SHELLBACK, a custom-built, pilothouse cruiser designed by renowned designer WIB Crealock coalesces the features and pedigree many discerning sailors desire in a cruising yacht. The ruggedness of her steel construction is further assured by the oversight of Bill Crealock during construction. With a spacious owner's stateroom with ensuite head, as a well as two guest rooms and a second head, SHELLBACK affords generous accommodations for family or guests.
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SHELLBACK is a wonderful boat that has provided a great home for her family for over a decade. She needs to cruise more now, and is in search of new owners to adopt her and take her to new ports of adventure. With a rig that is well split up to allow ease of handling by a smaller crew, she may be sailed jib & jigger in heavy air while still being well balanced enough that the autopilot handles the vessel with ease. Originally, the boat was well matched to cruising in cooler climes, with 3” of sprayed on foam that is fire retardant and a 40K btu oil fired heater. She now is a much more warm climate friendly boat with three reverse cycle marineAir air conditioners replacing the heater, additional opening hatch/portholes, and a new 220v electrical system. The boat is well set to support cruising in a wide variety of climates.
With both a spacious owners cabin aft, and tons of room forward of the galley, along with doors for both, privacy can be afforded to a number of couples, enabling the boat to support guests, or even be used as a charter. With the pilot house and galley between the owners and forward cabins along with several doors, the boat can easily provide privacy to everyone.
Since the keel was laid in the US, this boat is uniquely legal to potentially handle passengers in US ports, but is not currently inspected to do so. With ample cargo room below decks, numerous hanging lockers and storage, as well as secure on deck lockable boxes, the boat is easily securable for extended in port stays.
The vessel is steel, and was built by an experienced welder, with additional assistance by a welder from the nearby naval shipyard in San Diego, and thus incorporates techniques used on larger naval vessels to ensure the boat is easily maintained for decades to come. The truly world renowned Naval Architect William Crealock provided the design and supervised the construction, with the result being an extremely well built, sea kindly, heavy displacement pilot house cruiser which can literally cruise the globe in safety.
The owner has been planning on traveling to the Caribbean and Europe in the ship, and was in the midst of a refit, however has decided to change plans and now is selling the vessel. Most of the refit will be completed, but some details such as updating of the cushion’s fabric for the couch are being postponed to enable the new owner to select fabric styles. This boat could be cruised immediately as is without concern.
Throughout: 3-zone reverse-cycle AC/heat; Eberspacher forced air, diesel furnace; Ample light and ventilation -via numerous portlights and hatches; 3 TVs -w/CATV
Owner’s Stateroom With three hanging lockers, ample storage, a custom bed and numerous ports, this cabin provided the owners with a wonderful escape from the world. Comfortable, well ventilated and easy to get in and out without waking your partner, the berth takes queen sheets with only a tiny bit of extra tucking in on one set of corners. The ensuite bath has lots of lighting and mirrors, along with storage for linens, and even a small hidden safe. Storage for shoes, and his/her formal hanging lockers, along with books shelves, plenty of built in drawers and custom details throughout kept this, ahem, love nest practical for both the cruising and maintaining a professional wardrobe as required. The berth has a kindly motion at sea and under sail, the hydraulic steering is quiet, allowing a peaceful offwatch. Additionally, as the cabin is easily accessible to the pilot house, and if the hatch is open, the outside helm, the standing watch can easily communicate if needed.
Pilothouse With hidden overhead storage for charts, a large drop down table that converts to berth, and full wrap around couch, this pilot house has celebrated anchorages, sunsets, Christmas’s and Thanksgivings for as many as 15 people! With many cleverly hidden storage areas for emergency gear, courtesy flags and even cable TV boxes (to support the installed TV), as well as a comfortable pilot station, the pilot house is ideal as a secure place to helm whilst moving up river in a new harbor, with the chartplotter (or ample room for real charts) easily visible, allowing you to be dry and out of the elements, even while the off watch keep you company! In addition to lowering to become yet another spare berth, the table has a wing that can fold out to accommodate the turducken or Christmas roast! In addition to the TV, it has a radio with both indoor and outdoor speakers.
GALLEY With the galley to port, and a breakfast nook to starboard, this galley down configuration works well. It enables meals to be easily delivered to the pilot house for either the on watch or a larger event. As the pilot house has such great views, we usually found we did not often use the breakfast nook, and had often considered redesigning it to become a quiet reading area. The galley included storage for dish and glassware that can easily accommodate service for 12, with enough plates for removes. Stemware is also accommodated in a hanging rack, along with a spice rack, microwave, hidden fire extinguisher and task lightning. The propane stove has turned out 25lb turkeys, cakes and countless cinnamon rolls, while the three burner stove both gimbals and locks. Below this is pot storage as well.
