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There are thousands of DeFever-designed cruisers in the world today, but only six that were hand- craft d from wood by Sugar Lindwall. “Th se are pre-production DeFevers,” Fricke says. “They’re all one-off and custom. There will be no more than that.” In fact, barring another unforeseen renais- sance, there will be no more seagoing wooden boats of any kind made in Santa Barbara. It’s the end of a tradition that goes back a thousand years or more. This region is famous among anthro- pologists for the Chumash and their tomols, the most advanced sewn-plank canoes made in the entire Western Hemisphere until the Mission Era put an end to their boatbuilding. Sugar Lindwall was just one man, but in his own way, he kept the wooden-boat tradition going in Santa Bar- bara for several decades, while creating a lasting legacy. Th n he died, and there is no one to take his place. “It was the end of an era,” Chris Mohs says. “He was the last of a kind.” u Below and right – Noted naval architect Art DeFever designed the 58-foot Tonina —the largest offshore cruiser built by Sugar Lindwall. COURTESY LINDWALL FAMILY. COURTESY FRICKE FAMILY.

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