Jim Jacobson, American Institute of Architecture award-winning home builder and boat restoration expert is the man 'behind the magic.' He has fully restored and renovated several classic boats, including the esteemed Vic Franck 80' Ketch Tatoosh.
Jacobson's love for the water began with a Congressional Appointment to Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy of New York in 1974, followed by graduation from the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1980, and two years as the First Mate for John Wayne on the "Wild Goose" (1975-1977) where he received his US Coast Guard Ocean Operator License and invaluable experience on the water.
Jacobson worked at Ketcham Lumber (1980-1982), and Seattle Boathouse Ltd. (1982-Present) where he received the American Institute of Architects Honor Awards for his excellent work and dedication to his craft. He is also the recipient of several American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards for new houses and remodels.
Currently, Jacobson resides in San Diego, California, where he lifeguards at the Brian Bent Memorial Aquatic Complex in Coronado, California and pursues his passion of boat restoration on the Pacific.
Classic Boats Renovated:
High Seas, 1964 65’ Chris Craft
Serenade, 1946 48’ Huckins
Donovan’s Reef, 1964 ‘38’ Chris Craft
Joie de Vivre, 1959 40’ Chris Craft
Tatoosh, 1961 80’ Vic Franck
El Viento, 1956 42’ Newporter Ketch
Boyer Avenue, Seattle WA
Award-winning project, American Institute of Architects Honor Awards (Seattle Boathouse Ltd.)