550 Sedan Bridge is now ours

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  1. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I have been working on the purchase of a 550 Sedan Bridge in Michigan since February. We looked at a 500 Sedan Bridge at the Seattle Boat show in January and liked what we saw. A Yachtworld search turned up a 550 in MI that looked nice, was well equipped and had the CAT 3406's rather than the Detroit's.

    I had the boat surveyed (Hull and Equipment by one company, engines and genset by another company) and both came up pretty clean. I went to MI in April to sea trial the boat and the boat performed well.

    I ran it at WOT for 10 minutes to make sure it was propped correctly and it hit the recommended WOT rpm's (2150) and speed (30kts) with no elevated exhaust temps.

    Here's the boat........

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    The salon.........
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    Looking forward to the galley...
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    The selling broker is taking my 330 on trade so once we came to terms on the numbers I arranged for transport of both boats. That was a cluster f*** because transport quotes ranged from $20K to $52K.

    I went back to MI last week to observe the haul out and removal of the bridge for transport. I'm having the boat trucked to Portland, OR to a yard to have some work done before I bring it home. They are putting in a bow thruster, swim platform extensiion, inverter, genset water separator, KVH Satellite System and a few other goodies.

    I've heard the horror stories about dealers shipping a boat across the country cutting wires to remove the flybridge. I didn't want that to happen so I had a tech from the boat yard in OR fly back to MI for 3 days to supervise the removal of the bridge. That went smoothly with all the wires tagged as to what they connected to, and everything under the flybridge console photographed to make reassembly easier.
     
  2. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Here’s the boat getting ready for the lift…..
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    And fully raised….
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    Being loaded on the trailer….
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    The bridge ready for lifting….
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    It’s free and clear….
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    Sitting on its cradle…..
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    The boat was supposed to have been shrink wrapped before it left but due to the high winds that did not get done. The bridge has been shrink wrapped and is being transported on its own trailer. The truck with the boat left Tuesday afternoon and is on it’s way. The truck with the bridge should leave today and won’t have any problem catching up to the other truck.

    Both should be in Portland by late Saturday or Sunday to be unloaded Monday. Keep your fingers crossed for a safe transport of both parts.
     
  3. NoThanksDad

    NoThanksDad New Member

    314
    Jun 21, 2009
    Audubon, PA
    330 Sundancer 1994
    twin 5.7L Mercruiser w/ Alpha I drives
    GoFirstClass,

    That's awesome, congratulations. Best of luck with the transport and eventual launch. That's a fine looking vessel. :smt038
     
  4. Big Al

    Big Al New Member

    293
    Oct 13, 2006
    Canada
    370 Sundancer
    Twin 454 Mercruiser
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke genny
    It is a very nice boat, congratulations.

    Lots of room in that boat, I could live in this.

    When do you expect to put it in the water once on your end ?
     
  5. Youngin19

    Youngin19 New Member

    53
    Jan 10, 2010
    Maryland - Rock Creek
    2005 Amberjack 290
    350 Merc Horizons
    Very nice!! Good luck with the transport!!
     
  6. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 8212, 741 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    Awesome! Congrats on the boat and best of luck with the delivery.

    I wish the pics better reflected her condition and cleanliness: having admired her several weeks ago, I can attest that she is in stellar condition. I'm sure you'll enjoy having her home.
     
  7. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    Congrats! That's a nice boat and I am impressed with how thorough you are in the process. Great job!
     
  8. mwph

    mwph Active Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Lake Guntersville, Tennessee River, Alabama
    1998 250 DA
    7.4L, B3
    Very nice! Serious upgrade too. You didn't have 2 footitis you had 22 footitis! Thanks for taking the time to post the details & pics. Very interesting, (to me at least).

    Again, thanks & good luck!
     
  9. Sua Sponte

    Sua Sponte Member

    97
    Apr 20, 2008
    Cleveland Yacht Club
    500 Sundancer 1997, 2nd Gen Furuno Electronics in '08
    Cat 3196 TA's @ ~700 HP EA
    I think the 55 Bridge is one of the best SRs ever built. Beautiful and congrats!
     
  10. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    Congrats. That's a lotta coin to move it. Hopefully it all get's here in the same condition she left. Best of luck
     
  11. Chris R

    Chris R Member

    751
    Mar 17, 2008
    Bloomington, Il - formerly in Gig Harbor, WA
    In between boats, now. Former boat: 2008 340 DA
    8.1 Horizons w/V-drives
    Nice! I see you are in Eastern WA - where do you plan to moor it?
     
  12. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Thanks for the comments and questions. To respond to some of them...

    Big Al, The yard estimates 4-5 weeks before they will be done with it. It should arrive there this weekend and be unloaded next Monday. If they stay on the schedule it should be ready for us to cruise from Portland to Pasco, WA where we will moor it right around the end of June. I hope to have it home before the July 4th weekend.

