1929 Classic Wilmington Boat Works Motor Yacht

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Marina Del Rey, CA

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Class Power
Category Motor Yachts, Antique and Classics
Year 1929
Make Classic
Length 105'
Propulsion Type Twin Inboard
Hull Material Wood
Fuel Type Diesel
Location Marina Del Rey, CA
Background/Description

Sobre Las Olas is claimed by some to be the largest antique vessel on the West Coast. Her all wood hull construction has been gone through and over a third of it has been re-planked with Douglas Fir. Her decks are teak, and the interior is Honduras mahogany. All the decks have been recently re-sanded and re-caulked. Prior to the boat being purchased by the current owners in July 2003, it was scheduled to be sunk and sold for parts.

The current owners have since added a superstructure over the back deck, installed new wiring and plumbing throughout, but decided to keep the original 1929 Atlas Imperial diesel engines. It is said that there are only four of these engines left in existence to this day. A similarly constructed engine from the same era currently sits in the Smithsonian Institute.

The owners set out to the keep the yachts original design. The dining salon is all original, which is all Honduras mahogany. All of the lighting fixtures in the dining room are all the originals that weve kept, rewired and re-chromed. However, a new galley was constructed, the lounge area has been renovated, and cabinets, windows and lighting have all been refurbished to keep the living area more satisfying.

The vessel sleeps a total of 12, which includes a master stateroom, a crew quarter for five, a guest cabin for two, a master cabin, an additional cabin in the back of the hull and the pilot cabin.

Notable Moments in History

The yacht was built around the same time Black Tuesday overwhelmed the country, and the original owners were forced to sell it to none other than J. Paul Getty, the famed industrialist. Getty owned the boat until 1932, where it began its journey through several owners.

There have been several rumors of William Randolph Hearst, the heralded newspaper publisher, owning the hull, but the owners have yet to obtain documentation verifying ownershipunless the vessel was purchased under a corporate name.

A pair of movies was also filmed on the vessel, including the Frank Sinatra/Rita Hayworth musical drama Pal Joey and Lindsay Lohans portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor in Liz and Dick.

The exact number of owners is unclear, but the boat was owned in Seattle for 10 years and spent a substantial amount of time in San Francisco. It is also believed the yacht was used for chartered trips to the San Juan Islands at some point during its tenure in the Seattle area and was likely commissioned by the Navy for submarine chasers as well.

Accommodations/Walk-Through

Walkthrough Description by Clark Barthol:

This is a beautiful 1920s-style twin diesel screw luxury motor yacht of raked stern, round bilge, fantail stern design and planked wood hull construction. The helm is controlled via chain and cable from a pilothouse atop the main cabin.

Vessels hull layout includes; deck-access forepeak; steel bulkhead; former head compartment with chain locker under; crews quarters with scuttle up to bow deck, tandem upper and lower berths port, settee and single-berth cabin, followed by companionway up to main deck starboard; guest cabin with enclosed electric head, tub and enclosed stall shower forward, large athwartships double berth and settee starboard, cabinetry, settee and lavatory port; companionway up to main deck starboard; aft cabin with (2) deadlights, raised berth port and starboard, U-shaped settee and lockers; bulkhead; deck-access lazarette.

Vessels main deck layout includes: scuttle with stairwell down to crews cabin; trunk cabin lounge with U-shaped settee port, stairwell down to guest cabin starboard, cabinetry with electrically-lifted TV aft, side deck access doors and interior doors to next compartments aft; passageway port with stairwell up to bridge deck, ladder down to engine room, galley door to side deck and door to salon; starboard door from lounge to office with desk, door to pantry area and doors to side deck and aft salon; the salon includes built-in cabinetry, custom oval-shaped table with (8) chairs, stairwell down to aft accommodations area starboard aft, and side deck access doors; aft deck with bridge deck extending to the stern, ladder up to bridge deck port forward, locker and wheeled wet bar with refrigerator starboard forward, circular table with (5) chairs, and U-shaped lounge aft.

Vessels upper bridge deck includes: pilothouse with port and starboard deck-access doors followed by captains cabin with athwartships berth aft; top-opening (3) compartment storage locker with LPG tanks therein; (2) sets radial steel boat davits; built-in serving bar with stainless steel sink and ice-maker starboard aft, followed by U-shaped lounge aft.

Major work has been accomplished over the past several years including repair of machinery, renewal of wiring, replacement of life rails, remodeling of interior, etc.

