Here's a bunch of pictures of it, including construction photos: Photo Album - Imgur
Here's the back story: My fiancee (She'll be my wife on Friday! Yay!) showed me some photos of the boat her grandfather built. He was an amazing woodworker and made his living making furniture. This boat was his hobby. Someone else started it, getting only as far as the keel and some of the bow before they gave up and sold it to him. (This was in 1976.) It took him years to complete, but it was incredible. I've never seen a boat quite like it. The woodworking is really something, obviously, but the attention to detail is what really blew me away.
Anyway, I asked my fiancee what happened to it, and she said that due to a financial hardship in the family around 1987 or so, they had to sell it. She thinks they got around $300K for it. He died a few years ago, sadly. I wish I could have met him.
It occurred to me that a one-of-a-kind boat like this must still exist somewhere, so I scanned all the pictures she had of it and here I am.
Does anyone know how I might track it down? I'm sure my fiancee and her mother would get a kick out of knowing this boat was still out there. I'm sure whoever owns it now would also love to see these pictures of it being built.
Here's what I know about it:
- It's a wooden sailboat called the Somar.
- Not sure how long it is, but I'd guess it's about 30'?
- My fiancee's grandfather's name was Ernest (Ernie) Ramos. He's the guy in the pictures. (Except for the color one of the guy standing behind it.)
- The boat was finished sometime in 1979.
- He sold it in 1987 or 1988.
- They sailed out of L.A. somewhere. They took this boat to Catalina a lot, apparently.
Please let me know if I can answer any other questions. It would be completely and utterly awesome if we could track down this boat somehow.
Thanks for reading!