Skipjack 24 Flybridge w/ Diesel Power - $16K

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Fishin_Freeman

You'll never know, unless you go.
Jun 28, 2011
97
169
San Diego, CA
Name
Ben
Boat
Grady-White Sailfish 274
First, let me say... This is NOT your average Skippy 24 Fly.

SOLD

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This vessel’s entire cockpit was gutted and redesigned when the Volvo AD41/DP290 conversion was completed. All shortcomings of this already proven platform were accounted for during the retrofit. Here’s a look at the stats of the vessel, and I’ll hit some details of the retrofit below:

  • Hull: 1972 Skipjack 24 Flybridge
  • Engine
    • AD41A (upgraded cylinders to AD41B specs)
    • 1934 Total Hours
    • 1062 Hours since overhaul
    • 200 HP
    • Brand new injectors ($1500) and rebuilt turbo ($900) in October ‘19 – runs like a champ!
  • Outdrive: Penta DP290; props, steering helmet and steering lever have only 1 season on them
  • Fuel Capacity: 165 gallons; over 300 nautical mile range fully loaded
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Nav/Sonar Equipment
    • Garmin GPSmap 441s coupled with Raymarine Autopilot
    • Backup Garmin GPS 120
    • Furuno Radar (not 100%, works for ~30 mins then fails, off for 30, then works again)
    • Furuno Sonar FCV 667 with thru-hull transducer (old but amazingly accurate; I trust it more than most people’s new stuff)
    • Standard Horizon GX1300B VHF Radio (one season on it)
  • Mechanical
    • Hydraulic Steering
    • 2 Bilge pumps
    • Trim tabs
    • 2 Thru-hull raw water engine cooling feed ports (custom and awesome; I’ll miss this feature)
  • Electrical Systems
    • 2 batteries – one engine start only, one accessory only (you can completely drain the accessory overnighting and fire the engine right up without worries the next day)
    • 2 alternators – another great feature. One feeds the start battery only, one feeds the accessory battery
    • JBL PRV-175 Radio – Bluetooth, aux input, and USB input which can also charge your cellphone
    • FloScan – amazingly accurate and nice for splitting fuel costs
  • Accommodations
    • V-Berth sleeps 2
    • Porta Potty (standard head and holding tank are removed)
    • Galley - Working sink with fresh water hold; Fridge does not work, I store galley supplies in it; 3 drawers; cutting board top
    • Beautiful Tackle Station – Head area was replaced with a 12 drawer tackle station
    • Closet
  • Cockpit/Deck Gear
    • Hard top
    • 18 total rod holders – 5 on mahogany rail, 7 behind seats, 6 on hardtop)
    • Outriggers (one has broken pole, sorry)
    • 2 HUGE fish holds with maceration pumps
    • Raw water wash-down
    • Large 2 scoop bait tank with bulletproof (and costly) Jabsco bait pump
    • Mahogany rail with 5 flush mount rod holders and lobster pot davit
    • Anchor, chain and ~300 ft rope
    • Bright LED white cockpit flood light
    • Under gunnel blue LED lighting
    • New Rub Rail Rubber Insert
    • Replaced helm seats about three seasons ago
    • Misc life jackets, safety equipment, bumpers, dock lines
  • Cruising Speed: 16-17 knots; 6.5-9 GPH; 1.9-2.6 NMPG (almost doesn’t use fuel at trolling speeds)
  • Max Speed: 22-23 knots
  • Length: 24 Feet
  • Beam: 8.5 Feet
  • Dry Weight: ~6000 lbs dry weight (5600 by the specs but I add for the diesel)
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Now let’s talk about the retrofit the previous owner did (work acquaintance and lifelong Hawthorn mechanic whom I am still in contact with), which makes this vessel the gem that it is. The previous powerplant was removed, and the entire cockpit floor was gutted to the hull. The AD41/DP290 was installed with removable access floors both port and starboard of the engine. The cockpit floor was raised 4 inches from the factory location. This allowed a few improvements. One, the engine cover does not stick up as high as other skippys. It allowed more room for the 2 huge fish holds, and it allowed room for a 165 gallon fuel tank over the standard 105 gal. As for drainage, two large scuppers are located port and starboard through the stern, and the engine cover sits in a lip that does not allow water to go down onto the engine (an annoying problem of the stock 24 Fly). Since the floor was raised, a beautiful mahogany rail was installed for safety reasons (my young kids are on here all the time).

