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Ryder Classic Yachts is a full service yacht brokerage focusing on the buying and selling of classic yachts, sail and power. The experience of the company’s president, Clarke Ryder, includes production management at Bristol Yacht Company where he built all the early Bristols, creation of his own boat building company (Sea Sprite, Southern Cross, Black Watch), and private label marine manufacturing (Portsmouth Yacht/Eastward Ho, Sonar, Nightwind 35 and several others). Clarke has spent the last 15 years as a successful marketing consultant and yacht broker.

We are indebted to Good Old Boat magazine (May/June 2008) for the fine cover photo by reknowned marine photographer Onne van der Wal showing a beautiful Sea Sprite 23 "Scot Free", owned by Herb and Kristin Browne, with son Jim aboard. In the background is the landmark Mount Hope Bridge connecting Bristol, Rhode Island with Aquidneck Island. Inside this issue is a wonderful article (with some great additional van der Wal photos) about Clarke Ryder and the good old Ryder boatshop by prominent nautical writer Joe van Benten.

Featured Boat
photo of 42' Grand Banks Sedan
42' Grand Banks Sedan
1971 US$ 20,000

This Grand Banks 42' Sedan is rare find, a kind of combination trawler and sportfisherman. The layout offers the convenience of one-level living with a main salon that opens aft to a protected cockpit. Much like the comfortable European boats built and cruised in the Mediterranean, Happy Ours' main salon provides an area for fine dining with panoramic views and fresh breezes.

This particular boat has been continually upgraded and features everything you need to go anywhere. She's loaded with new equipment and appointments. These boats list around $125,000, often selling for over $100,000. A victim of the current downturn, the firm price of Happy Ours is just $20,000. The owner has $100,000 into the boat. His loss is your gain.

What's the catch? The catch is that this boat has, as many of these teak-decked Grand Banks and Cheoy Lees often have, some deck leak problems. Sure, they can be fixed, and the present owner, a free-wheeling Texan, knows that. He also knows he wants out of this boat, and has dramatically dropped her price to more than compensate the new owner for the deck fix.

Given the excellent condition of the boat otherwise, the enormous amount of equipment, money recently spent, and the very special layout, this boat represents a terrific value, and won't last long. The engines are probably worth more than the price of the boat. First come, first served.


Ryder Classic Yachts

61 Old Plainfield Pike
Foster, RI 02825, USA

Tel 401-647-5776
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