Compass 47

Our Compass 47

In July 2011, we had the extreme good fortune of finding and purchasing a 1984 Compass 47.

The Compass 47 was designed by the renowned naval architect Angelo Lavranos.  According to Mr. Lavranos, who Charlie was able to contact via email, fifty Compass 47s were built by six different boat builders, and out of a few different materials.  Ours is a GRP hull built by a company called Kearly Marine out of Cape Town, South Africa.

Our Compass 47 was named Tabitha when we found her, and while that’s a lovely name, it won’t be staying.  Her former owner was a gentleman named Jim Adkins.  Mr. Adkins passed away in early 2011, and we purchased the boat from his estate.  As far as we can tell, Mr. Adkins purchased the Compass in 1986 in Fort Lauderdale.  I found evidence that the boat was owned by a doctor in south Florida before 1986, but I’ve lost those findings.  If anyone has any information about the history of the boat, we’d love to hear it.

Please take a look at the photo galleries linked below to keep up with the progress we’re making on our Compass!

First Day - Condition: Critical

It's a surprise we bought it, isn't it? A Compass 47 for, well, the embarrassingly small amount of money we paid for her, is worth a little hard work. This is going to be a real project.

Second Day - The Clean Up

A little bit of clean up made the Compass look like a boat that could have been sold for double what we bought it for. Thank goodness no one thought of that beforehand!

Beauty Shots

Various photos where the boat actually looks acceptable. These are usually taken at the end of a day where we've spent 8 hours working on her, so please excuse the photography.

Removing the Treadmaster

This wasn't easy, so there are going to be at least seven thousand photos in this album.

Haul Out

On November 2, the Compass came out of the water for what looks like the first time in twenty years.

On the Hard - Winter '11-'12

Unfortunately, the Compass has spent a beautiful Florida winter on the hard.

Days at the Compass - Summer '11

We spent time at the Compass every single day. We got a lot of work done, and I took plenty of cool photos.

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