Saturday, October 4, 2014

Stingray- Newport

17 August 2009 Stingray
BOAT: Stingray
OWNER: Anonymous
DESIGNER: C. Raymond Hunt and Associates
BUILDER: Wharton Shipyard, Jamestown, R.I.
LENGTH: 55 feet [16.7 meters]
HULL: Double & triple diagonally planked Honduras mahogany with an epoxy matrix skin
YEAR: 1964
 This remarkable boat has a special and significant history both locally and to the world. The deep Vee hull used in this one of a kind luxury, high speed, ocean yacht laid the groundwork for thousands of boats to follow.
The owner of the largest business in Jamestown- Bill Munger of Conanicut Marine Services in Jamestown, worked on this boat as a kid at the Wharton Yard [now Jamestown Boat Yard] when the boat was under construction in 1964. At that time, both the design and construction were revolutionary. Names such as Bertram, Boston Whaler, and Surf Hunter descend from this one of a kind yacht.
 After a long stint in Florida and an extensive restoration involving over 27,000 man hours, Stingray is back in our area and she is for sale. The Newport based worldwide yacht brokerage Northrup & Johnson has her listed. She needs some work to be perfect, but after that, her next owner will have a truly unique, elegant, and capable yacht.

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