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1988 Marine Trader 50' Sylvia Earle

$ 219,000

Sylvia Earle is a 1988 Marine Trader 50' 50 Widebody Trawler 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 yacht brokerage firm that has experience listing and selling all types of Marine Trader Yachts and similar boats.With over 200 yacht brokers worldwide, we have the largest network of boat buyers and sellers in the industry.

This boat has just completed a major refit and reconditioning by a very particular and caring owner. Regrettably he must move on to other ventures and is offering this beautifully reconditioned vessel for sale.

Sylvia Earle was successfully delivered from Florida to New Jersey in Fall of 2017 and was proven to be a reliable, comfortable and economical long range cruiser. Upon arriving in New Jersey, a 10 month intensive refit was begun and has resulted in a vastly improved yacht with lots of Classic appeal.

Vessel has been prepared to be a fully equipped, waterfront apartment with rental options. Owner has procured two different liveaboard slips, (One in New York Harbor, and the other in Point Pleasant New Jersey). His intent was to offer the yacht as a short term rental with Air B&B.

This opportunity would allow a berth with spectacular City and Statue of Liberty views with a parking spot for your vehicle, and access to New York City Ferry and Train Service within walking distance, all included with a well restored and fully equipped 3 S/R cruising yacht.

Vessel is offered in turn key condition having just completed a $100,000 refit.


  • Price USD:$ 219,000
  • Builder:

    Marine Trader

  • Model:

    50 Widebody Trawler

  • Year:


  • Location:

    Point Pleasant, New Jersey, United States

  • Type:

    Power Yacht

  • LOA: 50 ft 0 in
  • Display Length: 50 ft
  • Beam: 15' 5"
  • Yacht Category


  • Water Capacity: 380 gals
  • Fuel Capacity: 750 gals
  • Engine Details: Cummins 6BTA5.9
  • Engine 1: 210.00 HP
  • Engine 2: 210.00 HP
  • Engine Fuel: Diesel

This is a three stateroom, galley up. 4 head layout, with a VIP guest stateroom and a day head in the salon. Featuring a wide body design (for maximum salon space) this classic trawler is as great cruising or as comfortable dockside.

Starting from the bow one moves aft through the Portuguese Bridge door to port and starboard Pilothouse doors, or further aft to the two Salon wing doors. Access from the rear deck is through double doors.

In the pilothouse one finds a fully equipped lower helm with all navigational equipment and engine controls. Electrical panels are located here. There is great 360 degree visibility as there is no bulkhead separating the wheelhouse from the salon and galley. There is a ladder access to the F/B from here. (As well as a custom Ladder access from the aft deck). Forward to starboard is the curved stairwell to the lower deck level.

The galley is next aft with a U-shaped design to port and across is a day head, then aft one finds the wet bar cabinet with sink and storage.

Aft to starboard is the private stairwell to the master stateroom. Aft from there is a built in dinette. Double doors are on the bulkhead aft and the salon is open to port with occasional bamboo furniture.

Below decks one finds the master stateroom is full beam and aft with large hanging lockers, a settee, and tub and shower. There is a pass through hallway forward with privacy doors leading between the two engine rooms. Through another privacy door one finds the VIP guest stateroom with a queen berth athwartships, generous lockers, massive storage and large head and shower.

Forward to port is the third head which has been converted to a storage/workshop with the intent of using the vessel as a 2 B/R Air B&B rental. Across is a huge cedar lined closet. These areas are lockable for the owners personal belongings.

All the way forward is the V-Berth with hanging locker and abundant drawer storage.

There are teak parquet cabin soles throughout the boat, All interior teak is natural finished with no aftermarket painting or wall coverings. Headliners are original with refinished battens. All interior soft goods have been professionally reconditioned. All bilges have been cleaned and painted as have all cabinets. Hanging lockers have all new cedar linings.

Here is a partial list of the work that has been completed in the past year. Over $100,000 has been invested in quality professional improvements to the vessel during that time frame.

