Pray for me!
In what has to be the boldest WoodyBoater move of all time, I just gave the Boatress a wood 40 ft boat for Christmas / Anniversary. Yes, I did. I did that, uh huh, yup. I went there and went all in. Jewelry? HA, that’s for rookies. We even have gone beyond the new car/phone/puppy stage. Or even that year when I got her a sewing machine. HEY, she asked for one.. Or the year of “don’t get me anything and I wont get you anything”.. Won’t make those mistakes again. So this year. A 1968 Trawler. The gift that keeps on taking! Isn’t 31 years the Wood Years? No? Diesel year?
1968 Rice 40 ft Trawler Tug Design
Think of all the time we can spend on it dear.. Going one mile. She clocks in at 8 knots..
She actually is in great shape but needs her annual paint
She has been pulled up and professionally painted every year. And is being sanded now
I love this discontinued color, but we will be changing colors.
Has AC! See its been modernized-ish. She has been Dark Green, Light Green, Yellow, Blue.. Let’s just say she has “A colorful history”!
Here is the cool part. She was built right here in Reedville.. Wait it gets better.
She has two heads and very roomy.
A rebuilt Perkins Diesel Engine with 700 hrs on it.
Clean and well maintained by a passionate owner
She is part of the history here in Reedville, and part of our family history. The Boatress’s family, Great Uncles and Grandfather built the boat at Rice Marine Railway in Reedville when they built boats there. Yes, her family.
She has been maintained right here in Reedville for years by a fantastic group of boat builders and a group of great guys at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. We are keeping her home where she belongs. There are a bunch of wood work boats here. This is a VERY rare pleasure boat built here.
History is a wonderful thing. We all are part of the circle of life.
We have an extra dock at our house with power and water. “Kelsey’s Dock” She will also be a guest house for folks that visit.
Sunsets from “Kelsey’s Dock”
The boathouse as seen from “Kelseys Dock”, for WECATCHEM and boat lift for Stinky. We have two more slips on Kelseys Dock as well. Nature deplores a vacuum.. Just say’n
The forward cabin.. has its own head.. Note to self. I may be living in this room if I keep buying boats.
She was designed by a very well respected Navel Architect Charles Wittholz “cruiser/tug” was built by Rice Marine in Reedville, Virginia in 1968. She has had a number of owners since launching including the late Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska. She weighs 25,000 lbs and has alot of modern upgrades. Wood is all solid and tight as a tick! I have already started color studies and will update as we go. The fleet grows.