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1956 55 (ft.) TRUMPY Cruiser

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General Information

Listing# 102695

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, United States
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55 (ft.)
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General Details

A truly magnificent example of the exquisite workmanship performed in the Trumpy Boat Yard in Annapolis, MD.


A truly magnificent example of the exquisite workmanship performed in the Trumpy Boat Yard in Annapolis, MD., during the height of that famous builder’s productive years.  Until recently STARGAZER III has had the same owner for twenty five years.  In 1995/96 she was completely restored and redecorated at the Roscioli yard in Ft. Lauderdale under the close supervision of her captain and knowledgeable owner.  “Millionaire Magazine” in 1997 featured her restoration in an article titled “Trumpy, the Restoration of a Classic”.  Her beautifully crafted joinery, magnificent lines and tasteful interior appointments are reminiscent of the classic yachts of the early twentieth century.  There are very comfortable accommodations for owners and two guest plus crew.  A fully equipped galley, cozy formal salon, spacious main deck and fishing cockpit add to her comfort and utility.  “STARGAZER III” deserves serious consideration by the experienced yachtsman seeking a quality older yacht with character.
Typically the 55’ Trumpy Standard and Cruiser/Fisherman will accommodate two in the owner’s party, two guest and two crew, all in private cabins.  The crew quarters are forward with upper and lower berths.  A door in the forward companionway separates the crew cabin from the galley.  Although the galley is small by modern yacht standards, it is very nicely equipped and well designed.  The salon is amidships situated above the engine room.  It is very formal and beautifully appointed.  The guest and owners cabins are down companionway steps and aft from the salon.  The guest cabin is starboard side and has two built-in twin beds.  Additionally there are two “Pullman: type berths, one above each bed hinged into recessed alcoves.  They are unnoticed until lowered into position above each twin berth.  The guest head and shower are portside across the companionway from the guest cabin.  The owner’s stateroom is aft occupying the full width of the vessel.  The beds are port and starboard in the classic yacht tradition.  The ensuite head has an enclosed shower.  Steps in the aft bulkhead provide access to the fishing cockpit from the stateroom.  The wheel house and upper salon or main deck area are partitioned by a large helm seat. An aft companionway leads down to the cockpit. A glass enclosed companionway portside forward leads down to the salon below.
The galley is down and forward from the salon.  The equipment is listed here:   Teak parquet sole White Corian countertops Corian sink with stowaway faucets Above counter disk cabinets Galley Maid cook top with cover Panasonic Microwave convection oven Cuisinart automatic coffee maker Kenmore dish washer Kenmore Upright refrigerator/freezer Under counter cabinets Electric blender Insta hot water faucet Pantry cabinet Indirect & direct lighting Water purifier Krups toaster oven
All navigation & communications electronics are installed at the helm station in the wheel house.   Ray Jeff 314 loud hailer Standard Horizon digital fathometer Magellan GPS Sum Log Sperry autopilot Vigil RM radar Sperry controller gimbaled compass LCD battery monitor Judson synchronizer Bang & Olufsen 5-CD player
There are both AC and DC electrical systems on board.  120vac and 32 & 12 vdc systems.   AC system: 1 – 50 amp shore cords 2 – Shore power connectors 1 – 15 KW Westerbeke generator Circuit Breaker distribution panel Voltmeter & ammeter AC electric outlets throughout vessel   AC appliances include:             3 – air conditioners             Electric lamps             Galley appliances             Wheel house freezer             1 – water heaters             DC battery charger             Reverse osmosis decelerator             Stereo sound system             TV set             Electric fans             Davit motor   12 VDC System: Lead acid battery bank beneath galley 1 – Generator battery 1 – Generator alternator 1 – AC powered battery charger 1 – Voltage regulator Navigation/communication electronics Bilge pumps   32 VDC System: Batteries in lazarette & engine room AC powered battery charger Circuit breaker distribution panel Battery selector switches Voltmeters & Ammeters 2 – Main engine starter motors Navigation Lights & house lights Search light & horn compressor Bilge blowers & fresh water pump Anchor windlass
