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Post Sale History
This section is small because the first 33 years of post sale history with Vern Wilkie are contained in a notebook that will eventually be scanned and added, but this summary will cover the highlights.
Vern Wilkie   The boat was purchased by Mr. Wilkie in 1964. He picked up the boat in Seattle and brought it to Oakland- Alameda, CA. It was renamed First Love. It sat in the water there with the gasoline engines until 1998. After his death the boat was donated to the American Patrol Boats Museum.  

American Patrol Boats Museum - 1998: APBM received the boat and changed out the engines to 6-71 diesel in 2002
Notes received when we started discussing the purchase. The boat was built in 1944 by Wheeler Shipyard in  New York. It is 83' long. This boat was the best example of it's type left. Unfortunately the new owner cut out part of the crews quarters and galley area.
The boat was hauled out last year and $20,000.00 was spent at the yard. The boat is in stock condition outside and the inside could be replaced and in fact most of the cabinet faces are still there. The boat is operational but will need to have the props replace as the new owner replaced the props with oversize wheels and one that is bent and as such it is very hard on the engines and hull. There are two props on the boat (top side) that could be used, one will need to be bored and both should be cut down. I had the boat out on Saturday and cruised it for 2 hours. The Gen. set runs and everything was working. The boat has working radio's and radar. The running lights work. One other thing that needs to be done is the boat needs bigger fuel tanks, it currently only holds 200 gals. The 20 mm boxes are still on the boat and the sound power system is still in place. The hull was just painted  below the water line and some repairs were made to the hull above the water line in the last 5 years. There is an area where the owner was water blasting the hull and so it does not look good but on the whole it is sound. 

With the Detroit 6-71s the boat can make between 11 and 12 knots, with a 8-71 and the right transmission the boat should make approx. 16 knots.  There is only some of the info about the boats. I have sent along some photos also so you can get an idea of what you are looking at. 

The engines are both low block Detroit 6-71's. Port main engine has approx. 1000 hrs. Stbd has less as it had a in-frame rebuild 3 years ago and was updated to 4 valve head and N series pistons. Boat was surveyed last year but I do no have a copy of the survey. It was hauled at Bay Ship & yacht at the time. When I last had it surveyed it was for insurance only and it was valued at $160,000.00 but that does not mean much in the real world. Prop change can be done in the water and there are some divers in the area that should be able to handle it. Also note that 1 of the props to be installed needs to be bored. I would suggest removing some pitch from props at the same time so the engines do not have to work so hard. You may be able to trade the props on the shafts now for some or all of the work. I am still working on a deal for a tank that will fit in the fuel space. You can have the old center tank from the PT. It holds 1000 gals but will not fit in the fuel space but you could load it on deck and use it as a storage tank and feed to (2) 100 gal tanks that are in the boat now. There are two VHF radios and radar on the boat that are operational and there was a loud hailer but I did look yesterday to see if it was still there. There is no Depth sounder. Throttles are mechanical and shift is EOT (engine order telegraph) The boat draws approx. 5 feet.

Andrew "Drew" Green  - APBM sold the boat to Drew Green. It was moved to Redwood City by Drew and stored near the Redwood Marina. It was returned to APBM when a "more desirable" craft was found.
American Patrol Boats Museum -  2003: APBM took the boat back.

Future Plans

What did we do with her? Read on HERE for the preparation and the trip up the coast to Tacoma, WA.