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1973 130 (ft.) Davie Shipbuilding Expedition/Mother Ship/Research/Adventure Yacht/ Ice Sheated/MY/Conversion

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General Information

Listing# 95809

Portsmouth, VA, United States
Davie Shipbuilding
Boat Type
Model Year
Expedition/Mother Ship/Research/Adventure Yacht/ Ice Sheated/MY/Conversion
130 (ft.)
Hull Material
Fuel Type
Number of Engines

General Details

 PHOENIX is a 39.6m Expedition/Research/Sub-Tender/Adventure Yacht, ice sheathed with a range of half way around the world. She had a generous conversion ’04 -’08 in Rockland, Maine ($10m+). She now has a new yacht interior and all systems refurbished or replaced. Huge crane and deck space allow for vast research and/or tender/subs/toy deployment and storage. PHOENIX has had a successful charter record with over $1m in 2010. She was hauled and painted Spring 2011 including renewing the drive train. 

The vessel is a1973 / 2008, steel built, 130' x 30' x 12.5'-15', Expedition/ Research/ Mother Ship/ Adventure Yacht with 6 guest staterooms and 9 crew berths. Phoenix has had a major $10,000,000+ refit over the past 5 years.


Originally built as a North Atlantic, fishing trawler, the new configuration eliminated the fish hold and created a new deck from the engine room aft to the lazarette. The original stern has been altered for a ladder, toys locker and dive platform. The new lower deck contains a massive engine room with redundant propulsion; large work shop; Captain's quarters with queen bed and head; four double berth crew cabins that share two heads; crew lounge and a storage room with chest freezer and a full size fridge.


