- 50 (ft.)
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- 4-236 rebuilt 2008
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2006 Custom built double ender ready for world cruising with 2010 electrical and rigging, solar, autopilot and more!
Balance is a George Buehler designed Otter 50. She was built by Dunn Boatworks in Indiana between 2002 and 2006. Her interior was completed in 2009 in Deltaville, VA, also by Michael Dunn of Dunn Boatworks. The interior cabinets, bulkheads, and trim – all wood for that matter – is either 3/4″ solid oak, or 1 1/4″ solid walnut. There is no plywood or veneer in the boat at all. The hull is 3/16” American mild steel with ½” on keel sides, and 1” at the keel shoe. The hull is exceptionally heavy duty and beautifully welded and crafted. There is no fairing compound on the topsides and the welds are perfectly smooth. The single hard chine is just below the water line, giving her hull a smooth and curvy appeal. This is by far one of the best built steel boats I have ever seen. The interior of the hull is uninsulated and sprayed with three coats of Devoe epoxy and shows next to no rust – only a few tiny spots that rub right off. The owner's take great care to keep her dry and well ventilated. The electrical system is completely balanced and the large solar array provides more than enough charging capacity for the huge battery bank. Because of these excellent systems, LED lights, and new 12 volt equipment, sunlight provides all the power you can use.
Mr. Dunn built this boat for himself and his wife after a long career of building wooden and steel work boats on the Great Lakes. Unfortunately, he fell ill toward her completion and was forced to leave the boat on the hard in Deltaville,VA for over a year. The current owners purchased the boat in 2010 and immediately went to work installing a state of the art 12 volt system, and rigging her with all new Harken, Schaeffer and New England Ropes parts. In the process, they sailedBalance from Deltaville, VA to Key West, back up the coast to Annapolis, MD, and from there back down to Ft. Lauderdale, through the Bahamas, and back to Miami. Balance is a very good boat whose life is just beginning. She was well designed, exceptionally well built, competently outfitted and very lightly used. She has many decades of life, travel and adventure through which to carry her next owners safely, quickly and in style. Balance is a true head-turner. She sails exceptionally well for such a heavy boat; easily cruising at 6 to 7 kts SOG in 12 knots of true breeze.
- Specifications,equipment, and history
- George Buehler Otter 50 – built by Dunn Boatworks 2002 through 2006 (USCG documented as a 2002 model year) 50’ LOA 14’ beam 6’ draft 52,000 lbs – fully loaded with full tanks on the straps in St. Augustine in 2012 60’ mast height off water (has made entire length of ICW from Norfolk to Ft. Lauderdale with no problems) 200 gallons water (plus 18 gallons in jerry jugs) 120 gallons diesel (plus 18 gallons jerry jugs) 100 gallons black water (holding) 50 gallons grey water 40 lbs. Propane in two tanks with custom Sunbrella cover Motoring speed: 5 kts cruising, 6.5 kts full speed Sailing speed: easily 5-7 knots SOG in 10 knots true depending on angle, and comfortably 8 knots SOG in 20 knots true – and while riding very, very still with less than 15 degrees of heel! The timeline of work is as follows: (We have most all receipts for everything) 2002 to 2006 – Completion of all welding and epoxy of the hull and decks 2006 – 2008 – Unknown exactly – some interior work, engine installation, etc 2008/2009 – Move boat via river and waterway system to Deltaville, VA from the Great Lakes area outside Chicago 2009 – Completion of 1×6 solid oak and walnut interior - Sandblast and epoxy hull below water line - Purchase of Lee offshore cruising sails (Main, yankee and staysail) 2010 – Installation of new 12 volt electrical system (spec’s listed below) - Beginning of standing rigging including new Sta-Set X halyards and Sta-Set sheets for yankee and staysail and regatta braid for main - Painting of deck non-skid and installation of rubber pads at helm, mast, and impact areas of deck - New Lewmar 54 primary winches and 32 mast winch, and Barient 24 cabin top winch - Fresh bottom paint – two coats of PPG Amercoat ablative antifouling - Installation of new Chicago Forge wire clips at standing rigging - New Manson Supreme anchor, and used danforth style third anchor with existing 6l5b. CQR at bow 2011 – New Solarworld, made in USA, 490 watt total solar panels, hard dodger and