  • EXTERIOR BRIGHTWORK: stripped, sanded, 7 coats of epifanes varnish applied by master refinisher around entirety of boat (July 2018).
  • BATTERIES: Replaced Fall 2017 with "Deka" high quality.
  • BOTTOM PAINT: Two coats interlux non-ablative anti-fouling applied. Hull was re-sounded and surveyed while out of water. All zincs replaced and anti fouling paint added to shafts, rudder, props (Aug. 2018).
  • HAND CARVED TRANSOM NAME BOARD: designed and installed Aug. 2018 from 16' of 5/4 mahogany and gold leafed by hand.
  • BOAT STRIPING: All painted in interlux specialty paint (Aug. 2018)
  • INTERIOR PAINT WORK: Full interior paint job on every painted or paint ready surface. Every non-veneered or finished wood hatch cover, shelf, stowage locker, bilge, engine rooms, etc. Over 120 removable pieces were taken off boat, sanded, and two coats of industrial marine enamel white paint applied. Entire Engine rooms repainted. (2018)
  • ENGINE WORK: Both engines stripped, primed, and re-painted. New hoses and accessories added where needed. High pressure transmission oil cooler hoses replaced. Exhaust water injection hoses and fuel fill hoses for fuel tanks new. Engine zincs, filters, Oil change Spring/Summer (2018).
  • FRESH WATER SYSTEM: All new with supply by either Flotec AC 120v pump with large expansion tank, or a back-up Shurflo 12 volt pump with an inline screen/strainer. All incoming water to vessel is pre filtered with a two stage, three-filter commercial filtration system (Optipure FX-22P). A dock side water supply, with regulator and shut off, has been added on the aft deck. Water lines are mostly all new reinforced plastic tubing throughout boat including for toilets. A new hot water tank was installed. Tub/Shower faucets are commercial food service grade bodies by CHG. Kitchen faucet food service grade CHG with brand new custom 304 14 gallon stainless single sink. Sink faucets in the heads are peerless 4” deck mounts with two spares aboard. Hardware for hot water off engine system, two bypass HWH, also available. All four water tanks drained, cleaned, new inspection port gaskets installed with new hardware installed on tanks 2018.
  • CEDAR CLOSETS THROUGHOUT: Three craftsman western red cedar closets designed and installed after old closets gutted and removed.
  • CUSTOM GALLEY SINK: New custom made 14 gal. sink designed and installed 2018.
  • NEW AC UNIT(S): New Dometic AC reverse cycle unit installed in wheelhouse (2018). All three units had sea strainers rebuilt and two new circulating pumps installed. Lots of new hosing, ducting. Master AC unit was recently replaced.
  • WOODWORK: Extensive amount of new quality woodwork throughout interior and exterior. From large projects like full refit of V-berth and custom designed battens installed to match headliner to baseboard molding on main deck to small projects like new teak aft ladder steps, baseboard molding, throttle knobs, and much more in 2018.
  • DAY HEAD: Remodeled with fresh varnish, new toilet platform, designer wallcoverings from London, vintage faucet with matching wood handles (2018).
  • CABIN HEADS: Both showers and tub had new high quality commercial faucets installed. Both VIP and Master heads have all new varnish on teak, new toilet platforms. All heads are upgraded modern fresh water quiet flush heads.
  • NEW “WORKSHOP”: Forward head compartment below deck has been converted into utility workshop/storage area. There is a stainless counter height drawer tool chest, butcher block counters, stowage for all parts, and plenty of room for large items. This area is lockable and designed to store owners clothes and personal items if boat is being rented on Air B&B. She could easily be returned to a normal head if needed. Additionally, power, drain, and fresh water provisioned for future Washer/Dryer (2018).
  • FRESH WATER TOILET SYSTEM: System is now fresh water flush only. All contaminated salt water hosing removed (2018).
  • GOST MONITORING AND SECURITY SYSTEM: Newly installed costing $14k. Wireless system (utilizing on-board wireless internet) is connected to 6 cameras (4 exterior, 2 interior), high water alarm, temp alarm, and sensors on all doors and hatches. All alerts can be sent via text message or a call right to your phone and cameras view-able from phone or computer. System is scalable to include vessel GPS tracking, engine monitoring, etc. System can be armed or disarmed from phone. Installed Winter 2018.
  • FIBERGLASS WORK: Various fiberglass aesthetic repairs done around the vessel. Many stanchions and deck hardware rebedded.
  • ELECTRICAL WORK: Any terminated or unused wiring was removed from vessel. There is nothing without current or future purpose.  Electrical components and systems were all brought up to code and properly serviced. New shore power cables purchased Winter 2018, (old working pair for backup). Many cabin lights replaced or repaired fixtures. All wiring added was oversized for use.
  • BLOCK HEATERS “Wolverine” systems by SBMAR. Excellent for winter as they convert the motors into giant heat radiators. Also excellent for oil changes without running motors.
  • EXHAUST RISERS: Removed, media blasted, checked for porosity or leaks, and re-installed (2018).
  • GASKETING/WEATHER PROOFING: All door and hatch gaskets removed, surfaces varnished, and new EMPD rubber gasketing installed for weather and water (2018).
  • DOOR HARDWARE: Boat has new, either Perko or Schwepper, German-made locks for 5 of the 6 main deck entry doors. Sliding doors have new Delrin sliders installed. All doors and both the foreword deck butterfly hatch and the flybridge hatch have wireless security sensors installed tied to GOST system. “Work/Storage Room” is lockable with key as is the toolbox inside.
  • LED VALANCE LIGHTING: Custom sized color-changeable LED lighting in the valances of the Salon, Aft Master, and VIP cabins with remote controls in each (2018).
  • SAFETY EQUIPMENT: New smoke and CO2 detectors in every required cabin. New KIDDE fire extinguishers. New life vests and emergency signal kit from Orion. New dual trumpet Marinco horns, new GFCI outlets in all heads, galley, and engine rooms.
  • LP SYSTEM: Brought to ABYC standards with solenoid system and vented locker on flybridge. “T” in system to run brand new, never used BBQ grill with quick disconnect hose stored in flybridge helm.
  • FLYBRIDGE WASHDOWN: 50’ hose with hose bib added to flybridge combing for cleaning.