NOT FOR SALE TO US RESIDENTS WHILE IN US WATERS   Phoenix is able to perform a number of functions: Expedition, Research, Sub- Tender, Mother Ship and Yacht.  She is for the adventurer who wants ultimate cruising range with the ability to travel in luxurious comfort and stability along with the ability to carry a huge array of toys.  Most of Phoenix has been made new during her 5 year, $10,000,000 plus refit.  If you require a non nonsense, go anywhere, low maintenance Exploration Yacht at a great value, give Phoenix your serious consideration. There are few vessels in the entire world set up to cruise anywhere.  Phoenix is a superb sea boat whose exterior still shows her commercial fishing origins on the outside. The interior has been converted into a modern ship capable of use for extended family cruising, serious exploration and Ocean Research.  The range is extraordinary (up to 16,000 nm).  Her redundant systems mean less unplanned down time, and the layout provides ample accommodations for the Owner, his Guests and the Crew.    She is powerful, tough, comfortable and attractively priced.  PHOENIX grossed $1,000,000 USD in 2010 with government and research charters.  The seller is ready and realistic.    
2001 18’ Avon #AVB312346001 with a 2010 4 stroke 90 hp outboard 2006 27’ BAHA Sport runabout with Volvo 260 HP inboard/outboard diesel with approximiately 40 hours 1999 14’ Novurania #PKD11786B999 with a 2005 Yamaha 50 hp four stroke #62YL414072U
Large galley with two tables and built-in benches with seating for 15 plus.  There is a True, double door, stainless Refrigerator and Freezer Unit, a Kitchen Aid Dishwasher, Jenn Air Range, Sharp Microwave and Frigidaire Oven.  The Galley is finished with Cherry Cabinetry, Corian Countertops and rubber deck tiles.  At the forward end of the Galley are 2 large tables capable of seating 15 with a flat screen TV, DVD and stereo.
Deck Equipment
New 2005, Palfinger Marine PK 60000M hydraulic crane, rated at 20 ton max lifting, 6,000 lbs at sea.  The base is mounted on a 9/16” x 36” steel column that runs from the crane deck, down through the main deck, engineering deck and welded at all bulkheads and decks.  Crane operation is at the crane or with a remote. Hydraulic Lantec trawl winch, 29 ton, model #W34-14-34-36 with 6,000’ of 9/16” cable, can service the U frame; Second hydraulic planetary sampling winch, model W12-7-25-13. There are two hydraulic anchor windlasses on the foredeck.  One new 2005 Doakes and one Fish and Ships original, both powered from pump on the “Son” engine, or the electric hydraulic power unit.  Each equipped with 1” 1 x 19 galvanized wire attached to one LWT 1000 anchor and one LWT 500 anchor, come through the hull through 8” hawse pipes with rollers and 9” bollards, spring and stern rollers, chocks and bollards. A new 2005 hydraulic u-frame gantry set rated 7 tons on the original gantry foundation plus added foundation welded inside the aft ballast tanks.
PFD’S: 30 Type I in various areas on vessel, 15 Type II Survival Suits: 23 Sterns & Narwhal, various sizes Life Rings: 7 Type IV Rings Life Rafts: 2 x Elliott 16 person Life Rafts: 2 x Elliott 8 person EPIRB: McMurdo 406 SART: ACR Pathfinder 3 Flares: Solas Kit. Three floating orange smoke can; 25mm red aerial kit; Assorted  kits in small boats Sounding Device:  Kahlenburg M511A Whistle Control Emergency Pump: Subaru diesel portable pump An integrated alarm system with approximately 100 sensors for heat, smoke, CO, engine functions, fluid levels, bilge levels, waste tanks, etc., throughout entire vessel.
Fire Fighting
There is a raised watertight scuttle hatch for forward locker.  There is a two deck scuttles from the engine room and crews quarterdeck to foredeck.  The engineering deck has a 3’x3’ deck hatch, up to the main deck and two Freeman hatches to the starboard bilge.  The port bilge has a steel door and short ladder.  The lazarette has a raised scuttle hatch.  The engine room has three watertight doors, one from the main deck and one from the engineer’s tool room   The main deck and upper deck have a total of five steel doors to the side decks.  There are 6 watertight doors, new in 2006, plus one in the Transom.
Deck Hatches and Water Tight Doors
There is a raised watertight scuttle hatch for forward locker.  There is a two deck scuttles from the engine room and crews quarterdeck to foredeck.  The engineering deck has a 3’x3’ deck hatch, up to the main deck and two Freeman hatches to the starboard bilge.  The port bilge has a steel door and short ladder.  The lazarette has a raised scuttle hatch.  The engine room has three watertight doors, one from the main deck and one from the engineer’s tool room   The main deck and upper deck have a total of five steel doors to the side decks.  There are 6 watertight doors, new in 2006, plus one in the Transom.
Construction Overview