The side decks and foredeck are glassed over wood painted in white non-skid.  Varnished teak hand rails supported by stainless steel stancheons attached to varnished teak toe rails provide safety and security while on deck.  Vinyl covered stainless steel cable life lines are also provided.   A traditional anchor davit is mounted near the stem on the foredeck.  A deck-mounted Ideal vertical windlass is forward on the foredeck near the anchor davit.  A deck seat with storage and cushions is placed in front of the forward cabin top on the foredeck.  Chromed folding foot pegs provide access to the boat deck atop the wheel house.  A 10’ cape dory rowing & sailing dingy is carried in chocks and protected by a fitted white Sunbrella cover.  An aluminum davit with electric motor launches and recovers the dingy.  The mast is varnished mahogany and carries the anchor light and appropriate signals on halyards.  Chrome compressed air horns, radar scanner, GPS antenna, VHF antenna, chrome search light and a large fiberglass dunnage box are mounted on the boat deck.  This deck is also fiberglass over wood, painted in white non skid.  The cockpit has the typical teak planked sole, varnished cockpit bolsters and covering boards.  Two fishing chairs are pedestal mounted in the cockpit.  A single deck hatch between the fishing chairs provides access to the lazarette which contains the ships batteries, spare propellers, steering gear, cleaning supplies and other items.  A white sail cloth sunshade protects the cockpit while moored.   Stainless steel cleats and chocks are provided for stern, spring and bow lines.  ¾’ dark blue yacht braid mooring lines are provided together with fenders.  Texalene mesh covers protect the wheel house windshield.  The center windshield opens outward hinged from the top and actuated by a clever chrome plated worm gear and levers.
Cabins & Heads
The forward cabin is designed for two crew members and can also function quite nicely as a small guest cabin.  The marine head is in the forepeak where a small wash basin and sink are located.  The enclosed shower is separate from the water closet and entered from the cabin.  Two large berths are on the starboard side one above the other with drawers beneath the lower berth.  Opposite next to the shower is a double door handing locker with a shelf above.  Opening ports on either side of the cabin provide artificial lighting and ventilation.  A hinged hatch overhead opens to the foredeck.  An hinged companionway door aft in this cabin leads to the galley.  The guest cabin is starboard off the aft companionway.  All furnishings are built in.  Two twin beds have drawers and a bureau/night stand between the beds.  A hanging locker is at the foot of one bed.  There are two Pullman berths hinged into the bulkheads one above each berth.  There are two opening ports with shutters and window treatments.  Bang & Olufsen speakers with volume controls are installed above the bureau.  This cabin is air conditioned and has temperature and fan speed controls.  There are varnished drawer fronts and gloss white walls, overhead and trim.  The soft goods are beautiful fabrics in gold and blue with green accent pillows.  Accessories include a stemmed double lamp, framed mirror and vase.  The guest head is across the companionway and has a porcelain sink with mirrored vanity, vacu flush marine head and enclosed shower.   There is an opening port and a wall mounted decorator lamp.  The owner’s stateroom is aft using the entire beam of the vessel.  The two beds are placed port and starboard and each has an upholstered head board, reading lamp, opening ports with shutters and exquisite bed covers, skirting and pillow shams and throws.  A large bureau is built into the aft bulkhead.  A small bureau with wall lamp and mirror is built into the forward bulkhead.  The large hanging locker is just forward of the port bed.  The head is forward of the starboard bed and features a beautiful pedestal porcelain blue & white sink with gold faucets.  There is a vacu flush head, enclosed shower, mirrored vanity, drawer and cabinet storage.  Speakers with controls for the Bang & Olufsen sound system are provided in the cabin.  An air conditioning system with controls is also provided.  This cabin is classically decorated and has marvelous accessories.  It has a very warm and cozy atmosphere.  A companionway with double hinged doors leads up and aft to the fishing cockpit.
Salon & Wheel House
The small formal salon is positioned between the galley and aft companionway just above the engine room.  The décor and joinery work in this room is just magnificent.  The room has the feel of a private study or library.  The beautifully finished wood panels and joinery in the built in shelves, drawers and trim enhance the traditional Trumpy yacht ambiance which is evident throughout the vessel.  There are large windows on three sides with wood blinds and beautiful window treatments.  The center windows port and starboard can be lowered and raised, ala classic automobile window lifts, by inserting a heavy brass crank handle into a socket beneath each window.  The socket is cleverly and beautifully disguised by a pewter clam shell cover.  There is a built-in sofa forward with two drawers beneath.  Above the sofa is a large shelf area at the forward windows which displays a beautiful ship model, a silk plant, lamp and the main control unit for the Bang & Olufsen sound system.  There is an original Trumpy drop leaf high low teak table.  There are two classic wood chairs with upholstered seats, backs and arm rests and two upholstered tufted wing chairs.  