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Ray Greene Nipper

I am now the owner of this 12' built in 1972 and so far can find almost nothing online about the boat, some basics about the builder though, seems to be one of the first builders of viable fiberglass boats. The previous owner said it was the same model boat used at his summer camp in Maryland years ago. Any info would be lovely.

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I had one when I was a young,about 1960, mine was plywood,steel centerboard, no head sail just a main. sailed it on the St Johns river in
Jacksonville fl. Can't remember how it sailed, just know it was lots of fun, and got me hooked on sailing.
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Still has the steel center board and cat rig sail. The lines are obviously from the wood version. I'm hoping my 8 year old will have he same reaction you did and develop the same affinity for sailing.
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I vaguely remember seeing these boats at boat shows in the 1960's. Ray Greene was a pioneer in fiberglass boat building. While he mostly built his own smaller designs, he also built some larger boats by designers as respected as Sparkman and Stephens.

I have limited experience with actual Ray Greene built boats but the one that I did know best had what I would consider crude workmanship and so-so glass work that was typical with many of these early boat builders.

I don't know if you saw this but it does have a picture of one rigged NIPPER Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com (units English)

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Well, she's a peach. Fair winds.
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Jeff, The picture posted at sailboatdata.com is the boat I bought. The picture was taken from the ad.

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Ray Greene contact info

I bought my Nipper about 15 years ago, it needed a lot of TLC. I don't remember how I found about Lance, but he worked at the Ray Green factory as a young man and now carries on the task of keeping the remaining Nippers afloat. I bought a goose neck and sail from him. He fabricates the sails himself with your serial number. Sorry about not knowing his last name

Ray Greene Inc.
508 South Byrne Road
Toledo Ohio 43609-1002
419.382.7664

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Re: Ray Greene Nipper

I have several newspaper articles about Ray Greene building the original plywood Nippers. Let me know if you would like copies.
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