|1968 Glasspar Seafair Sedan (The Privateer)|
Look what followed
me home… (I think iv gone nuts)
I have looked far and wide and even in newer models there is very little comparison to this boat. Its designed for the rougher water of the Sound, its classic, its compact and it has a cuddy. The only thing similar on the market is a C-dory, or an Arima and neither of those have the classic look of this beauty.
She's nowhere near pristine, yet she's no where near a Junker, I am still in the stages of trying to figure out what all needs repair, what needs replacing, and what is missing.
Here is a brief break out of what iv learned so far.
Ill keep things up-to-date, and post how i restored everything. all pictures are clickable
Hull: Seems to be in good condition, a few scratches that need to be filled, but a solid piece of glass. Some one in her past took house paint or spray paint and painted over her original brown hull stripe,… not sure how I am going to remove that yet but I am positive That astetic issue can be repaired,.. I plan on striping the bad paint and re painting the black stripe with proper hull paint. She also has dull black bottom paint not sure what my thoughts on that are. She has a little bit of yellowing in her white sides.
Top Deck: The fiberglass on deck is in great shape, a layer of dirt here and there but nothing that can't be scrubbed off, other than more of that unknown black pealing paint in places. I am lightly concerned that she's missing her side panels,… you'll see what I mean in the pics. She's got an odd light tower that looks to be after market but I like the look of it so ill sand off the bit of rust and re paint it.
Cabin: Over all good shape, missing sliding glass windows, Cushions are in good condition. The cabin needs a bit of sprucing up and general cleaning,. But over all good. I have some ideas of what I might do to upgrade this area of the boat but that's post repairs. Other than that its just time to evict a few spiders so that I can convince my lady to spend the night in her.
Seating: Rotted out by being left out for two years in the weather, I plan on full replacement. I am going to try to build a rear bench seat using the basic design and then improvising. I've seen it done and looks great, and adds additional storage. The captains chair is toast, with a make shift back rest, but I want to replace it with the fold down seats and add a forward passenger seat.
Floor: she has spent her entire life up to two years ago garaged, however the previous owner stored her outside for the last two years (I believe without any form of proper covering) she's a little soft, all over with two very soft spots in the cabin. I am trying to decide what my game plan on this is. I think im going to put in a false floor in the cabin, and live with the deck floor as is for a year or so, If i turn out to love this boat then ill plan on stripping out the old floor and restoring here fully.
Helm: The helm seems to be in good shape, Original Steering wheel, and instruments. No electronics where included so ill be in the market for a GPS and a marine radio 2 soon. There are certainly plenty of holes on the dash, which I will putty over before re painting. The wiring looks newish but in an absolute tangle, good thing I am good with electronics. Throttle/shifter is original and seems to be operational.
Accents / Accessories: I think she may have her original Anchor light, but I am not so sure the Bow light is original. She came with a near full cover that needs a bit of scrubbing and a coat of rain proofing, but is in otherwise great condition. She also has a Great Antenna/light Tower that is after market but looks good. I need to sand off a bit of rust in places and re paint.