Machinery
  • Generator - Fischer Panda/Kubota 20kW 110/220 VAC
  • Bilge Pumps - Rule 3750 electric-automatic
  • x2 Grey water sump pumps 
  • Air-Compressor - 5HP 2-cylinder Solberg 
  • Electro-Hydraulic pump 5HP
  • Water Heater - electric with pressure system
  • Bucket 110VAC portable bilge pump
Electrical/Electronics
  • Xantrex 2000 watt inverter/140 amp battery charger
  • Xantrex 40 amp battery charger
  • Electrical - 12 VDC; 110/220VAC
  • Batteries - (1) 12 Volt, (8) 6 Volt
  • Alternator - belt driven off of the generator
  • VHF - Standard Horizon Explorer & (2) Standard Horizon HX300 hand-held
  • Simrad NSS9evo2 multi-function display 
  • Radar - Simrad
  • Depthsounder - Simrad
  • Autopilot - WoodFreeman/Simrad AP28
  • x4 wall mounted SoleUSA electric cabin heaters
  • DirecTV antenna and receiver
  • Samsung 51" Television
  • Sony BDP-9580 Blu-Ray/DVD player
Galley
  • GE LPG 4-burner range with grill, griddle, & 2 ovens
  • GE refrigerator/freezer with icemaker 
  • Dishwasher - KitchenAid
  • Trash compactor - Kitchen Aid
  • GE wine cooler 
  • Double stainless steel sink
  • x2 Summit drawer-style refrigerators
  • x2 Ice-O-Matic icemakers
  • Lots of storage and counter space 
Miscellaneous Equipment
  • Ground Tackle: 400' Chain & 400' Rode, 1 Navy-type Anchor, 1 Danforth-type anchor
  • Various Life Jackets 
  • Canister and air-horns
  • 24" life ring
  • Trident LPG alarm
  • Fire extinguishers (10) 2 1/2 lb Dry Chemical 
  • Emergency tiller 
  • Signal flares
  • Compass - Ritchie 7"
  • Deck lights on mast spreaders 
  • Don Allen style bronze and teak boarding ladder at starboard side with radial steel davit
  • Engine room work bench with Delta drill press 
  • Full protective canvas covers throughout
Disclaimer

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. Hours listed may vary from actual hours due to recent use. Purchaser is encouraged to verify hours prior to purchase. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Contact Information

For a Personal Viewing Contact 

Bill Petersen - (310) 871-1977 / bill@denisonyachtsales.com

Will Petersen - (310) 430-1502 / will@denisonyachtsales.com

Speed and Distance
Cruising Speed
10
Dimensions
Nominal Length
105
Length Overall
105
Max Draft
9.5
Beam
21.42
Length at Waterline
99
Tanks
Fuel Tank Capacity
12000
Fuel Tank Material
Steel
Fresh Water Tank Capacity
1600
Fresh Water Tank Material
Plastic
Holding Tank Capacity
100
Accommodations
Heads
3
Engine Make Atlas Imperial
Engine Model Direct Reversible
Engine Year 1929
Total Power 240hp
Engine Type Twin Inboard
Fuel Type Diesel
Electronics
Autopilot
TV Set
CD Player
VHF
Cockpit Speakers
Radio
DVD Player
Compass
GPS
Inside Equipment
Deep Freezer
Battery Charger
Electric Head
Washing Machine
Hot Water
Microwave Oven
Air Compressor
Electric Bilge Pump
Refrigerator
Oven
Dishwasher
Electrical Equipment
Inverter
Generator
Shore Power Inlet
Outside Equipment/Extras
Teak Sidedecks
Cockpit Cushions
Davit(s)
1929 Classic Wilmington Boat Works Motor Yacht

105' : Custom Wilmington Boat Works Classic : 1929

Classic Antique Motor Yacht with Pedigree 

"Sobre Las Olas" was built in Wilmington, California. Built with an unlimited budget, the craftsmanship reflects an era long past. Two of her famous owners were J. Paul Getty and William Randolph Hearst. Over the years she has undergone renovations and was in charter between Seattle, WA and Alaska. At present she is one of the largest antique classics on the West Coast.

The current owners have since added a superstructure over the back deck, installed new wiring and plumbing throughout, but decided to keep the original 1929 Atlas Imperial diesel engines. It is said that there are only four of these engines left in existence to this day. A similarly constructed engine from the same era currently sits in the Smithsonian Institute.

Notable Features:

  • 1920's Atlas Imperial Engines, twin screw diesel, direct-reversible 
  • Upgraded modern kitchen
  • Simrad Electronics and Autopilot 
  • Raked Stem, Round Bilges, Fantail Stern
  • Major Renovation has Taken Place Over Past Ten Years
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