LION'S WHELP Yacht for Sale

83' (25.29m)

Not for sale or charter to U.S. residents while in U.S. waters.

This well known, classic power yacht is admired by her hundreds of followers up and down the East Coast. She was designed by Eldrige McInnes and expertly crafted in 1966 by Goudy & Stevens in Maine. A sistership to Cassair and Black Knigh, she has been well maintained over the years and was extensively rebuilt in 1992. Her large owner's cabin and twin guest cabins aft make her ideal for charter or personal use. She can easily by seen in Gloucester Point, Virginia where she has been under the same care for the last 20 years.

The owner’s health has forced him to put her on the market at a very reasonable price. However, he is very anxious to complete a sale this fall, so all offers will be considered.

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Length 83 FT (25.29 M)
Beam 20 FT (6.09 M)
Year Built 1966
Construction Wood
Cruising Speed 14 Knots
LOA 83 FT (25.29 M)
LWL 78 FT (23.47 M)
Beam 20 FT (6.09 M)
Min Draft 6 FT (1.82 M)
Cruising Speed 14 Knots
Water Capacity 400 Liters
Fuel Capacity 1,200 Liters
Hull Material Wood
Details for LION'S WHELP Private Luxury Yacht For sale

Full Specifications

Sleeps 6 owners and guests in 3 staterooms. The master stateroom is aft with electric fresh water head, shower, and queen size bed. There are two guest staterooms including one guest head with electric fresh water head and shower. Crew accommodations include 4 berths, electric fresh water head and shower. The captain's quarters are separate.

Comfort for all in any weather condition, the LION'S WHELP is equipped with opening hatches.vents and Cruise Air units in all enclosed areas: The Cruise Air units, all with new compressors and fan motor assemblies installed in 2004-2005 and updated thru 2019, provide cold or hot air depending upon your needs. The Naiad stabilizers enhance the smooth and steady ride of LION'S WHELP. Head room is very generous with 6' 3" clearance in the staterooms and 6' 8" in the wheelhouse, salon and galley. Side decks are wide and unobstructed for easy access fore and aft. There are skylights in the galley, captain's quarters, wheelhouse and staterooms. LION'S WHELP comes with all the equipment and space necessary for the crew to provide the ultimate in service. The full working galley has a double stainless steel sink, lots of storage area, oven, 4 burner glass cooktop stove, 17 cu. ft. Stainless refrigerator/freezer, seperate 14 cu. ft. freezer, microwave/broiler, dishwasher and other necessary items to prepare a sit down dinner for 12 or lunch for 30. The laundry is equipped with full size washer and dryer.The separate captain's quarters are opposite the galley. It is equipped with two large bunks, a large dresser, hanging closet and desk with mirror. The crew quarters are in the bow forward of the laundry with two generous size bunks seating and large storage areas. When appropriate, access to the deck from the galley/crews quarters can be made through a companionway, eliminating the need to pass through the salon and wheelhouse. A large table in the salon that allows for seating of up to ten for dinning. Large wide seats are positioned aft and either side of the captains chair in the wheel house allowing up to four people to view the passing scenery or observe the captain navigate the ship without obstructing his operating area. Referred to as a "Dry Stacker", LION'S WHELP engines exhaust near the top of the mast and are silenced. Quiet on deck, this system also eliminates the engine exhaust from rolling up over the stern and irritating passengers and crew as happens with "wet exhaust" vessels.

Galley is genuine working galley with custom stainless steel counters and extra deep stainless steel double
sinks and plenty of light and ventilation. All appliances replaced in 1992

• Whirlpool refrigerator w/ freezer
• Deep freeze

• water heater
• Modern Maid 4-burner electric stove

• pressure water system '99)
• holding plate freezer (needs compressor)
• microwave/convection oven 201
• dishwasher (new '99)

• Offshore Marine Labs watermaker 500GPD

• washer and dryer

• Simrad Chart Plotter NSSEV02 (2018)
• 72-mile Furuno radar

• Simrad Autopilot
• Simrad RS40  VHF/Hailer AIS (2021)

• ICOM 602 VHF

• 6'Compass
• Depth sounder

• Raymarine 150

• Rudder Angle Indicator
• Datamarine Speed & Distance logs

• Furuno 24-mile Rasta Scan radar
• Furuno color sounder
• DZL Fuel Mgt. System

• Spare ICOM VHF
• Anschutz Gyrocompass for Naiad stabilizers

• 12 volt, 24 volt (DC) • 7 batteries with parallel switch
• 110 volt, 220 volt (AC) • automatic battery charger
• (1) Kilopak 23 Kw generator  (2002

• Northern Lights Generator (2018)

•  50 AMP inlet P/S for dockside electrical cables

• Shore power cable
• 2 new Charles electronic chargers

• Hart Freeman 25 amp inverter/charger

• 2 Guest 24 volt to 12 volt converters

• Twin Detroit Diesel 12v71N engine (1992)

