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57 Feet 1941 Elco Cruiser

57 Feet 1941 Elco Cruiser

$19,410 (USD)

Boat ID: 40330

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Boat Summary
$19,410 (USD)
Boat ID: 40330

Great opportunity to own an important piece of American maritime history. It is a 1941 Elco 57, one of only nine (9) built between 1939 and 1941; and one of the only four (4) Elco 57s known to exist today. This boat is the very last Elco 57 ever built (Hull #41.57.04; Doc #240807) and the last Elco luxury yacht built before the WW II. Elco stopped building luxury yachts in 1941 as the USA entered WW II to concentrate all their efforts on building PT boats for the Navy. They eventually went back to building yachts in 1945; the company folded just a few years later. The original owner gifted this boat to the Navy after the Pearl Harbor attack, and she ended up serving during WW II (1942-1944) as YP 359 at the Navy Base in Key West, Florida. Will be glad to furnish the information the Navy sent me on her WW II assignments (very light duties). What Satisfaction needs is a new owner with the resources and honest desire to bring her back to life. There is a lot of rot (several ribs and support beams need replacement), tons of leaks when it rains, plus some reconstruction is needed due to work done by a previous owner, who attempted to “modernize” the vessel. The hull is fiberglassed (excellent job! The boat takes NO water whatsoever from underneath) and the decks are fiberglassed as well (so-so job, it’s delaminating in several spots). She is in a freshwater lake (Lake Monroe, Sanford, FL), and has been there since the 1970s – though previous owners would occasionally cruise up the St. John’s River and take her out to the ocean to fish the South Florida waters. The interior is in fairly good shape; salon is very comfortable and stately. Four (4) cabins and two (2) heads – master cabin and two guest cabins are aft of the salon and share one head (with separate shower) that has direct access to the master; the crew cabin is forward, with private head. The galley (down) has the original 1941 stainless top and wood cabinets. All interior doors, hinges and door knobs are original, as are the dressers in the cabins. Stanchions are all the original brass ones, and so are most all cleats. Wheel, control levers, and compass are original to the boat, as well as two wooden storage trunks on the top deck (one trunk needs a new top - it flew away during hurricane Irma.) Four (4) A/C units – only one is working properly; the other 3 run but don’t cool. Two (2) fire extinguishers on board. The engines (2) are Detroit Diesels (I’m still confirming if they are the original 1941 ones, but I’ve been told they were taken out and worked on in the 1980s). Engines have not been started in the past 7 years since I’ve had the boat; previous owner told me they were working 3 years prior to that, say in 2010).

Location:
Sanford, FL
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Boat Details
Year:
1941
Manufacturer:
Elco Cruiser
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Length:
57
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Engine Details
Year:
1941
Make:
Detroit Diesels
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No Trailer
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Other Information
Boat Cover:
No
Stereo:
No
Tonneau:
No
Spotlight:
No
Side Curtain:
No
Convertible Top:
No
Fume Detector:
No
Fire Extinguisher:
No
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