Ed Monk Yachts
were the creation of George Edwin William Monk (1894-1973), a shipwright and naval architect from the Pacific Northwest of the United States. He designed both pleasure boats and commercial vessels, in both power and sail, from 1914 to 1973. Monk began his career as a naval architect by designing and building his “Plan No. 1,” a 50’ bridge-deck cruiser “Nan,” which became his home for seven years. It was moored at the Seattle Yacht Club, and was also briefly his office. Monk’s designs were built by many of the Pacific Northwest’s finest builders, such as Blanchard Boat Co., Grandy Boat Co., Jensen Motor Boat, Chambers and Franck, Forder Boatworks, McQueen Boat Works, and Tollycraft among others. Some of the Monk models include the Sea Witch 29 foot, launched 1939, the Aries 50 foot, launched in 1941, Moonraker 50 foot, launched 1962, all sailboats. Motor yachts included Western Maid I and Western Maid II, launched in 1946 and 1947 respectively, and Tryphena, 50 feet, launched in 1970.