CANIM was commissioned by Col. C. B. Blethen, then publisher of the Seattle Times and the Commodore of the Seattle Yacht Club. The derivation of the name is from the Chinook Indian tribe of the Northwest and means Big Chief's canoe: one of the great cedar canoes of the coastal tribes. Built in 1930, CANIM was an immediate head turner.
CANIM was designed by L.E. (“Ted”) Geary, a versatile designer with many great sailboats and commercial boats to his credit. He developed quite a following for his fantail motor yacht designs. Ranging from 60’ to 122’, they shared the Geary look – purposeful plumb bows, elegant fantail sterns, well-proportioned deckhouses and graceful sheer lines.
CANIM is one of a series of four 96 footers, designed by Geary and built at Lake Union Dry-docks in Seattle, WA between 1928-1930. While each of these boats is uniquely different, they all feature the signature Geary hull lines and are regarded as sister ships. These four boats represent the best of their era:
- BLUE PETER
Built by the very finest Northwest timber (virgin Douglas fir), they were a combination of elegant form, heavy scantlings and could go anywhere, even in the toughest weather. As a testament to the quality design & craftsmanship, each vessel is still in operation today.
The larger family of Ted Geary fantail yachts includes four more vessels built between 1926 and 1929.
- INFANTA (THEA FOSS)
- CORA MARIA
- MARINER III