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Old 10-23-2007, 11:55 AM   #1
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I found this lovely steel (likely wrought iron) vessel in its current rather sad state in Blaine, Wa. this summer. I can only hope that a restoration will occur real soon, as it would be a shame to lose this piece of history. Why is it that the folks who can truly afford a boat like this generally don't appreciate them enough to choose them over ugly new tupperware boats?

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Old 10-23-2007, 01:19 PM   #2
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Wow, cool boat. It looks in the pics to be 150 feet long! I'm sure it's not, but it is a monster. Was someone living aboard? Looks inhabited at least.
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Old 10-23-2007, 01:34 PM   #3
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*** She appears to be 125-150'. I imagine that someone was living aboard. We couldn't walk that dock, as it is gated.
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Old 10-23-2007, 08:56 PM   #4
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EL PRIMERO was moored for many years (70's through 80's) at the S entrance to Meydenbauer Bay, E Lake Washington (near Seattle) for many years. A restoration was underway then, but I lost track of her 20+ years ago. The main drawback (besides the riveted steel construction), was her extremely narrow beam. Jay
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Old 10-23-2007, 09:14 PM   #5
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*** ** Yes, she is definitely narrow. My memory says no more than twelve feet. But that would make her relatively fast under light power. She's a piece of history that should be saved.
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Old 12-03-2007, 01:43 PM   #6
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I often wondered what happened to her. She was in the charter / cruise business her in BC some years back and there were several articles about her and her owners problems in keeping her in top shape. I seem to remember that she was docked for a while in the Inner Harbor here in Victoria and that a big blow to the owners was when she was forced to leave due to harbor developments. That was about the time I lost track of her.
I believe she is 135 ft with a narrow beam of something like 12 - 15 feet. She used to be in all the annual Victoria Classic Boat shows and at that time was quite stunning for a vessel that was about 100 years old at the time.
Sorry to see her in such sad shape but just maybe someone will come along and do her right.

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