Hello everyone. I have just acquired a new boat. She is the "Glory B", a 54' motorsailor to a design by Skip Calkins.
The boat has an unusual history. In 1960 the owner of a custom furniture company in San Jose, Robert Nelson, bought an ex-Navy 40 foot motor launch. He dissasembled it and used the frames and planking, along with new wood that he bought, to build the hull of the "Glory B". The hull is mahogany planks over oak frames, with a fiberglass skin over it all. The design was based on Calkins 50' sloop, extended to 54' and with the pointed stern changed to a transom stern to allow the addition of an aft cabin.
Nelson worked on this boat in a warehouse he had bought from 1964 until 1996, when he finally launched her. Although designed as a motorsailor, and fitted with chainplates and a mast step on the keel, she never had a mast stepped.
She has had only one other owner since him, a liveaboard who rarely took her out. The engine - a 1977 Ford Lehman 135 hp bought new and installed by the local Ford industrial dealer - has only 206 hours on it.
I could find no rot anywhere in the bilge or hull. There are a couple of areas of rot in the brightwork on deck, but nothing that seems to affect any structural members.
To get an overall view, here she is on the hard in 2005 when she was last hauled out...
More pictures are in my photobucket album here... http://s829.photobucket.com/home/rickinnocal/allalbums
Take a look and let me know what you think. I expect to be returning here often to ask for advice as I fix her up.