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Old 02-02-2010, 10:34   #1
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Restoration Project - Identifying Old Boat

Well, here' goes...

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I'm acquiring the title to an abandoned boat with the goal of restoring her, eventually to live aboard and potentially do some cruising. I'd been eyeing this "old lady of the sea" for years before finding out it was abandoned and I could get it for a song. So I sang.
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I've learned so much already, and am learning more every day from this forum-- my thanks to everyone here for their insightful and knowledgable remarks, on everything from anchor rollers to swim-platforms.

Something that has eluded me so far, though, is what kind of boat is this, exactly? The lawyer who's acquiring the title has some paperwork that shows this as a Ta Chiao, built in 1971-- but it doesn't look like any early 70s Ta Chiao I've been able to google. She's a 40-45 feet motor-sailer (the mast is missing) with 2 Perkins 6-354's in the engine room.



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Old 02-02-2010, 10:58   #2
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Kirk -
Are you sure it was originally a motorsailer? Are there any provisions for winches, sheet leads, chain plates etc.? I'm wondering if the missing mast was actually for a steadying sail or even a derrick for lifting a dinghy, etc.
Having said that, at first glance I was wondering if it was a Cheoy Lee. They made some motorsailers a while back.
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Old 02-02-2010, 11:02   #3
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Yup, she's a sailer alright. Mast is stepped on the keel below-- fair leads, winches and chainplates (oh my!) all in the right places.

I've started a blog about this project (Kirk Pierce's blog | Institute of Maritime History) and will be posting more pictures and info as I go.

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Kirk -
Only other make I can think it might be is a Shucker. Hull shape looks similar though I don't think Shucker made boats over 40'.
Good luck with her.
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Old 03-02-2010, 00:24   #5
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I just love the look of her...but have no idea what she is.
What kind of keel is there....doesent look deep enough to be a full keel.
Also the fly bridge is unusual for a mono sailboat.
We need way more pictures...I can see why you would go for it.
But be prepaired for needing lots of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Hey James, she looks familiar dont you think? Bet you love her eh?
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Interior pictures would probably show if she's Taiwanese built or not. Under water body looks strange. Where's the keel? Two engines with two shafts and propellers? She strikes me more as a motor yacht, but the hull looks like that of a sailing boat.

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Hey James, she looks familiar dont you think? Bet you love her eh?
Yeh Anjou...I'd love to sink my teeth into her.
This is a real mystery boat....we need to get Sherlock Chris on this case...if he could find that stool...this should be a piece of cake.
What happened to the wild witch?
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Mystery Solved

I just got this from a representative of Ta Chiao in Taiwan (I'd sent him the picture):

"After check with the chairman. Yes....that is one of CT-41 motor sailor was built in early 70s. he remembers that her was extremely solid construction and just only two have been built. especially one time the Chen's family was living inboard for fleeing the typhoon. he also mentions that can't remember the original designer and other information. could you please provide more picuture for us."

Only two ever built! Kewl...
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If you have the CG documentation number, you can research the owners online. I'd also keep TC informed - you never know what they may be able to provide. Take some pics and send them over to them.
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Roger that-- I'll be collecting more pictures to send them.

As for the "owner"-- it's a long-ish story. I've started a blog on this-- the first (only to-date) entry talks about it at length. Kirk Pierce's blog | Institute of Maritime History

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I read the blog...Gypsy seems appropriate given the homeless nature of her past several years.
5 inches...damn.
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We've already decided to change the name from Gypsy. Not sure to what, though. Suggestions?
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Re: Restoration Project - Identifying Old Boat

Bump-- because there's big news on the identity! Check out my blog post "Pedigree": Kirk Pierce's blog | Institute of Maritime History
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