Bob Gray and family enjoyed many a sailing mile on his Ranger 33 Coquelicot, but it finally came time to put her up for sale. Early this month he placed his ad on Latitude 38’s Classy Classifieds page, and — presto! Five days later she was sold. It’s always a bittersweet day. Your old ‘friend’ is taking off for new horizons, though happily with a new owner taking her there.
We had a quick search on our website to see what we might find of Coquelicot from the past and came up with the photo below, shot by our race editor Rob Moore in early July 2002. Looks like one of many great days on the Bay.
The ad Bob ran read as follows:
33-FT Ranger 33, 1975
Tall rig double spreader, Pacific Cup veteran, 3-cyl diesel, up to 67gals water, interior storage cabinetry, new standing and running rigging, jib roller furling, lazy jacks on main; new nonskid, Lexis below deck autopilot. Location: Embarcadero Cove, Oakland Estuary.
Bob included the photo below in his ad on October 7, and a few days later Bob was showing the boat.
He said, “The buyers went through it, started the engine, listened to it, saw the inventory and the storage lockers, deck and equipment, and then bought the boat. The ad was good. I had three inquiries. One guy came for an inspection before this, but he opted for a boat with self-tending jib. One more guy was calling again (he wanted pictures, which I sent just before I left to show the boat to the buyer), and one other.”
Bob concluded, “I am going to miss my boat.”
We understand. We’re partial to Ranger 33s because we’ve sailed ours on the Bay since about the time the first photo above was taken!
Bob and Betty Gray have been very active members of both Berkeley Yacht Club and Metropolitan Yacht Club. Currently, they are members of Berkeley YC and race committee volunteers for the Berkeley Midwinters. They go back to the old days of MYCO (Metropolitan Yacht Club of Oakland, which is now Metropolitan YC, a paper club headquartered in Novato) and that club’s midwinters. (Read more about that in our feature in the February 2016 issue.) The Grays have also been past volunteers for the Pacific Cup. Betty Gray was commodore of BYC in 2007 and Bob in 2014. Betty was commodore of MYCO in 1994.
If the time is right for selling your boat, consider the Latitude 38 Classifieds or any of the great brokers advertising in our pages. It’s sad when people sell their boats, but we do like seeing happy, new, enthusiastic owners on the Bay.