In mid September, my beautifully restored 1975 23' SF overturned in a wind storm while it was moored in the slip. No
one really knows how it happened. Our best guess is that the boat somehow got pinned under the dock which allowed water to
come pouring in faster than the pumps could keep up. A front came through early that afternoon with sustained winds of 40-50mph.
The winds were directly hitting the starboard side of the boat for about an hour. The boat was submerged about 70% and remained
that way for about two hours. It rolled to the port for a brief period of time during the salvaging process. Most of the wiring
in the boat has turned green, most of the electronics are not functioning, and the engine is running rough. Additionally,
the bow nose was dinged during the recovery process.
Now for the good news!
The boat was completely redone
by a professional captain in West Palm Beach in 1994. His boss, a friend of my family, was waiting on a custom 60' yacht he
was having built by Merritt Boat Works in Pompano Beach , Fla. He had already sold his previous yacht and wanted the captain,
who was still on the payroll, to have something to do for the winter while the new boat was being built. Everything on the
boat was redone methodically and first class. No expense was spared in restoring the Seacraft. Everything on the boat was
completely new. The Seacraft acted as a tender to the Merritt in the Bahama's until I bought it for $30,000.00 in 1999.
year I bought a new 2006 Yamaha 250TUR four stroke and had it installed on the boat. The transom was raised and reinforced
to accommodate a heavier engine. There are around 180 hours on the engine. The engine has a transferable warranty which is
still good as long as any claims are not caused by the engine being submerged. I called Yamaha and they confirmed that they
will not cover corrosion but they will still cover all hard parts such as the lower unit and engine block. The engine oil
was drained three times and the Yamaha mechanics never found any sign of water in the block. The electrical components on
the engine will need to be replaced at the expense of the owner. The transferable warranty goes until 2012. The rigging and
command link gauges seemed to be working and the Yamaha mechanic confirmed that they are sealed and designed to take some
moisture. The engine has a stainless steel prop which I paid $400.00. I paid over $20,000.00 for the engine last August. I
also had a new hydraulic cylinder installed which cost an additional $525.00 which is working fine.
The Seacraft also
has a 100 gallon aluminum fuel tank which was filled to the top a couple of days before the boat went down. This was good
luck because this kept water from flowing into the tank when it rolled. Two mechanics verified that no water entered the tank.
They tested the tank with a dip stick which has a special testing cloth on the end. If the cloth touches water in the tank
it will turn a different color which did not happen. I would still watch the fuel filter carefully the first couple of tanks
just to make sure.
The boat has a custom enclosed transom well area which is covered by a teak top. Very custom and
useful. It has a bait board built into the top as well as two Lee rod holders. The bait well, trim tabs, and the two bilge
pumps are working fine.
The entire center console was new in 1994. It includes a rocket launcher with back rest and
Lee Top Gun 14 ft outriggers which are in great shape. Custom green covers are included for the console and rocket launcher.
An igloo cooler which fits under the rockets launcher, 6 life jackets, anchor, chain and 150ft of rope are also included.
Also included is a full winter boat cover I purchased on boatcover.com last fall which I paid $550 and used once.
am also including a 2006 Load Rite trailer which has about 200 travel miles and used 4 times. Last fall I paid $3600 for the
trailer. It has brakes on both axles.
Most of the electronics are lost except the Ray-marine RC520 chart plotter.
When I turned it on it fired up but did not get a fix. The Ray-star antenna that is connected to the machine was submerged
which is why I believe there is no fix. That can easily be replaced for a couple of hundred bucks. The data card, northeast
USA, is still in good shape. The chart plotter was never submerged. It was on the starboard side of the console which rolled
to the port.
Also included is a 3 sided spray enclosure which was purchased last fall and used one season. No major
scratches. The boat comes with upholstered cushions which snap in the front of the center console and four Lee rod holders
which are connected to the top of the t-top.
The boat is not turn key. It needs some TLC from someone who is handy.
It will make an easy winter project for someone. There is not a whole lot to rewire. Everything is very accessible under the
center console area. The wild card is the engine. If someone knows how to fix engines and has access to purchase Yamaha parts
or has a friend who knows how than this will be an easy task. Several guys who salvage parts off engines have offered me reasonable
money for the engine but I would rather sell it all at once.
$9,000.00 for the package.
Phone# 609 577
Best Regards- Captain Dave