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Vim36' Custom 1957

Rockport, ME


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  • Yacht Details 36' Custom 1957
  • Location Rockport, ME
  • Engines Yanmar
  • Days on MarketInquire
  • Last UpdatedMar 1, 2021
  • Asking Price$295,000
  • Cruising Speed12 kn
  • Maximum Speed
  • Max Draft 3' 4''

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  • Cruising Speed: 12 kn
  • Beam: 10' 3''
  • Hull Material: Wood
  • Max Draft: 3' 4''

Vim Yacht Description

VIM (Ex-Crestor, Ex-OWL) is a classic, 1957 Islesboro, ME lobster yacht built in Thomaston, ME. She is a quintessential example of the pleasure boats based on lobstering hulls built in the second half of the 20th century and indigenous to Penobscot Bay. She is now fully restored and converted to cruising, party, and entertainment use.

VIM comes to the market from the collection of a passionate yachtsman and expert restorer of significant yachts and antique cars. VIM remains true to her heritage in terms of her profile, lines, all-wood structure, and construction method. However, the objective of her restoration was to transform a faded Maine utility and pleasure boat into a museum quality vessel with today’s conveniences and reliability, to serve as a beautiful and gracious cruising and entertaining platform.

VIM is featured in and illustrated on the cover of the February 2018 issue of SOUNDINGS magazine. She was previously reviewed in MAINE BOATS, HOMES & HARBORS.

Full specifications available upon request.

Additional Specs, Equipment And Information

Boat Name

Builder: Newbert & Wallace
Designer: Roy Wallace
Flag of Registry: United States

LOA: 36 ft 0 in
Beam: 10 ft 3 in
LWL: 34 ft 3 in
Maximum Draft: 3 ft 4 in

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4LH-STE, SN #51575
Engine Hours: 504
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Propeller: 3 blade propeller

Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Max speed: 18 kts

Additional Information

VIM (USCG Documentation # 1250122) was built in 1957 by Newbert & Wallace of Thomaston, ME, builders of fishing and lobster boats, sardine carriers, and other commercial vessels, to a design by Roy Wallace. From 1947 to 1979 Newbert & Wallace built fourteen pleasure boats on lobster-boat hull shapes, ten of them 36’ LOA and four of them 38’ LOA, mainly for owners at Islesboro, Maine, a few in Southern New England, and one in Grosse Point, Michigan.

VIM was originally commissioned as QUESTOR for the Thorndike family of Milton, MA and Islesboro. For most of her early life, VIM (then named OWL) was owned by the Moseley family of Islesboro. She was also owned for a time by famed wooden-boat surveyor Giffy Full, and she’s featured in a dedicated chapter of the 1998 book Maine Lobsterboats by author Virginia Thorndike, daughter of her original owner.

In 2001 VIM was re-powered with a Yanmar 4-cylinder turbo-charged diesel inboard engine.

In 2013-14, QUESTOR/OWL, re-named VIM, was completely refurbished to state-of-the-art structural, technical, and cosmetic yacht standards – at Artisan Boatworks, Rockport, ME, with design and engineering support from Bob Stephens of Stephens Waring Yacht Design, Belfast, ME; and Barrington, RI-based Naval Architect Matthew Smith.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications relate to work completed and new components installed during the 2013-14 refit.


- Sixty new laminated oak frames from the main bulkhead aft
- New planks at the turn of the bilge
- All planking, fasteners, and butts determined to be in “as new” condition
- All hull penetrations replaced with new bronze through-hulls
- Bottom paint and seam compound entirely stripped and renewed
- New custom bronze rudder on bronze rudder-post
- Laminated interior blocking for bow-thruster tube
- New floor timbers under the engine
- New engine beds with bronze knees
- New plywood working deck and frame, sheathed in fiberglass/epoxy, and fully sound- and vibration-insulated with Soundown lead-foam
- New custom watertight access hatches for tanks
- New custom bronze deck access hatch over the new Aquadrive coupling
- New Soundown-insulated, hinged, watertight engine box with storage lockers, drawers, and slate top
- Forward deck house surfaced with fiberglass/epoxy
- Forward access hatch with glass window replaced
- Two new bronze round opening ports in the forward face of the deckhouse
- Two new opening oval glass ports, one in each side of the house - in addition to the original four fixed ports
- Aft deck extended 18” forward to provide added storage beneath, and to cover the exhaust loop and the Vaccu-Flush toilet system and holding tank
- Topsides, house, and decks re-faired and painted to yacht standards

- 2001 Yanmar diesel engine serviced. Currently ~ 650 hours. Cruising speed 12 kts, max speed 18 kts. Range: Between ~ 250 and ~ 350 nautical miles, depending on speed
- Aquadrive thrust bearing with custom bronze mount, for noise and vibration reduction
- New Kobelt bronze single throttle/gear-shift
- Engine space ventilation fan with period bronze half-cowl vents P & S
- New custom Soundown muffler, exhaust, loop, and bronze through-hull
- New 4-blade 20 X 18 bronze prop
- New Sleipner “Sidepower” 100/185T electric bow-thruster with joystick, connected directly to main battery bank. (no supplementary battery or charger required)
- New Teleflex “Sea-Star” hydraulic steering


