Description of Current Condition
PHOENIX represents an extensive restoration project. I have looked at her closely but I am a broker with a good knowledge of wood yachts who has spent an honest 2-3 hours on her, not a surveyor who would spend a day to a day-and-a-half inspecting her, and the yacht has NOT BEEN SURVEYED, nor will she be surveyed until such time as an interested party wishes to undertake this project.
Just the name "Consolidated" gives her the pedigree to make her worth the restoration project. Add to that her design by S&S and she makes a compelling argument for those who appreciate classic wood yachts...but she is that - a project.
As I find her, again a knowledgable wood boat broker not a surveyor, her bottom planking will have to be virtually entirely replaced. While I found many areas where the floor timbers and framing seemed to be sound, I found many broken frames and numerous floor timbers with deteriorated areas -- as an example, some where deterioration is substantive enough that the floor timber is entirely separated from the adjoing frames. In spending several minutes going over the keel, some localized shelling was noted as well as some localized rot, though I did not see anything that graving pieces could not be fitted to. Her deck houses and decks seem to be generally okay, though I did find several areas that were rotting. The interior is largely intact though there is some paneling deterioration in way of a couple of fixed windows that are missing and near the side doors and other apertures that are no longer weather-tight. Obviously her entire exterior will need to be stripped and re-finished, as well as a good chunk of the interior. She was largely or completely re-wired in 2006 so that should be fine and what I noted of plumbing, fuel, and other systems all seemed to be "OK" though I am sure a surveyor will point out numerous small items. Her engines purportedly have fewer than 1000 hours on them and were installed in 1973 and re-built in 1985 +/- and new gears were installed at that time. Again, I am not a surveyor, but simply trying to explain the facts of her current condition to interested parties, and I will not be held accountable for findings or lack thereof. I am simply trying to help the owner find a qualified party and save her from being cut up.
To summarize, there is a lot that can be saved, but given $300,000 to do just the bottom, this is not a project that the skilled owner can do on his own. This is a "take her to the capable yacht yard and be prepared to spend notable amounts beyond that" kind of boat.
She was last in the water in the 2012 season for a short duration but was hauled and has been left outside uncovered since that time.
Her current owner purchased her when she was in a similarly perilous condition in 2005 and did extensive bottom work and wiring, finishes, etc. Unfortunately for PHOENIX, family obligations have intervened since and they have had neither the time nor the money to commit to her.
She is double planked, mahogany over cedar on white oak frames and floor timbers all with bronze fastenings. The decks are marine grade plywood on white oak frames, the foredeck with a teak overlay and the balance glassed over and painted. Trim is (or was) varnished teak.
Time is running out on this 1937 S&S-designed 65' Consolidated. The current plans are to find a party willing to preserve and restore her. Barring that, she will sadly be cut up and what gear can be salvaged from her will be done in August 2014.