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Rybovich 53 COLD MOLDED 1967 Classic Sport+Fisherman 760 hours on fresh Diesels

  • Make: Rybovich
  • Model: 53 SportFisherman
  • Type: Saltwater Fishing
  • Year: 1967
  • Location: Jupiter, Florida, United States



Here is an incredibly rare opportunity to own a true piece of sport fishing history at an INCREDIBLE PRICE. The owner's loss is the next buyer's gain. The owner has moved on and this one needs to be sold by the first week of June. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own one of the most revered yacht brands of all time at a bargain price.

This is a true Tommy Rybovich cold molded 53’ Sportfisherman that is constructed of triple planked mahogany encapsulated with fiberglass & 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.”

Lone Eagle was purchased in 2013 by the current owner. The prior owner refreshed Lone Eagle in 2007. (Prior to 2007, she was appropriately named “Showpiece”). During 2007, 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 appointments, and more.

Her engines currently show 760 hours of use and they run fabulous. They do not billow smoke nor are they oily. They sound fantastic.

The salon is gorgeous and the high gloss finish looks fantastic. We were told MERRITT redid the interior when she was named Showpiece around the year 2000. She has a modern style galley with Corian countertops, a glass stove, and a convection microwave.

Lone Eagle 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 last survey was in the Fall of 2015. At that time, the surveyor noted Lone Eagle to be in average condition and placed a value of $425,000.She can go fishing tomorrow, however, she is not new and there are quite a few items that will need attention. The notable areas include: 1) The air compressor stopped working and likely needs to be replaced. (A new one is estimated at $350.) It is necessary to replace it so that the Microphor heads pressurize. 2) The toe rail needs to be redone along with other varnished exterior parts. (Estimated at $15,000-$20,000 for those repairs.3) The refrigeration units need replacement. We received a quote for ($9,443 to replace all of the A/C and refrigeration parts. (Figure $2,500 additional for labor.)4) The coaming boards should either by epoxy coated or replaced. (Estimated between $1,500-$8,500.) 5) The batteries are due forreplacement. (Estimated at $2,000) 6) The bottom needs to be repainted with anti-fouling paint and the sacrificial wood shoe needs to be replaced. (Estimated at $5,000) 7) Thegenerator runs great and produces great power, however, it shuts down after 20minutes or so. It appears to be a fuel or exhaust issue. Estimated at $2,000. 8) The wallpaper in the forward staterooms are due for replacement. 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 recently hit her classic 50 year mark… 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, we 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 next owner of Lone Eagle will want toeither add a classic bimini top to bring back the original "convertible"style or add a more modern looking hardtop. We estimate to do a convertible style bimini will be around $5,000 and a full hardtop around $25,000.

There are two Furuno 10” NavNet units on the bridge that are coupled to a digital sounder module.

The tower was removed in February of this year (2018). The first 40 photos (and all that show Lone Eagle without her tower) were taken in 2018. Most other photos that show her tower were taken in 2017 except for the one that show her bottom when being hauled out, which was 2015.

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. (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 vessels.

Lone Eagle will be an INCREDIBLE DEAL for anyone who desires a classic Rybovich or aninventor looking for an opportunity. Please do notpurchase this vessel if you are seeking a brand new or fully turn-key vessel. (It will cost over $4,000,000 to have aRybovichlike Lone Eaglebuilt today and a fully turn-key classic one will cost in excess of $1,000,000.)

Trade-ins will beconsidered for smaller vessels and or classic vehicles.

Keep in mind that once Lone Eagle is sold, the chances of being able to find another TommyRybovich cold-molded vessel will be nearly impossible.

Florida residents or anyone wishing to keep this vessel in the State of Florida will be required to pay the state sales tax of 6%.

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