WINNER – 2016 Show Awards
Make CHRIS CRAFT
Hull EXPRESS CRUISER
City HUNTINGTON HARBOR
Model EL CAPITAN
Owners RON & CATHY YATCH
ComOcean is a Chris Craft El Capitan. The boat was manufactured in the spring of 1953, for the Chris Craft marketing department to tour the boat at summer shows in the Midwestern and Eastern United States. The hull is 33 feet, beam 10 feet six inches, draft of 2 feet 8 inches. Power is provided by twin inboard Marine Power 5.7 gas engines through Velvet Drive transmissions. When originally finished, the hull was in black and the cabin house top was aquamarine. She was featured in the promotional brochures and flyers of 1953/54 marketing season in these colors, speeding at 31 miles per hour. In November of 1953, the boat was shipped to R.E. Olson, a dealer for Chris Craft in the California Delta area. Future owners transported the boat to Huntington Beach where she has been for the last 18 years. She was placed in a building in 1994 for a two-year reconstruction of the structural hull, new mechanical systems and repower, and all new finish materials for a complete refit. The colors were changed to a white hull and camel tan house, also vintage correct in scheme.
Make WILMINGTON BOAT CO.
City NEWPORT BEACH
Model FISHING LAUNCH- Preserved
Owner JOHN COTTON
Pixie is a 26 foot custom fishing launch built by the Wilmington Boat Company in 1926. She was purchased by C.M. Cotton of Balboa, California, in the early 1930’s. The mahogany launch has never been restored, only preserved. She is still owned by the family today.
Model 40 STOCK CRUISER
City NEWPORT BEACH
Owner RICHARD STRAND
Euphrates is a 40 foot classic wooden motor-yacht built by Matthews, in Port Clinton, Ohio in 1949. Matthews was one of the top builders of that era and many boats have been carefully maintained. Euphrates is fresh off a loving, ten-year restoration. The original work was performed with great care and expertise by the prior owner who was a true craftsman. This was to be his personal “Dream Boat”. Unfortunately advancing age and health issues prevented him from finishing his dream. The work he did perform was absolutely first class. He used only very high quality components, and the beautiful woodwork reflected his prior experience as a shipwright at Stephens Shipyard in Stockton, California.
The hull was re-fastened, the boat was re-powered with two GM V-8 Crusader engines and Velvet Drive transmissions. The boat was completely rewired with a new AC/DC distribution panel. All new plumbing was planned and pumps, tanks and hot water heater were purchased, but not yet installed. The interior was nearly complete and is stunning. Teak and mahogany abound. Overhead, the ceiling is dressed with mahogany beams.The galley is detailed with intricate inlayed wood and custom tiles. There is a deep porcelain sink. The stove is a two-burner Origo alcohol/electric unit. There are two Norcold AC/DC refrigerators. The head is a Wilcox-Crittendon Skipper II…the best! There is a stand up shower to port. For new fresh water system has a SHUR-flo pump and hot water heater. The forward stateroom has two large bunks with built-in custom cabinets. There are two spectacular custom doghouse hatches that offer plenty of light and ventilation. In the pilothouse, the large leather convertible couch folds into a double bed. All the upholstery was new. Everything was freshly painted and varnished.
About a year ago the original owner realized he would not be able to finish this project and he offered his “Dream” for sale. The purchase was completed in 2012 and the boat was shipped to Newport Beach to be finished under the watchful eye of PrimeTime Yachts. The actual work was performed at Larson’s Shipyard, a longtime respected shipyard in Newport Beach. It is a small shipyard but they specialize in wooden classics. The remaining work on the interior was finished in the same high quality style as the original. An additional wiring circuit was added. The plumbing was installed and finished. Exterior work was begun. The foredeck and pilot house roof were taken down to bare wood, fiber-glassed, primed and painted. The bottom was also taken down to bare wood, reefed, caulked, primed and painted. The transom was completely rebuilt with the outer layer of planks now one inch thick mahogany. This allows for a beautiful, classic varnished mahogany transom with the name Euphrates, hand done in gold leaf. All bright work, chrome, brass, or bronze was buffed, polished, replaced or re-chromed.
Make GRAND BANKS
Hull LAST YEAR OF WOOD 32’ GRAND BANKS
City NEWPORT BEACH
Owner JEFFREY KILPATRICK
Eagle is making her debut after undergoing years of refurbishing from the bilge to the top of the flybridge, interior and exterior. This is the ninth year that Jeff Kilpatrick has been working on restoring this classic wood Grand Banks from stem to stern: all systems as well as all cosmetics. Just about everything has been reworked, repaired and upgraded whenever possible. He did most of the work himself, in the proper manner, and with the best materials. He believes Eagle is now in better condition than when delivered in 1971, which was the last year they were built. He enjoys being with fellow wooden boat enthusiasts and showing them that occasionally these restorations actually get completed.
The boat is a 1971 Wood Grand Banks -32’ – the last year that American marine built these in wood— I bought the boat ten years ago and that began a 10 year refurbishing project that has seen every part of the boat “reworked” and refurbished from the bilges up to the top of the mast— ten years of effort— to fix badly done previous repairs, fix worn out parts and also rework ll the electrical and electronics and wiring and just about every system on the boat from the galley to the head to lighting — and last summer the entire boat’s exterior was reworked and repaired where there was soft wood and then primed and painted — all of which I did myself at our pier. this exterior paint project using ALexseal LP — took me three months of work— the decks were reefed and recalled as well during this time—
The entire interior has been sanded down and oiled as well — one of the most difficult projects was the reengineering of the windlass pulpit and and bow supporting hardware— all this was done in 316 stainless steel and was built from 5/15” stainless plate and 3.5” thick old growth teak for the platform along with a dual station control system that enables the rode to auto feed from and back to the anchor locker—
The bow bar support is a solid 3/4” 316 stainless bar that was cut on an angle and then welded to the upper and lower plates at the angles to fit for boltiing in place-
I believe Eagle is likely the best condition 32’ wood Grand Banks in the nation — and I have the receipts to prove it (unfortunately).