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The Vinette 43 is a rugged steel trawler built by T.D. Vinette (also known for ferries and commercial fishing boats), in Escanaba, MI. It is ideal for a cruising couple, featuring large living quarters, one stateroom, and one head. Dovekie is powered by reliable twin Ford Lehman 120hp diesels, with upper and lower helm stations. The hull was recently inspected by a Gloucester shipyard and any suspicious plating was replaced.
Dovekie's owners have decided it is time to downsize after many trips up & down the East Coast from Maine to Key West. She is ideal as a liveaboard, for snowbirds, or long-term cruisers.
The interior layout is ideal for a cruising couple with occasional guests. It features white paneling with wood trim for a bright, open layout.
As you enter the cabin from the cockpit:
There is a large saloon with a Settee to port and an L-shaped settee to starboard where the dining table drops down to form a double berth. Large cabin windows make this a bright airy space.
Just forward on the same level is the Galley to port and a walk through to starboard with access to the lower level.
Forward of the galley to port is the lower helm station with port & starboard access to the side decks. Just to starboard of the helm station are steps down to the head and forward stateroom.
The Head is down 3 steps to starboard, featuring a fresh water electric flush toilet connected to a 38 gallon holding tank, a full-sized shower stall and a vanity with a full-sized sink. To port of the head are several storage lockers.
Continuing forward is Master Stateroom featuring a centerline queen berth with shelving and storage port & starboard. An overhead hatch and two opening ports let in plenty of light and air.
The galley is located just aft of the lower helm station, within reach of the helm as well as guests in the salon.
Xantrex Trucharge 40+ battery charger
Sony Marine CD/MP# Player with remote on flying bridge
Cpac hull monitor and impressed current cathodic protection
8kw Generac diesel generator
2kw Heart Inverter with
(4) 6v golf cart batteries for house bank
(2) 4D starting batteries
Rule 200 Bilge Pumps (2)
Rule bilge alarm on flying bridge
Engine room fire alarm on flying bridge
The deck features an aft cockpit for outdoor seating and a hinged door that opens for access to the swim platform. There is a transom mounted BBQ grill. From the cockpit is ladder access to the flybridge.
The Flybridge has a large aft deck for dinghy storage and sun-bathing, and a cockpit forward at the upper helm station with seating for four with new cushions.
The side decks and fordeck feature high bulwarks and a solid stainless steel rail for security. The bulwarks are capped with a varnished caprail.
35 lb Lewmar Delta Anchor on bow roller with 6 ft 3/8 chain and 150 ft 3 strand road.
Fortress FX-23 anchor with 12 ft chain and 100 ft of rode