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1960 Custom Block Island Boat

San Diego, California


38' Custom Block Island Boat '60 "Scrimshaw"


SCRIMSHAW was born from the noble legacy of the rugged, sea-kindly Block Island Boat of the 1840’s. The Block Island Boat’s seaworthiness, great handling qualities and the simplicity of the unstayed rig make her a natural for short-handed sailing. It has been said of this wide beamed double-ender that “her motion in a steep short sea is like a rocking chair. She never smashes into a head sea, but rides like a duck, and when on the wind she is always inching to windward, no matter how hard it blows.”

Become a part of nautical history by investing in this beautiful vessel, built in 1947, launched in 1960. She was purchased by the current owner (a professional mariner) in 1976 and has been constantly upgraded and impeccably maintained with the most recent bottom paint being applied in July of 2019.

Basic Boat Info

Price: $119,500
Boat Name: Scrimshaw
Make: Custom
Model: Block Island Boat
Year: 1960
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Elite Boat Works, San Pedro, CA
Designer: Robert S French
Construction: Wood
Keel Type: Full Keel
Range: 1,611.09 mi


Length: 38 ft
Length Overall: 38 ft
Length Of Deck: 38'8 ft
Beam: 13'8 ft
Min Draft: 6'1 ft
Displacement: 38,000 lb
Ballast: 14,000 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Albin
  • Model: H-3
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 65hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
  • Year: 1960
  • Engine Hours: 1200
Cruising Speed: 7 kn
Propeller RPM: 1700
Maximum Speed: 7.5 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 220 gal
Fuel Tank Material: Other
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 60 gal
Water Tank Material: Other


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Cruisers, Schooner, Racers and Cruisers


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San Diego, California, US, 92106
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Chain locker forward, followed by a centerline head with vanity to port and shelves and locker to starboard. Next aft is the forward sleeping area which features port and starboard single berths with changing settees followed by nicely vented hanging lockers.

The main salon encompasses the primary living area with the galley both to port and starboard of the companionway. A comfortable double berth to port and a dinette with a single sea berth outboard to starboard. Plenty of storage under all berths. The interior is kept light and attractive with white painted ceilings and varnished mahogany trim throughout.

She is kept fresh and airy with eleven opening bronze ports, five dorades and three deck hatches and a Charley Noble above the galley stove.

Headroom is 6'2" in galley, head and fwd cabin; 5'0" in dining area.


Fleming cold plate refrigerator with freezer, 110V and engine driven

4-burner Marine Fittings stainless stove with infrared broiler

Hot and cold pressure fresh water system

Deep double stainless steel sink

Galley storage is excellent and convenient with slide out racks for dishes and drawers for spices and cutlery.

Electronics and Navigation

Lorad LDX-600 digital depth sounder

Southwest Instruments binnacle compass

Second compass installed in dinette table

Icom IC-M127 VHF radio

Brass thermometer, clock and barometer


ProAudio AM/FM/CD/DVD player with Clarion disc changer and Delta controls

LG 32” TV


12V DC and 110V AC

Engine start batteries - (2) 6-Volt deep cycle in series – 440 amp hours

House batteries - (2) 6-Volt deep cycle in series – 440 amp hours

Battery parallel switch

Heart Interlink 2000 battery monitor

Heart Interface battery charger

Heart Interface Freedom 10 2.5kw

Shore power cord


Dual bow rollers

45# CQR with 400’ 3/8” BBB chain

Plath manual windlass

Sail covers

Full, well-vented boat cover

Life raft canister cover

Covers for propane bottles

Avon dinghy with 15hp 4-stroke Yamaha

Anchor and steaming lights

Running lights

Bow pulpit and rails

Lifelines and stanchions

Boarding gates

Dock lines and fenders

Outboard mount

Life raft canister used as deck storage locker only

Deck storage box

(2) deck mounted propane bottles

Cockpit cushions

Twin helm seat with reversible backrest

Spare stern anchor with tackle


LOA, including anchor and boom overhangs: 46’6”

Last bottom paint July 2nd 2019

Hull fastened with bronze fasteners

Carvel plank Port Orford cedar hull – 1 1/2” net thickness over bent and sawn oak frames

Built by Elite Boat Works in San Pedro. CA

Sails and Rigging

Unstayed rig

Wood, keel-stepped masts

Canadian spruce tree heart masts, gaffs and booms

Whisker pole

(2) Harken 48 ST 2-speed primary winches

(1) bronze cabin top main sheet winch

Main sail (new 2017)

Foresail (new 2017)

Staysail or golly (2017)

Steadying sail for motor sailing or at anchor

Engine and Mechanical

Bilge blower

Emergency engine stop

Engine alarm

Fram oil filter

(2) inline Racor fuel filters

Raw water sea strainer

Cockpit engine controls

CO2 manual engine fire extinguishing system

(1) manual and (1) electric bilge pump

Manual wheel steering with cable to rudder quadrants

Manual Wilcox Crittenden head

12V Pur watermaker (pickled)

Engine located beneath cockpit

1 1/2” stainless shaft with shaft break and Tides dripless shaft seal

Engine rebuilt in 2010 - 1200 hrs since rebuild


(6) life jackets

(2) fire extinguishers

Bell, horn and whistle

Emergency tiller


(2) horseshoe type buoyant cushions


All seller’s personal effects on board are excluded from the sale of this vessel.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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