Marcella was bought by the current owner around 1999. Imagine having an owner with the means to do a very complete refit on an older boat and also having someone whom could handle that refit, a project manager with a perfectionist mechanical background. So the owner and his very knowledgeable mechanic/systems/maintenance project manager went through the entire boat from stem to stern and did the refit to get Marcella the way he wanted. So with the help of a detailed perfectionist, master mechanic, with an incredible eye to detail, and you can start to understand what exactly and to the extent of what was done and why well over $1M was spent.
Most everything listed below as “new”, “redone” or “rebuilt” has been done from 1999 on. Although there are detailed records on all the repairs, to go through all the records to chronologically organize each upgrade or repair with an exact date is beyond the scope of this listing. Most of the work was done in the earlier years (like engine and generator work) but the boat has not really been anywhere so the work is still fresh. Given she has been under a covered shed, even the paint work still shines.
The level of detail to perfection is great. Even details as small as removing every screw, bolt and deck fitting from the hull, deck or fly bridge before the boat was awlgripped and then replacing those fittings with new, or replacing the hardware with better hardware, or rechroming the hardware should give a prospective buyer a sense of the level of detail that the refit underwent.
Redoing a boat is one thing but maintaining it is another. The same project manager who organized the refit is still taking care of the boat (and can continue to do so) and still today, she is maintained in top order even down to suspect hose clamps that are replaced every 6 months. In short, whatever Marcella needs, Marcella gets without delay.
Marcella is a Standard Hatteras 56, 3 cabin layout. Salon, inside helm and aft deck are on the same level. Ladder on aft deck up to fly bridge. Galley with dinette is down with dinette. Forward guest/crew cabin with over under bunks, ensuite head with full shower. The walkway Aft to the master stateroom has a washer dryer on starboard side with VIP guest cabin with twin beds to port. Head to starboard with full shower. Engine rooms on port and starboard in walk way to aft cabin. Master cabin aft is full beam width with centerline bed, large ensuite head with tub/shower, desk/vanity area and large hanging closet/lockers.
Marcella has multiple living areas for entertaining friends and family. The main salon is beautifully decorated with two large, custom-made, overstuffed sofas, coffee/chart table and custom built-in end tables on aft bulkhead of each sofa for setting drinks and snacks, stainless steel reading lamps, large windows for plenty of natural light and ocean views, custom-made window treatments, flat screen TV and Bose Lifestyle surround sound for the ultimate “movie or game night” experience. The wheelhouse is completely open to the salon which provides the driver with a good all-around view. Some interior upgrades and improvements include:
- Interior is Afromosio Teak and in very good shape. All wood redone, restained if needed, and varnished throughout the interior.
- New headliners in pilot house, salon and galley.
- One piece carpet through- out salon and again in aft hall walkway thru guest stateroom and master aft cabin.
- Salon Sofas custom built with custom storage under.
- New valances, lambrequins, and port light covers as well as blinds throughout.
- All Custom blind/shades have s/s rod tracks to keep from damaging wood (blinds swinging) inside valences throughout.
- 110 v halogen lighting in salon.
- Hand-blown, neon accent lighting in salon.
- Salon-Custom cabinets with bar and glass storage with wood to match Hatteras.
- TV cabinet also custom built to match Hatteras behind pilothouse helm seat .
- Stainless steel lamps.
- New light switches and bezels and dimmers throughout where permissible.
If you feel like cooking a gourmet meal, Marcella’s spacious U-shaped galley is fully equipped with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, beautiful wood cabinets with abundant storage with custom touches such as a built-in spice rack and plenty of counter space. Marcella’s galley boasts of many amenities, upgrades and improvements including:
- Dinette was rebuilt. A Custom table larger than standard and with a solid corian top with teak trim and s/s post to allow more legroom.
- Corian counter tops throughout galley.
- Full size Fridge has new compressor.
- New S/S back splash around upgraded stove oven, vent hood/microwave. Inductive surface top for stove top.
- All cabinet wood work redone with custom hidden hinges.
- Kitchen aid trash compactor.
- New Frankie S/S sink and fixtures.
