The Making of BB
The owner of the 80’ Trumpy motor yacht now called “BB” shares this unique passion for restoring and preserving this treasure of American yachting history, having has just completed a 3+ year, and $4 million+ authentic restoration, that has returned the yacht to her original 1947 splendor.
Designed and built by John Trumpy in as a “luxury cruising houseboat” she was commissioned by George W. Codrington of Cleveland, Ohio who was VP of General Motors and a member of the New York and Larchmont Yacht Clubs. Her hull was built at the Trumpy / Mathis location in Camden, NJ and then the yacht was then towed to the new Trumpy yacht yard in Annapolis where she was completed and launched in 1947. Christened “SEAPLAY” she had the state of the art amenities of the day which included, according to a review in the August 1948 issue of The Rudder Magazine, a “ship to shore telephone in owner’s room makes possible instant communication with home or office from the SEAPLAY.” The article also stated: “She has a well-blended combination of seaworthiness, sleek lines, good turn of speed, ease of handling, sturdiness, compactness with comfort, reliability, and the ability to go anywhere her owner desires.”
SEAPLAY’s later names, in order, include: NATAMOR II, SEAWAY, BEAU RIVAGE, SS SOPHIE in 1998 and “BB” since 2017.
Classic 1947 Trumpy raised pilot house motor yacht
LOA 80' 0" / 24.38m
Beam 18' 0" / 5.49m
Draft 4' 9" / 1.45m Max
GRT 85 tons
The yacht was repowered in 1961 with twin 2x Detroit Diesel 6-71N (naturally aspirated) 234 hp engines, which have also been rebuilt during the restoration. The original pewter plate commemorating the 1961 installation of the new engines is proudly restored in BB’s salon. These workhorse engines offer a cruising speed of 10 knots with a maximum speed of 13 knots. 820 gallons / 3,104 liters of fuel for a range of 700 miles.
The History of John Trumpy & Sons
John Trumpy worked as a yacht designer for the Mathis Yacht Building Company in Camden, NJ staring in 1910. During World War II Trumpy acquired Mathis and the company was renamed John Trumpy & Sons. Following WW II, the Trumpy operations and yacht yard moved to Annapolis, Maryland where they continued in operation until the early 1970's. Over 400 Trumpy yachts were designed and built during the 60-year history, of which about 90 still exist today.
Understatedly called a "houseboat" by her designers because the yachts offered her owners all the comforts of home, Trumpy was considered the Rolls-Royce of American Yachting. Known for their meticulous craftsmanship owners of Trumpy yachts included the likes of Howard Hughes, the Guggenheims, Dupont's, Chrysler, and Dodge families.
Today in the age of sleek, fast yachts built of carbon fiber and composites the enduring attraction to the unique elegance and provenance of a classic wooden yacht is like that to a rare, vintage bottle of wine or an iconic work of art. This is evidenced by the passionate attention that a Trumpy yacht will attract in every harbor they enter. This passion also helps to understand why a special individual would purchase a classic wooden yacht in need of repair and restoration and invest years and a literal fortune into authentically restoring the yacht.
The Making of BB
The owner of the 80' Trumpy motor yacht called BB shares this unique passion for restoring and preserving this treasure of American yachting history, having had just complete a 3+ year, and $4 million + authentic restoration, that has returned the yacht to her original 1947 splendor.
Designed and built by John Trumpy in as a "luxury cruising houseboat" she was commissioned by George W. Codrington of Cleveland, Ohio was was VP of General Motors and a member of the New York and Larchmont Yacht Clubs. Her hull was built at the Trumpy / Mathis location in Camden, NJ and then the yacht was then towed to the new Trumpy yard in Annapolis where she was completed and launched in 1947. Christened "SEAPLAY" she had the state-of-the-art amenities of the day which included, according to a review in the August 1948 issue of The Rudder Magazine, a "ship to shore telephone in owner's room makes possible instant communication with home or office from the "SEAPLAY." The article also stated: "She has a well-blended combination of seaworthiness, sleek lines, good turn of speed, ease of handling, sturdiness, compactness with comfort, reliability, and the ability to go anywhere her owner desires."