bimini - Furuno 24 mile radar and pole with stainless steel pushpit - Continuation of running rigging including new main sheet run and blocks - New Hayn turnbuckles throughout - NewLED running and anchor lights - Purchase used 120% genoa 2012 – Installation of new Harken traveler at main - Installation of new CPT autopilot - Haul out – paint topsides with two coats heavy duty primer, and four coats of Rustoleum paint – three coats of Interlux Interspeed 640 ablative bottom paint - New zincs at shaft and rudder - New cutlass bearing and stuffing box packing - Factory service of Maxwell windlass Electrical: All electrical new 2010 and 2011 - 1104 amp hours West Marine AGM batteries – 12 group 27s (new 2010) - Xantrex Freedom 3000 Inverter/Charger with external control panels - Xantrex Link Pro battery monitor - Balmar 125 amp alternator with ARS-5 controller and Digital Duo Charge system - Blue Seas Systems panels - Rule bilge pump switches with floats - All oversize Ancor wiring - Solarworld 245 watt x2 solar panels (490 total watts) - MorningStar TriStar 45 MPPT solar panel charge controller - 4 – 12 volt outlets at chart table and desk - 9 LED interior lights and 6 battery powered LED tap lights - LED running and anchor lights - Indel Isotherm 12 volt stainless steel refrigerator (New 2010) - 7 fans – 2 at v-berth and 5 in main areas and head - shore power cord - 12 volt 1,000,000 candle power spot light Electronics: All electronics new 2010 and 2011 - Furuno Model 804 24 mile radar - Standard Horizon Matrix 2100 VHF with AIS and DSC with Metz high range 5’ whip antenna at masthead - Standard Horizon handheld VHF - Standard Horizon depth sounder - CPT Autopilot (New 2011) - Alpine stereo CD and USB for iPod/MP3 players – 2 Polk Audio speakers interior and 2 Infiniti speakers at cockpit - One handheld Garmin GPS - Handheld wind speed gauge - Two Midland person-to-person radios for deck work and anchoring - Oregon Scientific indoor/outdoor thermometer and barometer Mechanics: - Perkins 85hp 4-236 Westerbeke diesel engine – very strong! – under a gallon an hour fuel consumption – burns almost no oil – no leaks – many spare parts - New starter in 2011 - Balmar 125 amp alternator with extra Gates Green Stripe belts - 2 – Honda EU2000i generators - Fixed blade Michigan Wheel propeller - Spare raw and fresh water pumps, impellers & thermostat - Velvet Drive transmission - 120 gallons diesel in two tanks with Dutton Lainson mixer and filter/separator - 3 – 6 gallon diesel jerry jugs - 1 – 6 gallon gasoline jerry jug - Heavy duty copper exhaust piping - Exhaust water trap - New cutlass bearing and stuffing box packing 2012 - Stuffing box wrenches - 120 volt 3 gallon air compressor with dive hose and octopus for cleaning hull, and sand blaster use - Hobart 120 amp MIG wire feed welding gun - Campbell Hausfeld backpack style sand blaster ** NOTE: This boat has only two thru hulls below the water line!! (one for engine, one for depth sounder) Plumbing: - 200 gallon water in two plastic tanks - 100 gallon black water tank - 50 gallon grey water pump - 40 lbs. Propane in two tanks - 3 – 6 gallon water jerry jugs - 2 bilge pumps – one 40gpm, and one 30gpm - High pressure water pump and one spare - Macerator pump - Rule bilge pump switches with floats - Whale pump with foot pedal at galley (fresh water only) - 30” wide full size stand-up shower in head (from Home Depot) - PVC piping on all waste lines (no smell – cheap to repair/replace) – installed with custom mounting brackets for vibration control - Rain gutter water collection system on hard dodger - 120 volt 6 gallon hot water heater - 2 solar showers **NOTE: The grey water is plumbed to flush the toilet – no salt water intake for toilet or galley Rigging: - Sta-Set X halyards and Sta-Set jib sheets and Regatta Braid main sheet - Lazy Jacks and stack pack on main - Lewmar 54 chrome self-tailing primary winches, Lewmar 40 chrome self-tailing mast winch, and Baronet 24 chrome self-tailing cabin top winch - EasyLok Maxi rope clutches at mast and cabin top for all halyards and main and staysail sheets - Matching deck bags for sails - 7×19 stainless steel standing rigging with galvanized wire clips (all made in USA) – ?” upper shrouds and 5/16” lowers with ?” fore and back stays - Hayn turnbuckles throughout (new 2011) - Harken 75c Carob blocks at main and staysail (New 2011) - Harken 40mm Big Boat traveller w/ 6:1 purchase (new 2012) - Schaeffer banjo block at main (New 2011) - Harken and Sta-Set X topping lift (New 2012) - Harken and Sta-Set X outhaul on main (New 2012) - Lewmar