Explorer yacht Sea Monster sold
by Malcolm Maclean
The 31.39 metre explorer yacht Sea Monster has been sold with Ben Snead at Expedition Yachts representing both buyer and seller.
Built in steel by US yard Gulfport Shipbuilding, she was delivered in 1953 to serve as a tug in Boston Harbour and was purchased in 2000 with a view to converting her into a superyacht.
Sea Monster was completely dismantled down to the frames and all original machinery, piping, wiring and equipment removed. New systems were engineered and installed to meet the new requirements of the design. Setzer Design Group redesigned the spacious interior and styled the exterior maintaining the classic lines of the period. The original superstructure was removed and an all new aluminium structure fabricated and installed with excellent head room, superb stairway access to all decks and large windows and doors.
Westoff and Company, a noted large yacht interior engineer and fabricator, completed a new interior featuring European beech joinery. This interior, valued at over $1 million, is ready for installation. All new machinery, systems, piping and electrical wiring have been installed.
Forward of the main saloon is a large open dining and galley arrangement featuring large windows, an island preparation and cooking area with a raised bar and stools. The dining area, with a beautiful curved bulkhead forward, could also be enclosed for separation and privacy from the galley.
Forward of the galley and behind a thickly insulated bulkhead are two identically dimensioned guest cabins, each with queen beds, two hanging lockers, recessed television cabinets and en suite shower facilities. The owner's private deck and suite with a king sized bed is located on the upper deck and is accessed by an interior stairway that opens in to the skylounge.
The propulsion system is diesel-electric and consists of three new Caterpillar generators in soundshield enclosures feeding the original, rebuilt electric drive motor and propeller. Over eight million dollars have been invested to date on this project and a large inventory was included in this offering along with the plans and engineering. A change in the owner's plans initiated the sale.
Sea Monster was asking $1,995,000