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Murphy's Law
70' Custom Exploration 1982

$ 89,000

Murphy's Law is a Custom 70' Exploration listed for sale with United Yacht Broker Roger Cole. Roger can be reached at 1-727-460-0228 to answer any questions you may have on this boat. United Yacht Sales is a professional brokerage firm that has experience listing and selling all types of Trawlers and similar boats. With over 165 yacht brokers worldwide, we have the largest network of boat buyers and sellers in the industry.

A heavy built transatlantic expedition yacht that has crossed the Atlantic on its own bottom 12 times. She has traditional classic lines and is a sturdy proven design. She is in need of a major systems refit.

The original owner of this vessel had it built to his personal specifications (in Tampa, FL), to be handled by himself and a mate with all the needed range and stability required to take him and his wife anywhere they desired.

Originally designed with a cargo hold, that was later converted to a walk in freezer compartment with holding plates.

The vessel is American built and carries USCG Coastwise Unrestricted Documentation.

The owner has passed, and the vessel has sat idle for several years. It will need a significant infusion of repairs to be fully operational again. Hull and structure appear to be very sound and the basic bones of the vessel appear very solid.

On her last voyage she transited (on her own bottom), from Gibraltar to Saint Petersburg 4 years ago.

It is reported that vessel ran non-stop from Florida to the Canary Islands averaging approximately 1 MPG on one of her Trans-Atlantic trips.

This is not a project for the inexperienced or timid. Here lies an opportunity (for the right person) to have a long range trawler at a good price if one is willing to invest a quantity of time and money.


  • Builder: Custom
  • Model: Exploration
  • Location: St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
  • Type: Power
  • LOA: 70 ft 0 in
  • Display Length: 70 ft
  • Price: $ 89,000
  • Beam: 18'
  • Category: Trawlers
  • Water Capacity: 1000 gals
  • Fuel Capacity: 4000 gals
  • Engine Details: Caterpillar 3406
  • Engine 1: 1982 38000.00 HRS 250.00 HP
  • Engine Fuel: Diesel

This is a Raised Pilothouse, expedition style vessel with two staterooms and a Pilothouse watch berth.

Entering from the aft deck one finds a settee to starboard and galley to port. Forward is the open salon. Down a stairwell (aft midships in salon) there are two staterooms, (one with an offset queen and the other with over/under berths), with a head and tub shower.

Up from the salon to the pilothouse (through a stairwell forward), there is a watch berth stateroom and a head. There are Port and starboard pilothouse doors leading out to the boat deck and forward to the Portuguese bridge which overlooks the fore-deck.

Exiting the salon from the watertight door on portside, one goes forward across the deck to the bow crew quarters with two berths and a head and shower.

Engine room is accessed from the lower staterooms. It is full standing head room.

There is a cargo hold with a walk in holding plate freezer system forward of the deck house and aft of the crew quarters.

The interior is trimmed in solid teak veneers and trim with great natural ventilation and lighting due to the abundance of opening windows.

There are full covered walk-around decks, and an aft lazarette.

Engine room is full beam amidships with full standing head room. Engine is reported to be operational. There are full mechanical gauges in the pilothouse for all of the machinery. Electrical system is modern air-pax style breakers and appears very serviceable.

Vessel is equipped with a Kort Nozzle on the propeller system.

  • Caterpillar 3406 Diesel engine rated at 250 HP with around 40,000 original hours
  • Kort Nozzle
  • There is a 4-236 Perkins diesel that ran the Hydraulics (inop)
  • Hydraulic Heavy  Duty Bow Thruster (Hydraulic)
  • Hydraulic Heavy Duty Windlass (Hydraulic)
  • Hydraulic get home wing engine
  • Air start for main engine
  • Industrial Air Compressor
  • 1 Cylinder Lister Diesel for fire system and emergency bilge pump
  • (2) 20 KW Kohler Generators (both inop)
  • Yanmar emergency generator
  • Engine driven emergency bilge pump
  • Lube Oil Storage and transfer tank
  • Hydraulic engine driven steering pump
  • Fuel transfer pump with filtration system
  • Racor Fuel filters (4)
  • Jog stick and wheel steering
  • Engines and generators are keel cooled and dry stacked
  • Exhaust system is stainless steel
  • (4) 8 D batteries (2-newer)
  • 2 Sentry 12V 60 Amp Battery Chargers (newer)
  • Water maker

Decks are fiberglass non skid. Portuguese bridge forward of pilothouse, Large cargo hold with watertight hatch.

  • Heavy duty electric dinghy davits (motors inop)
  • Heavy duty para-vane passive stabilizers (manual winches)
  • Heavy duty mast with cargo boom and crows nest
  • Heavy Duty Galley Maid Electric Deck Winch with dual horizontal and one vertical capstans
  • Hydraulic Anchor windlass with chain gypsey
  • Dual anchors with separate rollers and davits
  • Dual anchors (one with all chain rode) 150# Bruce
  • Galley up layout in Salon
  • Full sized custom holding plate reach in refrigeration
  • 2 burner stove with Jen-Aire
  • Over Under washer dryer
  • Marine electric heads
  • Marine reverse cycle air conditioning
  • 1,000 gallon fresh water capacity
  • Opening windows through-out
  • Lectra-San Marine Head Systems
All of the electronics are vintage equipment, there are radars, Wagner commercial autopilot, SSB, VHF'S, fishfinders, depth sounders, GPS units, fuel flow-scan, RDF units and more. Condition of these units is as is, some may be operational.

The hull was built from a commercial shrimp boat mold (Astorboaden of Tampa). Solid heavy built hand laid fiberglass hull with 8 layers of 1 oz. mat, and 24 oz. roving. Decks are sandwich fiberglass over marine ply (2 inch thick) and appear very solid. House is a heavy built fiberglass over marine ply and appears solid as well. Stringers are wood encapsulated with 8 layers of fiberglass.

All deck hardware and masts are aluminum or stainless.

Fuel tanks are Epoxy coated steel.

Water tanks are fiberglass and integral to the hull.

Vessel underwent a refit in 2005 in Spain where a bulbous bow, bilge keels, keel shoe, and molded integral swim platform were added. Her original hull length of 63 foot was extended to 70 feet with these changes.

Vessel is heavily ballasted with steel reinforced keel and lead. (estimated in excess of 10.000#)

Overall weight of the vessel is estimated at 200,000 Lbs.

Murphy's Law was previously a transatlantic cruiser with over a dozen trips on her own bottom to Europe. Her construction was of high quality work boat standard.

The owner passed away and it has been several years since the boat has been operated.

She appears to be very solid in her basic construction. She was a very well built, heavily constructed boat that proved her mettle over the past nearly 40,000 hours of operation.

She will need a major mechanical refit. She has not had a bottom job in 5 years. Her systems are in need of repair, replacement, or servicing.

This is not a boat for the novice. She is a true blue water offshore expedition boat who needs a new owner willing to invest the substantial quantities of time and money required to rejuvenate a proud old lady.

She has an 8.5 foot draft.

Offers and trades will be considered.

*Engine hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meters. The broker cannot guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise and major overhauls as well as all other representations noted on the listing brochure.

The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.


Our Custom listing is a great opportunity to purchase a very nice 70' Exploration. She is currently listed with United Yacht Sales broker Roger Cole who can answer all questions about the boat for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our team of professional yacht brokers to schedule a showing. There are many yachts listed for sale on the MLS each with a different history. We look forward to helping you complete your search for the perfect boat or yacht for sale.


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