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Hi. I am currently restoring a 35' Aluminum sloop, 60's vintage. It was built by the Grumman Aircraft division and features a swing keel. Just wonder if there are any other similar Aluminum boats out there? I would like to hear from you. Thanks Thom
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Sorry, haven't seen any, but it's a neat looking boat. What can you tell us about it?

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I Have never seen another like it.

This boat was built by Grumman Aircraft in the early 60's. It is all flush riveted construction and looks more like an airplane inside than a boat. It is extremely light,less than 7000lbs total,with a 2,800 swing keel. The centerboard is raised by a B29 Aircraft bomb hoist. The hull is .190 and the frames are .250. It is at best sparse with pipe bunks and no installed electricals. A marine surveyor said it looked like a Rhodes design,but the original blueprints say it was designed by Grumman Aircraft division. It has been on the hard for at least 20 years and there is only one area of the hull that requires attention,the thru hull for the toilet. It has large water tanks below the cabin sole of unknown capacity (at this time), perhaps for ballast. It was sloop rigged and appears to have been quite powerful. The engine was an atomic four. Vintage Aluminum sailboats are extremely rare ( This is the only one I ever seen) The constant triple digit days have slowed down my work but I could sure use some recommendations on paint. Thanks for your interest, Thom
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There was a Grumman for sale in tx a few yrs ago.I was intrested but unable to find any data so passed.I do know al. boats have electrolysis issues.Good luck marc
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We have a 1976 aluminum boat in our harbor. Despite being well-cared for, it is starting to get deck leaks (teak). Electrolysis is a constant worry: in the slip they always hang an anode overboard . I am guessing that the drop-keel and double rudders on this one are for getting into skinny spots? (The Bahamas beckon!) She looks like she could be pretty quick. Do you have the rig too?
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