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Old 03-04-2019, 12:24 PM   #1
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City: Pensacola, FL
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Vessel Name: Sea Triscuit
Vessel Model: Transtar 50'
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1976 50' Transtar Trawler - diesel, solar, watermaker, & more

Asking $49,900. Located in Pensacola, FL. Contact Tristan at 850-368- triple eight 5 or by PM.

Built in 1976 by Transtar in Florida, Sea Triscuit was originally designed as a commercial long-line fishing boat for the Gulf of Mexico. She was converted by previous owners to a comfortable, roomy, self sufficient, and very capable long range trawler. She's the perfect boat for the Great Loop, playing up and down the coast, or cruising the Caribbean. We're only selling Sea Triscuit because we bought a house in anticipation of kids and don't want to pay a mortgage and slip rent.

My wife and I bought Sea Triscuit, fka Echo, in 2016, lived aboard her from 2016 to 2019, and cruised to the Virgin Islands and back. Sea Triscuit has a full kitchen with 240v electric oven/range, huge salon, two bathrooms with tiled showers and composting toilets (great for NDZs and no pumpouts!), and plenty of space and storage to live comfortably. Sea Triscuit is cooled by a large roof mounted RV style A/C unit, much cheaper and easier to replace than the marine units. She also has seven security cameras that can be monitored remotely.

The salon has two couches that face each other, a large coffee table, two 12v/120v chest fridges/freezers, two 120v mini-fridges, a TV, and table, bar stools, and more. There is a washer/dryer under the helm and a bunk in the helm area. The v-berth, hall bathroom, and master suite are down the spiral staircase.

Sea Triscuit is powered by a single naturally aspirated 210hp Caterpillar 3208. The hour meter reads less than 5,000 hours although we're not sure if that's accurate. New injectors were installed in 2017. Two group 31 batteries (new in 2018) start the Cat and dual large Racors filter the fuel before the onboard fuel filters. You can change a Racor filter while the motor runs off the other. The Cat fires up instantly every time. There is a fire suppression system in the engine room.

Sea Triscuit has a 16kw Kubota diesel generator, which produces 240v/120v. Two group 29 batteries (2018) start the Kubota. A single large Racor (same filter size/type as the Cat Racors) serves the Kubota. The Kubota fires up instantly every time. The water heater is looped into the Kubota.

Sea Triscuit also has 2,900 watts of solar (2017) with MPPT controllers (2017), 12 6v golf cart batteries (2018), and a Samlex 3000W Pure Sine Inverter/Charger (2018). Sea Triscuit holds approximately 550 gallons of diesel between two tanks, 250 gallons of water between two tanks, and also has a water-maker (2017). We cruise Sea Triscuit at approximately 1,800rpms, which equates to about 6 knots and 2-3mpg depending on generator useage, towing a dinghy, and sea state.

Primary ground tackle is a 55kg (121lb) Rocna with ~300 feet of 5/16 G4 chain. A ~40lb danforth and ~45CQR are also included along with another ~200ft+ of 3/4 anchor rope. Sea Triscuit has an above deck electric windlass to haul the anchor.

The deck has Kiwi Grip (2018) and the roof was coated white for efficiency in 2017. Above the waterline was painted in 2018. Five coats of bottom paint were applied in 2017 and the bottom paint is still in great condition.
Sea Triscuit has a Garmin 760 with sounder, radar, and autopilot over a NMEA2k network. We ran a dual monitor computer with OpenCPN and Navionics as well.

All lights, interior and navigation, are LED. We've upgraded bilge pumps, wiring, plumbing, and countless other things over the past two years.
Built in 1976, Sea Triscuit's fiberglass hull is roughly 2.25 inches thick. Her LOA is 50' and her bow is 9' above the water line. She drafts roughly 4.5 feet and has a beam of just under 17 feet. Sea Triscuit's air draft is roughly 13'6" and she's made it under the Bayou Chico bridge after removing the radar dome.

Minimum headroom in the salon is roughly 6'3" with more headroom elsewhere. The engine room has at least 6'6" of headroom and you can walk around the Cat. There's even a workbench and vise.

Sea Triscuit has served us well, cruising to the BVIs and back from Pensacola, FL without a problem. If we had the time we'd take her back again today without hesitation. She's a capabable and sturdy boat that can handle more than her crew. Sea Triscuit braved NOAA 8-10's (they felt like 12's to me!) outside the Dominican Republic without a hiccup.

Hydraulic stern thrusters powered off the Cat are present but not hooked up. Initially I didn't get the pump (works fine) aligned perfectly with the Cat to avoid vibration so I disconnected the belts. She handles fine with just the single screw but the thrusters are there if you want them.

The deck has one soft spot I have not replaced yet. Because the deck is only glassed on the top it's not a bad fix. There is some woodrot in one spot in the lazerette. The water maker will need a new membrane after not being used for 1.5 years. One of the previous owners used romex in a couple places instead of marine grade wire and I haven't gotten around to replacing all of it. Access to electrical and plumbing runs is excellent throughout the boat as is the engine room access.

Sea Triscuit will come with spare fuel filters, oil filters, oil, and a variety of tools and parts for regular maintenance. She was last surveyed in 2016 and was on the hard in 2018 for storage and paint touchups.

Sea Triscuit may be seen by appointment and may be sea trialed after contract and deposit. More photos to come. Thank you!



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Old 03-11-2019, 02:30 PM   #2
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Old 03-11-2019, 04:11 PM   #3
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Looks like a nice boat....
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Old 03-12-2019, 01:22 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Genecop View Post
Looks like a nice boat....
Thank you. She has treated us well.
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