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Old 07-21-2014, 02:12 PM   #21
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It is indeed a beauty that has obviously been loved but there are precious few who have the time, money or expertise to keep it that way. I grew up through the wood boat era and owned several from runabouts to cabin cruisers. As did my father and grandfather and uncles, whose boats I often helped with as a youngster. Don't let anyone kid you, they are an incredible amount of work to maintain, even brand new. If it has not been re-planked or the hull re-fastened in the last 50 years, it may look good but it is a virtual certainty there will be significant issues. Just re-packing the planks with oakum on a vessel that size would be a daunting task. You must, must, must, get a surveyor who is "intimately" familiar with wood boats.

If you read through the forums here you will note that a huge percentage of the posts regard repairing wood on our "fiberglass" boats, now imagine if they were entirely wood. I'm not trying to be a kill joy but just passing along "my" opinion and experience. Quite frankly I fear it will rip your family apart, not pull them together as you hope.
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:34 PM   #22
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Before you go much further check on getting insurance for this boat and if you are thinking of financing part of the purchase see if any is available for a wooden boat of this vintage. Also check on marinas where you intend to keep the boat to see if they will allow a vintage wooden boat.
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:09 PM   #23
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Also look at places that will haul you out. Alot of marinas won't haul wood boats anymore.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:04 PM   #24
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I've drooled over this boat for a long time. It has been on the market for years. Used to have a few you-tube videos of it running and the engine sounds like a dream.
I have seen Grenfell's up in the San Juans since I was a little kid (40+ years ago!)
Most are lapstrake with their distinctive blue hulls. This is a bit different, a planked hull in white, and appears a one off design.
I have wonder how it would hold up I fresh water. I have always heard that if you own a wood boat, salt is the best place to keep it.
I agree that she deserves covered moorage, but other than that, after a sound survey, I'd pull the trigger, but I am kind of a masochist when it comes to wood work.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:28 PM   #25
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We had fellow club member spend just under a million dollars (yes, a million dollars)doing a full-on two year refit/resto of his 54'? Grenfell. New everything. Sadly he passed away recently, just before completion. I'll post pics next time I see the boat.
In the meantime, enjoy a virtual tour of the drop dead gorgeous Lazee Gal here Lazee Gal Virtual Tour by 4pi Media
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:35 PM   #26
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FWIW - Lazee Gal was on the market recently for a cool million; not sure if she sold or not.
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