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Grebe 76 - Wanigan III


Wanigan III


Henry C. Grebe & Co.


Pilothouse Motor Yacht



Hull Material:











1,800 gallons


900 gallons


Twin Detroit GM6-71’s, 1 65 HP/each


8-9.5 kts.


11.5 kts.




Seattle, WA

Listing Broker:

Mark Gilbert
email: mark.gilbert@nordhavn.com
cell: 206.300.1325
office: 206.223.3624

For more information, please contact your Nordhavn sales person or the office nearest you.



WANIGAN III - An American Classic

WANIGAN III - an American classic, custom built by the Henry C. Grebe & Co. in Chicago, IL in 1949 for Alice M. O’Brien of St. Paul, MN.  Alice was a notable in her time, as a businesswoman, civic leader, philanthropist, humanitarian, adventurer, artist and art collector.  She was a skilled driver and mechanic, and served in this capacity in France during WW I, as well as an auxiliary nurse at the front.  After launching in the Great Lakes, WANIGAN III was based at and cruised from a family home at Captiva Island, FL.

WANIGAN III found her way to the Pacific Northwest in 1958, with new owner George Gaudin of Newport Beach, CA, founder of the Gaudin Motor Company, the first and preeminent Ford dealership of the West Coast.  In 1962 the boat passed on to a series of owners, until purchased by Dennis Washington in late 1981 here in the Northwest.  A self-made billionaire from AK mining, construction and freight transportation - WANIGAN III was his first in a series of notable, classic boats. Robert Lee then purchased and owned the boat from late 1982 to late 2002, and for many years she was a prominent part of Seattle Seafair events.  Eventually, WANIGAN III was donated to the California Maritime Academy Foundation, and subsequently purchased by the current owner in early 2005.

For almost three years, summer of 2008 to spring of 2011, the current owner had WANIGAN III on the hard at Haven Boatworks in Port Townsend for an extensive refit, spending over $1M for repair and improvement to the hull planking and frames, tanks, deck, superstructure and interior.  With original construction starting in 1949 and launching in the early 1950’s, this boat was conceived, designed and built as a heavy-timber, ocean-going vessel, for extended voyages in waters from Nova Scotia to the West Indies.  She has proven herself, and was cruised for many years from Puget Sound to Alaska.

With all of the re-fit work in recent years, WANIGAN III is in great shape, and ready to resume voyaging in the Salish Sea and Inside Passage.  Older systems have been serviced and kept functional, and the interior has been nicely updated over the years, and invites full-time living aboard, major socializing afloat, and she could readily be put into service as a 12-pack charter vessel for day and dinner cruises, or even for family wildlife charters in SE Alaska.

Located at Elliott Bay Marina in Seattle, WA - please inquire to arrange a viewing of this elegant, classic, pilothouse motor yacht.


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