61' Jim Smith Custom Sportfish Convertible 1986
She is ready for her next tournament and next owner.
Major Engine Overhaul Done 10/2021!
RUNAWAY is a 1986 Jim Smith Tournament 60’ Convertible with a long history of famous owners and captains that have kept her in impeccable condition through her years (Formally Off Season, MacDaddy, Exclusive Listing, Tsunami and Tracker). She has won countless tournaments and was proudly cared for and maintained through her years. A true battle wagon with a pedigree to match. More importantly she is ready to go.
Present owner has spent well over a million dollars into her since refitting and upgrading her in highly reputable yards like American Custom Yachts and Bayliss. She has had major engine work done by Performance Diesel and Ace Marine to ensure she holds her value. She has a full time Captain on her that checks on her and maintains her daily.
Present owner has had an open checkbook with all the receipts and records to back her progress and a well cataloged suite of pictures. Owner has his eye on his next custom build.
Performance Cheetahs of the Sea
ON THE EDGE MAGAZINE
BY JAN VOGT, 2009
Radical in thought and action, Jim Smith was an innovator who could turn corn into brandy, bikes into motorcycles and canoes into hydroplanes. To see his family through financial crisis, at 9, he went to work commercial fishing, moonshining and delivering Western Union messages by bike. At 12 he made a deal to remove and sell the trees near his home for a profit. Two years later he was in the lumber business. At 17, Smith found his escape in speed. A member of the Indian Motorcycle Factory Team, he loved driving on the edge and at 19, he paid the price when he lost a leg. Filled with the need for speed, he turned to barnstorming and by 1927 had found his niche racing hydroplanes and building his own engines and boats. During his 24 year career he won hundreds of races. By 1949 when he retired, he was a successful businessman with a string of enterprises including liquor stores, restaurants and the largest Johnson Outboard/Chris Craft dealership in the South. With a new wife and all the money he thought he'd need, he moved from Atlanta to Miami with plans to start fishing again. Said his sister Peggy, "with loathing I remember he would not quit fishing until he got a boatload."
Dissatisfied by Miami's post war growth spurt. Smith soon moved to sleepy Boca Raton in 1950 where he took notice of the shapely sportfishing boats being built by the Rybovich brothers in West Palm Beach. Smith liked everything he saw in them and so did his friend Mabry Edwards in Jacksonville, FL. A young career officer in the U.S. Air Force, Edwards was not just a fellow boat racer, he was a boat builder like Smith. At first they discussed buying a Rybovich together but even with Jim's help it was too much money for me, said Edwards during an interview I did with him shortly before Smith's death in 1994. They decided instead to build a boat with the amenities of a Rybovich - only faster.
Present Owner has had an open checkbook and had addressed the many things that come up in owning a Custom Sportfish. The great part about that is it’s new owner isn’t inheriting a project, nor does he have to wait to use his new vessel while boat is tied up in a yard. Below is a quick recap of work done in last 24 months. The list is much longer but I tried to highlight the relative things done.
2/2018 Bayliss Faux Teak Toe Rail, Faux Teak Helm Pod, Modify Glove Box/Radio Rack, Gas Shocks Replaced throughout boat, Electronic Lids Replaced, 360 of Sheer Clamp Redone with Teak vs Original Fur, MSR Walls and Headliner Redone, Salon Galley Panels redone and insulated , Gun Safes Installed, Non Skid Redone on Bow Deck, Freshwater Lines Replaced, Cockpit Freezer Repainted, Replace Glass in Helm Pod, Fwd Bow Hatch Redone, Pump Room Redone, AC Systems Refit with Dometic Package units.
2019 Performance Diesel Entire Complete Top End Overhaul of Mains (95K) timing didn’t allow bottom end to complete MOH.
2019 Bayliss Transom Redone, Cooling Tower Redone, Strip Windshield, Inspect Fuel Tanks, Paint and Redo Entire cockpit, Redo Fighting Cahir and Rocket Launchers, Major Repairs in Cockpit Deck, Refabricate Deck Hatches, Replace Entire Teak Deck and add Glass Border, Replace Gaff locker handles, replaced transom rod holders, Install Electric Auto to Salon Door, Convert Mezzanine into ice Dump for Eskimo, delete 6 through hulls Raw water Manifolds, Eskimo Ice Maker, Installed UV 3m Filter, Cockpit Lighting, LED lighting in LAZ, LED Tricolor in Hardtop, Fishbox Hatches new shocks.
2020 American Custom Paint Entire Hull, New Bootstripe Flybridge, Redo Entire Cockpit Area/Transom with Faux Wood Paint, R and R Props Replace New Watermaker 1800 gpd.
2021 Willis Custom Yachts Repair Chines, Cockpit Covering Boards Redone. Props Tuned, Entire Bonding System Updated, Seacock Replacement, Repaint showers, New wallpaper throughout boat, Cutlass bearings, Galvanic Isolater installed. New Headhunter Toilet Pumps and solinoids.
2021 Engine Work Complete Bottom End done (Zero Hours) Turbos Redone and Blueprinted, 1000 Hour Service Done.
Entering the spacious salon you will find lavish teak wood that accents the surroundings. There are 2 custom leather sofas, one to port and one to starboard with storage underneath. Also, there are 3 leather wrapped bar stools that feature the granite bar area. Complimenting this area you will find a new 32' ROKU flat screen TV accompanied linked to Fusion sound system.
The galley is well laid out and very functional and offers access to the pump and utility room.
The Master Stateroom has a queen berth that sleeps 2 and is centerline with drawer storage beneath. To port is a full-size hanging locker. It also features an en-suite head and shower with teak and holly flooring, brass shower handles and hand sprayer, brass sink and sink fixtures, teak toilet seat and teak shower floor, vanity, new bedding and pillows, carpeting and wallpaper, lighting with dimmer.
Master Stateroom Head:
Located forward and featuring a custom king size bed it has ample drawer storage, a hanging cedar closet and new mattress, pillows and bedding. Guest head and shower is starboard and features teak and holly flooring, wallpaper, teak toilet seat and a brass towel bar.
VIP Stateroom Head:
Crew quarters are located to port in the companionway and are very spacious. Featuring over/under berths with new mattresses and a large rod and tackle storage area underneath. The day head is lavish and to port with marble counter tops and extensive teak cabinetry and trim, a new teak toilet seat, brass towel bars and fixtures. The companionway has features new carpet, wall coverings and new track, low voltage lighting, led reading lamps.
Rare find after spending three 6 month refit periods at Bayliss and one 6 month refit period at American Custom with over 1 Million spent on her with the receipts backing it.
Engines have 0 hours after complete MOH rebuild. Top End done in 2019 and Bottom End done 10/2021. She is a rare find due to the fact she is a Custom Yacht and has had everything done to her and the records and documentation and pictures to prove it. You will not find a more Turn Key Custom of this Vintage on the Market. She’s Ready to battle in Los Suenos tomorrow.
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.
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