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1987 98 (ft.) Versilcraft Super Challenger

Inactive - This listing is not for sale at this time

General Information

Listing# 98821

San Diego, CA, United States
Boat Type
Model Year
Motor Yachts
Super Challenger
98 (ft.)
Hull Material
Fuel Type
Engine Model
2842 LE 760
Number of Engines
Engine Hours

General Details

From the pedigree Italian shipyard of Versilcraft comes the 98’ MERCEDES which has not lost a beat in her 25 years of operation. She still has the look, style, and feel of all her more current sisters.  MERCEDES was originally built for a Newport Beach client and has remained in the area ever since. During that time she has had a custom cockpit added by a pedigree San Diego shipyard plus has seen many system upgrades. Several of her key features include; (3) full width en-suite staterooms, (2) crew cabins, galley on main deck, day head, formal dining, plus full teak decks. MERCEDES has always been professionally maintained by a knowledgeable captain. Owner has change of plans and is keen to sell.  


Entrance gained via custom cockpit which features teak sole, folding settee, and transom door. Aft deck accessed via stairway to starboard. Aft deck along with full walkaround decks, are teak. Entrance to salon via stainless steel door. Upon entrance to starboard is L-shaped sofa with coffee table. To port is a game table with 4 chairs, with adjacent retracting TV in cabinet facing starboard sofa. Moving just forward to port is stairway down to VIP suite with ensuite head. Just opposite is door to engine room. Back up in salon just forward to starboard is large custom bar with counter. Just opposite to port is large U-shaped sofa with coffee table. Continuing forward to port is the formal dining table with seating for 6. Opposite to starboard are service storage cabinets.   Exiting salon along starboard side corridor is day head to port and master suite access stairs down to starboard. Master suite consists of vanity, settee, walkaround berth and ensuite head. Back up in corridor just forward are the bridge access steps to pilothouse to port. Features in pilothouse are helm with captain’s chair, chart counters and settee. Behind helm seat are steps to flybridge. Once on bridge is the helm with (2) captains chairs, forward facing settee, U-shaped settee with table, bar and BBQ. Tender with davit at rear of flybridge.   Back below decks moving forward in corridor, to port is the galley which features a center granite counter, full size double door fridge along with full complement of appliances. Also, in galley is exterior access door.   Moving forward from galley is stairway down to crew/guest accommodations. Once down stairway, amidships is the guest stateroom #1 with ensuite head. Just forward are twin double bunk staterooms for crew. Each cabin has a head.
Main Salon
U-shaped settee L-shaped settee Game table with four chairs Full-service standup wet bar with GE Profile refrigerator and Sub-Zero icemaker 42” Samsung flat panel TV (retracts in cabinet) Sony PS-3 Blu Ray DVD WIFI throughout Tracvision direct TV satellite receiver
Formal Dining Area
Dining table with 6 chairs Ample cabinets for dinner and wine service Entertainment center built into the forward bulkhead Polished burl woods, granite, brass and fabrics Panamax controller Parasound HCA -100 amp amplifier THX  Sony 400 CD player ONKYO stereo receiver Sirius satellite radio Fine bone china service for 12 Casual china service for 12 Mikasa crystal stemware for 12 Formal flatware for 12
Ample counter space, storage areas, island work space Port and starboard access Upgraded appliances Laundry area with stacked Kenmore washer and dryer Custom-installed Viking stainless steel double door refrigerator and freezer GE Profile ceramic top 4-burner cook top GE Profile oven LG Carousel microwave Maytag dishwasher Kenmore trash compactor DeLonghi coffee maker and espresso maker  GE toaster KitchenAid mixers HVAC climate control Ceramic fresh water filter Flash hot water system
Amidships Master Stateroom
