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Re: New Sail Boat Owner-Old boat- Lofland 17 picnic
I just bought a 1962 Picnic 17. I would love to follow what you have done with your Picnic. I am hoping to put a jet drive in. I found a Berkley 6J new old stock jet drive, which I think is the model used for this boat. I think Lofland built most of the Picnic 17s but the guy who created it is Stan Spitzer of General Boats. Stan is in his 90s and is sharp as a razor. He can still be reached at the General Boats website. I understand that Roger McGregor, who was friendly with Stan (they both started out selling sailboats in the same era), remembered Stan's Picnic 17, the sailboat that could get on a plane with the big engine, when he came up with the MacGregor 26x. My Picnic is the steering wheel version. It needs a ton of work starting with removing about a decade of tree sap. This boat is for enticing my grandkids to like sailing. I think my more conventional sailboat would bore them to tears. Good luck with your boat, I would love to follow what you are doing.