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1939 Wheeler Playmate

Estimated price for orientation: 20 000 $

Category: Other Powerboats

Condition: Used Year: 1939
Hull Material: Wood Make: Wheeler
Engine Type: Twin Engine Model: Playmate
Engine Make: Crusader Marine 185 (292 Chevrolet) Type: Sunbridge
Primary Fuel Type: Gas Length (feet): 37
For Sale By: Private Seller Beam (feet): 11
Hull ID Number: 286771

You are viewing a one time listing for the last known, documented, Wheeler Playmate classic yacht. Yes this incredibly rare 36 Wheeler yacht is of the same heritage as Ernest Hemingway's famous wheeler playmate, the "Pilar".There are only three USCG documented Wheeler Playmates known to exist in the world today. Pilar, (Hemingway's boat)  that is on display in Cuba, Elhanor, which has undergone a restoration and been made to look like Pilar for the movie on Hemingway and Valhalla, which is currently owned by an attorney in Massachusetts.It may interest you to know that a just this week a vintage boat that has been modified to replicate Ernest Hemingway's Wheeler Playmate hasbeen listed for sale on Yachworld for $375,000.00
This boat you are viewing is Rarebit and the only current documented Wheeler playmate available for sale in the world. We are offering her just once on eBay. She is in remarkable condition and has always been under cover.Wheeler shipyards of the day were world renowned for building boats that were incredibly sea-worthy and built to last. Only the finest materials were used, Mahogany cabin and trim, Port Orford Cedar hulls, White Oak ribs and frames and all Bronze fasteners. Rarebit is a testament to the Wheeler legacy.All Wheeler yachts were special order. In 1939 Rarebit was built for a well to do doctor to the sum of near $10,000. In today's world that would be over $172,451.43 which was far beyond the ability for average person to own one.Rarebit is one of the very few Wheeler Playmates to built with twin engines, and the only surviving twin screw Playmate known to exist. It is very uncommon for a classic yacht to be able to cruise above 8-10 knots. The incredible Wheeler classic was able to do 20 knots with its original 100 hp Chrysler Crown engines. We would estimate she will do close 25-30 knots with her newer 185 hp twin Crusaders. She drafts only 3 feet. What fun! If you have a true appreciation for classic wood boats, and a sincere interest in owning this remarkable vessel, feel free to ask sensible questions. USCG Documentation in hand.
New stainless fuel tanks installed, but fuel lines still need to be hooked up. New Electrosan head, but original has been saved also. The engines only have 138 hours total run time on them.Vessel is currently moored in Portland, Oregon and must be moved not later than June 15th, 2017. With this in mind, If you are fortunate enough to become Rarebit's new steward she will need to be transported from there. I can assist with logistics as needed.If there is no fortunate new steward, then she will be transported to our restoration facility and taken off the market. International buyers are welcomed to participate.