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Old 11-20-2012, 02:19 PM   #21
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My 10 foot mast is 10 feet from the upper deck to the anchor light on the top. Overall I have about 21' from the waterline to the top of the mast.

Ontario Yachts built a bunch of 28' and 32' sailboats in the late 70s to mid 80' then they went out of business. There are only three Great Lakes 33 trawlers on the west coast as far as we know. Two in British Columbia and ours in Washington.

I built the aft deck hardtop out of marine plywood and fiberglass and had a local canvas company install the curtains. Mine originally had the bobtail open cockpit like yours.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:31 PM   #22
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There is one now for sale not too far from us at https://sites.google.com/site/goosebootstrawler/ She has the cover deck as well. Ontario Yachts is actually still in business today. They only went out of the boat building business due to the poor economy in the early 80s. They make other fiberglass stuff even today. That must have been an expensive proposition to get them to the west coast? How is yours on the high seas, do you watch the weather closely? How far can you go on your fuel, I take it you have 2 100 gal tanks?
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See my PM to you. The rest of these guys aren't interested in us!!!!
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:37 AM   #24
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Well the mast is now 5 ft. shorter than it used to be. 19.5 ft. to the top of the radio aerial which can easily be removed if necessary and only 18 ft. to the top of the masthead light. This will easily get me under all the fixed bridges on the Trent Severn waterway, lowest being 20 ft. Thanks for all the input, just needed to wait for winter to go away before getting it done.
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:58 PM   #25
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See my PM to you. The rest of these guys aren't interested in us!!!!
Some of us are! Always like the Great Lakes 33.
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I like them as well. Never seen one in person. Didn't know they existed until Steppens' on TF.
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I like them as well. Never seen one in person. Didn't know they existed until Steppens' on TF.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:24 PM   #28
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Thanks guys, we do like it very much for our intended use but if we were full time liveaboard it would likely be a little cramped. Ours I understand is number 4 of 28 built.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:01 AM   #29
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Well the mast is now 5 ft. shorter than it used to be. 19.5 ft. to the top of the radio aerial which can easily be removed if necessary and only 18 ft. to the top of the masthead light. This will easily get me under all the fixed bridges.....
Someone I know fitted a hinge to the mast of their GB52, using a hydraulic power unit to raise/lower the mast for a particular bridge. Can`t have been cheap to do.
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With a frame setup like this where the mast is pinned at the height of your bimini or cabin, the mast can be layed down relatively easily, with the lower part of the mast acting as a counterweight. You may be able to mount a small hand winch to assist if required.
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Someone I know fitted a hinge to the mast of their GB52, using a hydraulic power unit to raise/lower the mast for a particular bridge. Can`t have been cheap to do.
I looked at all these options before cutting but unfortunately all the wires and cables had been run up through the centre of the mast for radar, tv ant., radio ant., running and anchor lights etc. and therefore wasn't an option for me but the ones I have seen are very slick and easy.
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I too like your boats. My wife and I looked at one of the Great Lakes 33 before we bought our current boat, about '85. We simply couldn't spring for a what was then a brand new boat but always liked them.

Several years ago I met the owner of one at Shawl Bay Marina, B.C. and surprised him by knowing what it was. Most people didn't.
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I too like your boats. My wife and I looked at one of the Great Lakes 33 before we bought our current boat, about '85. We simply couldn't spring for a what was then a brand new boat but always liked them.

Several years ago I met the owner of one at Shawl Bay Marina, B.C. and surprised him by knowing what it was. Most people didn't.
Enjoy them.
Thanks C lectric, not many people do recognize them but it was funny we splashed Airswift today and a fellow at the dock said "is that a Great Lakes 33?". I said yes and he explained that he restores classic boats and had the opportunity to see one once in the past but had never seen inside one. He asked if he could have a quick peek and of course I said yes. There are a few on the west coast and at least 4 in Ontario. Here's the splash.
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C electric - I was the guy you ran into at Shawl Bay up in the Broughtons. And you are correct the Ontario Yachts Great Lakes 33 is a very rare bird on the west coast of North America. We believe there are only three, mine in Washington and two up soon Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Ours is Saratoga Sue (new Sweet Sue), line is named Veleta and the other is Nikawa. If anyone knows of others out here please let me know.
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