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Old 12-18-2020, 05:56 PM   #1
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Offer accepted on Beebe design!

Offer accepted, God how I've been looking forward to writing that! We've been in search mode now for a couple of years, really seriously for the last year or so. Now to the fun part . . . arranging survey, insurance, moorage, etc, etc. . .

Excited and slightly queasy at the same time!
Originally wanted a boat in the SE, forays in the Keys, Bahama's, Caribbean, etc, and eventually taking through the Panama Canal, and up to Puget Sound, but as fate would have it, the boat we found is in Puget Sound . . . so we might be doing the plan in reverse!
Survey early part of January, and we'll go from there . . .

Wish us luck!


Boat is a 50' Robert Beebe design, with a Gardner 8LXB engine, 36" variable pitch propeller.
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Old 12-18-2020, 06:36 PM   #2
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Congrats and good luck / fingers crossed that everything is as it should be, but it will interesting no matter what!. Sure hope we get to see photos someday.
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Old 12-18-2020, 07:45 PM   #3
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Old 12-18-2020, 08:05 PM   #4
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Boat is a 50' Robert Beebe design, with a Gardner 8LXB engine, 36" variable pitch propeller.
Does the boat have a reverse gear? Or does it back down by reversing the pitch? If the latter it will take some getting used to.
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Old 12-18-2020, 08:42 PM   #5
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Does the boat have a reverse gear? Or does it back down by reversing the pitch? If the latter it will take some getting used to.
Has a standard twin disk tranny but the current owners use the pitch for reverse.
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Good luck, hope it surveys well.
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Is it the Papazia II?
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Old 12-18-2020, 10:20 PM   #8
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Is it the Papazia II?
Yep, that's the one. Do you know her? The owners have been absolutely fantastic, speaking too directly, as well as the broker who is the Seller's broker. Spent several hours on the phone with him, then 90 minute facetime back and forth, then 2.5 hours with the Seller, than another 3 hours the next day with him in the boat, and texting pics to me. We put in the offer sight unseen, with the usual contingencies. I will be kind of surprised if it doesn't survey out well, but you know, anything can happen!

Sorry Alaskaflyer, but we got there first!

Really looking forward to seeing her in person. Slightly nervous, but what the heck, it's only money, right?

Wish us luck!
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Have you done any cruising up here before?
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Old 12-18-2020, 11:10 PM   #11
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Couldn't wait for photos...need more

https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/198...maker-3683500/
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Old 12-19-2020, 06:56 AM   #12
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Wow! quite an adventure you have laid out for yourself. I hope you can make it happen. Lots of folks talk about getting a boat from the West coast to the East coast via the Panama Canal. Very few actually do it. When the canal plan gets scratched the next step is often to explore shipping overland. When this plan gets scrapped due to cost you have two options left. Stay put on the West Coast or do what I have advocated for years: Buy a boat closer to home.

Good Luck either way.

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Be careful with that Gardner!!! I mean, heck it's got 3000 hours on it!! You are going to have to rebuild it sometime around 2221 or so. Do you really want to leave that liability to your great grandchildren?

Seriously, congratulations on the beginning of the end of your search. Anything can happen in your survey, but I would expect a boat built to that kind of detail would have only minor issues. Fingers crossed for you.

Just finished "Voyaging Under Power" and I would say your boat covers the bases pretty well. One question I have from the pictures. It looks like there is a common log of plumbing for raw water intake. A sea chest of sorts. Is that what it is, and is it of sufficient capacity to provide water for each of the potential taps along the log? My concern is capacity if multiple systems are on. I could also be completely off base so please take this question with a large grain of salt.

Passagemaker. Very cool.
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Old 12-19-2020, 10:15 AM   #14
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Have you done any cruising up here before?

Many years ago, had a 34' Monk in Gig Harbor, cruised South Sound, up to Stuart Island a lot, and West to Port Angeles, also kicked around on retired tug boats for 4 or 5 years, same cruising grounds. Up to Nanaimo once, all over the area by small plane.
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Old 12-19-2020, 10:16 AM   #15
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Couldn't wait for photos...need more

How about this one for a teaser?
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Damn that looks like a great purpose built boat that was done by a very skilled maker and tinkerer. And I mean nothing but praise in that statement. Look at how well done the plumbing and cable runs are done in the ER, and how clean it is. While the Beebe boats do lack in the graceful look department they have the same brute strength and purposeful esthetic of a Cat D9 dozer.

I looked hard at the ad a while back and thought it was a great boat.. it's just not the right time for us to take off cruising again.. not just yet.

Congratulations on buying an amazing boat.
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Old 12-19-2020, 10:26 AM   #17
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Be careful with that Gardner!!! I mean, heck it's got 3000 hours on it!! You are going to have to rebuild it sometime around 2221 or so. Do you really want to leave that liability to your great grandchildren?

Seriously, congratulations on the beginning of the end of your search. Anything can happen in your survey, but I would expect a boat built to that kind of detail would have only minor issues. Fingers crossed for you.

Just finished "Voyaging Under Power" and I would say your boat covers the bases pretty well. One question I have from the pictures. It looks like there is a common log of plumbing for raw water intake. A sea chest of sorts. Is that what it is, and is it of sufficient capacity to provide water for each of the potential taps along the log? My concern is capacity if multiple systems are on. I could also be completely off base so please take this question with a large grain of salt.

Passagemaker. Very cool.

On the engine hours, heck, I probably still need to use break in oil!

Good questions on water cooling. The boat has a sea chest, the cooling water for the engine doesn't come from the common log, it comes from a separate "thru hull" on the sea chest. The common log feeds the water maker, the Isuzu get home, deck wash pump, and cruise airs. Unlikely that it'll be a problem, at least it apparently hasn't been in 40 years, but in the event it is, there are extra, spare "thru hull" plugs on the sea chest for installation of valves for future expansion.

The two biggest draws would be main engine, and the Isuzu "get home", and they are separate sources.

The water maker looks brand new, but is 30 years old, probably better/cheaper to replace with new, but that's for down the road.
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Damn that looks like a great purpose built boat that was done by a very skilled maker and tinkerer. And I mean nothing but praise in that statement. Look at how well done the plumbing and cable runs are done in the ER, and how clean it is. While the Beebe boats do lack in the graceful look department they have the same brute strength and purposeful esthetic of a Cat D9 dozer.

I looked hard at the ad a while back and thought it was a great boat.. it's just not the right time for us to take off cruising again.. not just yet.

Congratulations on buying an amazing boat.
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The original owner was personal friends with Robert Beebe. He modified the design 96 to his needs, it became design 118. He and his wife moved to the Philippines to oversee construction because of the teak availability. The boat was constructed over a period of 4 years, from 1978 thru 1982. She came over from the Philippines on her own bottom. Lots of history in her. Except for when actively cruising, she was fresh water moored in Lake Union for the last 30 years, excepting the last 3 months where she was located at the Broker's dock in La Conner.
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What a lovely boat, congratulations! Keep us posted on your progress.

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Who did you get to survey the Gardner? I'm very envious of that engine!
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