"Rair Ride" is a great example of a 1954 45 foot cruiser. She's about 50 foot over all, but back in the 50s they only measured what was wet. For reference the pictures show her at our 60 foot outside dock. She has been in my care for the last 10 years. Always in fresh water on Lake Erie & always stored out of sun and weather in our boat house on our own custom full keel hoist. Hull and superstructure are of course mahogany and in excellent condition. Decks are teak and freshly protected with Sickens. Interior recently redone in 1950s style in shades of aqua and pink. Mechanically she is powered by twin 327ci GM blocks (210 hp each) with Paragon trans. This makes her very easy to maintain and parts are a snap to come by. Uses no motor oil in an entire season. The port side trans does leak a bit, but it's very minor. The motors get her up on plane to cruise about 15 knots. Fuel consumption is roughly 29 gallons per hour at cruise. Fuel tankage is 300 gallons.
There are two heads or toilets, in the V-bunk & other is in the Master aft and is a vacu-flush unit. The main salon is air-conditioned with a window type unit exhausting to the fly bridge. There is an Kohler generator which powers all 110v nicely. Modern touches include a Garmin color map GPS unit and radar. There are also marine radio and a JVC stereo with two sets of Bose weatherproof speakers.
Main salon includes a full wet bar with sink and ice maker. Recovered hide-a-bed in salon sleeps two. Salon has custom silhouette blinds. Galley has a fridge, two burner stove, and microwave. Dinette is Formica, and cushions are recently recovered. The dinette will convert to sleep two if needed.
V-birth forward sleeps two stacked to starboard and includes sink and head. V-birth mattress cushions are recently recovered.
Stateroom aft includes two twin beds, cabinetry and full bath with shower. Aft en-suite head has shower and vacu-flush toilet.
I would not say the bilges are spotless but are very clean. She has three bilge pumps, forward middle and aft.
Includes all furnishings, electronics, full canvass, two spare props, 2 spare prop shafts, lines, etc.
Also included is a custom made 10 foot lap strake dingy of West System construction. This is hung on davits and has a 2.5 HP Nisan outboard. Just last year we stained, re-wested and varnished the dingy to match the red mahogany of the cruiser.
The only reason for selling is that we now live on the water full time and do not have a need any more for a vessel of this size. Wife wants something smaller. Kids want something faster. Guess I don't get what I want.
If you maintain this craft as we have it will not depreciate. Serious buyers can be put in direct contact with my marine carpenter who will vouch for hull condition. We also have quite a bit of documentation, paperwork and manuals which go with the boat.
She is located in Sandusky Bay Lake Erie, halfway between Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio. Personal inspections are encouraged. I would not hesitate to operate her anywhere on the Great Lakes or travel any distance.
Storage till spring or later is fine. Boat is on its cradle now so bottom inspection is easy. Weight is AROUND 25 TON WET I THINK.