- Water filtration system.
- Teak parquet floor totally redone in galley and pilothouse.
- Custom dish holders outboard of dinette.
- Custom spice rack and container storage on counters.
- Antique chart of Galveston Bay over dinette.
- Drawer slides and glides installed.
- Custom storage in counter.
- New halogen lights.
- Bose speakers.
- Custom galley deck support made of S/S turnbuckle support that can be adjusted (if ever needed). A common Hatteras issue because of the expanse of the generator room below the galley.
- Under cabinet hi/lo halogen lighting.
- Stairs from galley to pilot house have indirect lighting with custom teak bezels.
- Storage behind dinette table.
Staterooms and Heads
Master Stateroom Highlights: The master stateroom is decorated with richly colored designer fabrics that complement the gorgeous wood. It features a king size bed, large built-in desk/vanity with a chair, an oversized cedar lined hanging closet and a 21” Sharp LCD flat screen TV with a Sansui . The private head has a full size tub and shower combination and all new countertops.
Guest Stateroom and Aft Cabin Highlights: The guest stateroom is also tastefully decorated and contains port and starboard twin berths with ample storage underneath as well as a cedar lined closet. A large head is conveniently located directly across the corridor. It is close enough to act as a private bathroom for the guest stateroom; however, the slight separation means that other guests do not have to enter the bedroom in order to use the head. The forward stateroom is also very nice and can sleep two comfortably with twin V-berths. It also has built in storage and a private head.
Staterooms and Cabin Detail:
- New mattresses and mattress covers as well as bed spreads in all cabins.
- Custom porthole covers. Bomar Ports in aft cabin stripped down to bare and awlgriped.
- Anchor locker access in forward guest/crew cabin.
- Custom fold up $4K king size mattress in Master.
- Linen locker with monogram linen and towels.
- New vinyl (post sanding and fairing) in walkway to engine rooms and also in heads.
- New head boards in mid ship guest stateroom and master.
- Custom teak a/c vents.
- Cedar lined locker.
- Writing desk/vanity in Master.
- All old galley mate heads removed and Sealand Vacuflush heads with odor safe hose and 220vt M Series Pump.
- Repeating Sealand Holding tank indicator in fwd head and master head.
- Flush indicator in all three heads.
- Bolan floors with custom trim in all 3 heads and custom piping around access Hatches.
Complete Awlgrip hull and deck in 1999-2000 with new nonskid sprayed in. Any suspect areas of end grain balsa core (flybridge, fore deck) were removed and repaired before painting. Where accessible, every nut, bolt, deck fitting was removed and replaced if needed or in some cases like the windlass, rechromed. Even the rub rail was taken off and put back on. All the exterior stainless fittings were also high polished. Other things like Rub rail stakes on cleats were added.
At the same time as the awlgrip, all window frames were removed and rebuilt with, new glides, felt track, zylon screws used. The frames on the lower deck house in the Galley, the aluminum frames were replaced. So when the frames go back in over new paint, or the deck hardware is removed and then the boat is painted, you never see any taped edges or overspray like you would on most paint jobs. More Exterior Highlights include:
- Original Weather boards on the walkway and aft deck which have gaps at top and bottom were removed and replaced with fitted boards with no gaps.
- Black fenders with covers in custom S/S holders on bow rail.
- Ideal windlass rebuilt re chromed with new deck switches.
- 450’ of HT chain and 450’ of rode (never in water).
- All new exterior cushions for foredeck and fly bridge.
- Black sunbrella and textaline window covers for front and doors.
- ACR spotlight added.
- Deck boxes repainted and new hardware.
- Foredeck hatch redone with solid fbg (from original translucent glass).
- New weather strips and hinges on hatches and deck boxes.
- Exterior handrails stripped down and done with 15 coats of Bristol vanish.
- New Lifelines.
- Original Aluminum J molding that goes around Fly bridge was renewed in custom plastic and color matched.
- Custom black starboard boarding pads at all entries.
- Sliding Pilothouse doors reworked with new roller assembly’s installed.
- Custom black plexi name boards with running lights.
- New shore power and water inlets.
