The Fastest Boat On the B. C. Coast
There is no doubt but what the Easthopes of Vancouver have good foundation for their claim to having the fastest motor boat on the Canadian Pacific Coast. The "Pathfinder" makes a good running average of 20 miles and is capable of more under favorable conditions. She is used by the Easthope Brothers as a striking example of what can be done with one of their regular stock engines.
Pathfinder is a substantially constructed speed model, 40 by 5 feet 6 inches, and is equipped with an Easthope 27 h.p. heavy-duty two-cycle engine of three cylinders, each weighing 500 pounds. This power plant turns a 26-inch three-bladed wheel measuring 5 1/2 inches across the blade at any speed up to 700 revolutions. The planking is of 3/8-inch cedar, copper-riveted throughout, an absence of vibration at high speed is a marked feature. Pathfinder has excellent lines forward which enable her to split a sea prettily. Her owners think nothing of running outside in English Bay in a breeze that would cause even a pretty good catboat sailor to hesitate before venturing out. Even at 21 miles an hour, she throws a comparatively small bow wave. When in action her stern rides on flaring bilges.
The Ebros, also an Easthope production, has been sold. This little combination boat that made so excellent a showing in the long-distance race from Seattle to Vancouver, her actual time being second only to that of the winner. Ebros was severely penalized by her rating, as she was not a strict cruising type, but her engine performance was all that could be desired. her deck and house plans have been altered so as to make her a very fast and comfortable boat for an afternoon's run or a short cruise. The Easthopes are large manufacturers of popular pleasure and commercial launches.
(Transcribed from Pacific Motor Boat, October 1908, p. 15. )
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