Full-beam stateroom Centerline King berth Features polished woods, marble and new fabrics Settee Desk/vanity Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo Wet bar and U-Line refrigerator Hidden wall safe Stateroom has its own private stairwell His/hers baths and an oversized shower 42” Samsung flat panel TV Direct TV satellite receiver Sony PS-3 Blue ray DVD player Sound insulated and black out curtains HVAC climate control
Aft VIP Guest Stateroom
Full-beam stateroom Centerline Queen berth Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo Stairwell leading up to the salon Ensuite bath 32” Insignia LCD flat pan TV Blu Ray DVD player
Forward Guest Stateroom
Full-beam stateroom Island Queen berth Ample storage Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo 32” Insignia LCD flat panel TV Blu Ray DVD player Stairwell leading to the main deck Ensuite bath
Forward Crew Quarters
Captain's cabin with upper/lower berths and ensuite head with shower Crew cabin with upper/lower berths Head with shower Crew mess/office U-Line refrigerator and ice maker Lenovo computer, HP 22" flat panel, HP officejet color, copy, fax, scanner D-link/Verizon wireless internet with Wi-Fi router plus "glass bridge" option to bridge electronics 22” Dynex LCD flat panel TV/DVD
Navigation and Electronics
Complete retrofit of exterior electronics, antennas, and arch, plus all interior navigation electronics (2007) Pilothouse: Accessed from starboard stairway Center helm console and helm seat Additional seating to port and aft Navigation and computer/communication center to starboard KVH F55 Tracphone KVH G6 Tracvision Furuno NavNet 72 mile color radar Furuno GPS/ color chart plotter Stand alone Nauticomp DVD/ROM navigation computer (2) Furuno flat screen color monitors (2) Furuno GPS/WAAS GP-32 Furuno NAV pilot 500 autopilot with remote ICOM VHF (remote on bridge) Robertson AP40 autopilot Digital Furuno color depth sounder Intercom system Skanti HF SSB radio Sailor VHF radio (4) ICOM handheld VHF radios Bergen Nautik compass  Ritchie compass Dual trumpet air horns VDO rudder angle indicators (2) ACR Strobe lights Ray-Line search light, remote and handheld
Computer Software
Windows XP KVH Sat-Internet KVH Sat-Phone Syrens onboard Wi-Fi D-Link Verizon Wi-Fi Nobeltec Navigation Navnet C-Net WX WORX on water Airmar weather caster Tides and currents pro Microsoft software; Word, Excel, Outlook, Quicken
Engine and Mechanical Equipment
Triple screw configuration Nibral 5-bladed props and (2) spares 3.5" Stainless shafts Naiad stabilizers 12" Hydraulic bow thruster, 40hp Vantage Marine 800 gpd water maker CruiseAir air-conditioning units, chilled water, with reverse cycle heating and individual controls in each stateroom/cabin Fuel transfer system with rate/flow meter New hour meters on engines (2005) Bilge high water alarm system with (3) pumps; (1) 220V AC, (2) 24V DC (rebuilt 2010) Fire extinguishing systems, fixed C02 with manual discharge (replaced 2010) Racor fuel/water separator filters for main engines and generators (2005) (2) Head Hunter Mach 5 AC freshwater pumps; (1) primary, (1) back up, 2007 Fuel distribution manifold, 2005 Sea water strainers on all raw water pick-ups (new 2010)) (3) Rule automatic HD bilge pumps Electric bilge pump (manual control) Craftsman toolbox and tools, 2005 (see upgrades) 50 gallon Lube oil tank Curtis air compressor, ships service GE 40 gallon hot water heater (new 2011) Torrid 17 gallon hot water crew heater (new 2011) Hydraulic trim tabs Wet/dry shop vac Portable 110V bilge pump (2) High output intake and exhaust fans Sanitation System: (7) Microphor heads throughout (3) Black water and (3) gray water holding tanks
Electrical Equipment
(2) 30KW Northern Lights gensets hi-temp sound shields (2) 220V/50 amp Shore power cords, 50 feet each, plus (2) 100 amp pigtails (2) 24V DC chargers with remote switching (1) 12V DC charger (2) Charles 50 amp Iso Boosts (1) Engine battery bank and (1) house battery bank (new 2005) Bridge Electronics have dedicated batteries
Aft Deck
(2) Lounge chairs Cocktail table Teak decks Accented rope lighting New seat cushions and bolsters (2011)
Flybridge / Boat Deck
