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    Found Sailboat, any thoughts of make?

    Well, my neighbor went into a nursing home, the family cleaned out the attic and filled a roll-off full of stuff. In it I found this sailboat. It is made of wood, painted white. The top deck is removeable and has holes for linkages. The roof slides off (seems to be made of thin plywood.) Hull seems to be made of thin strips, Some fittings including a mast step - any thoughts if this was a manufactured boat or would it be homebuilt? I wish I got more parts but the dumpster was gone the next day :-(

    It appears time stopped in the early 70's in his attic from the looks of the other things in it..

    Thanks in Advance !
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    RE: Found Sailboat, any thoughts of make?

    Someone did a great deal of work on that boat, the hull is faired very well. I'm sure that with a little effort you could make is sailable. Record the lenght, width, weight, etc. Does it have any ballast in it???

    Bob
    May your sails always be full

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    RE: Found Sailboat, any thoughts of make?

    I agree, it is really impressive, even the pictures don't do it justice. It does have ballast, you can see it in the first picture, the whole keel is made of metal (lead?) and bolted on. There is a millimeter gap between the weignt and the hull, you can see it in the pic, looks like ther are washers in between.

    I will measure it and post later.

    It has an oval hole for the mast, and fit and finish is amazing. I would really love to get/make a mast and sail and rig it, I have been looking for an R/C boat for a while, so now I have one !. I have been enjoying R/C since I was a kid in the early 70s, remember escapment systems with a rubber band and a single button on the transmitter (still have it !!) Mostly planes, cars and helis.

    From my understanding, my neighbor was from Germany (thick accent) and was a machinist, woodworker and sailor. We live on on the shore of Lake Ontario in Rochester, NY - Perfect for big boats. In the backyard is a "pond" - actually 250 acres in size averaging 7' deep. Great for Models, etc.

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    RE: Found Sailboat, any thoughts of make?

    Lovely boat.

    If you have an oval hole for the mast, then I would guess that it was a slotted mast (the one like a curtain track).

    www.sailsetc.com have stuff like this.
    No connection, just a happy customer.

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    RE: Found Sailboat, any thoughts of make?

    That is a Graupner Gracia

    I have one myself and the mast isn't oval its a circle theres a little wooden piece that the mast slides into and is glues onto the cabin deck

    heres a thread I made for mine
    [link]http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_3820195/tm.htm[/link]

    its definitely not in as good of shape as yours

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    RE: Found Sailboat, any thoughts of make?

    Thank You Outcold270 !!! Wow you are correct ! after looking at your pics and comparing it with my hull, I am convinced that is the same boat.

    I measured it, LOA: 36", Beam: 8"

    I am guessing the weight at 5.5 pounds as my scale might not be too accurate

    Thank you very much, and i will contact you in your forum to see if you might be able to share information with me as i would love to finish it !

    /Dan

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    RE: Found Sailboat, any thoughts of make?

    For what it's worth, the boat looks like an Islander Freeport, a boat that was popular in the mid-late 1970's. You might be able to find some pictures of the prototype for the model on the yacht brokerage pages.

    gary

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    RE: Found Sailboat, any thoughts of make?

    Thanks Gary,
    It certainly does look like that boat ! - There are a few owners groups out there...

    /Dan

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    RE: Found Sailboat, any thoughts of make?

    You are correct, it is a Graupner Gracia. I own three, one built by my father in the mid 60's, one I am now building and also a brand new in box purchased on Ebay a few years ago. (Not for sale) A few months ago I sailed my father's and have to say it is a great model.

    The model was first sold by Graupner in 1965 or 1966. They were originally fitted with non proportional Grundig Variophon / Varioton radios sold by Grauper. The model came with a rudder servo and a sail winch. There was a set of fittings that you had to purchase separately from the model, which included the hardware and other deck accessories. (The hardware in your model is not the original Graupner hardware) The keel ballast is steel and came in a separate box.

    Please let me know if you need any assistance with your project.

    Regards. Carlos Amato

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    RE: Found Sailboat, any thoughts of make?

    How is the sailboat coming along?

    Carlos

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