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Jim Jacobson, American Institute of Architecture award-winning home builder and boat restoration expert brings hard work, passion, and patience to every vessel. He has restored and renovated several classic boats, including the esteemed Vic Franck 80' Ketch Tatoosh and J. Wayne’s 136’ Wild Goose.

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 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, including Home of The Year, for new houses and remodels.

Currently, Jacobson resides in San Diego, California, where he lifeguards at the BBMAC 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

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Boyer Avenue, Seattle WA


Award-winning project, American Institute of Architects Honor Awards (Seattle Boathouse Ltd.)

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