"SEAPLAY's" later names, in order, include: NATAMOR II, SEAWAY, BEAU RIVAGE, SS SOHPIE in 1998, and BB since 2017.
Classic 1947 Trumpy raised pilothouse motor yacht
LOA 80'0" / 24.38m
Beam 18'0" / 5.49m
Draft 4'9" / 1.45m Max
GRT 85 tons - GRT and NRT are listed at 57 on British Certificate of Registry
The yacht was repowered in 1961 with twin Detroit Diesel 6-71N (naturally asperated) 234 hp engines, which have also been rebuilt during restoration. The original pewter plate commemorating the 1961 installation of the new engines is proudly restored in BB's salon. These workhorse engine offer a cruising speed of 10-knots with a maximum sped of 13 knots. 820 gallons / 3,104 liters of fuel for a range of 700 miles.
On approaching BB at the dock, the first thing you notice is her impeccable high-gloss varnish - lots of it! Stripped to bare wood inside and out, an estimated 233 gallons of varnish were used during her restoration period. All superstructure is teak with layers and layers of high-gloss varnish - the deckhouse, raised pilothouse, cap rails, and trim shows the superb wood joinery of her pristine white hull and the distinctive gold Trumpy filigree on her prow.
Port and starboard gates allow boarding flexibility at the dock via stairs. A swim platform attaches to the bottom of the stairs for easy boarding from the dinghy when at anchor or after a swim. Swim platform / boarding stairs are lowered from the starboard side.
BB has generous walk-around decks and high stanchions with varnished teak cap rails. Walk aft along the port or starboard sides to access the generous aft deck through a teak and glass door on both sides. Walking forward is a teak door (also matching port and starboard) with access to the butler's pantry. Continue forward to mirror image balconette style bridge wings. Take 3-steps up the bridge wing to enter the pilothouse, offering with excellent visibility and privacy for captain and crew. There is a comfy leather bench seat aft, spacious chart table, helm seat, original teak wheel, and a fully modernized navigation and helm station. Windows fore and aft open for added ventilation.
Forward of the bridge is the "card room" which doubled as the original owner's office. The card room offers great views while underway or at anchor and is a wonderful space with a cozy settee aft, and a forward 3/4-day bed for sleeping an additional guest. There is a card / cocktail table in between that is ideal for games as well as enjoying morning coffee or sunset cocktails. The opening windows have custom wood venetian blinds and port and starboard doors provide excellent natural cross ventilation for an alternative to the yacht's new air conditioning system. The foredeck is graced by a large centerline sliding teak hatch for deck access to crew quarters and galley. The current owner had this hatch replicated from original specifications and photographs of the original foredeck hatch which had been replaced at some point by a fiberglass hatch. The foredeck offers plenty of seating with built-in forward-facing cushioned settee against the card room housing, plus matching port and starboard cushioned deck boxes.
On the port side just aft of the pantry door is a teak rope locker with storage for lines and PFD's.
Entering the full-service butler's pantry, you understand why Trumpy called this design a "houseboat". It is fully equipped with a generous sink, lots of stainless counter space for toaster, coffee maker, plus drawers, and under-counter storage including a refrigerator, icemaker, rubbish compartment, and above are glass and teak doored barware and china storage, teak and ash sole, and round opening port. Port and starboard pantry doors offer easy access for crew and guests plus excellent cross ventilation. The butler's pantry is great for guest self-service and for enabling the yacht's crew to provide seamless guest service.
From the pantry forward to starboard are stairs down to the full galley, crew accommodation, and engine room access aft. The galley has been completely restored with butcher style counter tops, integral sink, lots of storage, 2 opening ports, and teak and ash sole.
The interior of BB is decorated with authentic period furnishings and built-ins throughout, some antique and some reproductions, all in keeping with her 1947 launching. In addition, the restoration of BB included generous sound insulation throughout for nearly silent operation of all systems and climate controls.