Originally Lloyd's classed, but not currently in class the hull is welded 3/8” steel plates over 3” x 5” x 5/16” steel angel frames set at 18” on center and ice sheathed.  There are five structural bulkheads and 12 longitudinal stringers of 3” x 4” x 5/16”.  There are side stringers of 3” x 9” x 9/32”.  The frames are welded to each stringer.  The hull is insulated with foil faced fiberglass insulation.  Concrete ballast added to the original fish hold area.  There are 10" and 14” sea chests and three decks of 9/32” steel plate.  New steel pipe 42” high rails have been installed around all deck spaces.   Phoenix was hauled in Spring of 2011 with the bottom and top sides painted.  The decks and super structure were also prepped and painted.  All decks have been recoated with 2 part epoxy marine paint in 2011.  Stern ballast tanks were opened, blasted and recoated in 2011.   The water tanks were opened, sand blasted and painted with Amelock 400.  A welded steel u-frame gantry, designed by John Gilbert, NA was built and installed by Rockland Marine Corporation.     The aft deck is approximately 27’ x 27’ with ample tie down and room for a huge array of toys and stairs to the swim platforms.  The shaft alleyways have enormous storage capacity.
VHF: (2) Icom IC-M402 w/SOS SSB: Icom IC-M802 w/SOS Transponder: Furuno FA-150 AIS Fax: Furuno NX-5000 Radar: JRC 3811J with X - Band Radar: Furuno: FA-150 AIS with X - Band and Nav Net Plotter: Furuno: ARPA plotting system with Nav Net GPS: Furuno: GP-32 Autopilot: Simrad: AP50 Depth: Furuno: FCV-1100L color depth sounder with Nav Net Helm Controls: (4) Simrad FU50 Digital Compass: Simrad HS50 Fluxgate Compass: Furuno Sea Tel 4003 satellite tracking device with telephone and internet uplinks, wired with data ports and WiFi throughout the vessel. Satellite KVH with receivers to Salon, Galley and 2 guest cabins equipped with Sony Wega 18” Flat screen TVs, DVDs and stereo.  Owner’s cabin, office and salon equipped with flat screen TVs, DVD and stereo Crew lounge equipped with 47” HDTV
Electrical System
The vessel has had the entire electrical system removed and replaced with new 2005 equipment, breaker panels throughout the vessel, and stranded copper wire. 480 VAC system with transformers for 240 and 110 VAC. There is one (new 2006), Caterpillar 320 KW generator attached to a Caterpillar 3406 engine with approximately 2212 hours hours. Two Northern Lights 99 KW generators, with 3943 and 148 hours as of July 2011 12 volt start with separate 12 VDC 8D batteries in approved boxes. The exhausts are dry stacks with drains and heat wrap running to the exhaust towers. All new (2005) stranded copper wiring and breakers panels throughout vessel. All heads and wet areas have GFI plugs. 480 VAC 100 amp shore power connectors with main breakers, ship/shore selector safety switch. 12 and 24 VDC systems for electronics and emergency lights throughout vessel with ten 8D and three group 31 batteries in approved boxes and Perko and Blue Seas, shut-off switches. There are 4 battery chargers under the Wheelhouse (all Pro Mariner): 1 X 12 V 40 Amp 1 X 12 V10 Amp 2 X 24 V 25 Amp
All cabins and common areas equipped with air conditioning, reverse cycle heat and Aqua Air control pads. The HVAC system is comprised of five Aqua Air units (new 2006) with salt water condensing from a 14" sea chest and is supplemented by a (new 2008) electric immersion heating unit. The engine room has powered ventilation with two 14" x 54" deck openings with manual dampers. The exhaust stacks are also power vented from the engine room to vent screens at aft side of stacks. All bathrooms have extractor fans. Most cabins also have electric heat.   The galley has powered ventilation over the stove to the outside of the vessel.  All cabins, from the main deck up have bronze portholes, Diamond Sea Glaze windows and Joiner System steel doors. The wheelhouse has bronze portholes, doors on each side, and Diamond Sea Glaze windows aft. The Owner's Suite has sliding Diamond Sea Glaze windows.
Head Hunter Tidal Wave, 240 VAC, Marine Sanitation Device with a 1,150 gallon, polyethylene, holding tank, set in welded chocks in the bilge. 1,050 and 300 gallon polyethylene tanks set in welded chocks in the bilge, for gray water with AC pump for overboard discharge. “Phoenix” is equipped with eight full bathrooms with Head Hunter toilets, sinks, and showers with one added on-deck, Day Head, and a laundry hook-up. (All equipment, tanks, fixtures, and PVC plumbing are new 2005.)  The Head Hunter sanitation device is capable of cleaning black water to enable overboard discharge.
Fresh Water System
Two tanks are integral with the hull. Starboard tank holds 3119 gallons and the port tank holds 1735 gallons. Both tanks have been opened, sand blasted, and painted with Amerilock 400. The port tank is equipped with 2 Gundefos, submersible, deep well pumps, which serve as primary pumps. The starboard tank has 1 Gould pump and it serves as a backup pump. Freshwater can be piped directly on board, or run through a filter bank to fill the tanks. Hot water is provided by a Bock diesel fired hot water heater, (new unit and exhaust stack 2005). The freshwater system is supplemented by a reverse osmosis Aqua Whisper 220 VAC water maker (new 2005). The saltwater is fed from a 10" sea chest. The unit is capable of making 1,800 gallons of freshwater per day.
Fuel System
