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65' Custom Elliott Yacht Fisher For Sale

Discussion in 'Sportfish Yachts' started by RER, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. RER

    RER Senior Member

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    CHALLENGE II is a custom built 1967 classic that is captain maintained without regard for expense. Ed Monk design, cold molded fiberglass construction, triple engine Cummins VT903 power w/recent overhaul, 2x 30kW Northern Lights generators, 2700 gal long range fuel capacity, Challenge II is a veteran of the California - Hawaii crossing. This vessel is extraordinary and must be seen to be appreciated.

    Reduced for immediate sale at $395,000
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  2. RER

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  3. PacBlue

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    Such a Classic SoCal Yachtfisher!
    The Army is still using Cummins 903 engines (new) to this day.
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    Had 30,000 hours on them and were still running trouble free ...they decided to overhaul them before a trip to Panama just because it was probably time.
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    Owner wants this classic custom Elliott sold ...all offers encouraged.
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    Great boat. Been watching her since 1978 in Newport when I was a deckhand on the Western Pride. She was top dog then and can still run with the best of them. Hope she finds a good home.
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    Four outriggers and a bow fighting chair, definitely a fishing machine.
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    PtJudeRI Senior Member

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    I love the looks of this Elliott. The 3 engine layout certainly is intriguing. Is there a recent hull survey? Im on the east coast, but I just keep looking at this boat.
  9. bayoubud

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    Nice boat. For a cruiser fisherman like me it would be perfect. That third engine is different.
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    The for sale ad and pics are from over 5 years ago
  11. RER

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    Still available! Long story. Special boat.
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    The rarest exception to the rule... LOL
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    Like the boat design & layout a lot. Seem to find the West Coast Yachts have a lot of characteristics that suit our Australian East Coast Boating, as in Tollycraft 65's (what I would do now to have a 65' or the 68' Tollycraft that could be bought a few years ago for the right money!).

    However the 3 engines just cause me to shudder & ask "Why?"

    It's hard enough to keep the maintenance up on twin mains plus one generator.

    Also a subject I have been meaning to raise as a seperate thread: why on earth do you need 2 generators with 3 main engines? Far rather have a cruising alternator as a standby generator on the 3rd engine, or have one in any case even if I had just twin engines. It always amazes me that so many yachts under 70 feet have 2 generators & no cruising alternators on the mains! The logic is that you have the ability to create refrigeration & other electrical power as a standby at anytime using the main/s engine at anytime should the one generator fail. It is just another extra piece of complex machinery to purchase & maintain.
    Still, great boat...
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  14. mapism

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    For long distance cruising at displacement speed using just one, maybe?
    Just a thought.
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  15. RER

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    No, it’s for top end speed. There is no rudder behind the center engine. Consider the technology available in 1967.
    In reality the boat has traveled to many remote locations mostly at around 10 knots. The center engine is rarely used.
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  16. mapism

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    Interesting.
    I appreciate that the rudders on the external engines would be much less effective with only the mid one running, but aren't they at least sufficient to control the boat in benign conditions?
    Economy aside, I guess it could make sense to "spread" the wear among all three blocks...
  17. bayoubud

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    Practical solution for alternate ac power. Nothing wrong with extra room in the er too! :)
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