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Old 09-24-2018, 09:46 PM   #1
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For Sale 55’ Steel Trawler

Offering my very unique steel trawler. This boat was originally built in 1948 as a “bum boat” or floating convenience store. In 1996 it was completely reconstructed by a shipyard in Wisconsin. The boat has always been kept in the sweet waters of the Great Lakes until a few years ago. We bought this great boat in Rhode Island and after some upgrades sailed her to Norfolk VA. The twin CAT 3208 NA engines only have 2300 hours on them. The boat has been stored on the hard for the last year due to my health issues. It has many electronic upgrades with Raymarine touch screen chart plotters, Flo-Scan diesel monitoring system and an 800W solar charging system. It boasts a 16K BTU Webasto Marine AC. The 12’ AB aluminum RIB and Mercury 4-Stroke el. start were purchased new in 2015. The boat needs some repainting and interior design, but it is pretty much an open canvas for anyone looking for a classic design with gorgeous lines and tons of deck space. Drawing only 3 feet is also a huge advantage and its solid built weighs in at around 50 tons. If you are interested, please pm me and I will send you many more pictures, a drone video and other information.
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Old 09-25-2018, 06:08 AM   #2
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Very nice

How is the Hull condition?
Any price in mind?
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Old 09-25-2018, 06:12 AM   #3
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Old 09-25-2018, 07:00 AM   #4
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That is one cool craft. Fair warning, they are going to gang up and bust your ….., you did not put down a price.
It's easy to see the quality time and effort you put into her. She's got to be a "head turner". Best of luck selling her.
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I’m sorry, I did not include the price. I’m looking for around $75K, not including the dinghy. The hull is 1/4” on the sides and 5/16” on the bottom. Hull condition is good, a few dents and ripples are part of the nature of the steel hull. I had it blasted all the way to the bare metal two years ago and started with fresh primer and bottom paint (total of 5 layers). Inside the engine room the paint is bad. There is surface rust and I would recommend drip less shaft seals and new epoxy coating.
Cruising speed is great between 8 and 12 knots where she’ll burn about 3.5 Gal/hr. At idle she will move at almost 7 knots burning a total of 0.6 Gal/hr.
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xcelsior I think your helm is great. The way it should be. The helmsman should have nothing in front of him except a wheel, a compass to steer a course to, and big window to surveil the world. All the distracting stuff is secondary importance and is readily available by tilting your head.
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Interior? Engine room? We need a lot more photos and details if possible.
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Are you seriously interested in this vessel? If so a few PMs would get all your questions answered I betcha.

For $75k somebody could have an interesting time "interviewing" this vessel, in person is the best way.
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Yeah, I wouldn't have asked if I was not. I also sent a PM to the seller but don't know why people don't just post all the details up front so everyone can see/evaluate and not waste anyone's time.
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Cruising speed is great between 8 and 12 knots where she’ll burn about 3.5 Gal/hr. (13.5 litres)At idle she will move at almost 7 knots burning a total of 0.6 Gal/hr.(2.27litres)
Really?
That'd be each surely?
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Well, whatever she burns, she sure looks good doing it.
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$75K! Are you serious?
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$75K! Are you serious?
They haven't responded on the thread or to my PMs and the poster has only 2 posts. I'm assuming this is bogus at this point. The boat looks nice from the outside, but who knows what dragons are within or if this was just a joke from the start?
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He did say he had health issues....maybe he is not feeling well...
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$75K! Are you serious?
Yes! Seriously high or seriously low? I believe my vessel has every bit of style and charm and yes, she will need some work. But technically I would have no second thoughts of taking here on a few hundred mike trip. Changing the port rudder bushing and installing dripless seals will be a good idea, but other than that she is a great ship
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Yes! Seriously high or seriously low? I believe my vessel has every bit of style and charm and yes, she will need some work. But technically I would have no second thoughts of taking here on a few hundred mike trip. Changing the port rudder bushing and installing dripless seals will be a good idea, but other than that she is a great ship
Not bogus, but I have a very demanding job, so I apologize for not responding immediately to all the messages, I will do my best to catch up.
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Please send me an email to xcelsior@tornadex.com and I will gladly send you more pictures a video and whatever other information you are seeking. Unfortunately I do not live near the boat, so additional specific pictures may be difficult to get until I make another trip to VA.
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They haven't responded on the thread or to my PMs and the poster has only 2 posts. I'm assuming this is bogus at this point. The boat looks nice from the outside, but who knows what dragons are within or if this was just a joke from the start?
Humm, quite the call out on your part after 11 posts
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Humm, quite the call out on your part after 11 posts
The difference is that I'm not posting advertisements. Seller has responded, so I've moved from dubious to optimistic.
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Well, whatever she burns, she sure looks good doing it.
I do agree, she does look the part but it seems not just a little bit optimistic buy waaaaaaaaaaay optimistic

On ours of longer waterline and similar weight with a 14 litre single 6 the difference between 8 and 12 is probably 15lph at 8 to 65lph at 12

Surely 2x 10.5 litre v8s (21 litre v16) has to suck more, not considerably less.

Am I missing something?

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