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Spring 2012 -- UPDATED 9/27/12









I'm afraid that this may be "last call" for this 1966 Pacemaker Express 31'.  First listed about 18 months ago in the Spring 2011 issue of Bone Yard Boats, she is in dire need of a new home.  John, the owner, has been trying to do the right thing here, but I fear her days are numbered.  If you know of anyone who may be interested, please share the link to this page with them.


Contact John at jbwboats@earthlink.net or 845-527-6107 (CT).

UPDATE 9/27/2012:  "David, I still have not found a serious taker for this boat. I've been contacted by several people who would take it if I transported it to an unrealistic destination. I'm not willing to pay to move it anywhere. I am going to have to destroy it, since the property owner is charging me storage even though he knows that I am trying to give it away. Any thoughts? --John"

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UPDATE 4/8/2012: "Hi Dave, I've got to give it one last push to find a home for this boat. Otherwise, I'm going to have to destroy it. I can't keep paying for storage. Can you try one more time? Thanks, John"

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UPDATE 10/21/2011: "David, I've had a number of inquiries about this boat, but no commitments. I'm under pressure from the yard to get it out of there, and I don't want to have them dispose of it. Here are some interior pictures. I hope that we can save this old girl? John"

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Subject: 1966 31' Pacemaker Available

To all who have responded:  Please forgive my brief or delayed responses to your emails. The boat has not been one of my top priorities during the last year.

The boat is stored approximately 60 miles away from where I live. I haven't had the chance to go there and take the additional photos that many of you have requested. I may get the chance to do so in the next week or so, but please don't count on it. If you're truly interested, I encourage you to arrange to see the boat yourself or have someone look at it for you. It is located in Mystic, Connecticut.

In regard to her condition, I have said that this is truly a project boat. Like most wooden boat "restorations", she is really a "rebuilding" project. As you probably know, one of the great things about a wooden boat is that it is made up of lots of individual parts. In reality, you repair or replace each deteriorated part until the boat is once again acceptable. What you have right now is a pattern for each part that requires repair or replacement. She is not a few quick repairs and a paint job away from being launched. She is a project boat that is in need of a major re-build, but will ultimately be a great boat if brought back to life properly. In my humble opinion, she is worth the effort, but others might not think so.

She has not lost her shape, but has some broken frames, delignification on the top surface of the keel, and some small areas of rot in the plywood panels of her interior. At last check the planking was all good. Her cockpit was repaired by a former owner using inferior materials and bondo, so that will require replacement. The interior is intact, except the table top and counter tops in the galley and head were particle board and they've been scrapped. Other wise, all the parts are there, including the original Pacemaker nameplate. The flying bridge is in storage and parts of it will need to be replaced. Again, the original parts will serve as a pattern for everything. The engine has not run in over ten years, and it required lead substitute to be added to the gas. My plan was to replace it, since newer engines are so much better.

As far as transporting, I have successfully had her moved on a hydraulic trailer behind a large pickup truck several times, the longest trip being about 150 miles in early 2010. We never needed permits for travel on local roads or interstate highways. She could also be moved on a flatbed; the yard where she is stored can load her without a problem. He is also equipped to transport her -- not the cheapest guy, but one of the best. If you're truly interested in this boat I can put you in touch with the yard. I don't know how much she weighs, but I would guess about 15,000 to 20,000 pounds.

If you are still interested, please contact me via email or [phone]. The boat will go to the first person who shows up with a trailer to pick her up. I cannot provide transportation, nor am I willing to pay for the boat to be moved. If you are under the impression that you can spend a few hours making some quick repairs and then drop her in the water as a liveaboard, don't waste your time or mine. This is a project boat that will take some time to complete, but will be well worth it in the end.

Thanks, John W

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6/14/11 UPDATE: "David, my boat is still available. I've gotten a few inquiries from people who are quite a distance... We'll keep trying, though. I don't want to cut her up... John"

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FREE 1966 PACEMAKER EXPRESS CRUISER 31'. Owner says, "Hull #242 is, I believe, what the builder called a 1966 31' Express Cruiser. Beam is 10'10", draft 2'4". She's built with mahogany planking on oak frames, marine plywood in the superstructure and fiberglass cabin tops. She sleeps 6, 2 in a vee-berth, 2 on the convertible dinette, and two on a fold-out sofa in the salon. An enclosed head and an efficient galley make her a great family boat -- just like many of us recall fondly from childhood. She's got a single 350 CI Crusader, which moves her along at about 15 or 16 knots.

"I bought her in 1995 from a member of the Cornwall Yacht Club on the Hudson River in NY. I believe she spent most of her life on the Hudson River. There is record of a refit done around 1980 at White's Marina when she was named GLORY-BEE. I kept her on the South Shore of Long Island for a couple of seasons, then down to Bay Head, NJ, where I lived aboard for a couple of summers. Her last trip was from Bay Head to City Island, NY, in the fall of 1999. After 5 great seasons, I planned to wood the hull and really do a decent paint job on her. Then life got in the way. I met my wife, and family took priority, so the boat has not gotten any attention.

"She's been stored outside since 2002, most of the time covered. I finally moved her to my backyard in 2009, figuring I could finally get started on this project. I planned to involve my three sons -- one of those "dream come true" scenarios. My neighbor wasn't thrilled; the boat blocked his view of my pond! In any event, business motivated me to move to Connecticut, and the "new-old" house is going to take priority over the boat, so I've got to find her a home. I have all the parts, including the flying bridge and the jaunty mast. Her planking is generally ok. She needs some work on her frames, particularly aft. Her keel may be delignified in areas, but I don't think it's rotten. The cockpit needs to be replaced. Most of the superstructure is sound. It can be patched in a few places, and filled and painted, and it should be ok. The engine hasn't been run since 1999, so it probably needs to be rebuilt or replaced. The hull hasn't lost its shape, and the boat can be transported over the road. She's been trucked from City Island to Newburgh, NY in 2002, and then to Mystic last year. She's absolutely a project -- don't think of living aboard any time soon. The reality is that there just aren't many of these left. Before she's too far gone I'd like to pass her on, for free, to someone who has the means to bring her back to life."

Contact John at jbwboats@earthlink.net or 845-527-6107 (CT).


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