Steve Barber (of the Kettenburg Website) passed your question along to me, as I am kind of the PC “nut case/historian” down here in San Diego. For years now, I have tried to track down every PC every built. You may know that 83 hull numbers were assigned between 1929 and 1959. Of those 83 boats, only 78 were actually completed, for several reasons. To date, of the 83 hulls assigned (and 78 actually built) I have identified, found or accounted for 60 of them, leaving 18 on the “unidentified” list.
Of the 60 boats that I have accounted for:
45 are still sailing
13 have been lost to the sea or destroyed
4 were never built
1 was “converted” early on and no longer measured a PC
Much of this information is from word of mouth, magazine or newspaper articles. I have tried to get details where ever I could.
Unfortunately, you boat, #77, is one of the boats I can not locate. What I can tell you is the following:
She sailed under the following names:
From: Robert Lofthouse [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, May 29, 2005 11:32 AM
To: 'Richard S. Pavelec'
Subject: RE: PC 77
Delighted to read your note. I owned Slipstick, #77 so named prior to my purchase in 1977 and I had to sell her in 1979. Not sure if bought her from Bob Millmoe – Ray Jarecki sticks in my mind for some reason. I’ll have to go through my records (if they still exist) to remind myself whom I bought her from and whom I sold her to. The latter was a young man from Oxnard who crewed a lot in our fleet. I thoroughly enjoyed sailing this craft and learned what I could from Hilliard Brown, as she was berthed with the PC fleet in Marina Del Rey during that time. My greatest thrill as a PC Skipper was in beating the master, Mr. Brown, to the windward mark in one race. He took me on the next leg and I finished back in the pack. I sailed more for the enjoyment of it rather than the racing, but the racing was exciting! I just didn’t have the time to hone my racing skills. Day sailing on a gorgeous day like today was more to my liking.
Sorry I can’t give you more, and don’t have any pictures. She had much the same hull color scheme in the picture you sent, and a boatload of sail! I thoroughly enjoyed learning to sail in my PC and would love to sail another Never put the engine on her and did run up on the dock a few times, but I soon mastered maneuvering her in and out of the slip under sail. What a joy!
Unfortunately, I moved to the east coast over a decade ago and have not found a boat that matches the PC for elegance, history and construction. I know they’re all on the west coast, so I am looking for a sailboat like the PC but was drawn to the Kettenburg website gallery of PC’s.
Do you know of any PCs currently on the market?
If you do run across any information on this one, I would be interested in finding out more.
Thanks for your note, and the best to you and the fleet,