Abernethy & Gaudin: Wednesday, December 17, 2008

How do you describe the day that you purchase a vintage boat. I think by Donell’s smile you can tell that this day will be remembered.

Congradulations !

Merva is presently at dockside but scheduled to be on the ways for the rest of the winter is this lovely classic. Most of this text below is from the Merva site. I recommend visiting it and finding out the rest of the details. We are very pleased to have a great boat like this to work on over the winter.

MERVA is a 39′ Classic Wooden Pilothouse Yacht, built in Victoria British Columbia, Canada in 1932 by Frank W. Morriss, a retired British Naval Engineer and Master Shipwright.

MERVA was constructed on the Gorge Waterway in Victoria of native Fir planking over Oak frames, with Burmese Teak used for the decks and deckhouses. Her interior is paneled in Mahogany and Teak, with many brass fittings. She still retains her original gauges, running gear, light fixtures and SeaKing oil stove.

Her story has her hauled to the water’s edge on a sledge by a team of horses for launching in 1932. As few changes to her authentic condition will be made as possible. She will retain all of her original fixtures and fittings, including original cut-glass globe light fixtures, taps and pump-handles, as well as hardware and cabinetry. Her upholstery and cushions will all be replaced using period-reproduction fabrics.
Modern upgrades will be made to all of her hidden components and equipment including new wiring, plumbing and hot-water heating which will be added.

Aditionally, she is being outfitted with a new 75 HP Volvo Penta Marine diesel engine supplied by Gartside Marine of Oak Bay BC, and fresh diesel fuel tanks.


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