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    Default early FRP Gloucester Gull

    Folks, interested in possible history for builder(s) of a fiberglass Gloucester Gull found in a summer home clean-out last year.
    She is lightly built, with a mid-topsides stepped chine and a heavy-duty mahogany inwale and partial transom framing.
    Presumably features necessary to stiffen the topsides, but the chine seems to work visually, and give a bit more stability.
    There was a 3-digit hull number under a piece of fiberglass cloth on the inner transom - not handy at the moment.
    Floatation tank/seats bow and stern, with more traditional center seat and 3-rib foot braces.
    FRP breasthook fastened with rivets.
    Guessing around 70 lbs.
    Family owning camp thought '50s-60s the likely vintage.
    George
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    Default Re: early FRP Gloucester Gull

    Pictures would be helpful. Otherwise it's a little hard to guess at what it is.
    Adam

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    Well, reading how to post pictures without a Flickr-type web host is interesting.

    Here is a Face Book link https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater

    I'll set access permission at "public" for a few days, but will then change back to "friends". Vessel is currently covered; could take some better images later - the Face Book shot distorts the beam, if not length - she is 16'- X 4' max.

    Interested in possible history of builder(s).

    George Little

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    Default Re: early FRP Gloucester Gull

    Facebook won't allow access. Adam

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    Default Re: early FRP Gloucester Gull

    Adam,
    Did you receive a private message from me yesterday?
    Checked and reset the apparent Face Book settings . . .
    Or private message me with email address?
    George

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    Default Re: early FRP Gloucester Gull

    I wonder who tooled up for that, and how they did with the production run. Nice looking!

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    Default Re: early FRP Gloucester Gull

    Pretty little boat, George. I keep BUNKY and FESTIVUS at Coates Island Marina, I will look for your Gull.

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    I'm intrigued. It does have all the elements of a Bolger Gull, though I'd love to see a stern quarter picture. The sheer in that area is one of the hallmarks of a Gull. I don't know who made one in fiberglass though. It might be a good question for the Bolger Yahoo group. How heavy is it?

    Adam
    Last edited by adampet; 04-27-2017 at 06:33 AM.

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    Default Re: early FRP Gloucester Gull

    I've heard that Edey&Duff built airex cored glass Gloucester Gulls.

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    Default Re: early FRP Gloucester Gull

    Edey and Duff make sense. They were authorized builders of other Bolger designs.

    Adam

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    Default Re: early FRP Gloucester Gull

    Edey and Duff's Gloucester Gull- I had #1, it had been Mait Edey's. (He "crossed the bar" this past winter) I used it every day, twice a day almost for much of 10 years, landing on sandy beach both sides of the crossing. It was a bit heavy by G. Gull standards, I think, but sometimes the weight served me well when pulling to windward to get to work or home. I added mat to build up worn out bow a few times. Very rugged boat. I just saw it the other day, still looks fine and useful. Cheers/ BW

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