Hull #241 - Sierra Rae

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Sailboat History

Originally Craig purchased this sailboat in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and changed the boat’s name from Tiki to Selah.  Craig sailed the boat in Panama City, Florida prior to selling the boat to a person in Kansas City.

The third owner was Jim Unruh in Kansas, whose family of four children and my wife, sailed her on Perry Lake in Kansas during the 1990′s as the, “Jana Lynn.”

Eventually, the boat was purchased by Robert who renamed the boat “Sierra Rae” and is still owned by Robert today.

Owner Comments

Just got a Bristol 27, Hull #241, was told she was built in 1969.  She is the cruiser model and believe it or not, a lot is still original.  I named her “Sierra Rae”.  The images show when I first saw her and a few with the hull and bottom recently done by me in red and black.

I’ll send along additional pictures as I make alterations and refit.  That will be my next project along with redoing a few soft spots in the deck.

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8 Responses to Hull #241 – Sierra Rae

  1. I think this used to be my boat. I bought her in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She was named Tiki. I renamed her Selah.I sold her to someone that had the trailer built and did some renovation in Kansas City. I lived on her 31 years ago when I was 18 years old in Panama City, FL. Good to see she is in good hands. Where is she now?

    Submitted by: Craig on December 14, 2010 at 3:20 am

  2. Craig,
    What a small world and what a great story; and you may be right – she could have been your boat.

    I bought her last year from a farmer in northern Ohio, who twelve years previous, had bought her from a man in Kansas. The Ohio farmer had intentions of sailing on Lake Erie but for reasons not expressed, never did and the boat set idle in his barn until I bought her last year.

    I renamed her Sierra Rae and sailed her on a local lake this past summer. Lifted her out in October and currently doing a complete refit. We are taking her down to the Gulf at the end of January and heading down the east coast of Mexico to the Yucatan. She is a great boat!!! Regards, Robert

    Submitted by: Robert on January 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    • Thanks Robert,
      What a wonderful boat. She will take good care of you on your voyage to the Yucatan. The longest offshore leg I ever had her on was from Ft. Meyers FL to Panama City, FL. She tracks really well and is built like a tank. I did alot of growing up on that boat and a piece of my heart will always be with her.

      Submitted by: Craig on January 15, 2011 at 3:15 am

  3. Robert and Craig,

    Sure glad to here she is heading out on more adventures. My family, four children and my wife and I, sailed her on Perry Lake in Kansas during the 1990’s as the, “Jana Lynn.”

    Craig and his Dad, took such good care of it that I performed nominal work. Primarily, had the bow pulpit and stern rail fabricated, replaced the wood combings, grab rails and trim. Trailer was made by Rolco in Chanute, KS. Was not successful in floating the boat off and on the trailer with the tongue extension. Of 10 years that I owned it, it sat on the trailer in my backyard for 5 so I could work on it between kid schedules. Maybe sailed on it 6 times (weekends) a year after that. I have a collection of pictures that would be glad to share if you are interested.

    Best wishes to you on your trip,

    Jim Unruh

    Submitted by: Jim Unruh on January 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm

  4. Thanks for the posts Robert and Jim:

    Robert- You might want to check the chainplates for the sidestays (if you haven’t already)before your trip to the Yucatan. I had one break from corrosion (I think the rear starboard)while sailing in Panama City on a windy day and had to replace it. It corroded where the plate went through the deck.

    Also, giving credit where credit is due: In my first post, for the sake of brevity, I indicated that “I bought” and “I sailed” and “I sold”…to be more accurate, my Dad was instrumental in all three. Only now, with four grown kids of my own, do I fully appreciate how much. I have been blessed with a great Dad.

    Fair Winds and Following Seas,

    Submitted by: Craig on February 6, 2011 at 2:29 am

  5. Jim, Craig and Andrew –

    Life is grand – but cold on the Gulf. I’m headed south and hopefully it will warm up soon.

    The boat we all love is doing wonderful. As I mentioned I did a fairly extensive refit prior to departure. I told Andrew that when I am able I will submit all my pictures and a brief explanation about what I have done.

    I strongly believe in simplicity and function and that is what the boat portrays. I am certainly not the craftsman that Andrew is, but I try.

    Hope this finds you and yours doing well and looking forward to some spring weather.

    Submitted by: Robert on February 10, 2011 at 8:43 pm

  6. The craft has since been updated with a hinged mast. Follow the link to see the photos.

    Submitted by: L. B. Underwood on May 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm


    Submitted by: L. B. Underwood on May 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm


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