The use of dark blue fabrics and carpet, yellow gold upholstery and coordinated pillows and throws compliment the silver candle sticks, paintings and other carefully selected accessories.  The dark blue carpet is used throughout cabins, aft companionway and stairs.  Brass carpet holders are used to the base of each stair riser and service as a delightful classic touch to the interior décor.  A hinged teak door & hatch separate the galley from the salon.  An air conditioner with controls is dedicated to the salon.  A stairway leads up and aft from the salon to the wheel house.  There is a glass enclosure at the top of the companionway which features frosted and etched glass and a varnished teak door with etched glass window.  The wheel house is the gathering place for hosts and guest while underway or at dockside.  The decks in this area are oiled teak planking.  Wind doors with etched glass windows are placed port and starboard to access the side decks.  The helm station is forward and separated from the salon by a very large bench helm seat.  A magnificent Spanish dresser, which hides a custom wet bar, sits against the back of the helm seat and is the centerpiece of the wheel house seating area.  A built-in L-shaped settee with white upholstered cushions is mounted in the starboard aft corner.  Large storage areas are provided beneath the settee.  A TV is built into a varnished teak cabinet which is cleverly placed atop the outside of the companionway in the owner’s cabin.  There are three white wicker chairs with blue & white striped cushions and throw pillows.  A round cocktail table is held in place by a polished stainless steel post which supports the boat deck above and runs through a hole in the center of the table and is bolted to the desk.  A chest type freezer is just forward of the L-settee.  The large windows on three sides will slide open to provide ventilation.  Window treatments are white PCC mesh blinds which can be raised and lowered with draw strings and cleated. The aft companionway has dutch type doors, allowing opening the entire door or just the top for ventilation.  This companionway has teak steps leading down to the cockpit.  The overhead in the wheel house is painted white with varnished teak trim strips.  The wheel house has an air conditioner with controls.  An impressive Bang & Olufsen 5-CD player is mounted on the helm console and two speaker towers are conveniently placed.
Mechanical Equipment
Most of the mechanical equipment is in the engine room, lazarette and below the interior soles.   2 – Detroit Diesel 6-71N engines       Port 1743 hrs./Starboard 2150 hrs - 3/8/2013 2 – Twin Disc gears 2 – Bronze 4-blade propellers 2 – Couplers & 2’ Aquamet shafts 2 – stuffing boxes 2 – Bronze 4-blade propeller spares 6 – Fuel tanks (700 gals. Total) 4 – Bronze sea strainers & seacocks Fuel manifold selector valves 3 – Racor fuel filters engines & gen Water heater 3 – Marine air A/C units 1 – A/C cooling water pump 32vdc lead acid battery bank 3 – Fresh water tanks 200 gals. Total Water purifier 1 – Super Galley Mate water pump HRO reverse osmosis decelerator 15 KW generator I sound box 6 – Electric bilge pumps w/float sw. Air compressor for horn & wipers 8 – Hand held fire extinguishers 2 – Main engine raw water pumps 1 – Generator alternator 1 – Generator starter 2 – Main engine starters 1 – Generator raw water pump 2 – Voltage regulators Bilge high water alarm system
In 1997/98 ‘STARGAZER III” underwent a complete restoration and refit at Roscioli Marine in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Details of that project are documented in a feature article “Trumpy, the Restoration of a Classic” published in Millionaire Magazine in 1997.  Major items include the following:    The bottom was repaired, refastened and glassed.  Some wood was replaced in the salon cabin top and boat deck and these areas were glassed over.  The engines were overhauled  and three  air conditioners were installed.  The entire galley was remodeled with Corian countertops, new appliances and cabinetry, a Sea Recover water maker was installed. Auxiliary fuel tanks and new engine exhaust systems were added.  The wheel house TV cabinet and cockpit laundry cabinet were fabricated and installed.  The Bang & Olufsen sound system was installed.  All the bright work was stripped and renewed and the entire vessel was painted in white Awlgrip.  The entire interior was stripped, varnished and painted, carpeted, upholstered and redecorated.  During October 2001 through January 2002, the vessel was hauled out and all rub rails were refastened and the outer 1 ½” were cut off and a new outer portion was laminated on using white oak and sealed with West Systems epoxy; the bottom paint was renewed, the propellers were removed, refurbished, balanced and reinstalled; all bow rail stancheons were rebidded and refastened; the entire topsides from the boot top to the toe rail including the transom was stripped, prepped and painted in white Awlgrip.  The name was repainted on the transom.
Previous Names
Bunky – Sea Sack – Jubilee III – Harmony Trumpy Contract Number 374 (1956) Official Number 271379
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Contact David C. Lacz:  Office:  954-779-7377  Cell:  401-641-2951  Email: