July 1st - This is the month to buy! - What an incredible find! This is an original Ralph Stanley lobsterboat, that has been in his family for decades. As you may know, Mr. Stanley is considered the "Dean of Downeast Boatbuilders", and in 1999, was honored as a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow.
Mr. Stanley originally built this boat for his fisherman father, who employed it as a lobsterboat for years. However, its most recent use has been as a sailing race committee boat. Ralph Stanley manned the committee boat, and Seven Girls, named for his seven sisters, was his personal “lobster yacht.”
Truly, a remarkable example of Downeast wooden boatbuilding heritage!
The survey was conducted for Underwriters Consideration on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, while ashore, at Kittery Point Yacht Yard, in Eliot, Maine.
The vessel is further described as a Thirty-three foot (33) wooden Down East Style picnic boat with a full keel, soft chine, displacement type hull. The vessel was constructed by Ralph Stanley, in Southwest Harbor Maine in 1961 and has a current State of Maine assigned Hull # MEZG14590060. At the time of inspection, the vessel was named SEVEN GIRLS. The propulsion is supplied by a single Ford diesel engine, rated at approximately 135 horsepower by the manufacturer.
SCOPE OF SURVEY
The purpose of this survey was to determine the overall condition, estimate the current market value and marine risk evaluation. The survey of this vessel is based solely on a careful visual and non-destructive inspection of all accessible portions of its structure and available equipment. Complete inspection of machinery, auxiliaries, piping, tanks, systems, electrical wiring, electrical and electronic equipment can be made only by continuous operation or by disassembly. This has not been done.
HULL AND DECK STRUCTURES
The hull construction is of 1” x 4” Carvel planked Cedar over a steam bent relief cut1” x 2-1/2” Oak frames, fastened on 9” centers. Fastening material is reported to be of Silicon Bronze screws. The overall condition of the hull sides was found to be in good structural and cosmetic condition, with a smooth hull shape. There was no sign of fastener bleeding, checked planking, or open seams. The hull interior is obscured by ceiling planks however where accessible to view in the stern it would appear that the transom has been re-planked and several of the broad strakes have been replaced over time.
The decks are constructed of planked Cedar on Oak floor timbers, with a fiberglass overcoat on the side deck, foredeck and roof tops. The cockpit sole is painted cedar planking with a pair of oval fiberglass access hatches secured centerline. The cockpit is self bailing with a pair of freeing ports on the aft quarters. The decking was found to be in good visual condition, firm underfoot. The deck hatches were opened for a bilge inspection, found to be clean and dry, with the framing protected in Red Lead paint coatings. The fore deck was also found to be sound underfoot, of plank on frame construction with a fiberglass overcoat. The underside of the decks are easily accessible with good ventilation. There were no areas of decay or weather intrusion noted at this time. The cabin structure, wood framed windshield and plywood roof tops were in sound condition, and have the appearance of being replaced at some point. The wooden hand holds along the cabin top and roof top were noted to be well secure. The single overhead hatch and fixed cabin ports appear to be weather tight.
The bottom hull shape was observed to be typical, without distortion or protrusion. There was no indication of any consequential prior grounding damage sighted. Percussion sounding at the stem, hood ends, stern, butt blocks and garboard planks did not show any sign of separation from the internal framing, therefore, no fasteners were pulled at this time. The frames were inspected as best was possible and were noted to be steam bent, relief cut, in very good visual shape, free of cracks at the turn of the bilge. One frame was noted to be checked on the starboard side adjacent the shaft log, determined to be of little consequence as the frames are doubled. The internal bilge spaces were found to be clean and dry, with good access in the stern, limited access forward due to the presence of ceiling planks. The after third of the framing was found to have been sistered or doubled, in good visual condition. The through hull fittings and seacocks are constructed of silicone bronze and were noted to be in good condition. The propeller, propeller shaft and internal and external packing glands were found to be in good condition. The shaft turns easily and appears to be true.
TANKS AND PLUMBING
The single diesel fuel tank is located on the weather deck, against the transom. The tank was found to be in good visual condition with some staining around the filler neck. The tank did not appear to be bonded, and due to the age of the vessel there was no bonding system sighted aboard. The fill pipe, vent, and supply and return lines were found to be well secure, in good condition. A manual fuel shut off valve was found to be installed at the tank and in the machinery spaces. There was no sign of leaking noted at this time. At the time of inspection there was no potable plumbing system aboard, and the waste plumbing system was being renewed.
The electrical system consists of a 12 volt ships system only. The wiring is very basic and appears to have been redone at some point with new battery cables and selector switch. The single 8D battery was noted to be in need of a secured, covered acid proof container in accordance with ABYC Standards and Recommended practices. All electrical circuits are protected from over load as best can be determined at the individually fused switch panel. The accessible portions of the wiring harness were found to be well led and secure. The navigation lights and automatic bilge pump were found to be in working condition.
The steering system was inspected and found to be installed to good marine practice, well secured. The hydraulic steering is powered by an engine driven pump, therefore not able to be operated at this time. According to the owner the system is going to be replaced over the winter storage season due to corrosion at the securing hardware at the rudder stock. The wood planked rudder blade was noted to be in good condition, skeg supported. Visibility from the helm was found to be good all around at rest, in accordance with ABYC Standards H-1.7 Vertical Range of Visibility.
The propulsion power is supplied by a single Ford six cylinder naturally aspirated diesel engine, rated at approximately 135 horsepower by the manufacturer. The engine was inspected in a stored, winterized state, therefore not operated at this time. The visual condition of the engine and reverse gear were found to be clean and dry, with a well cared for appearance.
There were no fuel, oil, or coolant leaks sighted. The wet exhaust system was observed to be in sound condition, properly wrapped in protective heat cloth in the machinery spaces. The keel coolers were free of grounding damage however the wooden backing block in the bilge is in poor visual condition with delignification to the grain. As part of a preventative maintenance program the block should be replaced and the internal and external mating surfaces cleaned up.
END OF SURVEY
May 2018 - The hydraulic steering system is a brand new Capilano unit. Navigation and electronic equipment includes:
END OF DETAILS
Northeast Yachts offers the details of Seven Girls in good faith but does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor does it warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.