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LOD: 64’ - 11” LWL: 60’ BEAM: 12’ - 6” DRAFT: 5’ - 6” DISPLACEMENT: 69,700lbs. BALLAST: approx. 20,000lbs.

Builder and Designer: Frank Rice, East Boothbay, ME
Completely Rebuilt and Converted by Benjamin River Marine, Brooklin, ME. 1995-1997.


Long Leaf Yellow Heart Pine planking over new steam bent white oak frames and double sawn frames aft. All planks bronze screw fastened when rebuilt. White Oak Backbone – all Bronze Bolted except in Engine Rm area. White Oak shear clamps & shelves; Hackmatack Deck Beams – all new when rebuilt. Decks are Laid T&G Pine w/Vee Groove on underside, then two layers 3/8” plywood over - epoxy glued, and covered with 10oz. Fiberglass, and finally one layer Dynel w/Epoxy resin for non-skid and abrasion resistance. During the rebuilding, an approx. 10,000lb. Lead casting was let into her keel, and there is approximately 10,000lbs. Lead inside ballast. Full Length Ice Sheathing around W.L. Varnished Cypress Pilot House and Engine Rm. Trunk.


G.M. 6-71N diesel installed with only 800 hrs. running time when Vessel was rebuilt. Only approx. 2000 hrs. now. Approx 165 H.P. FWC thru Heat Exchanger. Allison 3:1 Hyd. Reduction Gear. Nearly new 36” wheel. 2 ½” S.S.Shaft. All new Centek Water Separator Exhaust System. GRAYLING cruises at 9 ½ knots using approx 5 gph. The Engine Room is especially well engineered and laid-out. There is ample stowage space aft of the engine room companionway; and a passageway in the fw’d bulkhead to the main salon.


524 Gal. Diesel in two ¼” Aluminum tanks – each side of Engine. App. 265 Gal water in three tanks. Paloma on-demand Propane Water Heater. App 35 gal. Holding Tank.


24 Volts for Starting and Windlass. Two 8-D Batteries with separate Alternator. 12 Volt House system – A Bank of Ten – 6 Volt Batteries. 110 Volt AC Inverter Charger. Mastervolt 3.5 K.W. Generator - New 2005. All batteries replaced new Spring 2005.


The Fo’csle was built new as original: Head in Fore-peak w/wash Basin & Hot & Cold Pressure Water. The main Fo’csle area has a long settee/berth each side and two upper berths ea. side. Stowage Lockers w/Drawers are aft ea. side, and a Ladder leads up to the Scuttle in the Fore-Deck. A New Reflex Diesel burning Heating Stove is next aft to port. A passageway leads to the main salon: An enclosed Head is fw’d to stb’d with an especially attractive cypress dresser w/drawers and Fireslate top. There is a separate and spacious Shower. A long Maple Counter is opposite to port with a large Top Loading Refrigerator/Freezer (the Unit is both Engine driven and 12 V Elect. By Technautics); Dish Racks are outboard with Cabinets and Drawers above. An “L” - shaped main Galley is opposite to stb’d – Double SS sink w/ pressure Hot & Cold Water, let in a Maple Counter; Luke three burner Propane Stove w/oven; Pull-Out waste unit; Lockers; and Cabinets over-head. Aft of the Galley are comfortable Settees ea – side with Pilot Berths and stowage Lockers Outboard. The port Pilot Berth extends inboard to form a Double Berth. A large Cherry Drop-Leaf dining Table is on Ctr, and a large Skylight is over-head. A Hanging Locker is aft on the stb’d side, and a Chest of Drawers with Lockers above are opposite to port. A door in the aft bulk-head leads to the Engine Room and also has a ladder which leads up to a trap in the Pilot House sole. The Main Salon is beautifully finished in Off-White Hull Ceiling and Over-Head, with Satin Varnished Cypress Bulkheads, Joiner-Work and Lockers, with Cherry Trim. The passageway thru the Engine Room to the Aft Companionway is spacious and has full headroom. Under the main deck aft of the Engine Room are stowage Lockers, a Chest of Drawers to Stb’d, a work bench w/vise to port, and Lockers each side way aft.