- Port and stb shore power hook ups.
- All defective glass windows were replaced with solex safety glass. Corner curved plexiglass windshields in pilothouse were replaced.
- Fender system on sail track.
- Aft hard top underside flat effect done in awlgrip to remove original standard rough texture.
- Custom weather boards (no gap).
- Two custom cabinets on port and starboard: Port side has Scottsman ice maker, fridge with wet bar sink and New water filter assembly. On starboard side is storage.
- Teak table with expandable leafs and seating for 8. Custom made seat cushions.
- New teak ladder steps up to Fly bridge.
- Ladder on stern custom starboard steps and s/s polished out.
- Swim platform redone with non-skid to match rest of the boat.
- Aft deck salon cabin doors panels re-veneered and redone in Bristol varnish and new catches.
- All exterior door locks changed and keyed alike.
- Aft stereo speakers with aft deck volume control on aft deck and Fly bridge.
- Hynautic Hydraulic engine controls.
- Custom console cover.
- Custom hard Top is made by High seas in Florida. Anodized Aluminum “pipe welders” style with laceless, Stamoid cover and Rupp antenna holders. All new antennas.
- New custom made (higher than normal Hatteras) venturi windshield on Flybridge with center bar removed for better visibility.
- Two Pompanette Chairs redone, custom starboard material foot rest with polished aluminum supports.
- Custom cabinet built behind helm seats with Icemaker and Pit Boss S/S Propane infrared BBQ (hardly used).
- Aft deck fly bridge entry hatch done with new gas shocks and hardware.
- Marquip electric davit electric.
- 13’ Whaler Super Sport is 1997 with steering console and seating and Johnson 40hp (also 1997) with low hours. Always covered and has a VHF radio.
- 4 spare big ball fenders (fit in dingy under cover).
Electronics and Controls on Flybridge
- Electronics all redone in 1999 and are listed more for verification purposes than to be warranted as far as working condition but all were working at the time of the listing.
- Custom made console with electronics flush mounted in.
- Two New hailer horn under eyebrow.
- Tracvision KVH cruisers Sat TV.
- Tactronics plotter.
- Shipmate DC30 plotter.
- B&G network depth.
- Cetrek autopilot.
- Simrad 60 mile radar repeater.
- Ritchie digital compass.
- Gyro Gale hydraulic stabilizers controls.
- Hatteras Status monitor system on FB.
- Bilge pump alarms.
- Trim tabs.
- Standard horizon VHF.
- VC overhead lighting.
- Air horns.
- Aft Bridge flood lights.
- Custom drawers for ships manuals on starboard side of lower helm.
- Manual engine shutdown pulls.
- Manual fire suppressions system.
- New pilot house seat with leather cushions and decorative piping.
- New Formica on side of lower seat and foot rest.
- Yamaha stereo system with Niles speaker system throughout boat. Speakers in Every cabin, fly bridge, aft deck etc. have individual Niles volume control.
- Bose surround sound in salon.
- New overhead halogen lighting with dimmers.
- Re-finished Teak parquet floor in galley and pilothouse.
Electronics at Lower Pilothouse Helm
- Custom cabinet for electronics flush mounted.
- Lower helm horizontal surface totally rebuilt with one piece black formica.
- Simrad 60 mile radar.
- Simrad EQ32 echo depth sounder.
- Ritchie electronic compass.
- Simrad shipmate GN30 plotter.
- Computer and Capt software and NEC display. CPU installed in custom area under lower helm.
- Custom EPRIB holder.
Overhead Pilothouse Electronics
- Custom overhead consol with front and wood redone.
- Ship log,
- VHF with custom cord “cubbies”.
- Windshield washers custom panels.
The electrical was just about as completely and extensively redone as possible. Most all the original electrical was channeled and rerun and cable racked where permissible. Below are the high lights.
- Zinc saver system.
- All new electrical panels custom built with custom boat logo in engine rooms and pilothouse.
- Batteries: Two 32 VT banks (of four 8v batteries each) custom painted battery boxes in engine rooms. Two 12v 8D’s in generator room.
- 3 fold electrical isolation transformers.
