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Boat Description
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Boat ID: 1550
Boat Name: Rain Princess
Year Built: 2001
Boat Builder/Design: 58custon/center cockpit
Boat Type/Rig: Ketch
Hull Material: Fiber Glass
Boat Current Location:
Solomons, Maryland, USA
Home Port: Norfolk Virginia
Engine: Volvo MD21A
Other Crew Members:
Boat website URL:
Owner/Contact: Joe Casey (3974)
Boat Seeking Crew? Yes
Main Boat Activity: other
Departure Date: Now
Crew Ad Title:
for sale or partner wanted

Boat For Sale?  Yes  Price: 220000 $USD Local Price:220,000   in: US dollor
LOD (feet):56.0     ;LWL: 44 Beam: 16    ;Draft: 7
Displacement:50,000(lb); Fuel(gal): 475 Ballast:22,999(lb); Water(gal): 200
Dinghy: 9' Sailing Outboard:

The UPI photographer flying around on Air Force One photographing President Regan during the eightys was John Full. There were long periods of doing nothing interspersed with short periods of furious activity when the President Traveled. John is a very organized and an expert craftsman whether its photography or word working or building a boat. On long flights across the country He studied many crusing boat designs. He wanted a self sufficient boat that could go anywhere. He settled on the Roberts 53 but he didn't like the reverse transom and he wanted a really strong rudder. He was acquainted with a young designer named Gram Williams. (later worked for Bruce Farr, now lives in Annapolis) Gram modified the Roberts 53 design with a traditional transom and more flare in the bow. This resulted in a 56 foot boat, 58 feet oveall with bow fitting and stern rail. The Roberts design of the skeg mounting for the rudder was also modified, increasing it dimensions to make a even more secure mounting platform for the rudder. Gram also designed the laminate schedule to make the boat almost indestructible while still keeping a moderate displacement. Integral tanks make the bottom of the boat double in the midship section and incredibly strong. The C-flex construction method led to a very fair hull. The rig is supported by a stiff and well built chain plate structure. Interior bulkheads are glassed and bolted in place as are all floors. Longdatudel stringers are not just glassed in to the hull, they are part of the lananate structure of the hull. The hull to deck joint and the deck are a thoughterly thoughtout and well built composit fiberglass structure Tipper Davis and Berry Duckworth worked with John Full and Gram Williams to lay up the boat to the laminate scheduales Gram designed. Tipper is now a sought after craftsman who works on projects at places like Mount Veron in Virginia and Sotterly in Southern Maryland. He built and Sailed a 47' boat named Sarasan all over the East Coast. Berry Duckworth died in the Pride of Baltomore sinking in the Atlantic. He was one of the leading crew men and was doing his job to the best of his ability right up to the end. The interior of the boat reflects the 3 or so thousand hours of fine word working that John Full put into the inside of the boat. Core samples are available from the installiation of through-hulls and port-holes prove the indistructability of the hull and deck. John had big time health problems in 1998 but recovered enough to remain a very prodictive citizen and craftsman and strong man. But sailing the oceans lost its apeal and finishing the boat became something he was not interisted in. Joe Casey was interisted, a vetran ocean sailor and film maker who was all most ready to retire film production bought the boat from John in 2001. (look at seafam. org) He has sence rigged the boat and completed most of the mechanical systems that provide livabilty, power and porpellition.