1939 mm mm Used Classic Wooden Boat For Sale in Oriental


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Boat Survey
Survey Date
May, 2015
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BOAT NAME: “Lorelei” LOCATION: Oriental, N.C.


1939 30’ Wooden Sloop , 30’ LOA, 24’ LWL, 9’ Beam, 6’ Draft and 11,500 lbs. displacement (actually grounds at 5’4”) Alden design w/rig modifications by A.M. Deering Build in Chicago, IL by Jens Christiansen Mahogany on oak carvel plank Complete professional restoration from 2004-2008 (cabin & deck off) New sub-deck with original teak deck replaced All new plumbing, tankage, wiring and fuel system to ABYC standards New 20 hp 3 cylinder Beta engine with 50 hours (model BD 722) New Doyle 130 Genoa New standing rigging New running rigging All original bronze hardware New Barient self tailing primary winches (originals available) New Sitka spruce mast Raymarine chart plotter ICOM VHF radio with remote handset in cockpit Raymarine depth finder New full marine head with holding tank system Full custom fit all weather cover (Sunbrella) AutoHelm auto pilot CO detector All new upholstery Spare tiller Two Lifeline AGM batteries Wash down pump Teak bow sprit with anchor roller Interior courtesy lights Mast head tri-color light Mast mounted deck light Jack lines Selden roller furling


Lorelei was found at a marina in New Bern, NC in a sad state of repair. Her owner had lived aboard but due to health issues was moved to a nursing home in Florida and later passed away. The dockage was not paid and ultimately she became the property of the marina. There had been little interest or activity on her and was being considered for the chain saw. I was directed to her by a friend who happened to see her and admired her lines. After several visits to check her out and numerous discussions with a boat builder, I decided to take a chance on her. We had her hauled and transported to Greensboro, NC where she would spend the next 4 years undergoing a complete restoration. From the paperwork and research I was able to do, I learned she was one of four boats built in Chicago in the late 1930’s by Jens Christensen. I hear it was built for a sail maker who raced her on Lake Michigan. Some of the paperwork refers to her as an Alden and some as a design by A. M. Deering. I think it’s an Alden design with some modifications by Deering. I was able to obtain some old line drawings of her sister ship and noticed how she looks like an Alden. Some of the old documents indicate it is an Alden, and also reference Deering. All I know is she is beautiful to the eye and beautiful to sail! My understanding is that after her time in Chicago she made her way to Oxford, MD for some refitting. To what extent, I don’t know. After that, she spent a number of years in Cape Fear, NC before her last owner moved her to New Bern.
I have saved all the old paperwork including some correspondence from the son of the owner of one of her sister ships, from whom I got the line drawings. I am happy to transfer all documentation to the new owners. The restoration began in 2004 by Lowell Boats in Greensboro. Gary Lowell is the owner and is well qualified for doing this type of work. He is nationally recognized for wooden boat restorations, and is an instructor at the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine. You can see some of his work on his website
The restoration consisted of a cabin off, deck off restoration. As the survey describes, it was extensive. Each piece of teak decking was removed, numbered and catalogued. After the new subdeck was installed, the teak decking was reinstalled. Only the king plank on the deck and cockpit had to be replaced with new wood. Some ribs and planks were replaced. The vast majority of the planks were refastened with silicon bronze screws. Sitka spruce was obtained from Alaska and the new mast was build. The boom is believed to be original, although no longer used as a furling boom. Detailed information about the restoration can be answered by Gary Lowell of Lowell Boats.
We attempted to keep and reused as much of the old hardware as possible. After launching, I realized the need for new self tailing winches so these were installed. The old winches are in storage and available for the new owners as well as various parts and supplies for her. Since she was launched we’ve maintained her in Oriental, NC and have utilized the services of Deaton Yacht Service and Lowell Boats for her maintenance and upgrades. She’s been regularly maintained and considered in excellent condition. She is kept at a deepwater slip directly behind my vacation house on a canal that is less than ½ mile from the Neuse River and the Pamlico Sound. She is used for day sailing only and her use is considered to have been light. I do not think the toilet has ever been used and the waste tank only contains water used to check the toilet to insure it functions. She is new in so many ways! After originally launching, a custom cover (similar to a “Faircloth”) was made by Innerbanks Sails and Canvas that covers the entire boat in three pieces. It’s made of Sunbrella and even with continuous exposure, is still in good condition. Everything on the boat has been done professionally and maintained in excellent condition.

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