- 32 and 12v chargers.
- Bosch custom mounted washer and dryer with invertor for 110v lighting.
TWO (MD-20-ROP63) 20kw kohler gen-sets. (Perkins blocks for engine side). Either generator will cover the loads on the boat. When the generator room was redone, the Generators sound shields were removed for better access (and easier to see leaks and serviceable items) any many other items were done such as different armature assembly covers, fuel system redone, new muffler hoses on generator as well as things like Holding tank vent system were redone in the generator room area. The Current Generator hours are 65 and 4 on the current hobbs meters but the meters have been changed when the generator room was redone. Total Generator hours based on ships old paperwork are guesstimated to be around 3000 hours.
Mechanical has been extensively redone. Below are the high lights:
- All bilges as well as even the inside of cabinets have been stripped, sanded, painted and in the case of cabinets sanded between coats for a smoother finish- throughout the boat.
- The engine rooms are works of art-Literally. Nothing of the original engine room areas really remain and everything looks ship shape and is above clean and tidy.
Twin 892 Detroit diesels totally stripped down to short blocks and totally rebuilt. All parts painted with high heat epoxy and then awl gripped oyster white. Rebuild included all the hard parts most people don’t replace: Turbos, blowers, starters, alternators, water pumps, engine driven air compressors, both transmission rebuilt. Other parts renewed including: Exhaust manifolds, blankets, hoses, belts, hose clamps, added block heaters, Renewed Fbg mufflers and resonators, exhaust hoses, Tbolt clamps, etc.
Current engine hours since rebuild: Starboard: 37, Port: 56. Original hours were about 3000 before rebuilt.
Gyro Gail Stabilizers with rebuilt custom S/S control heads. 4 fin (2 in aft engine rooms, 2 in head and mid ship stateroom).
Miscellaneous other stuff added to engine room:
- External recovery coolant bottles for detroits.
- New style Detroit Diesel, chrome-plated valve covers.
- New Air seps.
- Remote mounted custom oil filters for ease of changing.
- Custom oil change system to change either engine or generator from outside the boat.
- Co2 system.
- Double racor fuel filter assemblies in each engine room.
- Fuel polishing system with algea X in generator room.
- Village Marine Water maker (currently pickled).
- Craftsman tool box hard mounted.
- New 110 v and 32 v blowers.
- Hynautic steering system and hynautic crutches and throttles.
- Custom cabinets in engine room.
- Glendinning Engine sychronizer upper and lower.
- Bilges all cleaned, painted, fuel lines, fuel hoses redone.
- Engine room hall way access panels custom rebuilt for better fit.
- New 220 v water heater in 2012.
- New engine room floors boards and custom cabinets on bulkheads.
- 32v and 110v engine room lighting.
- All wiring redone, channeled in cable racks in engine rooms.
- All plumbing redone.
- Engine rooms totally repainted in custom color.
Air Conditioning Systems
- 16K BTU aft salon A/C installed in custom cabinet and custom wedge outlet.
- 24K BTU in forward salon pilot house area.
- Crew 7K BTU.
- Galley 10K BTU.
- Guest Stateroom 7K BTU.
- Master Stateroom 12K BTU with 2 separate blower controls.
- Custom-made teak supply and return grills.
- Master stateroom evaporator changed out April 2013
- Galley evaporator and condensing unit changed out April 2013
Tons of Spares
Pumps, Spare props, stub shafts, shafts, muff coupling, water pumps, raw water pumps. Also in storage is a Liferaft (needs certified) bought new, never on boat, has chocks but chocks never mounted.
It is hard to find any boat at any age that has had so much done as the Marcella. This boat is a 1981 model, but looks like new! Literally every system and every component of the boat has been looked at, rebuilt, or studied and made better than the original design. Every compartment is clean with barely even dust showing.
Marcella is ready to go cruising, be a great weekend condo or a corporate yacht for entertaining. She has been kept in incredible shape and will be a great boat for the next owner. There are few, if any boats, that I’d say I would sleep in the engine or generator room. On Marcella I would. She’s just incredible and a terrific buy. Read the full description for all the details below.
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