35' Bunker & Ellis 1954



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35' Bunker & Ellis 1954 Grayling


Seller is ready to move onto his next Bunker and Ellis restoration. Offers invited.

     "This past August we had the opportunity to charter GRAYLING for one of our clients. Our mission was to find a boat that was comfortable for up to 6 people, could day cruise around Penobscot bay and would look great along the way. The GRAYLING fit that bill to a tee! Our Captains experienced conditions from perfect Maine summer days to 20kts of breeze up the bay and GRAYLING performed flawlessly. The Newly refit systems never hesitated and our clients loved the positive attention we got in every harbor due to it's fresh paint, varnish and great styling. I would highly recommend GRAYLING as one of the best down east cruisers we have had the privilege to operate." ~ Ben Davis Owner True Course Yachting, Inc.

    Stepping on GRAYLING is like stepping back in time to a classic era where quality and charm were given priority. This exquisite yacht has been fully restored to the exacting standards of the artisan boatbuilders at Johanson Boatworks and her owner who is a conserver of these beautiful pieces of art.



Bunker & Ellis



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10' "

Engine Details:

Yanmar 6BY3-260

Engine 1:

2015 160.00 HRS 260.00 HP

Engine 2:

2015 160.00 HRS 260.00 HP

Engine Fuel:

Inboard Diesel

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  • (2) 70 gallon stainless steel, diesel fuel tanks ~ 2014
  • (1) 60 gallon monel fresh water tank
  • (1) 10 gallon polyethylene holding tank with macerator ~ 2014 

     "Before building custom boats, Ralph Ellis made a living, as many did during the early 1900s on the coast of Maine, fishing and captaining boats for summer residents. But his life would change one night during a fateful game of pool at Jim’s Place, in Southwest Harbor. Ralph Ellis and Raymond Bunker were at the pool table, passing time and conversing about small town issues. It is said that Raymond made the statement, “If I had a place to build a boat, I would do so instead of wasting my time playing pool.” Ralph replied, “I have a shop, but I know very little about building a boat. If you wish, I will put my shop up against your know-how.” That is all it took. As of that day, they were in a partnership that lasted for over 30 years.

     Of the boats that were produced by Bunker and Ellis, most are still turning heads throughout the eastern seaboard. The beautiful lines and custom finish work in teak and mahogany are respected and copied by many custom boat builders. Building only a few boats a year, their work was immaculate. It is said that they were the first to use the term “Lobster Yacht” as a description of their boats." ~ Bunker and Ellis Website

     "Grayling", her original name, was more recently known as "Pemetic" and previously "Argo".  She is a 1954 Bunker & Ellis single screw picnic boat brought to us for restoration after sitting outside but covered for several years.  This is the second B&E to be restored by us for the same owner with a passion for resurrecting these rare and beautiful yachts. His intention when buying "Grayling" was to conserve and restore her and to sell her upon completion.  The process is now finished and "Grayling" is about to seek a new home.

     "Grayling" was officially launched on September 14, 2015 and her sea trials went well, including a brief overnight cruise Down East.  She is currently wintering in inside storage at our yard, where we are completing a few more finishing touches." ~ Johanson Boatworks

     "We extended the deckhouse roof by 12”; this added a little more room in the wheelhouse but, more important, it makes Grayling’s profile even more aesthetically pleasing to anyone looking on.  As the topsides seams had been “expressed” some years ago, we splined them as well as repairing and refastening them where needed before applying a high quality marine finish.  The stem bolts in the bow of the boat were replaced and a few planks scarfed in along the bottom and refastened as needed.  

     A pair of custom seats for the helmsman and passenger were fabricated from mahogany, varnished and installed.  The side and bow decks were stripped and repaired where needed.  Then 5 mil marine plywood was applied with epoxy and overlaid with 8 oz. fiberglass.  They were faired and refinished with nonskid added to Awlgrip.  The fiberglass skin covering the deckhouse was removed and replaced.  In the cockpit, the original fuel tank in the stern was under a bench that provided seating for guests.  It was removed and two new custom tanks were fabricated and installed below the cockpit sole, one on each side, forward of the stern and interconnected to maintain proper trim at all fuel levels.  This has doubled Grayling’s fuel capacity and, with the new diesel, extended her cruising range even more.  A custom bench seat, complete with lockers and scuppers, now uses the old fuel tank space.  It provides dry storage and comfortable seating aft." ~ Johanson Boatworks

