1967, 43 ft Rod Marple, Longport Marine Downeast Lobster Yacht

1967, 43 ft Rod Marple, Longport Marine Downeast Lobster Yacht 43ft | 1967

Savannah, GA

Location: Savannah, GA


Thunderbolt Yacht Sales

123 Goette Trail, Savannah, GA, 31410, United States



Vessel Type: Passenger - Yacht
Hull Material: Wood
Year: 1967
Length / Size: 43ft
Price: $219,000.00
Sale / Charter: For Sale
Short Description: PRICE REDUCTION, ORIGINALLY $398,000. She continues to be maintained in Bristol condition and all offers will be seriously considered! When completed in the summer of 1967 and after Rod Marple had devoted three years of his life building this masterpiece, the celebration began, and rightfully so. Now everything is new with the exception of the historic character and quality initially built in. Once the idea of building a boat is in your mind, probably one of the first thoughts that one obsesses over (obsession is pretty standard when it comes to boat building) is what material do we want for the hull? After all, the hull is more than just the foundations of a boat it’s the foundation, and the floor, and the walls. And while boats can be built out of almost anything (one chap famously created a boat from recycled plastic bottles), the fact is that not all boat building materials were created equal. Mother nature is not easily outdone by man, and she has created the supreme materials for boat building. It’s called wood. Wood is THE material to use for a classic/traditional vessel (it’s traditional!), but more importantly wood is great to live with and on it feels heavy, solid, safe, and as most boaters will tell you, no other material can beat the feel and ambiance of a wooden boat, especially a well built one. These are purely romantic reason, but the number of genuinely good, practical reasons for choosing wood are plentiful: 1. Wood is high in tensile strength, durable, workable and combines stiffness with light weight in a way that is more structurally efficient than just about any other material, including high-tech-laminates. Mechanically and physically it’s simply right for boats and that is why we have been building ships out of wood since the beginning and continues to do so today. 2. Steel or aluminum hulls are strong, have many advantages, and are the better materials for certain vessels, but they carry little charm and lots of vibrations. In the long term steel will corrode and aluminum will oxidize and plenty of maintenance and care is still required. 3. Fiberglass is less maintenance and when first invented people thought it might be the best material. Unfortunately they were wrong. A fiberglass hull weakens over time, water penetrates the layers by osmosis, spider cracks form over the glass, on impact with a harder material it will shatter, and to top it off it is difficult to repair and unpleasant to work with. 4. With the right type of wood and proper maintenance a well built wooden boat actually lasts longer than their fiberglass counterparts. In part this is because wood is able to absorb and release water so a wooden vessel will actually get less condensation and dampness on it than a fiberglass one. Furthermore, thanks to today’s technology wooden boats are less maintenance, while regardless of technology, a fiberglass boat will deteriorate persistently with age and there is little that can be done to prevent it. It’s worth re-reading that last paragraph because many potential boat buyers erroneously choose fiberglass over wood thinking it is less maintenance and lasts longer. But a survey around the world marinas will find hundreds of wooden boats built in the 1920’s and 30’s that are around today still in great condition. 5. A longer life span is just one of the reasons that also make a well-built wooden boat the more environmentally-friendly choice. Today wood is used in cheap furniture, paper advertising, toilet papers, and other uses which have no lifespan and therefore an environmental waste! A well-built wooden boat should last for several decades at least. Time enough to renew the resource. Furthermore, other materials used for building boats, steel or aluminum for example, are not renewable resources and, unlike fiberglass, wood is biodegradable so that a sunken or disposed of wooden boat is not as damaging to the environment. In short, for romantic reasons, practical reasons, and to adhere to the tradition of the classic’s, our choice was always going to be wood!

Features and Measurements

A/C No
Walk in Cooler/ Freezer No
Heated No
Inert Gas System No


Rudder Type

Dynamic Positioning: No

Aux Machinery

Tank Heating: No
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