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The Nawiliwili Yacht Club is honored to sponsor the Gene Wells Wooden Boat Regatta Saturday, Nov. 15 starting at 10 a.m. in the Nawiliwili Small Boat Harbor.
Honoring the man and his work, this regatta features the beautiful wooden boats that master craftsman Gene Wells has designed and built on Kaua‘i since the early 1970s. All of the boats Wells has designed through the years have been wood monohull sailboats.
Wells' boat building career began when he was a kid growing up in California. His first launching took place around 1933 at a fountain in Beverly Hills, Calif. Imagine the reaction when an energetic 12-year-old launched a 12-foot dingy in a public fountain. His unique flair for designing and building boats, as well as for simply living life to its fullest, has been a lifelong characteristic.
Though Wells would have liked to have built boats for a living, financial considerations deemed it best that he and his brother work for their father's construction company in Southern California. Gene continued to design boats; but rather than build them himself, he simply had them built by boatyards or other craftsmen.
In the early 1970s Wells had another of his boat designs built while he and his brother continued operating their construction company. It was aboard this boat, a 37-foot sloop "Kuu Ipo" that Gene and his late wife, Margaret, sailed to Hawai‘i from California. In 1972 he retired and moved to Kaua‘i — and built boats.
The first boat Wells designed and built on Kaua‘i was made of plywood. He specifically designed the boat so that it could be launched from the beach in Anahola where he lived. Next came the 26-foot "Rebel," a sloop which originally flew a rebel flag.
Soon after came the 25-foot sloop "Whitecap," which was followed by several sailing dinghies. The list grew as he continued to design and build boats in his garage in Anahola, including a 39-foot sloop "Sarina," a 40-foot sloop "Fidelia," a 24-foot sloop "Fun Too" (now called "Tiare"), a 31-foot yawl "Malia," a 35.5-foot cutter rigged sloop "Mapuana," and a 40-foot cutter rigged sloop "Reina Moana," which was launched in June 2003.
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