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1986 65 (ft.) Harker's Island Rhodes Craft

Inactive - This listing is not for sale at this time

General Information

Listing# 40166

Price
$24,900.00
Location
Unknown, RI, United States
Manufacturer
Harker's Island
Boat Type
Powerboat
Model Year
1986
Category
Dive Boat
Model
Rhodes Craft
Status
Used
Length
65 (ft.)
Hull Material
Wood
Fuel Type
Diesel
Number of Engines
2
Engine Type
Inboard

General Details

 *********** HUGE PRICE DECREASE ************

                     Owner wants her sold

At this price, there is no negotiating. As is where is. We know what needs to be done
to get her back into shape. If you're ready to pick this boat up for this ridiculous price
as of June 2014, the owner will help you understand what work has been done to discover
what you need to bring Seeker back into shape, but don't expect the boat to be discounted any further.

This dive boat was made famous in the book, Shadow Divers. She is located in Rhode Island, and
is looking for that owner that has the resources to get her back up and running.

If you are a serious diver, The Seeker (and it's crew from the 1990's) are probably known to you.

If you are not familiar with the story, The Seeker is a 65' Rhodes Craft dive boat. The following comes from Wickepedia:

"In 1991, Bill Nagle a former wreck diver and the captain of the Seeker learned about a wreck outside New Jersey and decided to mount a diving expedition to the site. On September 2, 1991, an unidentified U-boat wreck was discovered 73 meters (240 feet) deep (a hazardous depth for standard scuba diving) off the coast of New Jersey. Nicknamed the U-Who, the exact identity of the wreck was a matter of frequent debate, and initially the wreck was thought to be either U-550 or U-521. The discoverers of U-Who, John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, continued to dive the wreck for the next several years, taking considerable risks (three divers,died exploring the U-869).

Eventually, the team recovered a knife inscribed with "Horenburg", a crew member's name. However, they learned at the U-boat archives that U-869 was supposedly sent to Africa, so this piece of evidence was initially discarded. A few years later, they found part of the UZO torpedo aiming device, and spare parts from the motor room engraved with serial and other identifying numbers. On August 31, 1997 they concluded that the boat they found was the U-869."

Many have perished diving on wrecks, and The Seeker, has seen her share. She is still regarded, even today, as one of the best dive boats around.

The story is fascinating and the movie rights have been purchased by a major motion picture studio.

The current owners, as a tribute to the boat's history, had planned to completely restore her to her original glory and use her as a charitable vessel. The economy, and need to build their own boat building business, has resulted on her being put back on the market - for the right buyer. This is not a boat for someone trying to buy a cheap dive boat. The owners are very interested in the right buyer who shares their passion for the history of this vessel and desire to see that she is appropriately cared for. Considerable investments have been made in her already, including complete overhaul of the engines and generator.

They would consider working with the new owners to complete the restoration project, so while she is available for a direct sale, there is work still to be done, and if the new buyers wish to do that themselves, that's fine, but the current owners would consider being of assistance.

A 2014 survey is available, along with cost estimates for necessary repairs.

If you are a dive fan, or someone who would love to see her restored, please give us a call.

Specifications

Additional Information
  Seeker is designed to be an offshore research/dive vessel.  Seeker is a USCG Inspected Vessel, licensed to carry passengers for hire as well as a licensed Commercial Fisheries Head Boat. The vessel has both fore and large aft deck with a large upper pilot house. She is all white with a red stripe and blue bottom. At the current time the boat is in need of some TLC and minor refit work.    
Specifications
  Name of Vessel……………………….......…………Seeker     Documentation #....................................................U.S. C. G. # 653988   Hailing Port………….………........…...............……Newport, RI   Type of Vessel……………….......…………........…Research/ Dive Vessel   Designer/Builder....Harker's Island Rhodes Craft...Harker's Island, NC   Year Built……………....………….......................….1986   LOA.........................................…….............…………65'   LWL…………………................................…………...56', 6"   Beam…..………………….......................……………18', 1"   Draft…………………………................................……6', 5"   Construction………….....................…Strip Planked Cedar On Yellow Pine Frames   Displacement ............…………………..............……50 Tons   Propulsion………………………………..…..…..….Twin V8 Detroit Diesels                                     Water………………………….……………………..450 Gallons In Two Tanks   Fuel ……………………………………….......……1,200 Gallons In Two Tanks
Disclaimer
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.
customContactInformation
Outstanding footage of the story Click to view PLEASE CONTACT LISTING BROKER - LARRY RUTTER - 401-338-3554