The Lindwall Legacy Santa Barbara shipwright Paul “Sugar” Lindwall was a master craftsman whose wooden fishing boats and yachts are still treasured by discerning mariners. By Mark Lewis • Art by Mike Rider The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum proudly displays a 23-foot modern reconstruction of a tomol, the sewn-plank seagoing canoe that once carried intrepid Chumash mariners between the mainland and the Channel Islands. But there is a lesser-known coda to the story, because the art of wooden boatbuilding flourished once again in Santa Barbara from the 1940s through the 1960s. This wooden-boat renaissance was mostly a one-man affair, and his name was Sugar Lindwall. 30 Montecito Magazine Spring–Summer 2018 Above – The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum honored Paul “Sugar” Lindwall and his family’s business, Lindwall Boat Works, with a floating exhibit in the harbor on June 28, 2003. Lindwall boats dockside from left to right: Lucy L, Marda, Angelina, Galatea, Tonina, Cecelia . Right – Paul “Sugar” Lindwall, a familiar and revered figure along the Santa Barbara waterfront, observes the launch of one of his boats, circa 1960. Legendary Boatbuilder COURTESY LINDWALL FAMILY.