A vintage GP14 in America
Ed: Originally published in 2013 – still a good read and the video links still work!
The GP14 Association has recently been contacted by Bill McLennan, a member and keen GP14 sailor in the USA, who has done some wonderful restoration work on his old boat.
Bill’s message read:
- Hi, I just joined your group and I have been sailing my GP for the past 30 years. I recently re-launched her after a restoration. Here is the video of the sail.
There is more about the restoration of this vintage GP14, including another video, at www.GP14theCHELSEA.com, and on a dedicated Facebook page, where there are several pages about restoring and sailing the boat. In particular, look at the before-and-after photos.
There is even a feature about the boat in Wooden Boat magazine.
Sailing and refurbishing this vintage wooden GP14 has been an enjoyable pastime of mine. The “CHELSEA” was purchased by me in 1984 at a marina in Somers Point, NJ after coming back from a trip to Jamaica and being introduced to sailing on a Sunfish. I took sailing lessons and purchased the boat out of the yard, that same summer.
I refurbished the boat as a project the first winter of 1985 and then had the boat refitted by John Wright Boats, Conshohocken, PA in 1995. Now, almost 30 years later, I have located the #73 GP14 that had everything except the hull! These items were kept in a barn for more than 30 years.
This restoration project has included refurbishing the wood and hardware and replacing the following parts from GP14 #73 (#73 is estimated to have been built in 1951): wooden mast, wooden boom, wooden tiller, sails, bronze rigging hardware.
I enjoy working on this vintage sailboat, almost as much as I enjoy sailing the CHELSEA.