Yachtworld has a listing for a 46' "Bill Tripp custom cruiser" (http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi..._boats=1475502
) that is called a 1999 model. Until a few weeks ago, it was listed as a Tripp Grampian boat.
Originally, this boat was called "Tatiana W", and has a webpage at http://home.bellsouth.net/p/s/commun...upid=126697&ck
Here they mention Grampian as the Canadian builder. (Notice the same photo is on both sites.)
The boat also spent time as "Eye to Eye" (http://members.buckeye-express.com/drbob2020/
), also described as a 1999 Grampian.
Trouble is, while Grampian Marine Ltd., of Oakville, Ontario built some Bill Tripp designed 46' cruisers, they went out of business in 1977.
It looks to me like someone found a 1977 Grampian 46, refit it and sold it as a 1999 "custom" boat. The second and third owners also advertise it as a 1999 boat. (Given how hideous the interior is, maybe it's not surprising it's had three owners since 2004, and is still for sale...)
The Yachtworld listing says the boat was built from 1999 to 2004, and a surveyor said in May 2004 the boat has undergone an "extensive refit". Why would a just-built boat need an extensive refit?
I contacted the broker (Island Yachting Centre) and asked about the discrepency. They said they'd look into it. I see their listing no longer mentions Grampian, but that's all I've heard from them.
So I was wondering, how would a boat originally built in 1977 turn into a 1999 model?
Since this has been pointed out to the broker, don't they have a legal duty to disclose what they know about the boat's true age? Seems like "rolling back the odometer" to me.
Just curious if this is how boat brokers operate.