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Classic Snipe: Tiger

Classic Snipe Database Record

Snipe  “Tiger


Current Owner: John Rose

Year Built: 1947

Builder: Russells Boat Works

Hull Material: Wood Plank, fiberglass sheathing on hull and decking


Restoration Status: Restored in 2014

Boat Location: Tacoma, WA

Boat History: Custom built for Miami Florida Snipe sailor Jack Wirt. Varnished hull and deck, distincitve sharks mouth like WW II P40 airplanes painted on bow. Flown by Cuban government plane from Miami to Havana and return to compete in Snipe regatta 1948, won that event. Third place in 1948 Snipe Midwinter Regatta at Clearwater Florida (2-1-dsq-1-3). Pictured on cover of April 1948 “Jib Sheet.” Sold in 1949 to Diamond Lake/Cassopolis Michigan sailor Harold Slutsky, who was co-winner of 1950 Michigan Snipe Champion. Sold to Grand Rapids Michigan Snipe sailor in 1953 and remained in that fleet until 1977 when the boat was stored. Bought in 2004 by current owner and transported to Tacoma Washington. Restoration started and progressed over 10 years, finished in 2014 by current owner who assisted Grapeview Point Boat Works (Allyn Washington) in installing new decking, fiberglassing and final hull finishing.

Last updated November 9, 2015

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