The boat was built by Bruce Peterson who has an article in the JRA newsletter, issue 22.
Ginger is looking a bit neglected and in need of some adventure. But to date I have had no luck contacting the owner about purchasing.
I created a little web page about my obsession and would appreciate possible leads.
She looks like something of a project, but still worth saving. Have you tried asking the storage facility to forward a letter (as opposed to an email) to the owner, in which you can outline your proposal? Someone must be paying the bills....
Best of luck
I can't tell: do you have the name of the owner, and they simply aren't responding, or is the boatyard not giving the name up?
I asked if their email was ever acknowledged, with no response.
I also emailed and left a phone message with the onsite broker. No response at all. Even left my business card in their door. Offered to pay the normal broker fee if a deal were made.
Maybe the boat owner is some kind of rock star guarding his privacy. Still it seems like an acknowledgement wouldn't be out of order.
Not sure why the consistent lack of response. I don't dress like a rich man, but I do not exactly look homeless either.
I searched the USCG documentation database and Ginger appears to not be a documented vessel. Florida boat registration information is not made public.
Being from out west, in Wyoming, I am accustomed to a high level of trust between people. FL seems to have many people with very low levels of trust...and highly suspicious.
Short term, I may go in a different direction. If my web page draws in any info, I may still be interested in Ginger. I'd be willing to blast her down to bare hull and do a full Ameron coating and anything else to bring her back.
That is a really odd situation. Usually a broker would be all over it. I suspect that that it may just be a crappy boatyard, and if the owner knew you were getting the runaround, he'd be upset. Just a suspicion.
And I agree: Florida is one of the least friendly, most distrustful places I've ever been. And this coming from a Yankee, mind you.
For two hundred dollars, I wonder if private investigator could find the owner.
Mark, on the off-chance Ginger has a registered ship's VHF license you could try visiting this site and entering Ginger in the ship name box then clicking submit query. This will bring up a results page of ship names with Ginger as part or all of the name. You can refine this search by scrolling down to USA in the Administrations/geographical areas box, which will ease identifying boats in the area you are interested in. Click the boat name in the results list (hint : in Windows, right click and choose open in new tab, so the results list remains available) and a page opens containing (somewhat limited) information on that boat. The information contains call sign, MMSI, owner's surname, and sometimes vessel Id. No. May open up another lead.
Good luck with your search.
What about the boats parked around it? Is it possible to get the names of those owners - they may very well have taken an interest in Ginger when she came in. She's unique and would inspire conversation between owners.
Maybe this will help. I had seen this boat years ago when I had my last boat in Glades boatyard around the time these pictures were taken.
Thanks. I am astonished my searches did not find that page.
I found on LinkedIn
Sailor at Large
Company Name: SV Ginger
Date Employed: May 2001 - Nov 2002
Prepare/maintain a small, steel sailboat for cruising. Sail the waters of South Florida and the Bahamas. Make lots of friends. Snorkel, hike, eat, sleep, etc.
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