Accessed from pilothouse and affords excellent seating and al fresco dining with a panoramic view Table seats eight to ten guests and has a Bimini sun cover DCS stainless LPG BBQ 15' Novurania 460DL tender with Yamaha 90 hp and Sony AM/FM/CD stereo w/high output marine speakers ICOM VHF marine radio with distress function USCG safety kit Anchor, rod holders, and kill bag
Deck and Hull
Bow pulpit Stainless steel bow rails with fender racks (2) 105 lbs. Stockless anchors (2) 400' ½" stainless steel BBB chain Vetus horizontal windlass with vertical capstan Escape hatch on foredeck 1200 lb. Davit with electric winch Cockpit and boat deck flood lights Stainless steel swim ladder 12" Hydraulic bow thruster Marquipt accommodation ladder Emergency tiller Braided 1" black docking lines with leather eyes (all new 2005) (10) Fenders with new black covers Lighted stainless steel flagpole Freezer in fishing cockpit High output underwater lights (2) Rod holders Max Air 35 diving compressor  (6) Scuba tank racks
Safety Equipment
(2) Zodiac 6-person life rafts ACR Satellite 406 EPIRB (2010) (4) Throwable life rings, with 2 strobe lights New signal flare kit (meets Coast Guard specs) Fixed C02, plus (12) portables throughout vessel (2010) Fire fighting pumping stations forward and aft, main deck Emergency ditch container 7" Brass bell CPR/AED defibrillator Offshore cruising first aid kits
Recent Upgrades 2005-2007, 2010
2005 engine room refit Replaced main engine transmissions, upgraded to ZF Marine, 632 hrs New main engine fuel distribution manifold New fuel lines New Racor fuel filter system manifold Replaced all hydraulic lines and fittings for bow thruster Replaced main engine raw water plumbing and thru hulls New water maker membranes and UV sterilizer and filter Replace exhaust wrap with new, highest quality Thermal Wrap New generator sound shields, highest quality Thermal Wrap material (2007) New engine room gauge panel with new start/stops Redesigned freshwater system (2) New Head Hunter Mach 5 freshwater pumps New water manifold New black water tank with increased capacity to 100 gallons New black water tank monitoring system (updated 2012) Custom rope lighting in main salon overhead Complete interior design refit; detailing of all woodwork, brass work polished and powder coated throughout (handrails, light bezels, misc. hardware), and upgraded fwd stateroom shower New exterior canvas New UPS (Uninterrupted Power Source) for all electronics (2011) Panasonic wireless phone system with capacity to upgrade New spotlight All new Craftsman tools, tool boxes, and power tools Exterior hull and superstructure paint work completed in 2003 Exterior black graphics completed in 2004 (7) Microphor heads upgraded 2003/2004 Complete bridge navigation and communications upgrade (2007) Complete computer and office upgrade (2007) Rebuilt main hoist motor, cable, blocks, and lifting sling (2007) Charles Iso Boost voltage correcting shoreline isolation transformer (2007) New HVAC all pressure lines throughout yacht All exterior cushions and flybridge helm seats replaced (2011-2012) Added long range fuel tanks (2) 500 gallons Added 100 gallon tank for tender Sound enclosure for main air compressor 2011 Sound enclosure for auto pilot gyro 2011
Potential purchasers should assume that items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht.  These specifications are believed to be true and correct but cannot be guaranteed. 
Specifications and details of this vessel are provided in good faith for informational purposes only.  Data regarding the specifications, operating characteristics, and condition of the vessel was obtained from sources believed to be reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers.  Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, capacities, consumptions and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided and agrees to instruct his agent or surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase.  Vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price and inventory changes and withdrawl from market without notice.
For complete details, contact Central Agent Mason Staring, at (949) 642-5735 or e-mail: