1961 Stanley Boats Lobster Cruiser


Eliot, ME

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Class Power
Category Downeast
Year 1961
Make Stanley Boats
Length 33'
Propulsion Type Other
Hull Material Wood
Fuel Type
Location Eliot, ME
General Description and Remarks - 2017 Survey

The survey was conducted for Underwriters Consideration on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, while ashore, at Kittery Point Yacht Yard, in Eliot, Maine.

The vessel is further described as a Thirty-three foot (33) wooden Down East Style picnic boat with a full keel, soft chine, displacement type hull. The vessel was constructed by Ralph Stanley, in Southwest Harbor Maine in 1961 and has a current State of Maine assigned Hull # MEZG14590060. At the time of inspection, the vessel was named SEVEN GIRLS. The propulsion is supplied by a single Ford diesel engine, rated at approximately 135 horsepower by the manufacturer.


The purpose of this survey was to determine the overall condition, estimate the current market value and marine risk evaluation. The survey of this vessel is based solely on a careful visual and non-destructive inspection of all accessible portions of its structure and available equipment. Complete inspection of machinery, auxiliaries, piping, tanks, systems, electrical wiring, electrical and electronic equipment can be made only by continuous operation or by disassembly. This has not been done.


The hull construction is of 1 x 4 Carvel planked Cedar over a steam bent relief cut1 x 2-1/2 Oak frames, fastened on 9 centers. Fastening material is reported to be of Silicon Bronze screws. The overall condition of the hull sides was found to be in good structural and cosmetic condition, with a smooth hull shape. There was no sign of fastener bleeding, checked planking, or open seams. The hull interior is obscured by ceiling planks however where accessible to view in the stern it would appear that the transom has been re-planked and several of the broad strakes have been replaced over time.

The decks are constructed of planked Cedar on Oak floor timbers, with a fiberglass overcoat on the side deck, foredeck and roof tops. The cockpit sole is painted cedar planking with a pair of oval fiberglass access hatches secured centerline. The cockpit is self bailing with a pair of freeing ports on the aft quarters. The decking was found to be in good visual condition, firm underfoot. The deck hatches were opened for a bilge inspection, found to be clean and dry, with the framing protected in Red Lead paint coatings. The fore deck was also found to be sound underfoot, of plank on frame construction with a fiberglass overcoat. The underside of the decks are easily accessible with good ventilation. There were no areas of decay or weather intrusion noted at this time. The cabin structure, wood framed windshield and plywood roof tops were in sound condition, and have the appearance of being replaced at some point. The wooden hand holds along the cabin top and roof top were noted to be well secure. The single overhead hatch and fixed cabin ports appear to be weather tight.


The bottom hull shape was observed to be typical, without distortion or protrusion. There was no indica

Updated Information

May 2018 - The hydraulic steering system is a brand new Capilano unit.  Navigation and electronic equipment includes:

  • PLOTTER - Standard Horizon GPS Chart 160 plotter/sounder
  • COMPASS - Ritchie surface mount forward of helm
  • SPOT LIGHT - Fixed, roof mounted
  • CANVAS - Tan canvas enclosure with cockpit extension bow-mounted.  All canvas is in excellent condition.
Build Details
  • Manufacturer:        Ralph Stanley; Stanley Boatbuilders; SW Harbor, ME
  • Year Built:              1961
  • Hull No:                  MEZG14590060
  • Type:                      Lobsterboat Picnic Style; Soft Chine; Full Keel, Displacement
  • LOA:                       33'
  • Beam:                     9'9"
  • Draft:                      3'6"
  • Material:                 Cedar over Oak, 1"x4" Carvel Planked fastened with Silicone Bronze screws.  Oak longitudinal stringers and transverse frames with 1"x2-1/2" relief-cut steam bent frames on 9: centers.
  • Power:                    Ford Lehman Diesel, 135hp.  Hours unknown. 
  • Model:                     ESD-6662M6005-5 Naturally aspirated 6-Cylinder
  • Serial:                     00623-6-19-TH
  • Fuel:                        50 gal (approximate) - single Aluminum tank @ Transom
  • Cruise:                    8-10kts @ approximately 3-4gph
  • Range:                    Approximately 125 miles        
  • Cooling:                  Fresh water cooled with heat exchanger and keel cooler.  Wet exhaust system out through transom.
  • Transmission:         Borg Warner Model 72C
  • Ratio:                      1.91:1
  • Propeller:                4-Blade Bronze 22x24 LH
  • Shaft:                      1-1/2" Bronze with internal and external packing glands
  • Steering:                  New Capilano hydraulic system
  • Battery:                    Single 8D 12-volt
  • Tankage:                  Single 50-gal (approximate) diesel fuel aluminum
  • Fire Extinguishers:   3-Hand Held BC Dry Chemical
  • Bilge Pump:              Rule 12-v with float switch
  • Anchor(s):                 Bruce 15kb wit
SCYS Disclaimer

 Northeast Yachts offers the details of Seven Girls in good faith but does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor does it warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice. 

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Engine Type Other
1961 Stanley Boats Lobster Cruiser

July 1st - This is the month to buy! - What an incredible find!  This is an original Ralph Stanley lobsterboat, that has been in his family for decades.  As you may know, Mr. Stanley is considered the "Dean of Downeast Boatbuilders", and in 1999, was honored as a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow.

Mr. Stanley originally built this boat for his fisherman father, who employed it as a lobsterboat for years.  However, its most recent use has been as a sailing race committee boat.  Ralph Stanley manned the committee boat, and Seven Girls, named for his seven sisters, was his personal lobster yacht.

Truly, a remarkable example of Downeast wooden boatbuilding heritage!

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