Saturday Evening, June 30, 1951 THE ABERDEEN DAILY WORLD, ABERDEEN, WASHINGTON
FIVE-YEAR PRODUCT: After five years of spare time work,
L. P. Burch, president of the Burchcraft Boat company, has com
pleted the compact, fully equipped 24-foot Janel. Burch took the
boat down the Wishkah river on its maiden voyage yesterday.
In the upper photo the boat is shown at the Hoquiam fishing fleet
base, where Burch halted for minor adjustments before taking the
craft to Westport. The lower photo, taken from the main cabin,
shows Burch In the galley. Mahogany and teakwood paneling can
be seen. The 35-foot mast can be seen in the foreground. Burch
took the boat to Westport last night and will begin a leisurely
cruise to a permanent berth at the Olympla Yacht club next Satur—
day.—(Photo by Ade Frederlcksen, Aberdeen World Staff).
Burch Builds Unique
Craft In Spare Time
By ADE FREDERICKSEN
When the North Aberdeen
bridge, cranked by hand. creaked
open yesterday for the first time
in many months, It did so for
It swung its aging frame to al—
low passage down the Wishkah
river of probably the biggest lit—
tle boat this side of Timbuktu —
the 24-foot Janel, compact, unique
and shipshape product of L. P.
Burch, 1000 Mitchell street.
It is probably safe to describe
the Janel as the only craft of its
kind and possibly the best equip—
ped ship of its size in the world.
In the first place the little giant,
designed and constructed by
Burch in five years of spare time
evening and Sunday work, has a
seven-ply, five-eighths inch ply—
wood hull completely sheathed
with three eighths inch of South
American iron bark, the hardest
and heaviest wood known.
SLEEPS FOUR PERSONS
Secondly, despite its diminutive
proportions, the little Janel can
sleep four persons, weighs eight
tons and can carry, according to
Burch, enough supplies, including
fuel, water and food, to take one
man on an eight-month cruise
without touching land.
The cabins and the hull, to well
below the water line, are com—
pletely insulated with cork. And
the little luxury vessel, its entire
interior paneled with mahogany
and teakwood, is equipped with
a fathometer, electric depth find—
er, ship to shore phone, a 50 horse—
power Universal four-cylinder
gasoline engine, a 32-volt gener—
ator, hot and cold running water,
hot water heat, folding bunks up—
holstered with six inches of foam
rubber, concealed storage for 100
gallons of gasoline and an equal
amount of water. It has chain
lockers for a total of 1,200 feet of
anchor chain, has a dressing room
and toilet, a laundry tub, galley
with alcohol stove, electric anchor
hoists forward and aft, two 60—
pound anchors forward and one
20 pound "hill" anchor aft. Built-
in, paneled "fold back" lockers
will hold up to three suits of
clothes and a large number of
shirts and other clothing, all drap—
ed unwrinkled from hangers.
UTILIZES ALL SPACE
All this is made possible, Burch
says, because in designing the
craft he utilized a great deal of
space, both forward and aft, un—
used on most pleasure or com—
"This has actually the living
quarters and storage space of a
42-foot boat," said Burch, who
heads the Burchcraft Boat com—
pany, which he established 12
years ago, and constructed the
boat there, launching it about a
year ago. "I believe this is the
most unusual boat in the world."
Burch believes it also will be
one of the most seaworthy of its
size in the world. Its total eight
tons in weight include two and a
half tons of keel and ballast.
"She won't shift around for a
little chop," declared Burch.
ON MAIDEN VOYAGE
He will soon get a chance to
test that belief. He moved the ves—
sel yesterday, on her maiden voy-
age, from the Wishkah river above
the bridge, to Hoquiam, where he
completed last minute adjustments
before proceeding to Westport
last night. From Westport, on
July 7, Burch plans to go to Neah
Bay, where he will stay overnight.
He will then continue to Port
Angeles and possibly go across to
Vancouver Island, where he work—
ed as a youth and has friends, to
visit. Eventually the boat will be
berthed at the Olympia Yacht
club and Burch plans to use it this
summer in frequent and extended
tours within the Sound and among
its many islands.
Sometime in the future, Burch
said, he will make ocean cruises.
Although he has no present plans
to take the boat around the world,
he does have a yen to sail it to
Acapulco, Mexican riviera.
"It depends upon whether I, not
the boat, can hold together,"
SAIL, ENGINE POWER
Sail is the correct word. The
engine is only for auxiliary pur—
poses and the principal motive
power will come from the 400
square feet of canvas hung from
a 35-foot mast.
Reference books'on sailing ships
list none with the type of rigging
devised by Burch. The boat has
the main mast. a jib and a stay.
One of the unusual features for
a boat so small is that all light—
ing plant, engine and similar
equipment are aft of the cockpit
and there is nothing in the living
quarters which can cause fumes
except, perhaps the galley stove.
"You won't get that bilge smell
on this boat," explained Burch.
"And I plan to have an automatic
fire extinguisher system so that
if a fire starts in the engine
room I can shut the doors and it
will be smothered."
MADE PROM LIFEBOAT
The hull was originally a 52—
passenger lifeboat, constructed by
Burch and completely fitted out
for the maritime commission,
which during the war asked Burch
to experiment for the government
with plywood life boats.
"After I built it they decided
they were going to get enough
steel for lifeboats after all." he
The boat, as it is now, has an
eight-foot, six-inch beam and five-
foot draft. The keel, of cast iron,
weighs two tons.
BUILT 12,000 BOATS
Although in the past 12 years
he has built approximately 12,000
boats in his factory, founded in
1939 and now producing at the
rate of 1,300 boats a year, all
those were of the small outboard
variety. He has, however, con—
structed. on his own, five larger,
inboard type boats, one 40-feet
"This is the fifth and last," de—
Burch began building boats as
a hobby back in Michigan when
he was a boy. He constructed his
first launch or cruiser in Michi—
gan, another in British Columbia
and three in Aberdeen. He came
to Aberdeen in 1917 and during
World war I worked in the Grant-
Despite the five years of labor
he spent on the Janel — named
after a granddaughter — he is not
as attached to the boat as one
"If someone comes along and
offers me more than she's worth,"
he laughed, "I'll sell her."
World Want Ads will help clean
out your attic.
Driver Loses Hat — Driving
with all his car windows open to
beat the heat cost Stuart Robin—
son of Hoquiam a new gray felt
hat yesterday on Park street in
Aberdeen. A sudden gust of wind
lifted the hat from Robinson's
head and sent it rolling down the
street, according to a report given
police. Robinson stopped but could
not find the hat.
To Midwest—- Mr. and Mrs. Har—
ry Silvey, 2300 Cherry street, and
children, Michael, Ann and John,
left Thursday on a motor trip to
the Midwest. They will visit Mrs.
Silvey's relatives at Devils Lake
and other North Dakota towns.
Mr. Silvey will spend a few days
in Chicago visiting his mother.
MONTESANO, June 30 —(Spe—
cial) — Marriage licenses have
been obtained recently in the
county auditor's office by the fol-
Richard Gordon Guild; Ray—
mond and Jeannette Ann Burch,
Aberdeen; Dennis H. Holloway
and Gretchen Butler, both of Ab—
erdeen; George Thomas Jones and
Neva Rae Downing, both of Ray—
mond; James Robert Drake and
1. Sylvia Marill Taylor, both of Ab—
erdeen; Eugene C Lundquist, Ab—
erdeen, and Lenore F. Lundgren,