36′ Hand V-bottomed power cruiserWB No. 209STILL AVAILABLE
Without a closer inspection, it’s hard to say how much of this boat can be saved, but a cursory look at her topside planking and seam battens show them to be okay. Her bottom is probably otherwise. Rusting
steel bolts in her frame intersections, backbone, and chines have caused the usual damage, so some of those timbers will need repair or renewal. But the work is straightforward, and the pieces are easily accessed. The boat’s simple construction makes her restoration a possibility for many who’d feel intimidated by a more sophisticated craft.
MADAME X, according to former owner Jim Mitchell, was built for the Coast Guard as a rum chaser, but Prohibition ended before she entered the service. Guilford, Connecticut, was where she was built and was afterwards where she was homeported—at least through the 1938 Hurricane when she rescued boat-bound sailors before their boats blew ashore. Later, and for the past 40 or so years, she’s been in the Mystic area, afloat at first, then on land where she is now.
This cruiser is lying in a West Mystic, Connecticut, boatyard. To arrange
for inspection, call owner Geoff Jones at 860–961–0013.
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