Stepping inside and aft from the pantry you are welcomed by abundant natural light from the large windows of the open and airy salon. Beautiful rubbed-mahogany paneling and mahogany crown moldings are accented by a white acoustic insulated overhead with high-gloss varnished teak trim strips. Midships to port is a day head with traditional Trumpy fold-up sink. A server on the forward bulkhead has a built-in mirror above that beautifully reflects the natural light from the windows and is flanked by period glass sconces. At the push of a button what could be 1947 becomes 2020 as a 48" television rises from the port bulkhead. There is a sturdy fold-away mahogany table that blends into the port bulkhead and is easily set up for formal dining. Decor is simple yet elegant with beautifully framed black and white photographs on the bulkheads, prior glass sconce lighting, custom wood venetian blinds with fabric valances, restored floor timbers, white upholstery with yellow accent cushions and tasteful dhurrie rug in front of the sofa.
Built-in storage below windows along the starboard side and a mahogany desk that has leaded glass door above sits on the starboard aft bulkhead and all add to the houseboat feel.
Continuing aft through the salon on the port side is the stairway to the lower deck guest accommodations.
Down the mahogany stairway, the generously appointed master stateroom is located aft and features a queen size centerline berth accompanied by a built-in pop-up flat screen 48" TV that goes up and down as desired by guest. The centerline queen berth replaces the original twin port and starboard berths. Twin aft bulkhead dressers and bedside reading lamps are located on either side of the queen berth. the bulkhead mirror lies above the queen berth. 4-opening ports with sliding shutters and the large mirror provides an open and airy atmosphere within the stateroom. Twin bench seats and hanging lockers are located on either side of the queen berth. Ensuite facilities located port feature teak and holly sole with a large wash basin, mirrored vanity, 2 storage lockers, Tecma fresh water flush head, 3/4 bathtub and shower. 2-Sliding shuttered opening port allow fresh air to flow freely.
Exiting the master stateroom, the starboard twin guest cabin ensuite facility is located to starboard and forward is the starboard twin guest cabin. The guest cabin features a twin berth with the option to convert to a full-size queen berth. Desk and bureau accompany the berth as well as a hanging locker. 2-Opening ports with sliding shutters allow for fresh breezes to flow freely throughout the cabin. Entering the ensuite facilities, stall shower with teak grating, generous storage, Tecma fresh water flush head and mirrored vanity.
Exiting the twin stateroom and moving forward to port, a third cabin features upper and lower bunks with a shared day head.
Centerline is a lovely varnished teak half-glass door opening out that leads to the aft deck. There is a teak brass screened door that opens inward - a wonderful bonus when fresh air is desired in the salon.
The aft deck has a large custom built varnished teak oval dining table which the current owner had built and offers spacious seating for 8, with a curved banquette aft and 4-sturdy mid-century teak dining chairs. A mahogany overhead is painted in white enamel with high-gloss varnished teak trim strips.
Custom canvas side panels surround the entire aft deck up to the cap rails. From the cap rail to the overhead are isinglass curtains that easily roll up or down to allow this lovely space to be enjoyed if there is a change in weather.
“BB” features a practical arrangement plan with excellent owner / crew separation. Crew quarters are in the bow featuring two separate sleeping cabins, and share a bath in the bow has a fresh-water flush head with separate stall shower. The Captain’s Cabin to port has a large single berth, hanging locker, desk, sink and small mirrored vanity. The Crew cabin is to Starboard with over under berths, mirrored vanity, hanging locker and drawers.
The crew “common area” includes a large settee, starboard dinette and desk to port, a laundry area and giving way to a full beam Galley and access to the engine room. A companionway leads up to the fully equipped pantry and generous salon with the convenience of a day head.
BB’s private guest accommodations for 6 are located on the lower deck via the mahogany stairway located aft to port in the salon. She has a traditional three stateroom layout with three heads, and an updated centerline queen berth master.
The Master Stateroom is generously appointed and located aft featuring a queen size centerline bed with a custom-built frame that includes a footboard that houses a built-in flat-screen television that raises through a hidden panel when in use & lowers to hide away when not in use. The queen bed replaced the yacht’s original twin port and starboard berths and is flanked by period bedside reading lamps. There are hanging lockers are located on either side of the bed, with twin aft bulkhead dressers and twin bench seats offer additional storage and an aft bulkhead mirror lies above the queen berth. The master has 4 opening ports with sliding shutters allows the option to have fresh air to circulate freely as an alternative to the air conditioning, and the large mirror reflects light and provides an open and airy atmosphere within the stateroom. For safety there are hard wired smoke & carbon monoxide detectors.
