinets. A shower is available in the head.

There are nicely fitting drawers and cabinets in all locations. ‘Suellen’ has both hot and cold running water.

The bridge/salon has ample space for the captain to sit and operate the vessel. The first mate can stand forward or sit on the elevated settee behind. The engine is under a sound dampening cork floor. A built-in table is attached to the starboard side; it can be lifted up on hinges and brought out to rest on one secure leg. There’s a fine little liquor cabinet and ample chart and other storage aft in the bridge.

The V-berth is a cozy spot for sleeping or reading under lovely old brass wall lights. Below each V-berth are two drawers for clothing, and doors which open into good sized storage areas.

The flying bridge is accessible from the aft deck - it seats four people plus the captain and offers great views of the water!

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'Suellen' in Hascall's West Seattle
backyard, where she was built.

Christening Day, 1951 with Louis
A. Hascall.

Louis' daughter Suellen
christens 'Suellen' with the help
her mother, Olive.

'Suellen' just after launching.

The bridge/salon with it's elevated
sofa on cork flooring.

Looking aft from the bridge.

The galley has a diesel stove and a
refurbished 1940’s refrigerator.

Galley seating area.

The head.

The view forward in the galley.

V-berth in the forward cabin.

Engine room below bridge.

Electrical panels.

House sides stripped and sanded....

....and stained.

Cody lays on 1 of 6 coats of varnish.

Beginning to add color to the decks.

Wheel and instruments, looking foward
in the pilothouse.

'Suellen' in Cathlamet, WA,
July 2010.