• 23 Kw Kilopack generator  (2002)

• Northern Lights Generator (2018)

• Naiad stabilizers

• Oil change pumps for main engines

• Fire Bouy MA2070 fire suppression and electric shut off system for main and generator engines

• Fuel transfer pump to twin day tanks for engines and generators

• Raritan Atlantic Freeman electric, fresh water Heads (3)

• Holiday 200 gal holding tanks (2) with pump out and macerator  discharge pumps

• Air compressor for horn, wipers and engine room utility

• Offshore Marine Labs watermaker 500 gpd

Deck hardware includes three large chromed bronze cleats both port and starboard located on the bow mid-ships and on the quarters. Large stainless bits are on the stern. Large Navy type anchors(estimated 300#) in port and starboard hawse pipes (sand blasted, zinc and hard coated 2005) attached to 250' chain on starboard and 350' (new 2005) chain on port side. Chain is rove over the twin wildcats of the Ideal Windlass (rebuilt 2003) which also features a very handy vertical capstan. The chain feeds down through hawse pipes and stores below the flooring of the crews’ quarters. Large stainless steel plates protect the bow from hauling and securing anchors: The heavy-duty Marquip boat boom on the portside has new cable, master control switch and motor. There are Sunbrella covers for the windlass, Navy bell, teak bow boxes, ventilators, scuttles, searchlights, salon top cushion, fighting chairs and bench seat. All are in very good to excellent condition. There is a large Sunbrella awning that can be quickly put up that covers deck from the aft cockpit to the stern. LION'S WHELP is equipped with port and starboard8" Carlisle-Finch searchlights manually controlled from the pilothouse. Additionally, for completely illuminating an entire harbor or miles of the inland waterway, there is a huge fixed
1,D00,000-candle power searchlight located on the mast. Both anchors are "Navy" type and are deployed via through deck hawse pipes. Hull sides are protected by large metal S/S anchor flange plates forward and by rubrails which start just aft of the anchor hawse pipes and are carried aft to the transom. Anchor overhauled (fall of 1999). An aft spray rail is also fitted, port and starboard. The windlass was completely rebuilt in 1992.One of the nicest features on board is the protected seating area on the aft deck, surrounded forward, to port and starboard by a windowed "doghouse". There is a U-shaped settee inside this structure facing aft and a teak drop leaf table with ice machine. A convertible bench seat with storage under is aft of the teak table and has a hinged back rest which allows facing forward or aft as the occupant wishes. Side decks on LION'S WHELP are generously wide and unobstructed, allowing for easy access fore and aft. All cushions new in 2006.
• Two anchors, side stanchions with lifelines

• Ideal electric windlass
• fenders and lines
• 20 life jackets/life rings
• Fiberglass over wood deck • navigation lights
• fresh water and salt water wash down systems • single and dual manual controlled search
• electric dinghy davits lights
• spreader lights
• Swim platform
• swim ladder
• windshield washer and wipers
• 1,000,000 Candle power search light

• Carlisle Finch 8" searchlight (2)

• Nautica 132.5 inflatable dinghy with 60HP Yamaha engine (Low hours)

• Dinghy davit (electrical 110v AC)

• Boarding steps

LION'S WHELP was built for Phineas Shaw Sprague, the head of Sprague Oil Company. Launched in 1966 she is similar in design to CASSIAR now BLACK KNIGHT designed by the famous Eldridge Mcinnis. These designs were a modification of the highly touted U.S. Coast Guard 83 footer from WWII era, also a design from Mcinnis of Boston, MA. LION'S WHELP was built by Goudy Stevens in Boothbay Harbor, ME. A shipyard whose reputation for excellence asa builder would match that of Eldridge Mcinnis as designers.

THE NAME LION'S WHELP comes from the ship that brought Phineas Sprague's forefather to America. Lt. Ralph Sprague landed near Cape Ann in July 1629 aboard the LION'S WHELP. The Sprague family continues its strong relationship with the water and  fine vessels today with the recently launched schooner LION'S WHELP. Built as though she was a battleship: oak frames, keel and garboards with double planked 35' first Growth Douglas fir over white cedar inner planking. As a symbol of her strength, a brass naval bell adorns her bow and a lion on her stern. The third owner was John M Rockwood Sr. A Naval veteran of Pearl Harbor and WWII, John loved the style and seaworthy nature of LION'S WHELP. He used her personally and for "6 pack" charters. One of his last charters was to Billy Joel, a lover of special classic boats. An offer was in the works from Billy Joel when the owner decided to take a last cruise to the Florida Keys. Unfortunately, when entering a channel in the keys, she struck her stabilizer fin on an underwater structure and punched it inward. She sank but fortunately in shoal water. As it turned out, John Rockwood's bad fortune may have been what saved LION'S WHELP for future generations. He decided to have her rebuilt at Spencer Rybovich, the yard that had been giving her tender loving care since he purchased her.

