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Old 10-30-2014, 05:17 PM   #1
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Chesapeake Newbie w/antique vessel

Hello!
I'm new to this Forum and very happy to be here! I own a rare 1930 Elco on the Chesapeake Bay (West River) and am hoping to connect with others in the area - perhaps even convoy with other boaters to various marinas along the Bay. As a lone captain (who's a little green), I prefer to cruise with others around, at least until I get my sea legs.

Anyway, I know it's winter but wanted to say HEY and hopefully establish some cruising friends before Spring.
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Old 10-30-2014, 06:26 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Maybe you could post a few pics of your boat.

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Old 10-30-2014, 06:58 PM   #3
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Welcome to the list. We keep our GB down river from you on Glebe Creek, about 80 miles down river if you are berthed in DC. Hope to see you on the Potomac
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Welcome ,we live for pics, let's see what she looks like.

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Old 10-30-2014, 08:13 PM   #5
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Welcome to the list. We keep our GB down river from you on Glebe Creek, about 80 miles down river if you are berthed in DC. Hope to see you on the Potomac
I haven't cruised the Potomac yet, but look forward to it. My boat's in MD right now -- DC doesn't allow wooden boats for some reason, but I also needed a covered slip, so I'm on the West River...

I love the Grand Banks - a gorgeous boat. I hope to see her one day.
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:24 PM   #6
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Welcome ,we live for pics, let's see what she looks like. Sent from my Nexus 7 using Trawler
Well, since you asked...here's a pic of Starside at the dock...

She's a rare 1930 Elco Marinette 27'. I believe there are only 3 on the planet (really).

She's perfect for solo cruising, and yet she sleeps 4 and has a full galley and head. She's what's known as a "pocket cruiser." I've also kept her true to her age -- her systems are mostly original.
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Very nice! Welcome aboard.
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Welcome, Starside. That is a little sweetheart you have there.
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Welcome aboard TF. I like your style.
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Well, since you asked...here's a pic of Starside at the dock...

Very nice. Is that at Hartge's?

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Well, since you asked...here's a pic of Starside at the dock...

She's a rare 1930 Elco Marinette 27'. I believe there are only 3 on the planet (really).

She's perfect for solo cruising, and yet she sleeps 4 and has a full galley and head. She's what's known as a "pocket cruiser." I've also kept her true to her age -- her systems are mostly original.
A boat like that makes me think of Leon Redbone.

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Old 10-31-2014, 09:43 AM   #13
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Very nice. Is that at Hartge's?

-Chris

I thought it kinda looked like "new dock" at Chesapeake Yacht Club.

Either way, WELCOME TO TF!

Maybe we will see you on the water, I think we are moving our new boat (when we pull the trigger) to the West River.
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Beautiful boat! We are on the Potomac, about 20 miles south of DC. Let us know if you ever decide to head up the river.
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She is beautiful indeed , some well meaning advice

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Well, since you asked...here's a pic of Starside at the dock...

She's a rare 1930 Elco Marinette 27'. I believe there are only 3 on the planet (really).

She's perfect for solo cruising, and yet she sleeps 4 and has a full galley and head. She's what's known as a "pocket cruiser." I've also kept her true to her age -- her systems are mostly original.
You do need a covered berth and probably a full boat cover as well. I doesn't take long to turn a old boat like this into a project from hell. If you stay on top of your varnish work" bright work" scuffing and recoating every 6 months or so it will remain manageable. If you let it go and and the varnish starts to fail, the boat will need to be stripped to bare wood and 8-12 coats of varnish will need to be applied. many of these old boats get ruined by amateurs who improperly sand wooden boats into wavy messes. If the varnish begins to show white areas around wood joints it's too late, you've waited too long. Classic boats such as yours are works of art and need to treated as such. 27' is a nice size to maintain, it's not overwhelming. I work on boats in an area where there are a lot of wooden classics, when they fall into disrepair they become unbelievable money pits. Many end up abandoned or cut up as the cost of repair is so prohibitive. Please don't take this as a scolding, you stated your new at this. Most first time wooden boat owners really can't understand the commitment wooden boats require. It's one of those things you have to live through to fully understand.
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Thanks Scary. I know all about this. I got the boat about 2 years ago & also learned not to believe surveyors!

Seriously, I've dropped $70k on restoration & I have no intention of screwing her up. I am a Steward of this beauty & she is well cared for. And yes, I'm a novice boat owner, but I only wanted an antique to restore, but I will say the costs are double what I thought but I hope she's with me for the next 20+ years, as she brings me such joy. In other words, She's worth every cent.

If interested, I can post a few pics of her restoration.
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For those who asked, YES I am at Hartge in a covered slip. She is also at the other Hartge boat yard across the street for her restoration. The latter yard is excellent with woodies!
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Old 10-31-2014, 10:46 AM   #18
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Thank you all for this wonderful welcome! I know I'll be making a lot of friends on the Bay & beyond. I really appreciate the warm welcome.
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Thanks Scary. I know all about this. I got the boat about 2 years ago & also learned not to believe surveyors!

Seriously, I've dropped $70k on restoration & I have no intention of screwing her up. I am a Steward of this beauty & she is well cared for. And yes, I'm a novice boat owner, but I only wanted an antique to restore, but I will say the costs are double what I thought but I hope she's with me for the next 20+ years, as she brings me such joy. In other words, She's worth every cent.

If interested, I can post a few pics of her restoration.
We like photos, and I like wood boats. I've just spent three days with a long board repairing wavy teak toe boards and cover boards on a mostly glass Gulfstar.
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... She's what's known as a "pocket cruiser." I've also kept her true to her age -- her systems are mostly original.
What?! No radar? No AIS? No autopilot? No VHF radio? No GPS? No chartplotter? No depth finder? ... Oh the horror! (Did without it all in the 60s and 80s.)
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