A private en-suite bath is located to port and features a teak & holly sole, a large washbasin, mirrored vanity, 2 storage lockers, Tecma fresh-water flush head, ¾ bathtub and shower, plus another two opening ports with sliding shutters in the bath.
Guest Cabin 1: to starboard and forward of the master is a guest cabin featuring a double / queen berth with bulkhead mounted reading lamps. There is a desk, bureau, a generous outboard hanging locker, 2 opening ports with sliding shutters allow for fresh breezes to flow through the cabin as an alternative to the air conditioning. The en-suite bath (shared with 2nd guest cabin) includes a stall shower with custom teak grating, generous storage, a Tecma fresh-water flush toilet and mirrored vanity and two opening ports with sliding shutters.
Guest Cabin 2: Located on the port side the third cabin features upper and lower bunks, desk, hanging locker, 2 opening ports with sliding shutters and shares the bath with the starboard guest cabin.
Removed all planking for full frame inspection. Framing, planks & floor timber areas repaired / replaced include: master stateroom & master head, starboard guest stateroom & starboard guest head frame repair & planks, port aft bottom, engine room timber & framing replaced & re-planked, starboard galley to crew quarters bulkhead (7 sets), starboard frame / deck beam repair, lazarette frame & timber repair & water tank area, starboard frame / deck beam repaired, port frame, galley bulkhead; full-length frame repair chain locker / bow thruster, renew ceilings chain locker / bow thruster, renew ceilings chain locker / crew head area, crew galley, repair forefoot sides. Replace strut timber aft, 3-floor timbers master and lazarette, 6-floor timbers engine room bulkhead.
Bottom planked replaced, frame planks & floor timber repairs. 14-Spliced planks, butt blocks removed and replaced, butt joints reinforced, bow repair, upper stern repair, port hood end repair, bow plank repair (9) spliced. Remove and repair transom, refasten strut to transom. Remove epoxy in bottom seams, re-new caulking . Rudder blocks replaced.
Engine room planking above ports replaced, galley stern closet planking replaced / repaired, shaft logs renewed.
Starboard aft topside planks repaired, frame planking repair.
Crew bilge deck beam repair, frame end repair, ceiling beam repair galley / engine room.
Engine room ceiling / salon deck beams repaired / replaced.
Bearding / keel checks for frame, keel repairs in midship, crew quarters, engine room area and bow. Outer keel repair (stern / keel) and keel top. Interior keel repair 10' section horn timber, and forward crew area 18' section horn timber. keel bolts removed and renewed. new worm shoe fixe. Deadwood stern keel repaired.
Boat deck repair crew area outer deck, foredeck and sides. teak cap-rail repaired / replaced both port and starboard sides each in 16' sections; cap-rail repaired midships and stern, and aft deck cap rail. Starboard davit, accent battens and deck beams (side), aft deck teak accent trim, port and starboard waterfill areas, aft deck ceiling and beams. Fabricate lower tern bronze rub-rail, repair stem knee bolts. Re-fasten topside cabin house remove / renew water stained teak on house, rot damage repaired. Paint 14 port lights / 4 lids / 14 holes aft, paint davit plates / poles. Re-bed deck hardware, replace port light panel, port light outer rings painted. 6-Deck drains were replaced, port lights and port holes assembled and installed.
Bilge clamp deck carlings and deck beams fabricated and fixed.
14-Round port holes repaired, rub-rail wood repaired, bow planking repaired port and starboard topsides.
Gate handrails and forward port handrail repaired, forward gate cap rails repaired.
Step plate and sand tread repaired
Foredeck repair, crew hatch replaced
Structural repairs to card room, pilothouse and pantry, card room day bed customized
Stainless-steel rub rail replacement
Port light boxes and covers
New mast built
Full exterior paint including custom logo and gold leaf trim
Teak doghouse repaired / rebuilt
New deck furnishings including custom aft deck dining table and settee
Hull painted and all teak varnished
Floor timbers and framing removed and replaced as needed including master stateroom, aft strut timber removed, repaired, renewed or replaced, shaft log timber, crew quarters & crew galley, bow, crew bilge floor timbers, bow & holding tank area.
