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1951 Carl F. Beetle Swan

18 October, 2012 by EVAN

About this Sailboat:

Own a unique piece of boating history! This rare, antique, 1951 Beetle Boat Company “Swan” catboat was among the first production fiberglass sailboats to be built. In Daniel Spurr’s book “Heart of Glass: Fiberglass Boats and the Men Who Built Them”, (pages 53-58) he states “…Greene and Beetle, for whatever it is worth to those who value such things, were first in sail.” However, the public’s reluctance to accept fiberglass boats at that time in history eventually led to financial exhaustion and Carl F. Beetle sold the company in 1951.

The boat has a solid fiberglass hull and deck and a varnished wooden sole. The specifications are 14.66’ length over all (LOA), 12.5’ length on deck (LOD), 6’ beam, 18’ aluminum mast with new halyard and new snap shackle, 11.5’ aluminum boom with dumb sheave for outhaul line. It comes complete with a marconi sail in excellent condition with three battens and one row of reefing points, 2 bronze oarlocks, centerboard with lever, aluminum tiller (as was the original), motor mount, new rudder, and a sailbag. Also included is the single axle roadworthy Continental trailer with spare tire.

The boat has just been refurbished. The rudder is new (old one stolen) and constructed of wood covered with epoxy and fiberglass before painting. The boat has been repainted inside and out, and the cockpit sole sanded down to bare wood and revarnished.

This boat should be of particular interest to any maritime museum, yacht club, or any other maritime organization or individuals with a serious interest in boat history.

Equipment on Board:

It comes complete with a marconi sail in excellent condition with three battens and one row of reefing points, 2 bronze oarlocks, centerboard with lever, aluminum tiller (as was the original), motor mount, new rudder, and a sailbag. Also included is the single axle roadworthy Continental trailer with spare tire.

Carl F. Beetle Swan
Carl F. Beetle Swan
Carl F. Beetle Swan
Carl F. Beetle Swan
Carl F. Beetle Swan
Carl F. Beetle Swan
Carl F. Beetle Swan
Carl F. Beetle Swan
Carl F. Beetle Swan
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