I love that kind of gentleman's motoryacht, but for me it would have to be steel and epoxy coated.
Many moons ago a friend owned an immaculate 45' Bates Starcraft and he employed someone virtually full time to keep it that way. He only had it about a year and sold it as the cost far exceeded the enjoyment he was getting out of it.
Stunning looking ship, very Nelsony at first glance, but as others have already alluded to, a nightmare on yer wallet, but the fuel burn is mighty impressive for a craft twice my length and nearly 3 times my displacement:-
"On a recent trial, one engine at 1400 rpm achieving 7 + knots consumed approx 8 litres per hour and a range therefore of 1,750 miles."
"It's Better to Have Memories Than Dreams"
"blow Q, cycle main vents"
Though tbh I've yet to see a pleasure boat which you could really call an asset, regardless of how she's built!
Back to the OP question, in spite of the fact that I'm one of those few "someone else" stupid enough to own and keep afloat a wooden vessel, I must say that I'm not intrigued by this specific boat.
First of all, I think sarabande is right in his guess about the roll. Or better said, he's actually wrong, because I bet that she rolls like a pig, rather than just "a bit".
Secondly, for that size of MoBo I would want MUCH more internal space than what she seems to offer, and also a proper large upper deck.
Last but not least, back in those years, this boat was surely built for speed rather than comfort - just look at her very low displacement and tankage. Which means that by today standards, she (obviously) isn't a fast boat anymore, but she's not as comfy while cruising as normally vintage boats are.
Bottom line, a great boat to look at, but not so appealing to own - even assuming that maintenance cost is not a problem.
Very nice, but as others have said - more to admire than to own from my perspective.
Personally, I'd also be more than a little worried on the launch/recovery aspects! (Smaller+plastic does have a few weight advantages )
Fletcher Rally: swfbr.org.uk
July 28, 2016
July 28, 2016