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Re: Fraser 50 pilothouse help

Fraser's were very well moulded by the De Kleer brothers and they were pretty good performers in their day. One of the brothers won the Vic/Maui race in his personal 41 - a very similar design to the 51. Lots of them - the 30', the Endurance 35 and the 41/42 (same hull, different decks) have been cruised worldwide - I've seen them for sale all over the world.

AFAIK they didn't do any finish work (other than their personal boats) but many were professionally finished from the bare mouldings.

That said, Jeff is right - the finish quality is all over the map on Fraser hulls so each one has to be taken on its own merits. That one looks like the initial build was fairly skilled amateur to my eye but it also looks like water has been over the floorboards - look at the waterline beside the transmission and the wet sole in the aft cabin.

Anyone who needs advice about taking on a project like that 51 would be well advised to not even consider it - it is almost certain to become another unfinished estate sale some years from now.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.

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