Beetle Swan catboat 15, 1951, Brunswick, Georgia, $6,500, Back on market, Price reduced 8/20/17 to $1,425, SOLD 11/28/17

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1951 Beetle Swan catboat

Refurbished antique solid fiberglass 1951 Carl F. Beetle Swan catboat:

Solid fiberglass hull and deck

  • 14.66' length overall (LOA)
  • 12.5' length on deck (LOD)
  • 6' beam
  • 18' aluminum mast
  • 11.5' aluminum boom with dumb sheave for outhaul line

    Professionally recut marconi sail in excellent condition with three battens and one set of reefing points

  • Thru-deck mast step with no shrouds or stays
  • Single halyard
  • Single mainsheet
  • Centerboard with lever
  • Aluminum tiller (as was the original)
  • Motor mount
  • Varnished wooden sole
  • Brand new aluminum mast.

    Own a unique piece of boating history! This rare, antique, 1951 Carl F. 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 "Although Taylor Winne and Gar Wood Jr. made the first production fiberglass boats- runabouts and dinghies- 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 been completely refurbished. The boat has been sanded and repainted inside and out, and the cockpit sole sanded down to bare wood and varnished.

    Also included is the single axle roadworthy Continental trailer with spare tire in the photos.

    This boat should be particularly appealing to any individual with a serious interest in boat history.

    Located in Brunswick, Georgia.


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