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John Gish's Savili, Lunn #200, Portland, Oregon - updated June 13, 2023  

October 12, 2017. Its been a while since we announced Savili, Lunn #200, was sold. Her new owner, John Gish, recently picked her up in Jonesport, Maine and, resisting the urge to round Cape Horn, trailered her from Jonesport, Maine to Portland, Oregon. We are setting up this new page for her. John and your webmaster have exchanged emails over the months. You can click here to go to Savili's old page when Gary DeLong and Carlton Granberry had her, and click here to go to En Charette, her name in an earlier life.

Hello Ron,

Time for an update on Savili I found time for finally getting her west. There was the option of sailing around Cape Horn, but in the end she was loaded on a trailer (the one I got from Yanqui when she was sold) for a windward haul across the country, from Jonesport, Maine to Portland, Oregon. This journey proved fairly uneventful, both trailer and vessel riding behind my truck quietly through sun, rain and a bit of snow even. Next steps are a big cleaning weekend and stowing all the gear away for the winter months.



Welcome Aboard John!

Click on the photos for larger images (nice truck!)

John refers to his trailer above, "the one I got from Yanqui". An interesting side story". The following is part of John's email from July 21.


I did jump into the Dolphin community of the Pacific Northwest as you hinted, helping Joe launch Yanqui (Joe Arnold, Yankee #197 - click here to go there) along with Steve the new owner, and then motoring through the Ballard locks to Yanqui's new berth in Seattle. It was super helpful to watch Joe rig and launch and I took a lot of photos of the process.

As a part of that, I now have a Dolphin trailer to put under Savili, but there's a bit of country stretching between them before they meet up. It looks like I'll head out and bring Savili west in September, that's the soonest I can get the time off to make the trip.

I don't think on that run I'll be running south far enough to pass through Old Lyme, CT, unfortunately. (webmaster's home)

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John sent in a couple of pictures taken of Savili when she was in Jonesport. The motor is the original Palmer Husky 8 hp rebuilt last in 2006.

Stay Tuned

January 16, 2018. The recent sale of Savili to John Gish, and his efforts to 'restore her', provided an opportunity to connect him with Kim Granberry, and get some info on her 'go fast' past (click here to read some of that history) Here is Kim's email (edited)

Ron, and Hi John,

You will be in on all future copy, including things like allowing the center board to go vertical for light air upwind performance as well as shims in the aft end of the trunk to make it self tacking by filing the top of the pin hole flat to reduce friction after the tack - what's 2 degrees among friends? (see Webmaster note below for more on the 'climbing centerboard')

Plus, as most know, Savili's history goes back to Ronnie Noe's Encharette - she started as a Lunn Laminates boat with Ron lowering the center of gravity by lowering the cabinetry and adding that weight saved back in the bilge as lead pigs, not 200 lbs, and not 250, somewhere in the middle.

We figured reducing the size of the genoa to 145% was worth the handicap benefit.....

John, I have a tube of drawings and a substantial file that I'll be happy to forward to you. Even if you don't plan to race, it may interest a future owner. These boats still sail well under PHRF and this one has a fairly accomplished life time record.

Such pleasure to sit in front of the fire at 15 degrees and think about such things. Will be back to you both.



Webmaster Note: Senior DFI Mark Steinhilber, a marine architect, and a crew on his dad's Rascal, had the "good fortune' to race against Savili. Years ago he gave us a technical report on the 'climbing centerboard' - its in our Technical Section/ Centerboards. Click here to go there. A good read!


January 17, 2018 Kim Granberry and John will work out the history, and the future, of Savili. John's email below (minor edit)

Kim (and Ron)

I have some crew in training but at 4 and 7, racing will come in a few years out - but it'll be fun to bring out a classic (I'll leave out the past record when they are looking at handicaps...)

Please mark this as a standing offer for a beer aboard (winter) or a bit of sailing (summer) if you pass through Portland. (Same invite for you too Ron!)


And Kim responded to some questions that John had

Question - there's a 4 foot track mounted at bow on the inside of the toe rail on both sides. No fittings on it, just the track on both sides.

Answer The tracks inside the toe rail provide adjustable tacking points for the spinnaker staysail. As the apparent wind moves aft the staysail tack can also move aft to get it out from behind the mainsail.

Question This bronze fitting below the halyard fairlead fitting is also an unknown. See below

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Answer The bronze fitting is a holder/retainer for the halyard winch handle when we had the boat. The halyard winch was on the mast. If it’s not still there maybe it’s been moved aft.

Question There’s an carefully formed mount (at right) that is bonded in the forepeak on both sides, maybe for some sort of cross-brace to keep the hull from oil canning?

Answer The mounts we installed in the fore peak are for an athwartships backrest that makes sitting, cooking and socializing significantly more comfortable. I guess it has gone missing but shouldn’t be hard to make another.



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May 27, 2018 We got the following report from John, copied to Kim Granberry and (edited) -

A Tale of Two Tillers

Hi Kim & Ron

You'll be completely shocked to hear that I've not splashed Savili for the season.

Many small projects in process, one of which was varnishing the tiller. I found two aboard.. They are the same length, yet have slightly different angles when mounted to the rudderhead, wondering if you can shed light on the advantages of either?

Also, I ended up with a little Yanmar 2GM (13 hp, from 80's) I plan to replace the Palmer with it...someday. The 1GM seems more common, but well, a few extra HP is never a bad thing. I searched the website, and I found a few owners may have this engine.

Eventually I'l have the Palmer out and for sale as a result - it was running when Savili was last sailed.



Webmaster Note Savilli's tiller head is transom deck mounted, not the cockpit sole mounted version as in some Dolphins. A curved tiller for sole mounted tillers, depending on the curve, moves the contact point with the edge of the cockpit seat further aft when the tiller is pushed hard over giving you more rudder angle if needed without having to lift the tiller.