Three tanks, one in bow, two in lazarette, are integral with the hull. The total fuel capacity is approximately 22,000 gallons, can add 14,000 gallon aft ballast tanks. Each tank wall has an inspection man-hole and all have been inspected since 2006. Each tank has a 2" deck fill pipe and a deck vent. The fuel system is hard piped to the engine room with a manifold valve system and a 480 VAC transfer pump. The engines run off of, and return to, the forward tank. Fuel can be transferred to and from the aft tanks. An emergency mechanical shut-off is installed in the forward guest quarters above. A second shut-off is installed in the starboard deck locker, outside of and above the engine room. The fuel lines are hard piped to the fuel filters at each engine then USCG Type A-1 hose is used from the filters to the engines. The "Father" engine uses triple 900 Racor primary filters, the "Son" engine uses double 900 Racor primary filters, and each gen-set uses double 750 Racor primary filters. The filter housings and fuel hoses were all new 2005. There are two additional tanks in the stern of the vessel that were converted to ballast tanks in 2009.  These tanks could be reconverted to fuel tanks as all piping & vents remain in place.  They total approximately 14,000 gallons.
Bow Thruster
Thrustmaster, 250 HP, retractable bow thruster with Kort Nozzle. The unit rotates 360 degrees and can pull the vessel at 2 knots and serves as a 3rd back up "get home" propulsion.  The unit is powered from a front mounted PTO, with HPD gear and triple pumps, on the "Son" engine and also from a 50hp electric hydraulic pump in the lazarette. The system has a separate oil reservoir tank, and raw water oil cooler with a Flomax #8 pump. There is a 240 VAC emergency pump to retract the unit if there were a failure of PTO. The thruster has operating controls at all four steering stations. It was completely rebuilt in November 2009.
The gear is a (rebuilt 2006) Lufkin 6600. Each engine has an Eaton Air Clutch for engagement. The gear turns at a single constant speed, with engines set at operating RPM, turning a steel 8" shaft with four bearings equipped with heat sensors and a variable pitch propeller. The stern tube is a gravity fed oil filled tube.  Shaft pulled Spring of 2011 with entire drive train renewed.  The Lipps propeller, with Kort nozzle, was reconditioned 10/09 and is outfitted with Lipps electronic controls. There are four steering stations. The bridge, two bridge wings, and aft control station on the crane deck, all new in 2005. The steering gear is of Rolls Royce Tjeneford manufacture, completely rebuilt by Rolls Royce in 2006. Power for the steering system is supplied by two independent hydraulic power units, mounted port and starboard of the steering quadrant. Either one or both may be used to power the unit at any time; they may be switched over with no loss of steering function. The rudder post is 6" steel.
The vessel's propulsion system consists of a main and auxiliary engine (Father and Son) coupled to a common gearbox, driving a single variable pitch prop. Both are fed by separate fuel and control systems for safety and redundancy of the propulsion system. All controls and gauges are new, high quality, Murphy switch gauges and Lipps Wartsila control components and are fully integrated into the ship's main alarm monitoring system. They are also independently monitored by mechanical, engine gauge assemblies. With the main engine and 320Kw generator the average consumption at 9 ½ knots is 32 GPH. The "Father" Main Engine  is a 1988 Caterpillar 3512 with 1,200 horsepower 1300 max RPM diesel, totally rebuilt in 2006 with a Caterpillar factory overhaul and out of warranty in 2010. The "Son" engine is a Caterpillar 353 with 420 horsepower diesel, rebuilt 2005 with 544 hrs (Aug 2013) since SMOH. The two engines are solid mounted, side-by-side, on welded steel beds. The engines are freshwater cooled with welded, hull coolers. The cooling systems for both engines were reconditioned in 2011. The exhausts are dry stacks of welded steel pipe with silencers.
On the main deck there is a salon and guest dining area with doors leading out to the main deck and aft to the research lab, which opens onto the aft deck.  Forward of the salon, to starboard, are three guest staterooms, each with private baths, the galley to port. The next deck up, behind the wheelhouse is the Owner's Suite with a queen berth and day bed, hanging lockers and plenty of cabinets, a private bath with a tub and a very pleasant, separate office, which has a door leading to the Upper Aft Deck. On the same deck, but forward of the wheelhouse, is a Junior Suite, consisting of a queen cabin and single cabin, sharing a head with a private entrance on deck.  The junior suite is currently being used for captain and 1st mate.   The interior is finished with cherry, maple and mahogany paneling or insulated panels and trim, center bead paneling overhead or, in some of the work spaces, sheet metal paneling overhead, all with recessed lighting. In the wheelhouse, the helm console, chart drawers and cabinets are finished in mahogany.  
As of August 2013 Main Engine  Caterpillar 3512. SMOH in 06'/2796 hours   Son (backup/get home) Engine Caterpillar 353.  SMOH in 05'/ 544hours  Generators 1XCaterpillar/  34061 320 KW 480 V New 2006 Total hours 3,785 2x Northern Lights 99 KW New 2005 Total hours Forward 99kw 5946 hours/Aft 160 hours
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.
Steve Reoch 305-216-8682