- One 4-D AGM engine-start battery – 105 AH, 1000 MCA
- Two 8-D AGM house batteries – 245 AH each
- Mastervolt “Master-Easy” battery monitoring system with digital readout
- Two Alternators on the Yanmar engine: Balmar high-output (165 AH) alternator for charging the house batteries quickly; and a standard Yanmar alternator for charging the engine-start battery
- Mastervolt 4,000 watt inverter-charger for 110-volt AC power aboard and charging the batteries while on shore power
- 50-amp bronze-plated shore-power intake plug and 50’ shore cord
- Rotary engine-start and house battery switches at the helm
- DC and AC breaker panels at the helm for all service circuits
- All-LED Navigation, exterior, and interior lights
- Rope lighting under the cockpit side decks
- 12 V DC and grounded 110 V AC power outlets
- Two windshield wipers


- Simrad AP 28 auto-pilot
- Garmin 5212 touch-screen GPS-plotter and radar display
- Garmin 18” 24-mile radome, integrated with Garmin screen
- Garmin “intelliducer” depth sounder, integrated with Garmin screen
- Raymarine i-50 depth sounder - stand-alone with separate sounder
- Icom 540 VHF radio
- Loudhailer on roof linked to Icom VHF radio
- Air-pressure horn on roof
- AM-FM Bluetooth Fusion stereo system with integrated CD-player and i-pod input. Speakers in the lower cabin and at the helm/aft cockpit
- Rebuilt classic Danforth ‘Constellation’ 5” steering compass
- Antique brass roof-top spot light with remote-control handle at the helm


- 130 gallons total diesel fuel. Two custom aluminum tanks under cockpit deck: Starboard 60- and Port 70-gallon
- Racor filter and bronze manifold system for the fuel system

- 123 gallons total fresh water. Two custom tanks: 28-gallon aluminum tank forward under the SB side cockpit; 84-gallon polyethylene tank aft under the cockpit deck; plus 11-gallon stainless steel hot-water tank

- SCAD tank-level monitoring system: WEMA sensors for all four tanks, digital display at helm

- 21-gallon integral black tank in the toilet system - see “Plumbing” below

PLUMBING SYSTEMS - All new - See also “Tankage” above

- All new hot/cold fresh and cold salt-water plumbing
- Shurflo “Extreme Smart Sensor” fresh water pressure pump
- Isotherm 11-gallon stainless steel water heater – both engine-heated and with a 110 V electric heating element
- Hot/cold fresh water at the galley
- Hot/cold deck shower at the aft deck
- Shore water hose intake with pressure-reducer
- Sealand “VacuFlush” fresh water toilet system with integrated 21-gallon holding tank, bronze deck pump-out fitting, Y-valve for offshore overboard discharge and dedicated tank-level gauge
- Shurflo “Pro-Blaster II” high-pressure saltwater wash-down pump, plumbed to quick-release hose outlets at bow and aft deck


- Custom bronze anchor roller at the stem, with integrated burgee socket
- Lewmar galvanized main 22# “Delta” claw anchor with 100’ of galvanized 5/16” chain and 250’ of 5/8" nylon “Mega-Plait” braided rode at bow
- Secondary 25# Danforth galvanized anchor with 200’ nylon rode stored under aft deck
- Muir bronze chain/rode electric anchor windlass connected directly to main battery bank (no supplementary battery or charger required)
- Bronze bow chocks
- 12” bronze Herreshoff-style bow cleat
- Two 10” bronze Herreshoff-style mid-deck spring cleats
- Two 10” bronze Herreshoff-style stern cleats
- Bronze toe-rail banding throughout
- Bronze ensign socket at stern


- All interior surfaces refurbished and painted
- Galley with slate counter-top, stainless steel sink and chromed faucet, 110-volt Vitrifrigo refrigerator, 110-volt 2-burner Force 10 cook-top, Panasonic microwave, storage and shelving for dishes and glassware
- Head with Sealand “VacuFlush” fresh water toilet
- Cockpit hot/cold shower
- Two Kingsley-Bate synthetic weatherproof wicker chairs and two low hardwood tables on aft deck
- Engine box fully insulated with Soundown lead-foam sandwich, customized to include storage and seating
- All new cushions and soft goods, including hinged V-berth mattresses to access storage compartments below. All cushions feature zippered covers for ease of laundering


- Fireboy engine shut-off and engine-space fire-extinguishing system
- Two stand-alone fire extinguishers
- Two bilge pumps on float switches with high water alarm at helm
- Four fenders with fleece covers
- Braided nylon bow, spring, and stern dock lines
- Shaw & Tenney ash and bronze boat hook
- Flares per USCG
- First-aid kit
- Six inflatable life-preservers
- Substantial tool kit


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