  • Stainless steel bow rail
  • Bow roller
  • (2) Stainless steel bow chocks
  • Electric windlass 
  • Stainless steel sampson post on bow
  •  Vanished foredeck hatch with dorade and stainless steel cowling
  • Varnished hand rails port and starboard on coachroof
  • Varnished opening deck hatch on coachroom with acrylic tinted insert
  • Varnished mast on coachroof
  • Varnished handrails port and starboard on pilot house roof
  • Stainless steel spotlight on pilot house roof 
  • Stainless steel horn on pilot house roof 
  • Opening roof hatch on pilot house roof 
  • Stainless steel midship cleats port and starboard
  • Varnished teak steps starboard for access to cockpit
  • Teak cockpit and pilot salon sole
  • Stainless steel stern cleats port and starboard
  • Stainless steel stern chocks port and starboard
  • Teak swim platform with stainless steel trim

     "Exterior finish:  All the exterior woodwork was stripped and varnished to a very high quality finish.  The hull was painted white, the bottom green and the boot stripe classic B&E black.  The name on her freshly varnished mahogany transom was restored to the original: “Grayling”." ~ Johanson Boatworks

     "The old Mercury Crusader gas engine has been replaced with a new Yanmar 6BY3-260 diesel engine, an Aqua Drive shaft coupling, a new shaft and propeller." ~ Johanson Boatworks

     "Cruising Grayling from Maine to Jamestown this spring, we burned 90 gallons over 225 miles, or 2.5 miles/gallon – at 12.5 knots.  Which is a very happy cruising speed on long passages.  Quiet, bow not up much and very seakindly.  “Flank speed” is about 20.5 knots @4000 rpm and fast cruise is about 16 knots @ 3300.  Max sustained rpms, according to the Yanmar manual, is 3600.  I usually like where I am, so 12 – 14 K is fine with me!" ~ Doc Clarke owner of Grayling

     "The electronics were updated with a new Furuno MFD 12 Navnet 3D Chart plotter/Radar. The autopilot has been refurbished and a new VHF radio installed.  New high-end windshield wipers/washers have also been installed." Johanson Boatworks

  • Furuno MFD 12 NAVnet 3D
  • Furuno Radar
  • Simrad AP21 Autopilot
  • Standard Horizon Explorer VHF

     In 2015 she had a Blue Seas AC/DC System installed, with a charger and inverter.  All lighting, both on deck and below, were replaced by LEDs, and new wiring was put in. 

     "Water System:  With the addition of the new hot water system, new sinks and faucets were installed in the galley and a fiberglass shower pan with a sump pump was added to the head." ~ Johanson Boatworks

     "The old cabin floor was replaced with a new red birch varnished sole.  All interior paint was stripped and refinished and all varnished doors, drawer faces and trim as well.  Custom stairs, which double as storage lockers, were fabricated and installed.  And, of course, all bedding and cushions were replaced." ~ Johanson Boatworks

     "A new vanity and cabinets were added in the head." ~ Johanson Boatworks

  • Opening stainless steel portlight
  • Adjustable LED light
  • Hot and cold pressure shower head on adjustable bar
  • Marine head
  • Stowaway sink basin with stainless steel bowl
  • Storage lockers above sink and below and outboard of shower

     As you step down in to Grayling, you have the galley to your port. It features a new SeaFrost electric refrigeration unit. It was added to the original icebox and the old kerosene stove was replaced with a new ENO propane 2-burner stove with oven. The galley also has a double basin stainless steel sink, with storage outboard and below the stove and sink. 

  • Stainless steel wrapped work surface
  • (2) Opening stainless steel portlights
  • Glass and plateware storage bins above work surfaces
  • (2) adjustable LED lights
  • Seafrost refrigeration in toploading icebox
  • Double basin Stainless steel sink
  • Hot and cold pressure fresh water mixer head with single lever control
  • Eno (2) burner range with oven
  • Dickinson Newport P9000 propane heater
  • Drawer, locker and cubby storage below work surfaces

   The salon is opposite the galley on the starboard side and just forward of the head. The salon features a bench style settee that converts to over/under single bunks with new upholstered cushions. This area also features:

  • Opening stainless steel portlight
  • Book shelf mounted on forward bulkhead
  • Weems and Plath barometer with temperature
  • Weems and Plath clock
  • Shelf storage above settee
  • Drawer storage below settee

     The v-berth is forward of the galley and settee and features:

  • (2) Opening portlights
  • (1) fixed portlight facing forward
  • (2) Adjustable LED reading lights
  • Access to forward locker
  • Single settee
  • (4) Drawer storage below berth
  • New upholstery

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