An oversized, deep sink with dual drains allows drainage on both tacks, while plenty of drawer space allows plenty of storage. The sink also has a footpowered pump for using seawater, although in truth this was never used.
The refrigerator/freezer was originally a holding plate driven system and is extremely well insulated. This was reengineered with a fridgeoboat system that is keel cooled, and the larger sized compressor to allow rapid chilling with minimal time, to match to a short generator or engine run time. If need be, the entire system can be set to freeze, and keeps the freezer rock solid in any event. The entire space is roughly 8 Cubic feet, the size of a smaller home unit on it’s side, but slightly narrower and deeper. With newer batteries, this can easily be left for a week without worry even in the Chesapeake bay even without solar.
Desk A small desk, with areas to support a printer and other computer accessories was added in `2008. This is provisioned with AC and DC power, as well as a several Ethernet drops and a bolted in monitor. It was used as an office for computer consulting.
Stateroom The midships cabin has been reworked in 2016, to increase the amount of hanging locker storage significantly, add some smaller additional storage lockers, a book shelf and a new hatch with stowed egress ladder, along with the HVAC ducting and the mounting bracket for the TV swing arm. The fixed porthole was rebedded at this time as well, and a new above water through hole was added to allow automatic pump out of the grey water tank.
Hanging locker A significant hanging locker is forward to starboard. This locker is easily sized to handle a large volume of gear, with two layers of hanging poles. It was used to hold winter coats and bulky garments in the front, with the deeper layer holding foul weather gear, enabling both cruising and home/work needs to be met.
Head The forward head is very large, with a large mirror, storage for toiletries and a shower.
FORWARD STATEROOM The forward cabin, has two smaller berths, plus a large amount of storage, and an overhead hatch. Very functional, but ready for any customizing!
Special precautions have been taken to avoid corrosion which is common at the baseplate of the stanchions. A stainless steel plate is welded to the deck to receive the mounting bracket; and the foot is cut away to prevent water buildup on the downhill side. In addition, the stanchions are extremely robust and oversized -and are through-bolted to the welded brackets,
The freeboard of the coaming has been specifically designed to exit through drains under normal rain flow rates. This enables the capture of large amounts of fresh water -that can be diverted to the tanks through a system of manifolds that are manually controlled. (The normal exit is through scuppers.)
Versatile shore power: Two separate systems, both fully isolated from each other and from shore via isolation transformers, allowing the ability to safely handle any marina power situation. The inverter was upgraded in 2009 to a high performance inverter/charger. A refurbished 6Kw Onan generator is available; installation is pending . The 220V power system was installed 2015, with a professionally custom manufactured panel pre wired and built with several spare breakers to allow future expansion. It was designed with the larger HVAC system that was installed in mind. The isolation transformer also has additional taps to allow interface with shore power systems that are supplying low voltage.
Additional Features It was important for the builder to have a work bench, so he worked with the Designer Bill Crealock to provide the engine room with a really great workbench, with excellent headroom, a granny bar around the engine, secured parts storage for all the parts you can imagine, as well as tool storage.
This attention to detail is echoed in additional systems such as the dual fuel filter, allowing changeover while running, the monster custom welded bracket for the 310amp alternator, allowing quick house bank charging as well as having a simple, built in quick change system for the belts. A separate, mechanically driven bilge pump allows hi volume emergency dewatering, and all the numerous drawers have locks to prevent opening in a seaway. The bulkhead mounted parts bins take this even further, with Plexiglas panels preventing parts from spilling out, even in the most extreme conditions. Ample overhead lighting provides good working conditions (this is being changed out to LED lighting from fluorescent). Sound insulation is provided throughout the engine room as well. Under the workbench, bolt to a frame which is welded to the hull is the 220v isolation transformer, which weighs approximately 200lbs.
Fuel Tanks: The 4 fuel tanks are not integral to the hull. This was done to prevent any issue with water in the fuel causing tank rust and eventual hull damage. These tanks are securely fastened in place and were custom built for the boat. The tanks are easily accessible and include site gauges, cutoffs and are connected to a manifold. This double layered tank technique is required now on vessels which operate in sensitive arctic environments.
Potential purchasers should assume that any items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this specification sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht. These specifications are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed. Specifications are provided for information purposes. Data was obtained from sources believed reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, consumptions, capacities and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided, and agrees to instruct his/her agents or his/her surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. This vessel is subject to sale, price and inventory changes or withdrawal from market without notice.
7078 Bembe Beach Road
Annapolis, MD 21403