    Funny side note--two years ago, with the thought in mind that we would upsize some day, I started renting a 20' x 60' slip for the 330. I figure most people buy their big boat then scramble around looking for a place to put it. I did it in reverse and am glad we did. One less thing to worry about.

    RollerCoaster, thanks for the comments. She's in much better condition than I would have exptected given she's 15 years old. I got the engine/genset maintenance records for the past five years and know she's been well taken care of. The prior owners obviously took pride in her and it shows.

    Tonka, you call it "thorough", my wife calls it "anal". Either way it's my nature to want to be on top of things like this. At the same time I also have enough sense to stay out of the way of the people who were doing the work. Except for a few questions during the haul out and disassembly I pretty much stayed quiet and on the sidelines.

    ChrisR, she'll be moored at the Port of Kennewick's new marina on Clover Island. Portofkennewick.org Latitude: 46.26555556 46°15’56”
    Longitude: -119.25416667 119°15’15”. Our future cruise plans include spending some summers up in your neck of the woods and further on up into CA waters. We took our 330 over there (trailed it to Anacortes) and that whetted our appetites for longer distance cruising.

    I like this marina and my slip has no obstructions to worry about either leaving or entering the slip. Here's a pic of the 330 alongside our 19' Reinell,

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    And a shot looking the other direction. I love the clear access to the slip.
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    It's about 1/4 mile from the slip to the bridge you can see in the photo and the no-wake zone ends about half way to the bridge.

    There's also a fuel dock about 100 yards to the right that has a free pumpout.
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2010
  13. agreico

    agreico New Member

    57
    Jul 8, 2009
    Hopewll Junction, New York
    280 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0 Bravo III Drives
    You left no stone unturned. The boat looks great. Congratulations. TG
     
  14. 320Bob

    320Bob Active Member

    Nov 2, 2009
    AZ
    2012 Chaparral 267 SSX Sold
    Boatless
    Congrats on your upgrade from a boat like mine to a true yacht. I didn't realize you could remove the bridge for transport. I would have thought for a boat that size you would have just cruise down to the Panama Canal and on up the coast to Washington state.:smt043. Great lines and creature comforts on your new vessel. Now you will have to put your other small boat in the transom locker to fit her into your slip.:grin: I was also glad to see you were able to trade in your 330 instead of having to broker it and hope it would sell in a reasonably short time. Wish you many hours of trouble free cruising.
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2010
  15. 88 AmberRay

    88 AmberRay New Member

    116
    Aug 6, 2009
    Myrtle Beach, SC ( ICW)
    1988 27' Amberjack
    Twin 5.7 Merc's
    Alpha I Gen 1
    SE 106's
    08/12/13
    WOW! Very nice. Good luck with Her!
     
  16. Big Al

    Big Al New Member

    293
    Oct 13, 2006
    Canada
    370 Sundancer
    Twin 454 Mercruiser
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke genny
    Well, maybe you will have to move your 19' Reinell to the end of its dock. The 55 will take much more space than the 33 DA ;-)...
     
  17. katricol

    katricol Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 4, 2008
    LONG ISLAND SOUND
    2000 540DA
    CAT 3196 660 HP
    congrats!!!...and get ready to do some serious cleaning when she gets home.
     
  18. Nacho Boat

    Nacho Boat New Member

    482
    Sep 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    290 Sundancer 2006, Kohler Generator
    Northstar 6000 GPS
    Towed w/Ford F-350
    Twin 5.0L Mercruiser w/Bravo III Drives
    Wow...thanks for posting the pictures. I never realized it was so difficult to move one of these boats across the country.

    Congrats on your new Mistress!!!!!
     
  19. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Part of the initial agreement with the seller was that they had to take my boat on trade. I've seen too many brokerage boats sit for a year or two while the owner pays for moorage, power, etc. It could end up costing tens of thousands while it sits...and the owner doesn't get to use it during that time.

    320Bob, the Panama Canal thing was lightly kicked around but quickly CANX'd because of the cost of fuel, the canal passage, time, etc. It would have been the trip of a lifetime but not now.

    The Reinell is already out of the slip, sitting on her trailer in our garage. We have a place in AZ that we'll be taking her down to once I get things settled with the new boat.

    Katricol, you're right about the serious cleanup job. Once it gets to the yard in Portland I'll be making weekend trips down there to do a few small things and do the "wax on, wax off" routine. I figure that will be the perfect time to do it while she's on the hard. Waxing a boat hull while it's in the water is never as easy as when it's on shore.
     
  20. Chris R

    Chris R Member

    751
    Mar 17, 2008
    Bloomington, Il - formerly in Gig Harbor, WA
    In between boats, now. Former boat: 2008 340 DA
    8.1 Horizons w/V-drives
    Nice slip!
     

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