Queenship 74’ Motoryacht "Meriweather"Boat Building At Its Best! by Carl Camper What makes a “Yacht?” The many facets of boat building – a swarm, a galaxy of them – must be catalogued, assembled, finally installed; one by one, until “they,” that mass, becomes a single, glorious – One – an opus. Individual elements – sometimes outstanding in themselves – blend together to become the “soul” of the final structure... a striking, magnificent, even precious “Yacht”. Certainly all builders strive for excellence; a select few produce a vessel that is more than simply notable, but outstanding in every way. Queenship 74’ is one of those; endowed with that rare, particular quintessence to fulfill the dreams of many cruisers; their “Yacht.”In the summer of 2009, I visited several yards in the Pacific NorthWest, saving our last stop to visit an old friend, Jim Hawkins, the project manager and engineer behind Queenship/Crescent Yachts, located in Maple Ridge, BC. As a veteran boat builder, Jim is one of the most knowledgeable people in the business; a hands-on builder juggling everyday details from spreadsheets to spreading resin. Jim started as an apprentice boatbuilder in New Zealand building sail boats before heading to Canada, later heading-up Crescent Yachts during the ramp-up years. Recently, he teamed up with another industry veteran, Lee Taubeneck, who was previously the general manager of Westport Shipyards. Lee was the man who implemented and oversaw the development and building of the Westport 164’ - not just the boat - but the entire facility! Prior to his tenure at Westport, Lee was vice president of the U.S. Marine Division of Brunswick Corp. Talk about a dynamic duo!