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1947 Elco 47' -- Free to a Good Home

1947 Elco 47'

According to the Elco spec sheet, the 47-B-13 was constructed with an oak keel, laminated mahogany stem, single mahogany planking on the sides with seam battens, and double diagonal mahogany planking on the bottom with a glued fabric inter-layer. Main frames were sawn mahogany with oak intermediate bottom frames. Deck house, coamings, and all exterior trim, mahogany.

Owner write-up: "This 47' Elco Motor Yacht is one of six built in 1946-1947 and she is one of three still known to exist. Her lines are the same as the PT boats, which Elco built for speed during WWII. PT109 was an Elco. With three V12 Packard engines in 86' of boat burning 190 gallons of fuel per hour, the Elco PT was capable of speeds of 84 mph. In her prime, this 47-foot peacetime version could do up to 30 mph.

1947 Elco 47'

"Several years ago he (current owner) replaced the lower half of the transom and restored the bow and 75% of the port side rails and above. All planks at the chine and numerous bottom planks have been replaced. Last count, he refastened 9,000 screws! She is still in a state of restoration and in need of an energetic owner with the knowledge, desire, and resources to bring her back to her full glory."

She was last powered with twin Chrysler 318's, but they are no longer in the boat and not available. The running gear is present, and I'm pretty sure that the v-drives (consistent with what would be used for a Chrysler 318) are also still in the boat. The Elco has been on the hard for 8 years.  This boat is in MA and is FREE TO A GOOD HOME.  The photos in this email and the first 46 (out of 60 total) on the website were taken on 7/24/2012.

The complete listing details, owner contact info, and 60 Elco photos are available on the BYB website by clicking either of the boat photos or the link below.  BYB login required.

Click to go to <1947 ELCO 47'> profile page(s) on the BYB website.


1925 Blanchard Motor Yacht 62' -- SILVER KING

1925 Blanchard 62' -- Silver King

A Connecticut marina owner acquired SILVER KING in the usual way that marinas end up as reluctant boat owners, and he is now trying to find her a new home.  This is truly an opportunity to bring back a piece of nautical history from a bygone era

According to Knee-Deep in Shavings: Memories of Early Yachting and Boatbuilding on the West Coast by Norman C. Blanchard and Stephen Wilen, SILVER KING was built by N.J. Blanchard in his boatyard at 3201 Fairview Avenue East in Seattle, WA, for Mrs. A.K. Eskridge of Los Angeles. While Lloyd's listed her in 1933 as being designed by Ted Geary, Norman C. Blanchard, son of N.J. and age 14 at the time, says that she was actually one of the first designs of Edwin Monk, Sr.  SILVER KING was launched in 1925, and in return Mrs. Eskridge paid the Blanchard Boat Company $35,000. Apparently, the boat name was a reference to the mine that provided her wealth, and the name remains the same after 87 years.

1925 Blanchard 62' -- Silver King

SILVER KING is described in a 1925 Pacific Motor Boat magazine article as "...a sturdy vessel with raised deck forward, pilot house amidships and long trunk cabin, containing the main living quarters aft. There will be plenty of deck room for lounging as well as a pleasant observation space in the large pilot house." She was even going to have a "Frigidaire refrigerating machine for the galley."  

A subsequent PMB story describes her as having oak frames "mainly bent, but with every fifth frame sawed to give rigidity to the hull. The planking is 1-1/2 inch Port Orford cedar and all bright work, including the deck and houses, is of teak." The original twin Hall-Scott marine 6-cylinder 100hp gas engines turning Hyde propellers were installed amidships.   

"She is in need of a complete restoration. The engines are missing. They were removed for repower and I believe they went to the metal scrap yard. What a shame. We have an outstanding yard bill on her.  We are looking for what we have into her but are willing to speak with anyone."

The complete listing details, owner contact info, and 60 SILVER KING photos taken 8/1/2012 are available on the BYB website by clicking either of the boat photos or the link below.  BYB login required.

Click to go to <SILVER KING> profile page(s) on the BYB website.

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