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Rare U.S. Navy Working Captains Gig

1985 Rare U.S. Navy Working Captains Gig


Year: 1985

City: Jacksonville, NC

Stock: 9c7330

Condition: good

Make: Willard

Propulsion: power

Price: $17,000

Listing: By Owner

Status: Available

Length: 33'

Model: U.S.Navy Personnel Boat Mark 5

Engine hours: -

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Hello and thank you for looking at my boat- the Ravens’ Nest located in beautiful Beaufort, NC! Not only would you be getting an amazing boat, but also apart of U.S. Navy history! Up for sale is an amazing opportunity to own a piece of history by purchasing this one-of-a-kind Captain’s gig. The Ravens’ Nest as she is called now is a 1985 33-foot Willard U.S. Navy Personnel Boat Mark 5 is its official title. For those of you who do not know, Captain’s Gigs were specialty designed personal water taxi for high-ranking officials in the United State Navy and United States Marine Corp which were made by companies like Willard. These boats were being advertised as being unsinkable with-its full flotation hull. It powered by the ultra-reliable 6-71N Detroit Diesel aka the “Screaming Jimmy” that works wonderfully and usually fires right up within ten seconds even on a chill day, (after a puff of typical smoke in which they are know for)! It also has a twin Disc transmission. The length is 33 feet with a beam of approximately 10 feet and 6 inches, a draft of approximately 3 feet and a weight of approximately 9 tons. Has twin fuel tanks which hold approximately 33 gallons each.
She is a beautiful boat and an attention grabber for sure with her unique separated front and aft cabins. When I purchased the Ravens’ Nest she was completely bare inside with no seats. I designed the rear cabin to seat seven sailors and the front cabin to sleep two on comfortable foam. The steering is hydraulic and the cool part is, in the VERY unlikely situation you loose hydraulic power, you can disconnect it and steer the rudder from inside! The batter system is a 24-volt system, and this boat has two great batteries with one being replaced in December 2022! It comes with a lot of extras such as:

-A portable Toilet
-8x chairs
-2x working fully automatic bilge pumps
– Center table in the aft cabin.
-Working console to include all NAV lights
– Danforth Anchor
-Recently change Zincs
– Onboard AC120 charging systems
– Super Clean title
-Spot Light.
-Operational VHF
And more!!
Bottom line, this boat is TRULLY turnkey ready, and she is very special to me and I would only sale her to the right person because as stated before, you are not just buying a boat, but apiece of American history and as a Veteran this is extremely important to me. Only thing that you will have to do is paint the hull/bottom and since it was made in the 1980 during this time there appears to be some minor blistering on the bottom of the hull as this is while I am selling this at a low price. However, I had sailed her NUMEROUS of miles on the sea with no issues of water intrusion or for concerns of the hull. Don’t believe me? I got numerous videos to prove it from 2022 pounding waves!!!!! Ask and I ll send em. I have taken her out in the Atlantic Ocean even during hurricane waves and weather in which we get here in North Carolina and she has always gotten me home!! Make no mistake, the ONLY reason I am selling this boat is because I literally moved to the west coast from the east coast and the price to move this beauty with inflation seems ridiculous which breaks my heart. In closing, this boat won’t last long at this price and low reserve especially for military collectors and historians who want a piece of American History that they can actually ride. Asking .00 but absolutely NO REASONABLE offer will be ignore as long as you love her and take care of her and tours can be available for SERIOUS buyers only. I live in the west coast and the boat is in the east coast so please allow time for coordination and slip is paid up until June 2023 so you will only have to pay for electricity. Sold as is and where is. Happy Sailing and Hooyah! Phone 360- six 3 four -9 five 4 nine.

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