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Sea Pearl 16, Motor Sailer, 1986
The Sea Pearl 16MS is a variation on the famous Sea Pearl 21 built by Marine Concepts in Tarpon Springs, Fl. Marine Concepts, look them up, has a reputation for high quality very strong hand construction.
21s have made some amazing journeys and many have been sold on the Sailing Texas web site.
The 21 is based on a L. Francis Herreshoff design which was based on the old seakindly whale boats.
The cockpit and bow area is the same as the 21 while the stern was redesigned to carry the boat onto a plane whether under sail or power. The strong transom can handle a 25hp outboard, yet she will plane and hit 15 knots with the 9.9 Mercury. People water ski with the 25.
With the 9'9" spoon oars from my rowing shell ($750 retail) she rows very well.
I had a 21 for 10 years, sold it, then found the 16MS. The spars of the lug rig fit inside the hull for traveling. With the twin kick-up rudders the motor balances perfectly in the center. The hiking stick is handy for sailing and the tiller extention allows you to sit on the rowing seat while under power.
I had the factory pop up tent on the 21, but for my trip down the Florida Keys I designed a much bigger tent that has side windows, solid or netting zip openings at both ends and a large zip open skylight on top allowing one to stand up. With the larger tent one can sit on the seat in comfort. The shoal draft was perfect for the Keys and for sailing up onto a shore. The hard chine makes for a stable boat. The previous owner had some pole brackets and with the motor could get to his fishing spot in a hurry.
The bottom is the original gelcoat and smooth and unblemished. The topsides look better painted Interlux Brightside Black and the deck, which could use a refresher coat is Interlux Bristol Beige. All the mahogany bright work is two part Bristol Bright long lasting varnish and in great shape. A raised storage platform in the stern holds life jackets and the extra gas tank. The rising bow and strong sheariline make for a dry boat.
Reason for selling? I am getting a 19' beach cruiser with a fixed cabin.
LOA 16' 4"
Draft board up 5" board down 2' 6"
Lug rig sail area 102 sq. ft.
2002 2 stroke Mercury outboard recently serviced
2 three gallon gas tanks
2 beautiful sculling oars (My wife hangs them on the wall when not in use)
Trailer (gross wt. 340 lbs) with guides recently refurbished by Master Hitch in Houston with instructions that there would be long hauls. New trailer lights that need to be installed on existing tie down wooden cross piece used to secure boat to trailer.
Full cover in ok condition.
Bronze oar locks
Cockpit cover with two small holes, special wooden folding support.
Self-bailing deck draining into area infront of motor for holding gas can.
Custom tent by Banks Sailmakers in Miami (they also made the cover for my 1958 restored Lightning One Design) Used on the one week Keys trip only
Almost new winch and strap for trailer
The boat is in Galveston and can be brought to my house in central Houston.
Sail when the conditions are right for sailing, row when you feel like it and motor when the wind drops or you are in a hurry or want to tow kids in inflatables.
SOLD. The Sea Pearl sold within 3 hours. Thanks.