Royal Passagemaker 52
Left: David and Linda Haywood are the proud owners of Shamal. Right: The Royal Passagemaker’s mast towers high above the deck,
but it is hinged and hydraulically powered for lowering and raising. That’s a necessity for a boat kept in a covered moorage.
Monk, probably the most famous name in Pacific
Northwest boating circles, drew the lines, likely in the
late 1960s, for a 57-foot full-displacement fishing trawler
that became known as the Seamaster. Many working
boats soon were built to his design, and it wasn’t long
before recreational boaters recognized the seakeeping
attributes of the Seamaster and began building custom
yachts on that hull, some in wood and some in fiberglass.
“Do you see our boat?” David asked. Indeed, I could.
Her softly rounded transom, the gentle sweep of her
sheerline, and her flared bow clearly marked a Monk
classic. A Victoria, B.C., naval architect, Gregory
Marshall, designed the deckhouse and the interior and
respected Monk’s styling in every line he drew. I learned
later that many interior design features were suggested
by David and Linda and executed by Marshall.
The outboard engine quit as we touched the boarding
platform, and we stepped aboard, aided by the stainless
steel staple railings on the platform’s edge. A transom
gate opened into the cockpit. I noticed that the upper
deck’s extension over the cockpit and side decks made
this a perfect boat for the Pacific Northwest.
planned to return to Anacortes that day. I said yes and
he offered, “We’ll take you there.”
Within minutes, the John Deere was humming deep in
the ship and the hydraulic windlass was quietly lifting
the anchor from the mud of Friday Harbor. This tour
was getting better and better, I decided, as David and
Linda got the boat under way: a new but experienced
boat, capable and friendly owners with good times to
talk about, and the prospect of a three-hour-long cruise
on a calm Northwest day.
Roy Parkinson, who founded Park Isle Marine Ltd. in
1987, says he began boating with his family in the waters
off Victoria when he was 2 years old. After studying boat
construction and apprentice shipbuilding work at Canoe
Cove Manufacturing, he opened a small firm that
restored classic mahogany runabouts and sailboats
and then expanded into general boat repair, refit, and
construction. In 1994 he acquired the molds for the
Monk Seamaster hull and for the Truant 37, a William
The first yacht built by Park Isle from the Seamaster