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Old 30-11-2010, 11:57   #1
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Question Mystery Sailboat

Hi,

I was browsing craigslist this morning and I found an ad for a sailboat for $300. It looks rather sad and forlorn and not likely worth buying. The owner says in his ad that he knows nothing about the boat and just wants it gone.

The problem is that I'm terribly curious as to what it is but I have not been able to identify it. It almost looks to me like a clipper marine, but the cockpit kind of looks too long to me. Anyways, if you guys could help me solve this mystery, I would be most grateful.

Here is the boat in all its glory



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Old 30-11-2010, 12:19   #2
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looks a lot like what hank mc kune used to call victory. if is, was built by hand-- laid in 1/8 in gelcoat and hand squeegied many layers of glass and epoxy and sails like a dream--if it is, hank was a gold medalist in olympics in sailing and designed fast solid boats. his larger ones were called yorktown. 34 ft was olympian. goood bullet proof boats. if not one of these, i dont know--looks like hanks handiwork....he built from 1958-1990.
the only thing i dont see is keel-- if has a swing keel, isnt from hank.
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Not a Clipper Marine unless they made a different bow on their smaller boats.
It does look interesting.
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Old 30-11-2010, 14:37   #4
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Not a Victory.
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If you could get the serial # off the transom, if it has one. If not it's likely pre 1976. Does it have a registration? I see there are numbers on the bow.
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Old 30-11-2010, 16:51   #6
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hey guys,

I haven't had a chance to get out and look at it. Its about an hour from me so I don't think I'll be able to get out to look at it before Friday.

I don't know if I need another project or not but I'm thinking I'm gonna get out there to look at it just to see what it is.

Thanks for the input, I'll try to keep you posted.

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If you have the chance, take some better pics (more light, closer, construction details, HIN). It appears to have been registered in Mississippi, but I don't think that's where you're located are you?

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MS is the boat registration prefix for Massachusetts (instead of their postal abbreviation MA)

So what is it in Mississippi, where the postal abbreviation is MS? > MI

So . . . what is it in Michigan, where the postal abbreviation is MI? > MC

Go figure!
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Ahh . . . yes, of course . . . good catch, Cormorant. And a keen observation on the postal abreviations / vessel registrations, as well.

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Its in California, just north of marysville I think. I didn't catch the Mississippi tags, here in california its CF. I just posted the pictures I found on craigslist, I didn't actually take the pictures. If I could have looked at it in person I would have hopefully come up with a few more observations.

It looks like it has an interesting hull design. I think I might get up to see it on Thursday.

The owner says he doesn't know anything about the boat and there is no paperwork on it. I wonder what kind of hoops I would have to jump through to get that thing registered If I happen to purchase.
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The owner says he doesn't know anything about the boat and there is no paperwork on it. I wonder what kind of hoops I would have to jump through to get that thing registered If I happen to purchase.
It's Massachusetts, rather than Mississippi - my bad. If you do get it, and if you belong to the auto club, go to your nearest AAA office to register it with the state - infinitely easier than the DMV and the fees will be the same. Be sure you get a Bill of Sale from the seller. You'll need that when you try to register a vehicle (vessel) with no registration or title.

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I deal with the DMV on a fairly regular basis due to my job, but I've never dealt with an out of state boat. I thought that perhaps they would ask me to retrieve the title from the state of origin.
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