PHOENIX (Hull No. 1,820) was built in 1918 and was the last of the 32′ Elco Cruisettes to emerge from Elco's yard in Bayonne, New Jersey. When she appeared in Save a Classic (WB No. 221), she had been with the same owner for more than 35 years and was partway through a first-class and exceptionally thorough restoration.
On September 10, 2012, we received word from FROLIC's owners, Dale and Lynn Cottrell, that "after going down to where FROLIC was being stored and looking at her pictures we (very foolishly, probably) decided we have to rebuild her. So thank you for your effort and we will keep you posted on her journey."
For reasons that we find hard to understand, this classic nearly came to grief after she changed hands due to her appearance in “Save a Classic.” She was within days of being cut up and salvaged for hardware and ballast keel when, responding to Craigslist and Matt Murphy’s editorial in WB No. 218, Peter Gallant took the plunge, acquired POLLY, and moved her inside Steve Carpenter’s shop in Rye, New Hampshire, where restoration has commenced.
Gus Konitzky at Pemaquid Beach Boat Works and a group of altruistic partners bought LOKI and trucked her to Gus’s shop in Maine for a speculative restoration. She’s nearing completion to the point where an owner could step in and make choices as to final outfit and color. With new frames, deck and cabin, LOKI has had new life breathed into her and is set up to last many more years. Rhodes’s designs are always a joy to behold, and LOKI is as lovely as any. You can check out the class on the Internet at www.rhodes33.com.