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Gulf of Maine Yacht Sales

322 Bayview St
United States

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1952 Fred Larrabee - Flush Deck Cruiser


Wiscasset,ME,United States

at the lobster boat races
Portland Harbor 2012
Ready for storage
A remarkable boat
Crafted by owner
EOT - Engine Order Telegraph
Mahogany deck,  sofa frame slides aft
storage beneath cushion platform
sofa forward with cushions
Oak whiskey barrel holds propane tank
below port
and starboard
WC Senior behind the 1 piece mahogany door
settee convert to 2 bunks
fwd of bunks, Luke propane stove, ice box & cupboard
starboard locker with same to port
Enamelized iron sink & storage below
30g Copper boiler tanks P&S. Port tank heats to 135 in 30 minutes
Herreshoff style paneling
Palmer 150hp, rebuilt 1995
1991 to 1994 restoration
sternpost,garboards, many ribs
deck framing and decks
bunk & cabinet
same to starboard
ready for finish
waiting for cabin work
purchased and hauled 1990
Summer of 1994
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This is a very special boat. The workmanship of 1952 and then in 1991 to 1994 make this boat comfortable by keeping systems basic and simple. RUGOSA carries her lines as intended by her builder and current owner, with grace and pride..

From West Bath, Maine, Fred Larrabee (at 80 yrs) was pulled from retirement to build another boat, then totaling more than 300. Rugosa underwent a huge renovation '91-'94. That owner is still the owner today and has maintained the vessel in BRISTOL condition.  Owner has new projects ahead and is anxious to find a good steward for this great vessel. 

Boat Details
Fuel Gas/PetrolHull Material Wood 
Beam 9 ftEngine Make Palmer - 6 cylinder 
Engine Model IH 264Fuel Capacity 100 gal 
Length at Waterline 29 ft 6 inLength Overall 30 ft 
Holding Tank Size 12 galWater Capacity 45 gal 
Number of Engines 1    

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Bunk space for four persons. Opposing settees have cushioned backs which swing upward to make hanging bunks. Upper bunks measure 72" x 29". Lower bunks are
72" x 30-35". Small storage locker adjacent to each settee. Headroom is 5'11"


Port midship is a single enamel coated cast iron sink. Faucets are Ivory handles and brass. Spigot and auxiliary pump is bronze. Three drawers and cupboard below. Counter tops are mahogany.

Starboard is a Model T Heritage Galley Stove by Paul E Luke, Inc. of East Boothbay, Maine. Insulated ice box and a cupboard below.

Electronics & Navigation

The bronze 'E.O.T' (Engine Order Telegraph) controls the selection of forward and reverse gears, engine choke and throttle speed.
  • VHF by Raytheon
  • Loran & Sounder by Raytheon
  • GPS by Garmin
  • Compass by Ritchie
  • Brass Tug boat air horn
  • Danforth #13 day anchor
  • Danforth #40 storm anchor
  • 150' 3/4" braided nylon rode
  • 10' of chain

Electrical - Mechanical

  • Engine & house power provided by
  • 2 Deep-cycle batteries.
  • (2) 30 gal copper boiler tanks for domestic water. Temperature is 135 degrees with 30 minutes of engine time.
  • 40 gal water tank froward
  • Shower and head in the fore peak.
  • Wilcox Crittenden Senior, WWII vintage. Privacy door is a single mahogany board.

Deck and Cockpit

The entire deck is Honduras Mahogany. A full width sofa frame stores beneath the stern deck.It rolls forward on rubber wheels and locks in place with a brake. Storage beneath the cushion platform. Makes a comfortable sofa by day or a spacious berth at night. Screen panels may be fitted to canopy frame.

The cockpit's overhead is much like a bimini, pipe framed and fabric covered. Headroom in this area is 6'3". An Oak whiskey barrel. starboard forward, hides the propane tank for the Heritage stove.
The helm chair was designed and crafted by the owner. The mahogany panel that holds all gauges tilts forward for access to wire connections.

Handwritten notes from the owner

RUGOSA - 30' Flush Deck Cruiser

'52 Built West Bath by Fred Larrabee for Merton Snipe of Topsham, Maine 5/4 pine on 1 3/8 x 1 3/8 oak ribs 11"-12" on Ctr. fastened with copper rivets - still in excellent condition.

Engine 1964 Palmer IH264 (150hp), 6 cylinder gas, rebuilt in 1995. Paragon HFD transmission, 2.5 to 1 reduction. Walters Keel cooler, wet exhaust, Stainless shaft 1 1/8",18" x 16" four bladed prop. Choke, throttle and shift on bronze Engine Order Telegraph. 45 gallon gas tank.

3 year restoration project by present owner. New sternpost, garboards-rear, approx 33% of planking, 44 ribs reinforced, all decks and deck framing new, windshield & coaming new. All new framing of white oak, decks and coamings - Honduras mahogany. Transom rebuilt, all interior replaced except much trim of Cuban mahogany retained.

Outer decks are 7/8 x 7/8 mahogany, fastened edge & toe nailed with stainless ring nails with urethane glue, fiberglass & epoxy over.

Equipment: Raytheon VHF, Raytheon Loran & sounder.Air horn (bronze from Tug boat. Wilcox Crittenden Senior, 12 gal holding tank - stainless. 100 gals of water, 30 is hot- shower, sink, wash down hose -(hot or cold)....."

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