John Dearden moved to the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia,
Canada in 1989 and started
building custom boats exclusively in aluminum. The first major project
was the custom Ted Brewer designed sailboat Sandingo
launched in 1993. This was the result of the Cruising World
magazine's survey for the perfect 40 foot cruising sailboat and
a subsequent article by Ted
Brewer in that magazine.
As the market for cruising sailboats declined we focussed on the
design and construction of commercial and pleasure powerboats hulls
in aluminum. This amounted to about 50 hulls in the range from 17
feet to 42 feet.
We returned to the construction of sailboats with Barefoot,
a 42 foot aluminum cruising cutter designed by Angelo
Lavranos and modified with a hard dodger and a partially balanced
rudder. This design has a truly compound shape with no constant
radii and has plate thicknesses varying from 5/16" at the keel;
1/4" to the waterline and 3/16" topsides. The hull was unpainted
above the waterline and completed to a motor away stage. She was
launched in November 2006 and is currently being completed by her
owner in Seattle.
Our last project was a Dudley
Dix 43 foot centre cockpit design also modified with a hard
dodger and fitted with Diamond
Sea-Glaze windows. She was painted with an Awlgrip finish
and non-skid decks in Tuff-Coat
of the hull was insulated with Mascoat
Delta “T” sprayed on insulating coating and Knauf fibreglass
insulating board giving a completely fireproof coating. Woodwork
was eastern maple with Sapele trim all epoxy coated and finished
with a rubbed effect varnish. She was powered with an 70 horsepower
Isuzu 4JB1 diesel engine fitted with an autostrem feathering propeller.
Other equipment included Jefa Transmission Steering system, a Hurricane
diesel hot water system and Furuno NavNet 3D integrated electronics
system. Rigging and spars were supplied by Selden Mast Inc. and
installed by Bluewater Spars and Rigging. Deck hardware was Ronstan,
Andersen winches and Lofrans windlass. Sails were supplied by Leitch
and McBride Sobstad Sails. Roton
Industries Ltd. supplied and installed the Furuno and other
One of our current projects is a 15
foot minitug - more of this to follow soon.
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John Dearden of Dearden Marine in Gibsons,
British Columbia is a custom aluminum boat builder, fabricating
aluminum sailboats, aluminum power boats.
They offer a full custom aluminum yacht builder service on BC's