we had a chinese junk, built in the Chesapeake. This guy Tom Colvin designed them, and I personally tied hundreds and hundreds of knots for the sail battens. 36 feet, very heavy, shoal draft Yangtze River type hull, 3.5 hp Norwegian diesel engine, leeboards. She's lived in Barnegat Bay, Seal Harbor Maine, the San Fransisco bay, and in Seattle.

That's Satu!

  • Telzey 6y

    She's gorgeous!
  • rubyblossom. 6y

    Thank you.
    Slow boat to China.
  • Parée PRO 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative Commons- Free Pictures, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Wonderful image! :)
  • silviaON PRO 6y

    even in small are so beautiful - thx :)

    Seen in some comments. (?)
  • jeloid 6y

    I used this great image here,


    thank you for making it available for use.

  • borealnz PRO 6y

    What a gorgeous boat and how wonderful that you used to own her.
  • Adam 5y

    Great looking boat--the 'tanbark' sails are eye-catching (a good thing, too, for a container ship to see...) and probably prevent macular degeneration, cataracts and whatnot, compared to white sails.

    This has an unstayed mast? Junks and lorcas seemed to get along fine without shrouds. What did you use for cloth? (I'd tend to use the most UV-resistant material, rather than the strongest: say, acrylic fibre, like Sunbrella.) Jay Benford has designed some nice ones, including a 'sloop' junk version of the Benford 30.
  • Nesster PRO 5y

    Hi -thanks - there was a pair of single stays for the main mast. The masts could be lowered and winched back up, in order to get under bridges. She was shoal draft. The sails were of some synthetic cloth, I don't recall what.
  • dorybird 5y

    Hello Nesster - I'd really like to track Satu down. I've been looking for it for years. I know it was for sale in Seattle about ten years ago. Do you know where it is presently and who might own it? Failing that I'd love to know some details regarding it's construction and performance.

    regards, dorybird
  • Nesster PRO 5y

    dorybird, how do you know about Satu? I don't know where she is these days. I do recall there is a sister vessel built to the same plan around the same time; I don't know if more were ever built.
  • dorybird 5y

    Ahoy Nesster - Thanks for the tip - I guess. I've been a fan of junks especially Colvin's since forever. I caught sight of Satu under sail once from a distance and haven't been the same since. Then she was listed in the back pages of Wooden Boat, but someone got to her before I could, she vanished, then my wife and I had a child ... etc. etc. And all this time she was practically under my nose. Yes, kismet, serendipity, synchronicity etc. All very well, but watch out for what you wish for. Satu is now a sad shadow of what I imagine her former glory was. She's been lived aboard by an eccentric these past fifteen years, shorn of her rig as he couldn't get up enough speed in Seattle's Lake Union to get her to come about. No bilge boards, masts, tabernacles, gallows, sails or rig of any sort. All gone! Lake Union is a bathtub, a very crowded city bound lake with little consistent wind, a lot of boat and sea plane traffic, not the place for a cumbersome junk with bilge boards. He wants too much for this now major project, a pity truly! If you'd shed some light on how it was to sail her, How she came to the west coast etc., I'd love to hear about her. You must have rigged her as you describe tying many knots.

    Sorry to be the bearer of sad news, Dorybird
  • Nesster PRO 5y

    dorybird, if you flickr-mail me your email & name etc, I can put you in touch with my stepfather who had her built... he's in the Seattle area and can tell you lots.

    Satu is very heavy and shoal draft, but I never found her too cumbersome, she'd come about just fine and could sail reasonably close to the wind. The lug sail is easy to reef, just drop a batten or two down, and jibing isn't a scary thing like with a traditional fore and aft sail. Even as a relative youngster I could handle running her myself - all the lines came back to the tiller, and the leeboards weren't very difficult to manage.

    She's spent time in Barnegat Bay, we then sailed her up the coast to Seal Harbor Maine where she lived quite a few years. Later she was trucked to San Fransisco and then to Lake Union.
  • Jon-Arne Belsaas PRO 5y

    great shot of a very rare sailboat thanks for sharing sad to hear that she has ended up in such a way.
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