Heads-Blackwater System: Equipped with three modern electric quiet flush, fresh water, marine heads by Jabsco. Located master aft, midships VIP/Guest, and day head upper deck. Waste is directed to a FRP waste tank located centerline forward bilge. Tank is discharged through a macerator or to a deck pump out fitting.

Showers: Each below deck head compartment is equipped with a separate molded FRP shower, (molded tub shower aft). Sump collection tank with Rule 1500 pump and float switch.

Domestic Freshwater System: The vessel's freshwater system is supplied from four monel stainless steel tanks, with total capacity of approx. 380 gallons, located centerline below the lower deck cabin sole. City water connection on aft deck with shut off and pressure regulator.

Propane System: Propane gas for galley stove and outdoor BBQ grill. 20 # steel bottle mounted inside bridge deck helm with venting and pressure gauge. 2017 USCG approved solenoid safety system with shut off in galley. BBQ grill has quick disconnect hose stowed in bridge helm for on-demand usage.

Domestic Lighting: 12v Cabin and courtesy lights throughout the vessel. Teak canopies with chrome hardware. Additional mid-century style 12v sconces, Directional reading lights, and LED Valance lighting throughout boat.

Outlets: All head, galley, and engine room AC outlets are GFCI protected. New convenience outlets added in various areas.

Air Conditioning: Equipped with three units. (2017) one new Dometic unit in Master S/R, newer Webasto in Salon, Rotary Air in the Wheelhouse, all units are reverse cycle with easily accessible controls nearby. New or rebuilt pumps and sea strainers under sole below deck.

Heating: The Master and VIP cabins are equipped with wall mounted, low amperage ENVi heaters to use in lieu of, or in addition to, the reverse cycle systems on heat mode. Both systems easily removable if owner wishes to be in warmer climates.

Storage: The cabinets, lockers, drawers, and shelving were well crafted, abundant, principally teak, and finely fit. Every interior hatch, cabinet, panel and bilge, has been freshly painted with white enamel industrial marine paint.

  • VHF, Standard Horizon Eclipse upper, and Icom IC-M120 lower
  • Garmin GHC10 Autopilot (Current Model), two displays (one upper one lower)
  • (2) Garmin 5212 Multi Function Displays with GPS Nav (one upper one lower)
  • 4'' Ritchie Compass at the lower helm, 3" at the upper helm
  • (2017) GOST State of the art boat monitoring/alarm/GPS/video camera system

This widebody design features a small aft sitting deck with a custom ladder that leads to the flybridge. There are double doors leading from the aft deck into the salon. From the side-decks there are port and starboard pilothouse doors, and the foredeck is segregated by a Portuguese bridge. The decks are teak in the lower deck area.

