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1997 46 (ft.) Custom Richter 46 Pilothouse Trawler

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General Information

Listing# 143951

La Belle, FL, United States
Custom Richter
Boat Type
Model Year
46 Pilothouse Trawler
46 (ft.)
Bridge Clearance
Hull Material
Fuel Type
Engine Model
DFM 4039
Number of Engines
Engine Type
Engine Hours

General Details

This custom trawler was built on a 1978 Heritage West Indies hull in 1997. The hull was gutted and the conversion was done by her current owner who is a marine professional electrician, mechanical engineer, and experienced yachtsman. Her engine was replaced with a robust John Deere diesel. All systems were replaced and her layout was changed for cruising and live aboard. All work was done with quality producing a live able efficient motor sailor.


Here's the story about "Winnie the Pooh", and how the owners came to design and build him the way they did. WTP is a custom 46' trawler who started life as a Heritage West Indies 46 Ketch, a Charlie Morgan designed cruising sailboat with a broad 15' beam and lots of interior room.  They bought the boat in Ft Lauderdale, motored it to Indiantown, FL where they lived on 2.5 acres, and had the boat trucked to their house. After 4 years of work, $50k in parts and supplies and about 9000 man-hours of labor, they launched Pooh in 1997, a brand new trawler with a 20 year old hull. All the wiring and plumbing is new. New engine, transmission, prop, shaft, rudder, seacocks, fuel tanks, pilothouse, ports, galley, range, refrigerator, furniture, cushions, electronics, etc. About the only things not new are the hull, deck and water tanks. "Why did they do such a crazy thing?" you ask? Good question. They asked themselves the same thing many times during the construction process. Halfway through the task, they were sometimes in the depths of despair. But now, having lived aboard for 10 years, they are proud and very pleased with their decision. Though it didn't enter into their reasoning at the time, it's nice to have a unique boat that gets attention wherever it goes. And, of course, in rebuilding a boat from the ground up, they had the opportunity to add custom touches like a large workshop in the forepeak, a sewing room conversion of the aft berth, and full foam flotation for safety.  Mastless sailboats tend to have a quick, snappy roll in a beam sea; safe but not comfortable. To correct this problem, about half the ballast in the keel needed to be removed. They cut the lead keel on Pooh from a draft of 6'6" down to 4'8" at full load. For Florida and Bahamas cruising, it is best to keep draft under 5'. Fuel tankage addition is not difficult or expensive if the room is available. They designed the new tanks so they fit through the companionway. They added a pair of 160 gallon aluminum tanks port and starboard amidships to minimize trim change with changing fuel load. Pooh now holds 320 gal for a still water range of 1800 nm at 7.5 kts at 1700 rpm, burning 1.5 gph (not bad for a 36,000 lb boat).  For motion control there are bilge keels 8' long just aft of amidships to dampen rolling under way. Pooh's folding 22' mast, stepped on top of the pilothouse, is beefy enough to support paravane poles if one wants to add them, but easy to fold flat to get under low bridges (think Erie canal) Meanwhile, they can fly 100 sq ft of steadying sail and carry an additional 200 sq ft jib for emergency get-home power. The pair of sails have been tried, making 3.5 kts in 15 kts true wind on a broad reach. Won't win many races, but it will get you home.
Beginning first forward is the chain locker. Next aft is a work shop with work bench, storage and a vice. To stbd. aft of the work shop is a large head with a large stall shower. Across to port is more storage. Next aft is the salon open aft to the galley. The salon has a large dinette with fore and aft facing bench settees and a hardwood table. There is storage on the hull side on both sides of the salon. To port across from the dinette area is a bench settee. The port and aft settees are large enough to sleep adults. The forward settee would sleep a child. The galley is stbd. aft open to the salon. The galley has hardwood counter tops and stainless steel sink. Across from the galley work area is a large built in top loading custom 12 volt freezer/reefer box. The companionway up to the pilothouse is aft on the centerline.  To port and aft of the salon area is a companionway to the aft stateroom with engine room door and main electric panel inboard and a shelf above the fuel tank outboard. There are also storage shelves aft inboard in the companionway. All the way aft is the master stateroom with a queen sized bunk aft with lots of storage built in. To stbd. forward of the master stateroom is the master head with a sink and large separate shower stall forward. Aft and up the companionway from the galley is the pilothouse. The pilothouse has helm chairs, a table, control station to stbd., and all around seating. It is entered from either side via drop down curtains with screens. The interior is finished in traditional clean and simple Herreshoff style with white painted surfaces and varnished hardwood trim. There is storage everywhere. The interior is very clean    