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Three axel painted steel trailer comes with it free. Solid, but needs braking system rebuilt. 2 tires on trip to ramp, two tires replaced Spring '19, two tires replaced Spring '18, and the spare is only 3 years old (never used). Tows very well. I used a Nissan Armada for many years to tow it just fine; just take it easy. It does have a sweet light harness that you just remove fully when launching the boat. Not more struggling with a bad ground.

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I will end by saying that you cannot find a more capable, versatile vessel anywhere near this price. I have had it all the way past the Upper 500 before (60 miles south of Point Loma), and it has been all the way around Catalina on multi-day trips. Never do you even have to consider or stress about remaining fuel. In fact, I typically get fuel every other offshore trip. AND…a membership with a card lock place (I use Shuster Oil in Escondido) gets you red-dye for $3.00-3.30 a gallon. I have used it for many family picnics in the bay, overnights with my wife to Avalon, and for the best seats you can possibly have for the Parade of Lights. It has been an amazing vessel that has brought my family and friends many great memories, and turned my wife and kids into lifelong anglers. It will be missed, but the newer upgrade is currently sitting next to it in the driveway and this thing needs a new home.

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Oh…almost forgot the best part. IT IS A PROVEN FISH KILLER!!!

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PM, text, or call at
Located in Poway

-Ben
 
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Baja Belk

Long sappy fish stories.
Sep 8, 2009
857
2,039
San Diego/CA/USA
Name
Mike
Boat
18.5 Striper CC - Puro Grande
Bump for a great deal on a fish-killing machine. I know that Ben sunk a bunch of money into the boat, making sure it was running perfectly before he listed it, knowing he wasn't going to recoup that money. It wouldn't be on the market if it wasn't perfect. I'm gonna miss roping surface-iron fish from the bow of that thing.



Can't wait to get out on the new ride!
 
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Full Eclipse

I Should Upgrade My Account
Apr 22, 2006
1,278
85
Escondido
Name
Steve
Boat
24 Ft Skipjack Flybridge "Boomer"
Good luck! Someone's getting a hell of a deal- Lotsa good features listed, I have one with a similar past - a costly conversion, but the boat is worth it- a true battlewagon!
 
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poloc

Newbie
May 19, 2005
90
17
75
San Diego
Name
Chris
Boat
15' Klamath
I'm here in San Diego got three (3) boats to many I think I need yours.Like to talk to you and see the rig. Tomorrow afternoon would be good for me, Let me know if we can get together'
 
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Fishin_Freeman

You'll never know, unless you go.
Jun 28, 2011
97
169
San Diego, CA
Name
Ben
Boat
Grady-White Sailfish 274
I'm here in San Diego got three (3) boats to many I think I need yours.Like to talk to you and see the rig. Tomorrow afternoon would be good for me, Let me know if we can get together'

No plans tomorrow other than staying out of the rain. Let me know a specific time and I can make sure I am around.
 
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Fisha

skipper
Aug 3, 2006
693
129
Orange
Name
Dave
Boat
24' sea ray flybridge, 12' w/outboard
There's always a lowballer
 
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Fishin_Freeman

You'll never know, unless you go.
Jun 28, 2011
97
169
San Diego, CA
Name
Ben
Boat
Grady-White Sailfish 274
And the lowballers get even better from Craigslist. Check out this email conversation:

From unnamed interested party:
Hello~
Your boat looks old but serviceable. We could probably come up with twelve five if the sea trial goes well.

Me:
I am not willing to come down that far. That price gets you the 24FB Skipjack with 350 Chevy installed, not with a Volvo diesel. If you'd like to come see it let me know.

Thank you,
Ben

From unnamed interested party:
Hope you like having two boats! (including the ancient skippy beater...)​

This is cut-and-paste. I don't understand people.

Someone did come see it today that wants it. Working on coordinating the sea trial. Thank you for everyone's help and nice comments on here.

-Ben
 
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Arima-bob

Ship faced aquaholic
Mar 9, 2012
5,364
4,285
Too far from water
Name
Beeulzebob
Boat
uh....
If I didn’t already have one, I’d be all over this thing. By the time mine is finished, I’ll be into it 10K or more than this one is going for.

This boat will sell, so if you are looking at it and debating, better be the one to get it before the other guy does.
 
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Jan 20, 2020
5
4
81
santa barbara
Name
George Contento
Boat
40 footer
I think the fact that you still have it means the lowballers ain't that low. Did you counter the $12500 offer? $3500 difference is chump change. Make that in a couple weeks.
 
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