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Searaker 50
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Description: Searaker 50
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
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Review Date: Mon January 6, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Full keel, FRP, center cockpit cutter, very strong blue water cruiser, US built in Tacoma, WA
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Review Date: Sat April 29, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Generally very solid build
Cons: Hull #4 is defective, and this is the first posting regarding that.

I was the shop foreman on the construction of 3 of the vessels. Hull #4 was not properly laid up in the glass department, and is only 3/8 thick at the thru-hull fittings. It should have been 7/8. Company owner hid this fact from the buyer.
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Anonymous
Review Date: Sat April 29, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Generally very solid build
Cons: Hull #4 is defective, and this is the first posting regarding that.

I was the shop foreman on the construction of 3 of the vessels. Hull #4 was not properly laid up in the glass department, and is only 3/8 thick at the thru-hull fittings. It should have been 7/8. Company owner hid this fact from the buyer.

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Anonymous
Review Date: Thu September 28, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hello there Maryland - I have a Searaker 28 "Susie Q" and I wonder what the name of the boatmaker you were working at was and if you worked on the 28's?

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F14Captain
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Registered: February 2011
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Review Date: Tue February 22, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Built by a profectionist
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My father hand built all these boats. He was a perfectionist. I also never knew of him having a shop foreman. Dad ran the business and he was 100% hands on. People were fired right and left for not doing a good job. Time magazine called the Searaker the best boat in the world.
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bmatthews
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Registered: November 2013
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Review Date: Wed November 11, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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hi,

I just saw this listing regarding the Searaker 50'
I worked at the shop in 1977 as a summer job between my Junior and Senior years at high school. One of my duties was to cut the fiber glass sheets for the layup on the hull. Three hulls had already been finished so I guess I was working on number four. We had a layup schedule taped to the wall in the back of the shop where they kept the different weights of fiberglass mounted above a long table.

I don't recall a shop foreman overseeing the construction. Two people were the major players in running the shop. Harold the owner and a younger man (guessing he was in his early 40's) from the San Francisco area that was the technical yachtsman. Two guys handled the fiberglass work and I worked under them, Rick and Steve. Rick was the veteran fiberglass man. I am guessing he had resin in his veins. Rick took his fiberglass projects very seriously. Seeing the comment above about areas that should have been 7/8" only being 3/8" doesn't make sense to me.

If I saw the name of the foreman maybe it would trigger a memory. I do know James Burba a Vietnam Vet, was in wood shop and fabricated a lot of teak interior work. Bob Bosco, was the re-touch and exterior finish guy originally from San Diego.

I have one of the original sales brochure for the Searaker (6 pages, full color).

That summer I also did work on prepping a hull for a boat in the 30' foot range. We received a rough gel-coated mold and I spent two weeks outdoors in the sun, block sanding a black mold. Not fun. Don't know whatever happened with that mold. We did layup a smaller boat, probably the 28'. It had a balsa wood core between the fiberglass layup. I know about the balsa core as I sliced my finger during the layup process. Dipping your lacerated finger in a five gallon bucket of acetone to remove the resin will create a long term memory.

If you have follow up questions or comments please let me know. I can also scan and share the sales brochure is anyone is interested.
here is my contact info.

bmatthews59@gmail.com
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