“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
The Vertue really is a beautiful boat.
“Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.”
― Terry Pratchett
I agree. This is a beautiful example of the Vertue class. If I didn't already have one, I'd be on a plane back east with a check in hand to look her over. The general consensus is that the Cheoy Lee-built Vertues are preferable (whose going to argue with 1 1/8" teak planking, copper riveted on 1 1/4" ipol frames on 6" centers?), but this is an extrordinary example for a very reasonable asking price.
BTW, Larry Patterson from the Sacramento area has an early Cheoy Lee Vertue for sale in Alameda (firstname.lastname@example.org). I have only seen photos of it, but I don't believe it is in quite as nice condition as this E. F. Elkins-built one.
A few months ago, Kohala, another early Vertue in rather poor shape was for sale in the San Francisco area. I have a year-old survey on that boat.