Moby Duck is hull 14, a 2014 model of the George Buehler designed, Diesel Duck. Manufactured by the Seahorse Marine yard in Zhuhai, China, she is a steel-hull long-range, sail-assisted passage maker.
She was ordered contemplating every detail, by an experienced yachtsman who has previously owned (9) boats including four trawlers (two Grand Banks, a Nordhavn 55 and a Watson 72). He wanted to combine the bullet proof steel hull and efficiency of a heavy displacement sailboat, with the luxurious accommodations and creature comforts of his Nordhavn.
Moby Duck was ordered so that the owner could travel shorthanded and safely anywhere in the world including extreme ice latitudes. The owner’s goals were efficiency, comfort, redundancy and safety in EVERY environment.
Some important distinctions that set Moby Duck apart from other trawlers are:
Moby Duck has many custom design features, too many to list. Her striking red hull makes her stand out in any cove, marina or congested seaway and her dual mast, ketch rig sail plan may confuse the uninitiated into wondering if she is fish or fowl.
Her sailing rig with spars and outriggers serves three key functions:
The teak decks are surrounded by high bulwarks and tall stainless-steel railings. You can walk all round the deck, and you are very high off the water. The swim platform has a grid extension that previously supported a SeaDoo jet ski. This grid extension makes and excellent water sports platform that is ideal for SCUBA diving and other activities. The ships tender is supported by stainless steel davits off the transom and launched by a hydraulic, electric crane.
The upper aft deck, cockpit (fiberglass) is comfortably upholstered and has a Sunbrella sun shade with stainless frame above. There is an insert cushion to allow for sleeping outside on a balmy night.
Up forward on deck is a proper ground tackle arrangement with two anchors ready to deploy. An all chain rode and oversized 70kg Rocna type anchor along with a robust steel anchoring pulpit with large bollards to affix the snubber enable you to safely anchor in the most sever conditions.
From the cockpit, you can go up to the flybridge which has a Stidd helm chair and an L-shaped settee. The flybridge is fiberglass construction to reduce weight and keep the center of gravity down. With the Echopilot forward scanning sonar and the ability for the Captain to look down directly in front of the boat from this position aloft, you can safely enter any remote anchorage. The navigation and communications instrumentation and machinery controls, including bow and stern thruster makes anchoring and docking in any type of situation much easier to handle shorthanded.
The pilothouse is entered from the aft cockpit or from the starboard side deck. There is excellent visibility in all directions with large windows (opening on sides and aft). The forward pilothouse center window features a high-speed Clearview rotating window to disperse water. The pilothouse has a chart table with drawers and lockers aft to port. To starboard is a long U-shaped settee with a table, ideal for dining and the settee doubles as a long single berth. Forward to starboard is the helm area and Moby Duck is one of the few Diesel Ducks to install Stidd helm chairs (in the pilothouse and on the flybridge). The nav/com is primarily Raymarine and there is a Maretron monitoring system.
Descending a flight of 5 steps you pass the ships electrical panel to starboard and arrive in the saloon. There is a long settee to starboard, fronted by a moveable table and there are two custom chairs to port. There are opening portlights and the signature butterfly hatch in the forward overhead. The saloon includes a Dickinson diesel furnace. In keeping with the efficiency theme of this trawler, the furnace will heat the entire interior with minimal energy required, needing only a small electrical draw to power the small 24V fan.
Forward to port is the wet head (toilet and shower) directly across from the separate clothes washer and dryer. Completing the saloon is a large flat screen television is mounted on the forward starboard bulkhead.
The guest stateroom is forward with two bunk beds outboard to starboard.
Working aft of the saloon along the port side is the galley. Moby Duck extended the counter surface by moving the stateroom bulkhead aft (making the cabin more uniform and opening up the galley. The galley has a double basin sink, propane stove and over, microwave oven and storage.
The aft master stateroom has an oversized, Queen walk around bed. There are seven opening port lights and an overhead hatch which combine to provide excellent light and ventilation. The room master head has a separate stall shower.
Unique in the trawler world is the fact that Moby Duck is decidedly and intentionally “green” and can be completely powered by sun and wind. The very efficient 24V systems include; water maker, freezer, refrigerators, all LED lighting, fresh water system, etc. which can all be powered by and recharged through the wind generator and solar panels. If you need a backup power source or need to run the dive compressor, household sized separate clothes washer and clothes dryer, or reverse cycle air conditioning/heat you can crank up the 9kW Northern Lights generator. The generator is infrequently used as the vast majority of the time the owner relies on solar and wind power.
For long distance cruising, you have the best of both worlds…you can go sailing or power cruise and the owner often prefers to do both! Moby Duck’s fully feathering 5-blade pitch adjustable (in the water) propeller reduces drag and when you shut off the main engine and rely on her ketch sailing rig you glide through the water courtesy of the wind as long as the breeze angle is 30 degrees or more off the bow. When motorsailing, the sail plan provides inherent stability, softening the ride in a big seaway and, of course, the sailing rig doubles as a natural “get home” package should you have an interruption of your main engine. Moby Duck’s paravane outrigger system is easily deployed. This mechanical and reliable package reduces side to side rolling both at rest and underway
For powering, Moby Duck has 2,000 gallons of diesel available to the reliable John Deere main engine which translates to a 6,000 – 8,000-mile non-stop cruising range (depending upon sea conditions). She will cruise comfortably at 6 knots, sipping fuel at a miserly rate for days on end.
If you desire to cross oceans and are looking at fiberglass production boats like the Kadey-Krogen 48/52 or Nordhavn 47/52 you deserve to take a closer look at Moby Duck. There are a lot of well-built and more famous fiberglass trawlers, but many look alike and are hard to distinguish. The Diesel Duck designs are distinctive and benefit underway in any sea conditions from their heavy steel construction.
After two and a half years of construction, she was commissioned in China and shortly thereafter, Moby Duck’s owner took a leisurely six-month trip with many stops (unconventional west to east transit) power sailing across the Pacific to California. Unfortunately, health issues have forced him to put Moby Duck up for sale. You will not find a new, better equipped Diesel Duck available. Moby Duck is everything he had hoped for and he continues to use her and look after her (including a 10-day vacation trip to Catalina Island in August 2017).
Since Moby Duck is registered in the Cook Islands. She is visiting the US on a cruising permit, which means she is not available for inspection or sale to U.S. citizens while in U.S. waters. Additional detailed photos are available upon request. Please contact listing broker, Jeff Merrill, CPYB to learn more about Moby Duck.
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