Lee H. Ehrheart

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Lee H. Ehrheart has 35-plus years experience as a master shipwright throughout the world. He has served the Seattle, Northwest, California, and Oregon area as a marine surveyor for the last 25-plus years, specializing in older, larger wooden boats. For the past eight years, he has been the director of the Havórn Marine Survey and Shipwright School. The school offers programs in Marine Surveying, Inspection, Maintenance, Repair, and special workshops for the yachtsman. Lee is a Staff Instructor in Marine Survey to the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, the Center for Wooden Boats, and the University of Washington Sea Grant Programs.

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Lee has experience as an ocean sailor, having owned the 48′ Colin Archer Norwegian ketch, Havórn, since 1965, and sailed her to the United States from Norway via the Panama Canal. Lee then spent six years working in a commercial boatyard in San Diego, California. He then sailed on to Polynesia, New Zealand, and Hawaii, to mention just a few ports of call. He has the sea time in his skivvies to truly understand the demands on these ocean-going vessels.

Lee is a student of history, having studied it in college in Southern California, then following his dreams to Norway to buy his first wooden vessel, the Felicidad. Then, furthering his education in Denmark and soaking up all the knowledge from the wooden boat Masters along the way. Lee has studied under the tutelage of many recognized shipwrights whose souls have left this earth. His life’s work is the loving care of our beautiful treasures – the historical wooden vessels.

Lee served SAMS as the first Pacific Northwest Regional Director for three years. He is looked to as the Wooden Boat Specialist, offering professional seminars at Regional and National Meetings and actively participating in the education of his peers. He served on the core committees which established the Recommended Content for a Marine Survey report for the SAMS organization and the NYBA-Northwest Yacht Brokers Association.

A series of articles on maintenance, repair, and the nature of wooden boats, written by Lee, have been published in Dockside magazine. Lee’s speeches have been reprinted in the Boat U. S. publication Exchange and the national newsletter for NAMS – the National Association of Marine Surveyors.

Lee serves the United States Coast Guard as their primary consultant and lead instructor to the Marine Safety Officers (MSO) stationed in the Seattle office. He provides an annual program for officers to acquaint them with wooden boat construction and deficiencies, and helps them to interpret repair proposals.

Lee is involved with a number of certificated wooden vessels. He often acts as the ship’s liaison, meeting with the USCG team as they attend vessel inspections answering questions and lending his experience with the vessel and his knowledge to establish the best understanding of the vessels condition and to assure that maintenance and repair plans are directed toward the best action for the long term life of the vessel’s integrity.

Lee is proud to be asked to contribute his time to speak publicly or provide informational seminars to National Insurance Companies, Professional Organizations, Yacht Clubs, and groups such as the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, the Center for Wooden Boats, Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding, the Maritime Heritage Alliance, and others.

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Shipwright Lee Ehrheart, owner of Havórn Marine Survey & Shipwright School, will conduct ship surveying skill demonstration on both July 4 & 5th, 2013 aboard the historic tug boat Arthur Foss.    More from Center for Wooden Boats, 28 June 2013.

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Lee H. Ehrheart – SAMS® Accredited Marine Surveyor 1994
Havórn Marine Services Inc.
PO Box 17521
Seattle, WA 98127, USA
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Cell Phone: (206) 789-7043
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Website: www.havornmarineservices.com ⇐ NEW WEBSITE LINK
Email: leehavorn@gmail.com, havorn@pobox.com
Specialty: Yachts, Small Craft



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