triple block and Sta-Set X for two reefs in main and outhaul turn to mast (New 2011) - Sta-Set X downhaul at main (New 2011) - All halyards and mast and boom rigging runs externally - Miscellaneous Schaeffer and Harken spares and snatch blocks - Forespar Nova Lift with Harken 4:1 purchase (New 2010) - 22’ aluminum whisker pole - Windex at masthead Sails: - Lee Offshore main with loose foot (triple reef, yankee and staysail (double reef for storm sail use), all new 2009 – first used early 2011, headsails all hank on with bronze hanks - 110% Genoa (unknown age but in very good condition) made by Wm H Mills Sailmakers Anchors, Ground Tackle and Windlass: - 80 lb. Manson Supreme (Lloyds certified), new 2010 – we rode out hurricane Irene on this anchor alone in 65-70 mph wind! - 300’ of ?” 3B chain connected to the Manson Supreme - 65 lb. CQR at bow with 50’ of 5/16” 3B chain and 200’ of ?” 8 plait rope - 45 lb. Danforth style collapsable anchor (no rode – never needed it with the other two monsters) - Maxwell 1200 horizontal 12 volt windlass with wired remote control through v-berth hatch (factory serviced 2012) - Custom built heavy duty bow roller holds Manson Supreme and CQR through the heaviest seas (12 – 15 feet anyway) Tools and Supplies: - Sears Craftsman belt sander, Skil circular saw, Skil jig saw, Ryobi angle grinder and many discs, RotoZip and many bits, miscellaneous drill bits and saw blades - Stuffing box wrenches - Hobart MIG wire feed welder - Porter Cable 6 gallon air compressor - Campbell Hausfeld backpack style sandblaster - Vacuum syphon oil change pump x 2 - Lots of paint, varnish, polishes, cleaners, etc. Miscellaneous cruising gear: - Ritchie Navigator compass with steel spheres at helm - Force 10 propane grille with rail mount - Three large fenders, and two smaller dinghy fenders – all with fleece covers – plus one large orange fender/buoy (great for marking anchor location) - Heavy duty Armstrong stainless steel boarding/swim ladder - 10 opening hatches (one with solar power vent) - Brushed stainless steel cabinet door handles and drawers pulls - Polished stainless steel vents throughout - West Marine 7×50 binoculars with teak rack in hard dodger - Two sail clothe wind scoops for deck hatches - Solid brass ship’s bell - Custom Sunbrella propane cover - Signal horns plus spare refills - 4 Bass Pro Shops folding deck/camping chairs - 5 outdoor cushions - 7 – 12 volt fans throughout - Complete set of signal flags plus Quarantine and Bahamas flags - 2 brass Weems and Plath gas ships lamps - Lots of spare rope – triple strand and pit warp – including four long 1” triple strand dock lines - Water hose, deck brush, 3 and 5 gallon buckets - Many spare parts for electrical and plumbing - Spare parts and oil and filters for diesel engine - Lots of Rubber Made containers that fit all storage areas - Lots of storage space – tons and tons in fact – you can provision for six months - Custom Sunbrella cover for Honda generators and compass - Blue Performance gear bags - Custom Sunbrella gear and deck bags - Forespar Nova lift with Harken 4:1 purchase - 120 volt wet/dry Shop vac - 120 volt wet/dry DustBuster - 120 volt 3 gallon air compressor with dive hose and octopus for cleaning hull - Extra paint, varnish and supplies for all colors and non-skid - 120 volt 3 gallon air compressor with dive hose and octopus for cleaning hull, and sand blaster - Hobart 120 amp MIG wire feed welding gun - Campbell Hausfeld backpack style sand blaster Safety Equipment: - Lifesling 2 – New 2010 - ACR SM-2 M.O.B. buoy light – New 2012 - Jack lines – full deck length, both sides, and PFD harness lines - Four adult size standard life jackets - Flares and flare gun in Olin cylinder case - Three fire extinguishers - 3/16” steel hull Charts, Cruising Guides and Manuals: - ICW Paper and digital charts of varying ages (all digital are up to date and free to update regularly from NOAA) - Cruising Ports: Florida to California via Panama Canal – by Captains Pat and John Rains (2003 Edition) - Northern Bahamas, Eleuthera and Exumas Cruising Guides from Steve Pavlidis (2010 Editions) - Passages South: The Thornless Path by Bruce Van Sant (2011 Edition) - US Coast Pilots 1 through 4 and USCG Rules and Regulations - Cruising the Florida Keys by Young and Stinemetz (2002 Edition) - World Cruising Routes by Jimy Cornell (2011 Edition) - The New Complete Guide to Sailing by Steve Sleight - Diving and Snorkeling the FLorida Keys by John and Judy Halas - Eldridge Guide (2010 Edition) - Several manuals related to 12 volt electrical systems and boat maintenance - Several steel boat building and maintenance books - Shop manual for the Perkins 4-236 - The Best Sailing Spots Worldwide by Bill Robinson - Chris Parker’s weather handbook and several other weather related books - The World Cruising Survey by Jimmy Cornell - Several classic books about the Bahamas, sailing, and related topics Galley: - Indel Isotherm 12 volt stainless steel refrigerator – new 2010 - Full size double basin sink as found in a house - Delta faucet with Brita water filter – new 2011 - Princess gas three burner stove and oven set on gimbles- new 2010 - Complete set of dark blue Galley Ware plates and bowls - Set of four teflon coated pots and frying pans - Bamboo spice rack - Complete set of utencils - Complete set of Wustof knives and magnetic knife rack - Hammocks for fruits and cup hooks for mugs - Paper towel rack - Stainless steel grab rail mounted to headliner - Ample storage in cabinets, shelves, drawers, and bilge (bilge is very dry and has many Rubber Made containers - 12 volt fan and LED lights - Fire extinguisher Head: - Full size stand-up shower stall as found at Home Depot with large opening hatch/sky light in shower - Full size bathroom sink with Delta faucet - Walnut countertop and cabinet door - Groco toilet plumbed off grey water tank for fresh water flushing (spare rebuild kit) - Ample storage in cabinet, hanging locker, and drawers - 12 volt fan and LED lights with large opening ceiling hatch Dinette: - Walnut table top with seating for four - Ample storage in settees and drawers - 12 volt fan and LED lights with large opening ceiling hatch Office: - Large desk area (does not include pictured iMac or printer) - Huge amounts of storage in locker and under desk with Rubber Made containers - 12 volt fan and LED lights - 2 – 12 volt outlets - 1 – 120 volt outlet with battery back up surge protector running off inverter - Two opening ports Chart Table: - Large chart table with two large drawers for chart storage, tools, etc - Opening hatch - LED light - Pencil sharpener and custom Sunbrella storage bag for dividers, rulers, sunglasses, etc. - 2 – 12 volt outlets - VHF with AIS and DSC; and stereo Main Salon/Guest Quarters/Sea Berth: - Queen size bunk doubles as sofa/lounge, and guest bunk, and sea berth - Many large pillows with removable covers - Three opening hatches - 12 volt fan and LED lights - Huge storage space in setee, shelves and drawers - Features curtain on stainless steel slides for privacy - Queen size bed sheets for Guest Quarters and two bed pillows - Fire extinguisher V-Berth: - King size 8” thick memory foam mattress - 2 LED lights and 2 12 volt fans - Large opening hatch - Hammocks for clothes/blanket and sheet storage - Hanging locker and large drawers - Huge storage space under v-berth (will hold two full size bikes, plus a welding machine, spare anchor, hot water heater, bags of winter clothes, spare lines, etc - Access to huge anchor locker and windlass wiring – holds all primary chain plus spare rode and chain, with room to spare - Two sets of King bed sheet sets with two king pillows Hard Dodger: - Custom fiberglass hard dodger with Lexan windows and Bowmar opening hatch - Houses two solar panels on roof and Harken traveler - Opening Lewmar hatch - Lexan dark tint windows - Radar monitor, autopilot controls, and speakers mounted inside dodger - Two rubber cup holders and handheld VHF/GPS holder - Numerous grab rails Aft Triangle (Space aft of main salon and under cockpit) - Houses worm drive steering system - Two 12 volt lights - Two bronze opening ports - Access to electrical system wiring, battery charger, etc - Storage of tools, lines, dock lines, hose, shore power cord, etc. - Fire extinguisher
- GALLEY The stove was brand new in 2010 and still has the “Inspected by” sticker on the door. The oven bakes a great pizza or apple pie, and the three gas burners are hot and the ignitor works on all three. The stainless is in very good condition, and the stove looks like new. The sink is a full size 32″ stainless double basin as you would find in a house. The faucet was new in 2011 and is equipped with a Brita filter. The sink also has a foot pedal acticated Whale faucet in the event of problems with the powered pump. There is tremendous storage under the sink, and excellent shelving above for glasses, plates, bowls and more. The galley comes complete with a dark blue set of Galley Ware, teflon pots, Wustof knives, and an assortment of plastic cups. The refrigerator was new in 2011 and is a stainless steel Indel Isotherm. DINETTE The dinette is L-shaped and seats