53' Rybovich 53 Cold Molded Sportfisherman
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Here is an incredibly rare opportunity to own a true piece of Sportfishing history. This is a true Tommy Rybovich cold molded 53’ Sportfisherman that is constructed of triple planked mahogany encapsulated with epoxy. Lone Eagle II was born as Paul Levitan’s original “Little Pete” and she maintains her pedigreed place in “The Rybovich Book”. This is one of less than a handful of cold-molded vessels that Tommy designed. In “the book”, Pat Rybovich notes:
She originated and defined the styling of the ‘over 50 foot class’. Up until her construction, the 40 foot style boats continued to grow until they exceeded 50 feet in length but the newer 50 footers didn’t look all that different from their earlier 40 footers. Little Pete, however, ushered in a new genre for Rybovich: ‘the big boat look’ a seemingly endless bow stretching from her broken sheer, coupled with a long, low deckhouse with windows designed to enhance this effect.
The prior owner refreshed Lone Eagle in 2007. (Prior to 2007, she was appropriately named “Showpiece”). During 2007, I was told that the Detroit / J&T 6-92Tis were fully overhauled outside of the vessel by Florida Marine Tech then reinstalled. The exterior received a full awl grip paint job in Matterhorn white. Many other upgrades were also performed such as a new teak deck, interior carpeting, new head system, new galley, and more.
Lone Eagle was hauled out one year ago and she received new bottom paint and batteries at that time. I had Lone Eagle surveyed at that time and her hull and running gear was noted to be sound and dry.
Her engines currently show 714 hours of use and they run fabulous. They do not billow smoke nor are they oily like a good amount of Detroits. They sound fantastic.
The salon is gorgeous and the high gloss finish looks fantastic. She has a modern style galley with Corian countertops, a glass stove, and a convection microwave.
She has a queen-sized master mid-ship with its ensuite head. There are two other staterooms that each have single bunks. (2 bunks in each room, for a total of 4.) There is another head with a shower mid-ship. The forward stateroom does have its own “hideaway” toilet.
The surveyor noted Lone Eagle to be in above average condition. (Not excellent, but better than average.) She is ready to go fishing tomorrow and she not one of those projects that needs to go on the hard for six months. She is not new, however, and there are items that will need attention. The notable areas include: 1) The air compressor stopped working in May. It is necessary to repair it so that the Microphor heads pressurize. 2) The toe rail needs to be refinished along with some other varnished exterior parts. 3) The freezers and refrigeration units need servicing and/or replacement. 4) The uppermost tower station was disconnected. (I planned to remove the tower but never got around to doing so.) 5) There are some paint areas that need touch-ups, most notably around the windows. 6) The coaming boards should either by epoxy coated or replaced. There will also be a number of other “smaller scale” items to be addressed, however, none of which materially affect the value of the vessel, in my opinion. (Items such as GFIs, bonding lines, light bulbs, etc. This is a classic Rybovich that turns 50 next year… please do not expect a new or perfect vessel.)
Many owners of vessels like these hire part-time captains to perform the maintenance. For Lone Eagle, I would recommend the next owner to hire a captain full time for the first couple of months to go through all of her systems and then switch to a part-time basis.
The biggest improvement that I can see for Lone Eagle is to replace the tower with a modern looking hardtop. One admirer of Lone Eagle even suggested getting rid of the tower and putting up a bimini to bring back the “classic convertible” aspect. We estimate to replace the tower with a half-tower hardtop will run $25k-$50k and to do a convertible style bimini will be around $5,000.
Two brand new Raymarine touchscreen chart plotter displays were added last year along with a new Simrad autopilot head. In additional to the Raymarine units, there are also two Furuno 10” NavNet units on the bridge that are coupled to an open-array radar and a digital sounder module.
Lone Eagle is a head-turner on the waters and at marinas. She has been moored next to a 3-year-old custom Carolina sportfisherman that cost in excess of $3,000,000 to fabricate. When marina patrons walk down the dock, they ignore the newer sport boat and always admire Lone Eagle. When Lone Eagle was hauled out for her new bottom paint, everyone at the boat yard stopped what he was doing to come admire this Rybovich. (I heard one of the main guys state out loud “now there is a real boat”…. The yard was filled boats from the likes of Viking, Hatteras, and Davis.) Please understated attention like this comes nature of these beautiful Rybovich yachts.