"Rebirth of a Classic" is how Spencer Rybovich titled their newsletter about the rebuild of LION'S WHELP. Extensive work on the hull was done with new garboards, replacement sister frames and over 6500 new fastenings. Most impressive was the new equipment. A complete new oversized electrical system with new wiring throughout and new panels in both bridge and engine room. All systems are bonded and a large copper ground on the bottom provides excellent grounding for all electronics. New Detroit Diesel 12V71 naturals for main power plants, new 23kw Kilopak diesel generators, Naiad stabilizers, all new electronics' and air conditioning/heating units.

Stephen Tilton, from a long line of Martha's Vineyard seamen and fishermen, purchased LION'S WHELP in late 1997. This came about mostly by the influence of friendships and associations. Mitch Neff of Sparkman & Stephens had been aguest at Steve's dock and home in Edgartown for a number of years. Having the reputation of a  yachtbroker and being a friend, Steve entrusted him to recommend the best available when stepping up from his 36' Jarvis Newman. Mitch recommended the LION'S WHELP. Unwilling to only rely on one source, Steve remembered his fatherstating at one time "Dave is the more knowledgeable about his own trade than any person I have meet in my lifetime". Captain Alton Tilton, not free with strong compliments, was referring to his friend and 35 years his junior -Captain DavidM. Thompson. Armed with over 150 brochures of vessels for sale between 65 and 95' with the one on LION'S WHELP inserted near the bottom, Steve hunted down Captain Dave and presented him with the pile. Dave discarded some quickly and went in to great detail on others - Until he got to LION'S WHELP at which point he quickly said "Buy This One".

When doing the survey in purchasing the vessel from John Rockwood, it was discovered that unsupervised storage in Florida fresh water river caused some deterioration to her hull. Captain Dave and Steve, now joined up in this venture, formulated a plan that would put LION'S WHELP to work In the charter trade while at the same time bringing her overall integrity back to a high standard.

In December 1997 Captain Dave and owner Steve worked up a plan to put LION'S WHELP to work in the charter trade using the off seasons to rehab the vessel to a condition that would assure her future for another 35 years. Chartering produced income to help cover the outlay. Working the vessel also gave Captain Dave uncompromising knowledge about every detail of LION'S WHELP. Captain Dave is a wooden boat fanatic. It is thought by those around him that he has studied the detail of every wooden boat restoration project in the past 30years-at least twice. In addition to managing numerous builds and rebuild projects, he has established a kinship and exchange with the top Craftsmen in the industry. Nat Benjamin of Gannon & Benjamin was brought to the 1997 Survey as a consultant and advisor and of course has been consulted about wood related projects along the way. It would seem ludicrous to any wood boat person that had access to Nat not to make use of his knowledge. From the BOTTOM up: Too large to haul at Gannon and Benjamin we started carrying out the hull restoration in New Bedford in 1998 with Tony Marque's craftsmen doing the woodwork. We have continued during the charter off-seasons with hull projects from the keel up to the rails and trunk-cabin through this spring. These projects were meticulously completed by Tony's craftsmen and those from Newport Yacht Joinery and John Sheehan Shipwrights. When taking the bottom down to bare wood in 1998 we noticed some marine borer intrusions at the butt end of one of the garboards. Nat Benjamin informed us to eliminate that problem for our lifetime to replace them with angelique. Angelique is a wood from Surinam that is slightly stronger and tougher that the best white oak. More importantly it is high in silica content and marine borers hate it.Showing any deterioration or not, all garboards were replaced with angelique wood 1 ¾" by 35' long all the way to the stem. All of the next 4 planks up were replaced with angelique 1 ¾" by minimum of 25' with staggered butts. All areas of   wood deterioration on the hull noted on the 11/99 in depth survey have been replaced. This includes 13 frames, 17 sister frames of air dried white oak laminated with West System through bolted ½" silicon bolts. All rudder blackings have been rep laced with angelique and West System with new frames around blocking. The bottom has been completely refastened during this period. New rub rails of angelique were installed from stern to bow spray rails. Any of the double planking showing wear was replaced as original with air dried white cedar inner and outer of air dried old growth Douglas fir. All bilges cleaned, prepped and re-filled with molten pine pitch as original. The soft-patch (lazarette hatch) framing and blocking has been redone in angelique with wider channels to better drain deck runoff . The Port bulworks were replaced along with new port and starboard cap rails from the fore-deck to the stern

LION'S WHELP has plied the waters along the East Coast and Caribbean for over 35 years. She has been seen as far south as Venezuela, north to St. Johns, Newfoundland and east to the Canary Islands with numerous trips to Bermuda. Her style and beauty leaves an unforgettable impression. Those that see her again never ask "is that the same LION'S WHELP"? Most often their hail includes the month, year and sometimes the day and even hour they last saw her. "When will I she pass this way again?" is the last you hear as you are at the end of shouting distance.

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