four. The table is solid walnut over an inch thick. There is plentiful storage below the settees and in four drawers under part of the table. The dinette has a large LED light, Weems and Plath oil lamp and 12 volt fan. HEAD The head is large and has a full size bathroom vanity style sink as found in a house, with a stainless steel Delta faucet. The shower is a fiberglass 32″ stall; also as found in a house, with Delta faucet and controls. There is a large skylight/hatch above the shower making for a bright and exceptionally large shower by any boat’s standards. The head has a Groco pump toilet, LED light and 12 volt fan. The toilet is plumbed off of the grey water tank that drains both sinks and the shower. There is no salt water intake for the toilet eliminating clogging and corrosion. Note that there are only two thru-hulls below the water line in this boat. There is excellent storage space in cabinets and drawers as well as a large hanging locker outboard of the shower. The countertop is walnut, and the remaining woodwork is oak, either varnished or painted. MAIN SALON, OFFICE, CHART TABLE and COMPANIONWAY Because of the steel construction and design of the interior, Balance has a warehouse-like appeal to her layout. There are few bulkheads, and lots of open space, light, and air movement. The raised main salon acts a the office, TV room, lounge area, guest quarters, sea berth, and also houses the chart table and nav computer station. If you need it, the office desk could easily be lowered and converted back into a bunk as it was before. You can check out the floor plan for more details. The engine is below the floor, with incredible access. The main salon has six LED lights, two 12 volt fans, six opening ports, and 6’4″ standing headroom, as does the entire boat. V-BERTH, CHAIN LOCKER and AFT TRIANGLE The v-berth is enormous. The mattress in an 8″ thick memory foam, new in 2011. We had to trim it just slightly to fit the mild “v” shape. However, there is about 16″ on both sides, and 18″ at the foot of spare space. These spots would be perfect for building bed side tables and a foot locker of sorts. The v-berth has two LED lights and two 12 volt fans. The bed pillows in the photo are king size pillows, so it gives you some idea of the width. Notice the spare 7 foot oars hanging from the starboard hull and the three 60″ hammocks. This v-berth is truly enormous! There is also a large skylight/hatch in the center that provides excellent airflow – particularly with on e of the wind scoops. You’ll see the wiring for the windlass remote control that is accessed through the hatch. The large access door to the huge chain locker is at the foot of the v-berth. The chain locker is also enormous. You can actually crawled into it, and comfortably sit in there with 300 feet of chain, 200 feet or rope and all the wiring for the windlass, with space to spare. The chain locker very dry and clean. There is no dampness or odor at all. The storage space below the v-berth is ridiculous. Currently there is a miniature wood stove and all its piping, a welding machine, 6 gallon hot water heater, about 400′ of spare triple strand, winter clothing, and bike tires under there. And there is stil room to spare!
- Engine, batteries, and bilges
- The engine is a Perkins 4-236 with approx. 85 hp with 900hrs since a 2008 rebuild The engine is red as it has a Westerbeke marinization system. The starter was new in early 2011, and all else is well maintained and regularly serviced. We have spare raw and fresh water pumps, thermostat, and impellers. We keep the filters in top condition, oil fresh, and use Lucas Diesel Fuel treatment in the fuel. “Big Red”, is in a large space below the main salon floor. With the floor removed you can stand and work on the engine. There is enough room below the engine to slide an oil change pan right under it! The batteries are 12, group 27 AGMs, new in 2011. There is a total of 1104 amp hours of battery power. That is an exceptionally large battery bank. It is completely balanced and charged to perfection with the 490 watt solar array, MPPT charge controller and Xantrex Link Pro. See “Aft Trianlge” page for photos and details of electrical system. Balance’s bilges are dry, and near spotless
- Broker's Comments
- This a very impressive steel yacht that shows no flaws in workmanship. Comfortable in any climate, with a simple, spacious and open layout. If you are considering world cruising this may be the boat for you!
- 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.
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