Kim Granberry responds

Hi John,

Good to hear from you. If my memory serves me, Savili does not have a “sole mounted” tiller. The reason for 2 tillers is the boat came to us with a split tang bronze rudder head fitting which developed a crack. We were able to have an aluminum cast rudder fitting made thanks to Stanley Barnes “Shaman” who had casting moulds for both the rudder head filling and the rudder shoe (which we also used to make a replacement).

It appears as though the aluminum head later tiller is probably the one on the right in the picture.I am currently sailing a 24’ (my favorite length) 1949 Roger McAleer designed cold molded wooden Raven on the Classic WoodenBoat circuit. There are numerous similarities that bring back fond memories.

Thanks for keeping me in the loop.

Best of luck keeping the faith.



May 2, 2020 John sent in a detailed report with lots of photos on replacing his centerboard winch . We kept 'before and after' photos for this page and put most of those photos in our Technical Section/Centerboards (click the link below to go there)

Hi Ron and Kim,

Savili's still hiding in my shop with progress made as able between the paying projects. I pulled the centerboard winch in the process of getting it out of the way of the engine removal and did a quick rebuild.

Details for the technical section;This winch was made of Tufnol, I had a few blocks made from this material on another boat but didn’t know much about it until some rainy day research......

Tufnol, Engineering plastics and composites | Plastic machining | Fabrics laminates | Machining components
Information about tufnol laminated plastics for engineering applications.

Made by Tuph Fittings of England, the laminate branded as Tuphnol was a phenolic plastic reinforced with linen cloth. Tufnol (from the two words, “tough phenol”) was invented by a team employed by George Ellison in the 1920s. Originally called ‘synthetic resin bonded paper’ or SRBP, it was created from layers of high quality kraft paper bonded together under high pressure with phenol formaldehyde resin. It was hard, strong and easily machined.

I found an ad in Boating magazine from 1959 under "Tuphblox-Tuphfittings" using Google...and then wasted much time reading about the newest boating gear for 1959… It cleaned up pretty well in the end, but the usual tricks for fiberglass did not work, (ie, acetone or mineral spiri ts) but polish helped a lot.The winch was held to the bridgedeck by bronze screws which had been leaking. It was falling apart as I removed it, The tufnol cheeks were screwed to the center with #10 x 1.25” bronze screws.

The center section was 4 pieces of teak nailed together and then screwed to the mounting plate with bronze #12 1.5” screws. The nails had rusted away, and the mounting plate was plywood and warped and rotting as well. The bronze screws all came out clean, but I replaced with new stainless of the same size.I hit all the parts with a sander, pulled the bits of nail out and epoxied it all back together. The new mounting plate is now oak screwed to the block, and the whole thing given a coat of epoxy to keep the water off. I haven’t replaced the rope as I’ll wait until I get some use to make sure of the best length, the cable still looked pretty good though.



Click here for the report and a photo gallery

August 27, 2020 We have the following update from John

Hi Ron & Kim -

Well, the old Palmer is out! (Right) That's another update to come.

I am busy cleaning and painting down and around the engine beds. Nothing like 60 years of gunk to scrape!

Here's a odd discovery (Photos Below).

Savili has a bronze pipe that emerges from the starboard side of the bridge deck. Down below the other end was hidden behind various cables as it dropped between the berth and the engine.With the engine out, I found it ended up at a flange mounted to the hull. This flange was screwed and sealed to a wedge of wood. The wedge however was not secured except by dirt to the hull - but there was a hole through the hull under it.

Nothing like an extra hole in the boat to test the bilge pump on a dark night! There was no way to remove except by cutting it, but it's now out and I will reglass over the hole.

Kim - any recollection of what it was for? Ron - seen anything like it on other Dolphins? The photo of Nalina's engine bay shows something in the same spot...hmmm.



Click on the above photos for a larger image

Webmaster Note - Website staff will be assigned the research project....

Stay tuned

October 1, 2020 Kim is back from 'Camp' and solves the mystery pipe (emails edited/consolidated)

Hello you two,

Sorry for my disappearance from the planet. In Summer we retreat to Camp which is pretty much off the grid and off the web. Will start to catch up with my correspondence now.

The mystery pipe is/was the housing for the original speedometer. It had a spring tensioned wand at the bottom which connected to an indicator on a dial face in the cockpit. It was reasonably indicative of boat speed but not nearly as much as the paddle wheel models that came later. I have no idea what happened to the unit. We passed it along with the boat.



June 23, 2021We got the following update from John (edited)

Hi Ron,

I hope you are doing well, happened to see this comparison on Practical Sailor that includes the Dolphin.

Four Trailer-Sailers And the Keel/Launch Problem | Practical Sailor'

Working away into summer as the refit continues on Savili, tried to get paint work done before it gets too hot! Full respirator for sanding, epoxy work and painting while crammed into the lazarette tested me even at 70 degrees. I used the Total Boat Bilge Coat from Jamestown Distributors, cures (eventually) lets off major fumes in the process but really hard and seemed to deal with contamination pretty well. I tested it down between the engine mounts before committing, then hit it with a wire wheel and it took effort to get it off. A couple in-process pictures included below..

Fair winds,


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June 13, 2023 - John possted the following on the Dolphin 24 Facebook page

Anyone looking for a Palmer engine? I removed it from #201 Savili along with everything but the propshaft. Was under regular
maintenance before I purchased, so it could run again BUT I have never run it. Turns over, has many new parts (fuel filter system,
etc) If you have an older inboard Palmer, could be good for parts or for restoration. (I replaced it with a Yanmar)













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