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Boat identification

Are there any resources for boat identification? I have a 16 foot 1950 wooden boat that I have no information about concerning its history. I would be grateful for a place to send photos of the boat to have it appraised/identified. Can anybody point me to such a place?

Once I get photos of the boat I'll post them here as well.

Thank you for your help!
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bulletin boards like this one are a good place to start, and free. So post the photos when you get them.

Meantime, why not describe dimensions, type of construction (plywood? planked, smooth seam or lapstrake? What insignia on sails (if sails exist)? Where is it located? Centerboard, type of rudder, mast, dimensions of rig, open boat or partially decked over?

Maybe you'll get lucky, though photos tell a thousand words.
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She is 16 feet 3 inches long. She is "strip planked" constructed, but the hull and decks are covered in fiberglass. You can tell through the fiberglass that each strip is just a little over an inch wide. The mast step is kind of unique (at least I haven't seen anything like it. There are two pieces of wood that come up about a foot above the deck. About 9" up there is a hole in each one. The mast pivots on a removable 1/2" steel bar that runs between these two holes. This makes it very easy to step the 20 foot mast. The mast is aluminum and I have no idea if it is original. The aluminum centerboard is in the front middle of the open cabin space. The cabin space is about 6 feet by 5 feet. The inside is trimmed with teak and the mohoganny planks keep you and your stuff from sitting in the small amount of water that leaks in.. The transom is 3 feet wide and 14" tall. The sails are a few years old and were custom made. The boat also has a wave catching thingy on the deck to keep water from rolling into the cabin. I'm not sure what they are called.

I've attached pictures of what the boat looks like on my trailer, and a pic of the mast and a pic showing the inside of the cabin. Unfortunately, those are the best photos I have at the moment.

Any advice or leads are welcomed. I love this boat and I would be happy to find out her history.
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Let me add that the trailer does look original. 55 years old?!
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A couple more photos. Sorry for the rakish angle, but I was trying to get the whole thing in the shot. What is the waveguard thingy on the deck, in front of the mast step, called?

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Does anyone know where I can have this boat "appraised"? I'd prefer to take some measurements/photos and do it online. But, if anyone knows of a place in Los Angeles, let me know.
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A couple more photos. Sorry for the rakish angle, but I was trying to get the whole thing in the shot. What is the waveguard thingy on the deck, in front of the mast step, called?

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A shearwater
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Thanks, Tom. Another fun word for my nautical vocabulary.

I thought I'd try another bump to see if any new eyes can identify the boat, or at least point me in the direction of an appraiser.
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Shearwater?

I thought a shearwater was a bird. I would call that "wave guard thingy" a coaming. Is shearwater a nautical term?
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Snipe?

Looks alot like a snipe. Might be a bit long though.
Check out www.snipe.org you might be able to check for sure.
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