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Baker’s Bay; the Ultimate Resort

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Just 190 miles off the southern coast of Florida lies the privately owned Bahamian Golf and Ocean Club known as Baker’s Bay. Surrounded by turquoise waters, Bakers bay is located atop the northern 600 acres of Great Guana Cay in the Abaco Islands.

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Baker’s Bay Ocean Club offers luxurious spa treatments, beach lounging, and evening beach parties. It is also a place where discerning travelers and sports enthusiasts drop anchor, the island’s beautiful homes beckoning them back to the Bahamas for a lengthy stay.


The beautiful marina is set against a backdrop of a Bahamian Settlement inspired Village and can accommodate yachts of up to 250 feet in length and has exceptional docking facilities which include “boat-butler” service and extra-wide piers for docking MEGA-YACHTS.


Because of our custom design work in a client’s yacht, we were invited to design sectionals, sofas and chairs for the Great Room, Man-cave for our clients’ home in Baker’s Bay. This custom master-bench resides in a beautiful great room in their traditional plantation style home.

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“We just had our furniture installed yesterday. EVERYTHING looks FANTASTIC! We love it! Thanks so much!”

– Our Client


Legacies – Designing the Future

When recently researching on the internet, we came across the Gene Machine, a Westport Yacht we built custom furniture for. We were pleasantly surprised to see that William Garden (from our previous blog entry) was the naval architect for these Westport 40M yachts.


When William began working with Maritime Shipyards in Ballard, he set up shop, producing several boats, including fishing boats and YACHTS.  Today, thousands of boat designs are credited to William’s name. His work is well known in the Seattle Design Community, and he is a legend in the world of boat design.


William Garden’s naval architectural legacy continues to thrive and grow, both in the Great Northwest and the world over with Westport Yachts continuing to stun and amaze the world with the beauty and precision of his designs. One of his eye-catching, head-turning works is the Gene Machine; a 40m Super yacht designed for low maintenance, an enduring lifespan, and of course for the good life!


With luxury this beautiful, you might question the name. What do genetics and Sailing have to do with one another? It does seem like an unlikely pairing. Enter Jonathan Rothberg, engineer and entrepreneur, inventor of the Personal Genome Machine, and owner of the yacht the Gene Machine. Rothberg has changed the face of science, genetics and medicine forever with the introduction of his ‘DNA Decoder’.


With the Personal Genome Machine, scientists can identify genetic structure, abnormalities and defects. In identifying these genomes and being able to break through the barriers of DNA, scientists are able to see genetic reasons why some people have cancers, autism or other diseases, and how to specifically and accurately treat them. This will also give scientists insight for future generations about how to prevent these genes from activating! And, there are other areas this technology can be harnessed. Farmers can use it to breed fast-growing super crops that resist pesticides and drought, and it can even carry over into areas of our day to day life, like laundry detergent, clothing, furniture, and so many others.


Given all the implications of his technology, it is no wonder Mr. Rothberg had the symbols for the chemical bases the body uses to form DNA (guanine, cytosine, adenine and thymine) installed under the boat’s name, Gene Machine. QUITE a legacy!03MyGenomef2-1360852774852

Interior Cushions for Restoration Sailboat

Recently, NW Design Guild had the pleasure of designing and handcrafting the V-berth, master berth, main salon and pilot house cushions for a 50 ft. sailboat designed by William Garden. Docked at the Shilshole Bay Marina in Ballard, the vessel is entirely crafted from teak wood and recently underwent a five-year renovation process in order to provide for smooth-sailing, restore its original character, and update the interior with a retro-feel per the owners’ liking.

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The master berth gets a new latex cushion with a tufted chenille cover.

salon b-4 and afterThe main salon across from the master berth has the same chenille covers. The complex angles in the boat’s construction are hardly noticeable when the cushions are cut correctly.

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Like the main salon, the V berth required custom cut cushions due to the complex angles typically found on a sailboat. The firm foam cushions were covered in a kiwi green chenille.

What made the project particularly unique, however, is the history behind the design and construction of the sailboat itself. Although constructed in Hong Kong at Cheoy Lee Shipyard Ltd. in 1963, it was designed by local, Seattle-favorite William Garden whose detailed biography and design history can be found on the Mystic Seaport website: www.mysticseaport.org.

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To provide a brief background, William Garden moved from Canada to Seattle with his family at the age of ten and spent his summers boating with friends on Lake Union and the Port Madison waterfront. After graduating from high school, he attended the Edison Boatbuilding School of Seattle and began building sail boats and power vessels with Andrew’s Boat Company on Portage Bay. By the age of 24 Garden had already designed 51 work boats, tugs, trawlers and sardine boats.

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Garden later formed his own company in the 1940’s in Ballard. Soon after he was drafted into the US Army during World War II and sent to the Adak Ship Repair Base in the Aleutians.  When later asked about the experience, he was quoted saying, “I was the only man in the Army employed in what I liked doing.”After being discharged from the army as a Master Sergeant, he quickly became a licensed naval architect and returned to Seattle to design fishing boats, work boats, pile drivers and yachts– his largest measuring 236 feet in length.


Today, hundreds of Gardens’ boats can still be seen sailing all over the world and in Seattle, where the designer began his career.