"Legacy" is a 25 foot(ish) mahogany ply cabin cruiser. She is apparently a modified Herman Oldenburger design, homebuilt by a gentleman (hereafter known as OB, for Original Builder) in Burlington during the mid 1970s, and launched in 1978. We were introduced to her by the builder's son ( henceforth dubbed BS, for Builder's Son)- as a child he had been involved in the build, and had inherited the boat when his father was no longer able to care for her. The story that we got is that the original design was for a thirty-two foot long boat, but OB decided to reduce the LOA, so he asked his eldest son (not the son who introduced us to the boat but his older brother, to be known as BB, for Big Brother, because OB is already taken by, well, the OB- don't make me have to diagram this) to redraw the plans, chopping 7 feet out of the length. Just as Whiskeyjack is a big 23 footer, Legacy is a big 25 footer. She carries almost five feet of freeboard at the bow (loosely, for any non-boaters reading this, freeboard is the height of the deck above the water) and three feet at the transom. In other words, that swim platform comes in handy.
That's it. And that might not even be correct. If anybody has any more information on this largely forgotten figure in Ontario boating, fire me an email, willya?
The mysterious Mr. Oldenburger seemed to know how to design a pretty but purposeful boat and OB sure knew how to build one. I won't bore you with build details like hull thicknesses and center spacing for the frames, I'll let the pictures tell the tale:
Inside the cabin, looking back toward the transom:
The galley, with sink and icebox:
The companionway door, showing some of the quality of the woodwork:
A head with a bifold door- the only solid timber bifold door I have ever seen on a boat.
Is there anything sexier than a varnished transom?
A before/after/during shot.
SWMBO put some serious hours into making sure that all the nicks, dings and brusies were faired out of the hull. Thanks, sweetie!