Pilot House:

The Pilot House is an especially nice place to be – with it’s Varnished Cypress Vertical Staving w/Diagonal Bronze Strapping, Off-white overhead, and beautifully made curved sash drop-down windows. A comfortable settee runs full way across aft with chart and stowage drawers beneath. Heating Pipes, which operate from engine coolant, are at the bottom. The Back Rest may be swung up in two sections to form a Chart Table; or up further to allow the Settee to become a wide and very comfortable berth. There are Cypress Raised Panel Door Lockers across above the back rest, and a Bookshelf above with two Ralph Wiley type opening screened windows. Enclosed engine Room Ventilation ducts run up each aft corner with Cowl Ventilators on the Pilot House Roof.

Sails and Rigging:

Steadying Jib and Mizzen – 725 sq. ft. total. Oceanus dacron fabric. Varnished Sitka Spruce Spars – New when Vessel rebuilt. Stainless Standing Rigging; Dacron Running Rigging. In 15 knots wind, GRAYLING will do about 5 knots with Jib and Mizzen when laid off.


CQR Anchor (Recently re/Galvanized) with approx. 250’ -7/16” chain Rode; Merriman 130lb. three piece Yachtsman’s Anchor in chocks on trunk roof; 24 Volt Ideal H.D.Windlass w/Wildcat and Gypsy Head; (a small stern anchor is not included or will be replaced); Approx. 300’ – 7/8’ Nylon Rode; Braided Nylon Dock Lines; bronze Life Line Stanchions w/Bronze Wire; Long well-made Boathook; three Elect Bilge Pumps; engine driven Emergency Bilge Pump; Hynautic Hydraulic Steering System; Fire Extinguishers; Halon II “Fireboy” manual/automatic engine room fire extinguishing unit; Air Horn System; Flares; Life Preservers; Fenders; two 40lb. Propane tanks; Perko traditional Bronze Running Lights; Bronze Search Light; Spreader Lights; Sunbrella Covered Berth & Settee Cushions; 2 sets - Brass Clock & Barometer (in Salon and Pilot House; Standard Horizon VHF and Depth Sounder; Simrad Auto Pilot; Furuno 48 Mile Radar; Northstar 951X GPS/Plotter; Custom fitted Winter Covers for Pilot House (w/Frame), Engine Rm. Trunk, Fw’d. Trunk, and Fw’d. Scuttle/Hatch. The following items of gear and equipment were added New in the fall of 2005: Reflex Diesel burning Heating Stove; Mastervolt 3.5 KW Diesel Generator; “Carry-On” 7000 BTU portable Air Conditioning Unit - operates on 110V - AC, and stows in custom made Deck Box when not in use; Powersurvivor #160E Water-Maker - operates on 12V - DC; and New Sun Awnings from Mizzen to Main Mast, then from Main to the Fore-Stay.


GRAYLING is a very special Vessel: An ex-Maine Sardine Carrier; now an Elegant and Unique Cruising Vessel. She was originally built to unusually high standards by Frank Rice of East Boothbay, ME in 1915 for his brother George, who was the High-line fisherman in the area at the time. “Frank Rice was one of the fussiest builders in an area of the Maine coast known for fussy builders” – see articles by Doug Hylan in Wooden Boat issues #141 & 142 (Mar/April ’98 & May/June ’98) GRAYLING was given a new life by her present and marvelous Owner in 1995 – having Benjamin River Marine in West Brooklin, ME completely rebuild her, including all bronze hull plank fastenings i.e., the original galvanized fastenings were removed from any planks that were suitable to be left in place, the holes were plugged using epoxy glue, and Bronze screws were driven into the new white oak frames. Outwardly GRAYLING was rebuilt as original, including the vertically staved Varnished Cypress Pilot House. Below decks, she was reconfigured as described under “Accommodations”; and the foc’sle was built new, as per original. The “GRAYLING story” is covered in detail by builder Doug Hylan in the W.B. Articles mentioned above, and “Researching and Documenting” by Maynard Bray in WB issue #136 (May/June ’97). GRAYLING has proven to be a most comfortable and able cruising vessel. She has been maintained in impeccable condition by her meticulous Owner, and I can recommend her highly as a very "special," and certainly one of a kind, sea going vessel in "as new" condition.

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