I'm just back from one of my favorite annual missions. For the last few years I've been honored to be a judge at the Mystic Seaport classic boat rendezvous in Mystic, Connecticut.
This year I was assigned to be one of the judges in the 40 ft. and up power yacht category and I had the pleasure of checking out some absolutely exquisite boats. My favorite in this year's grouping, and ultimately the big prize winner for the weekend was a beauty named Dolphin from Sorel, Quebec, Canada. The boat is a magnificent example of the commuter yachts from a by-gone era.
Dolphin was built in 1929 by Consolidated Shipyard and is 65' in length. Check it out here:
Now as you can imagine, there have been some upgrades over the years to Dolphin. The engines were of course originally gasoline fueled and they have been replaced with six cylinder diesels by Cummins. The original electrical system was 32 volt DC and that has been upgraded to 12 volt. To get a feel for the quality of the upgrades to this vessel, check out this panel set in the absolutely beautiful engine room on Dolphin:
So, even a boat built almost 90 years ago can be as up to date as a brand new one and it can be done tastefully so as to not ruin the classic appearance of the boat. All of the electrical upgrades I could see on Dolphin were done using Blue Sea gear, one of my sponsors here. Everything was descreetly hidden in the machinery space and really done with great attention to detail.
If its good enough for Dolphin, believe me, the gear will serve you well. My congratulations to the owners and captain on Dophin. Simply beautiful!