"Romp," built in 1946, was one of the first L16's to arrive in NE Harbor for what would later become a very popular Luders sailing fleet for the next 70 years! Built with 5 plys of Mahogany laminate by notable "Bill" Luders of Stamford, CT "Romp" still sails the waters of MDI today. Her wooden hull was refit several years ago and her wooden mast remains sound. Her high gloss-varnished cabin top and interior woodwork is stunning. She has been very well maintained by Jim Elk's yard in Bar Harbor and is stored inside on her trailer. Her mainsail, jib and spinnaker were all new 3 years ago and additional racing gear is all included. An extremely classic, lively and fun boat to daysail or race, "Romp" is anxious to meet her new owners!
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RESTORATION OF HULL
Like many of the older wooden L16's, (and despite being lovingly stored in a barn for over 10 years), "Romp" could not entirely escape the test of time and her hull was restored/re-built much like many in the mid 2000's. The Elk Spar and Boat Shop in Bar Harbor, Maine as well as Mount Desert Yacht Yard (John Butler's Yard) gave new life to "Romp."
In 1995, she was moved to MDYY where John Butler and Ollie Spear began the restoration. Her hull paint was stripped and her veneer spaces filled with resin & micro-balloons. This provided "Romp" with another 8 years of trouble-free sailing before another round of work began.
In 2003, her keel bolts were replaced; her veneers were re-fastened to the keel and then covered with fiberglass up to the waterline. This again bought "Romp" more time, but then eventually the larger bottom job was required and once again Jim Elk came to the rescue. This time, her keel was removved, hull inverted and veneers replaced/re-glued and the bottom fiberglassed to the waterline.
While her appearance remains as classic as ever, "Romp" received this needed "new lease on life" that will enable her next stewards to enjoy her for many years to come.