Winnie the Pooh is an efficiency trawler a sailor can love. Great Live aboard; perfect for ICW, Bahamas or the Great Loop. Simple, roomy, comfortable, unique, unsinkable (the owner claims), economical. Charley Morgan designed Heritage West Indies 46, built 1978 in Clearwater, FL. Completely rebuilt from the keel up in 1997. 80hp John Deere, cruises 7.5 kts @1.5 gph. Driveline - John Deere 4039DFM diesel, 80hp @ 2500rpm. Velvet Drive 5000 transmission ratio 2.8 ratio swings a 26x19 3-blade prop for greater efficiency. 1.75" shaft with Aquadrive coupler to reduce vibration and noise, never needs aligning. Prop Protector line cutter for safety among the crab pots. Spare prop. (3) Racor 900 series fuel filters let you change filters while underway. 320 gal diesel in (2) aluminum fuel tanks w electric transfer pump, provides 1800 NM range. Workshop fwd, A/C queen stateroom aft, propane cooking and heat. Comfy, roomy pilothouse. This boat is in excellent shape, clean and ready to cruise today. Dims 46' x 15' x 4.6' draft. Displacement 36,000 lbs.  Pilothouse - 6'8" headroom fully enclosed with a large chart table and comfortable leather seats for helmsman and navigator. 8' Settee seats four across or great for naps. Cocktail table centrally located can be reached by all. Equipped with Navico autopilot, backup autopilot, JRC 2000 radar, Garmin fishfinder, Standard Horizon depth sounder, Garmin 126 GPS, Standard Horizon VHF, Icom handheld VHF.  Workshop forward with workbench and vise. Teak trimmed cabinets provide lots of storage for tools and parts. ABI deck prism for great lighting. 6" blower exhausts interior air through rope locker. The workshop was originally a large V-berth, and could be made so again if desired. Head - Large, deep stainless sink. Bronze WC Skipper manual head for no headaches. 40 gal holding tank w pumpout via deck fitting or electric pump. Stainless Nicro solar vent. Roomy shower room in aft cabin with 6'3" headroom for sit down or stand up showers.  Roomy saloon trimmed in cherry and teak. Romantic brass trawler lamp adds light and heat on cool evenings. Dinette seats 6 for dinner. Long settee opposite. Sylvania 15" flat screen TV concealed in cabinet. Pioneer stereo w speakers in saloon and pilothouse. (2) Caframo fans, (3) Hatches are cast aluminum Bomar. Lewmar aluminum ports new 1997. Force 10 propane heater. Galley - Lots of counter and storage space, cherry and teak. Force 10 propane range, 3-burner with oven and broiler. Microwave oven. Extremely efficient top-loading refrigerator/freezer w 4" foam insulation. Large, deep stainless sink. Well lighted, airy galley with direct communication to dining room and pilothouse, so the cook feels a part of the party. (3) 70 gal aluminum water tanks feed a Flojet pressure pump and filter system. Master cabin aft with queen bed, lots of hanging locker space, drawers and doors galore. 5000 BTU a/c can run from batteries; no generator noise. Caframo fan over bed.  Anchor equipment - 72 lb Supermax anchor on bow roller w 160' of 5/16" HT chain and 150' 5/8" nylon three-strand rode. Lofrans Tigres 1500 watt windlass, rated 2300 lbs, new 2004. #37 Fortress aluminum anchor mounted on bow roller w chain and 200' 5/8" nylon double braid. Bow eye for snubber attachment near waterline. Fortress Guardian #55 storm anchor. Rope locker vented w 6" blower, exhausts from boat interior. Seabrake drogue for heavy weather safety. Electrical - Unique system has 8 golf cart batteries, 880 AH of 12v capacity to anchor out 4 days before needing to charge. Twin 120 amp alternators on the Deere for rapid recharge underway or at anchor. Freedom 10 inverter/charger runs microwave or air conditioner. Link 1000 battery monitor tells when charging is needed. 75w solar panel on the PH roof produces enough amps to run the refrigerator. Many interior lights are LED for low amp draw. LED night-lights throughout boat for safety and convenience at 0.3 amp draw. 5000 BTU air conditioner in aft cabin can be run from the batteries; no genset needed. Isotemp water heater runs on shore power or engine heat. 120 volt 30 amp shore power connection. Deck - 22' aluminum mast hinged to be lowered (34' bridge clearance up, 15' lowered) single-handed in 30 minutes for low bridge clearance navigating canals. 100 sq ft steadying sail and 200 sq ft jib for emergency get-home power (sails 3.5 kts in 15 kts wind). 2" diameter stainless dinghy davits hold the 9' Boston Whaler with 9.9 Mercury OB. Built-in fiberglass swim platform reached by 4-step stainless boarding ladder. Water catchment on pilothouse roof. Deck and exterior painted with Sherwinn Williams Tile Clad with Treadmaster nonskid.
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.