Entire interior painted and varnished
Custom shower pan fabricated for crew head
Full interior painting and varnish including crew quarters, bilges
Paint side and aft deck ceilings
Custom replicated authentic Trumpy night stands port and starboard guest staterooms
Custom mahogany lift-top desk
Design and build master bed footboard custom TV box
Custom television cabinet designed to blend with paneling and house a new 55" LG television with push-button "pop-up" controls in salon and integral to the foot board of the bed in the master stateroom.
Salon TV panel repair, varnish / stain salon and deck, salon mantle for TV, grab rails for stairs, paint and replace hardware in closets.
Guest stateroom floor timber repairs
Vertical and horizontal salon panel seams
Stern repair, build crew quarters port shower and closet
Master stateroom inset panel, aft bulkhead repaired in master stateroom
Re-frame guest hatches for new bunks
New port guest head with shower
New master shower
All varnish interior and exterior stripped and re-varnished (237 gallons)
New bow thruster installed
New fire suppression system in engine room
New smart plugs for the shore power
New watermaker 27-gallon per hour
New water tank
2-Northern Lights 40 kW generators rebuilt
Fabrication of 40 genset bolts
Strip and paint generator platform
Galley & Butler's Pantry Totally Refurbished:
Custom made US Cooler refrigerator and freezer with Sea Frost refrigeration systems
New JennAir stove
New exhaust hood
New Bosch dishwasher
Fully painted and varnished
Wood paneling replaced as needed
New washer and dryer
(3) 50-Amp shore power inputs
(3) Galvanic isolators
120V / 240 V AC electric system
12V / 24V DC electrical system
Major Bass Products electrical panel
Mastervolt battery chargers
(8) AGM 8D batteries in series
Master Volt Chargemaster Plus 24 / 40-30 battery charger
Emergency bilge pump
Reverso oil change pump
Fire System dampers
Arid bilge dry system
Engine room blowers
Jabsco Par Max Plus 82600 0094 fresh water pump
Water Makers Inc. WMS-1400, 230V
(2) Whale F1200, 11 gallons each, 120V hot water heater
Bronze 4-blade propeller 32" X 29"
Stainless-steel 2-1/4" dia.
Rubber cutlass type
Bronze 25" X 23" spades
Stabilizer cooling pump
Side Power bow thruster
Port and starboard fire hoses on deck, operated off power take-off from port generator
Fire extinguishers located in staterooms, galley, main salon, card room, crew quarters, and engine room
Fireboy fire suppression system
Lazarette fire suppression system
EPIRB Global Fix
Fire aid kit
Viking 4-person life raft
Viking 6-person life raft
Danforth 100# stainless-steel anchor with 200' of 1/2" chain
Danforth 75# spare anchor
Muir 4500 electric windlass
Water filtration and stabilizer pump
Emergency pump pick up
Aft mid bilges
Aft sump pumps
Dometic MC6X60 SMRT STRT 230V, 60,000 BTU
Cruisair MTC36C 230V, 36,000 BTU - can be run independently for light conditions or in parallel for hotter climates
(3) Lorex remote cameras, stern view, mast view, and engine room view
(2) Garmin 8612 XSV multi-function displays
(2) Sailor TT 6210 A VHF's
Garmin GHC 20 autopilot
Garmin AIS 800
Muir windlass control
Orion flare kit
Compressed air horn with pull operation
New 12'6", 3.8m CL 380 Highfield with 20 hp Honda outboard, 20 hours
Spectra lifting bridle
Custom Sunbrella canvas cover
Aere fenders with covers, custom leather fender hooks
Deck boxes with Sunbrella cushions and with canvas covers
Sunbrella bow seating with Sunbrella canvas covers
Top deck seating with Sunbrella cushions and Sunbrella canvas cover
MarQuipt boarding gangway
Custom wooden boat hook
Ocean Explorer 2-person, 14' kayak with custom canvas cover
Inflatable paddle board
NautiBuoy swim platform
Sea Frost refrigerator and freezer, SA 3.5 220V 404a
Franke EFD 5H5 refrigerator
Bosch SHXM4AY55N/01 dishwasher
JennAir JJW2430D503 stove
GE washer, model WCVH4800k3WW and dryer, model GFT 14ESSLOWW