The flybridge is very large and features this easily navigated custom built ladder from the aft deck. There is also a ladder access from the wheelhouse. The flybridge helm station is centerline and has a molded ladder back helm seat. The guest seating is to port and starboard with back to back facing seats. There is a collapsible radar mast, full safety rails and a fiberglass non skid deck.

  • Newer Maxwell 12 volt windlass with manual handle
  • 30 kg Bruce anchor with adequate chain rode shackled to marine grade nylon rode
  • Anchor Pulpit is Teak with stainless steel roller assembly
  • Stainless Bimini frame, Captains Navy Blue Canvas
  • Adequate number of deck lines and fenders provided. All lines were replaced Oct. 2017 with high quality black line. Sufficient to double tie vessel.
  • Radar mast with hinged tabernacle, lines for flags
  • Flybridge deck is fiberglass with stainless SS stanchions and rail
  • Six bronze hawse pipe style cleats located bulwarks. Two each, Sampson post forward.
  • Classic Cathedral Butterfly deck hatch forward, forward lower helm opening windshield, slider windows main cabin area including day head and galley, slider doors pilothouse. “Wing” doors to salon port and starboard, double hinged (36”) doors to aft deck. Port lights below for staterooms, engine compartments. Ventilation louvers for engine compartments with blowers. Original teak framed mesh-screens (currently removed) are included for salon area.
  • Welded stainless steel bow rail. Stainless steel stanchions with teak cap rail, boarding gates port and starboard, and stainless.

This galley up design is open to the salon and to the wheel house. It features a full sized modern refrigerator and freezer, deep stainless sink, and a breakfast serving bar with bar stools. The cabinets are generous with overhead and under counter storage. There is a dinette aft in the salon. The wet bar is across to starboard.

  • Magic Chef 4 burner propane range with oven
  • Magic Chef Microwave (not currently installed but included)
  • Vitrofrigo Stainless Steel Refrigerator/Freezer (AC and DC operation)

Wet Bar: Starboard side “bar” is complete with insulated ice bin, sink, counter space, locker space below, and a provision for ice maker or refrigerator undercounter with applicable water line and electrical hookup.

Features a newer Norpro 12.9 KW generator in a sound shield 3,918 hours.

  • Shore power is provided by two 125 Volt 30 Amp shore services. New shore power cables with two additional backup cables.
  • Pronautic 40 ampere Battery Charger.
  • BATTERIES: (2) 8D'S for Engine start, 1 Group 27 for Generator Start, 2 Group 31'S for Bow thruster, DEKA - Newly replaced Oct. 2017.
  • BATTERY SWITCHES: Rotary type selector switches, two port engine compartment, two starboard engine compartment, one for generator battery, and one for thruster battery, as well as one at the DC panel, adjacent to the helm.

Engine Hour Meters show 1,279 and 1,157 but are inoperable. It is unknown how long they have been inoperable but at least 2 years. Hours in last two years estimated at 200 Hours.

Engines start well with minimal smoke and show no evidence of high hour fatigue.

Engines equipped with two Wolverine oil pan heaters (Block Heaters).

  • Racor 1000 Fuel Filters for Main Engine
  • Racor Fuel Filter For Generator
  • Transmissions: Borg Warner Velvet Drives
  • Steering: Hydraulic, by Hynautic, with two stations and emergency tiller stowed in master cabin.
  • Propellers: 3 bladed bronze alloy wheels with a stamped size of 26 x 22”
  • Propeller shafts Stainless steel 2''
  • BILGE Pumps: (4) Rule 2000 GPH electric 
  • Electric Signal Horn

The owners intent was to use this Classic Yacht as a combination New York apartment and Air B&B rental. He has procured two liveaboard slips (one in New York Harbor and the other in Point Pleasant). These slips are available to a new owner with one waiting at Liberty City New Jersey.

Sylvia Earle has been set up as a 3 Bedroom Apartment with lockable areas for the owners personal belongings. Boat has had over $100,000 invested in recent refurbishments and improvements and is ready to go cruising, or move to the city and get to work as an income producing rental.

Owner is a very particular working professional and has gone way above in prepping, cleaning, deodorizing, sanitizing, and preparing the boat for a classy liveaboard rental.

Boat is offered turn key with a liveaboard slip available at its current location in Point Pleasant, or in New Jersey with views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. You are near rail transportation.

All servicing is current. Take advantage of owners change of plans.

A full set of detailed High Resolution Photos are available by request.

*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.


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