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Spring 2010 (Issue No. 47)

1948 CONSOLIDATED PLAYBOAT 39'

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1948 CONSOLIDATED PLAYBOAT 39'. Owner says: "Double-Planked white cedar hull with oak frames. This is a restoration project which is almost complete. Most of the bottom has been re-screwed. New silicon-bronze drifts have been installed to the keel. Many ribs and cross-members have been repaired. Front deck was rebuilt. New canvas was installed on the front cabin. Work which remains to become seaworthy: Some minor hull work, the installation of motors and electrical work. Twin 454 Mercruisers in good running order are included, but currently not in the boat. Most of the original hardware has been retained. Asking $10,000 or best offer." Boat is in Brick, NJ. [contact info removed -- see update below]. Boat, pics, & info may be viewed upon request.

UPDATE 11/17/2013:  I received word from Bill, the owner, that the 1948 Consolidated Playboat 39' has been adopted and is no longer available.

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First listed in...  Summer 2009 (Issue No. 44)

1948 CONSOLIDATED PLAY BOAT 38'. Owner says, "We are the 3rd owners. My father purchased her in 1989. Formally the "Alba III", she was re-christened "Mission Possible". She has been dry-docked in Brick NJ for restoration since 2001. All serious structure problems have been addressed. Quite a lot of work on the hull is already complete. The engines are both in good running order; however, they are not in the boat. One was re-built recently. They are located in my father's garage. The hull will require some cosmetic work and some other repairs. From what I understand, she seems to be one of the last Consolidated products to leave the factory before the doors were permanently shut. Appearing below contains, to my best knowledge, all the known history relative to this vessel.

1948 CONSOLIDATED PLAY BOAT 38'

"From the original sales brochure: The greatest name in yachting is the Consolidated Shipbuilding Corporation. This particular model is known as the "Play Boat". The entire hull is constructed of double-planked white cedar from the keel to upper gunnels. Cross-members and supports are of oak. Cabin topsides are constructed in mahogany. The forward and aft decks use teak wood planks as the material of the floorboards. Dry weight of the bare hull is twelve tons.

"History of the boat: The earliest records we possess state John E. Bromley as the owner from 1961-1963. During this time, the boat's name was "Smuggler Two." Yolanda Galle was the next owner. Ms. Galle owned the boat from 1963-1968. According to original documentation, the boat's name at this time was "Alba III". Addo Kuhlmann then owned the boat from 1968-1989 (retaining the name "Alba III"). The Propert family purchased the boat in 1989. It was re-named "Mission Possible." This craft spent most of its time in the Barnegat Bay area. It is presently undergoing restoration.

"Restoration work which is complete: New canvas installed over the front cabin roof. Stretched, sealed, and painted, it provides a water-proof seal. The rear wheel-house roof has been fiberglassed. New construction of forward cabin area: New mahogany has been installed forward of the front port-holes. The front deck was taken apart. The original teak deck planks were laminated upon a single sheet of marine plywood with West-System epoxy. The forward cabin space, and front deck areas are now completely water-proof. 10 cross-members and 20 ribs have been replaced in the bow area. All cross members at the seams of the keel have been installed. They were then through-bolted with new hardware. 80% of hardware holding keel to the hull (Drifts) were replaced. These 3/8 to 1/2 inch silicon bronze threaded rods were installed with West-System epoxy directly into the keel, then bolted to the surface with appropriate hardware. The entire main bulkhead (into which the shafts pass through) in engine compartment was constructed with new wood. Entire bottom has been 50% re-screwed. From the engine compartment, to stern: all but eight rib-ends have been rebuilt. These ribs were stepped-in with strips of live oak saturated in West-System. This is a more thorough way in which to repair damaged ribs than to merely sister them. This process also insures the new ribs are stronger than the original. Twin 454 (Chevy) Mercruiser marine engines were purchased. They have velvet-drive 1 to 1.5 transmissions. One motor was rebuilt. They are both in good working order. They turn 1 and 1/2 inch shafts with the necessary props for optimum performance. A new 136 gallon marine fuel tank was constructed for this boat by Atlantic Coast Welding in Bayville NJ. This tank has never been used. The plastic shipping plugs are still on it.

"Other: Original forward mast is included. We possess a folder with all known history of the boat. This boat has retained most of its original hardware. Two old-style fighting chairs exist for the back deck. The fuel tank and motors are stored indoors. They are in my father's garage.

"Work required to make seaworthy: Install three plank-patches over four by four inch oak backing plates (already existing in boat). This is not required, just a suggestion. One lower cedar plank in transom (below waterline) is in need of replacement. The installation of the fuel tank & engines. Installation of necessary fuel lines & electrical wiring. Cosmetic work (paint and varnish). As you can see, most of the major re-building is complete. This boat is currently in dry-storage located in Brick, NJ. It may be viewed upon appointment." Call Bill at [contact info removed -- see update above]. Asking $9900 or "make a good offer."

 


 

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