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Phoebe Griffin's Yankee #78, Spectra, For Sale Ads

November 16, 2011. Another Dolphin owner has dodged that bullet named "I think I'll sell my boat" ! As these can be painful reminders, we will bury most of the evidence in a link.

This part of Spectra's story starts/ends with a routine follow up with Phoebe, producing the following

Hi Ron
It's good to hear from you, as always!

After putting Spectra up for sale, I had some time to reflect, and realized that I actually could not bear to sell her!  So what did I do instead?  I spent way too much money getting her fixed up!  She is almost ready, and I will send pics of her with her new makeover as soon as the Marine Repair folks are finally done working on her.  Something about these Dolphins - you just can't quit them!

Warm wishes,

Welcome back, Phoebe!

August 2, 2011. We got the following email from Phoebe

Hi Ron

First of all, thanks so much for your very helpful information about finding a trailer for a Dolphin.

Since then, I have very reluctantly made the decision to put Spectra up for sale. I have decided that it is not fair to make her sit "on the hard" for years at a time while I work overseas. She needs someone who can look after her and sail her!

With that said, can you please do me a favor and post the following under the "For Sale" section of the website (which I love, by the way - thank you!):


Here is the ad. There are photos and history below. This is, we think, a unique Yankee Dolphin made with fiberglass parts supplied by O'Day.

Spectra” for Sale - 1966 Yankee Dolphin 24 - Hull #78

Asking $6,000 OBO

Much more information about this beautiful “classic plastic” is available, but below are some of the basics.

Rigged for single-handed sailing
§ Standing and running rigging replaced in 2005 at Keepe-Kaplin Maritime
§ Jack lines installed and jib lines rigged to the cabin in 2008

Just done/installed:
§ Rudder stuffing repacked
§ New engine mount installed
§ New thru-hulls/sea cocks
§ New bottom paint
§ New top-sides paint
§ New topside gel coat and paint
§ All teak wood on deck sanded and oiled

Sails/Sail Covers/Lifejackets:
§ 1 mainsail
§ 1 110% jib
§ 2 80% jibs
§ 1 storm jib
§ 1 genoa
§ 1 spare mainsale
§ 1 tiller cover
§ Winch covers
§ 1 engine cover
§ 8 Type II adult life jackets

§ 2003 4-stroke 6 hp Nissan gasoline outboard


October 22, 2014. Spectra is FOR SALE. Here is the link to the updated ad appearing on Craigslist


"Classic Plastic" Sparkman & Stephens Yankee Dolphin '24 Sloop - $5000 (alameda)

An opportunity to buy a rare "Classic Plastic"

Fiberglass centerboard sloop "Spectra" -- Yankee Dolphin 24, Hull No. 78.

Designed by the renowned sailboat designers of Sparkman and Stephens. Visit www.Dolphin24.org for the history of these very special Yankee Dolphins.

With a draft of 2/' 10" with the centerboard up, can go where most sailboats can't go. Draft with centerboard down is 5'2".

Engine: 4-stroke 6 HP Nissan outboard -- fewer than 50 hours.
Automatic bilge pump
AC/DC power and wiring -- new in 2012
Rigged for single-handed sailing - lifelines, etc. included
Boat can be trailored as it has a mast that can be lowered.

1 mainsail
1 110% jib
2 80% jibs
1 storm jib
1 genoa
1 drifter
1 spare mainsail

Other details:
Teak and Mahogany brite wood and interior
Water tank
Gimballed Bronz kerosene cabin light
West Marine heater
Microwave oven
Safety equipment: Numerous life jackets, ring buoy, fire extinguisher, up-to-date flares
Danforth, fluke and slip-ring fluke anchors

Beautifully maintained - here are some (but not all) of the more recent details:
Centerboard completely overhauled and re-coated
New toggle on centerboard penant
New rudder stuffing box
New transom motor mount backing block and motor mount
New lower shroud cover and chain plates
2012 - Bottom paint and boot top stripe with traditional Dolphin insignia
New through hull fittings
New toggle at masthead for the headstay
New AC/DC electrical system installed
New transom hatch and rudder - 2014

Contact info is on the craigslist ad


November 25, 2014 - Phoebe has decided to take Spectra off the market (minor edit)

Hi Ron

Have decided to take her off the market for now.  Could you please take down her virtual “For Sale” sign?





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