2004 General Marine 23 with 2004 Yamaha 150 HP outboard. 2010 aluminum, tandem Continental trailer with brakes on all wheels and zero rust/or issues.
The boat was built to custom specs for a gentleman who had given up his Ocean 40 SportFisherman because he had gotten older and he preferred single-handing his boat. General Marine is sort of the "Lexxus" builder of the Calvin Beal 23 racing lobster boat hull. While their website doesn't have much on their website, you can tell a little bit about them;their main boat is their 26. My boat is 25' feet overall with bow-pulpit and dive platform/ladder. The 150 pushes the boat to 30 mph and at 21-22 barely sips gas. The hull is specifically comfortable at anchor for diving due to its 9' beam. I added an upper crow's nest that folds down for an 8 foot bridge clearance and a real ladder from the deck behind the leaning post. Its an easy up and down, even in a sea. The aluminum dive platform was custom built with a smaller commercial type fold-up tree style ladder. The custom hardtop built by General Marine is a $4500 option. The full liner addition with all heavy hatches adds another $5200 to their pricelist. When the gentleman died in 2010, his son brought the boat to Stuart, FL and listed it on Craislist. General Marine has little reputation in Florida due to the fact that they are only built one at a time/factory direct on individual owner specs/order and the factory is in Biddeford, Maine. The original delivery invoice was close to $65K. Having been to Maine several times looking at 6 pack kit hulls, I knew all about them. They had always been too pricey for me, though. When I saw the ad, I drove straight to Stuart. (About one hour after the posting). Two other guys and the son were returning from a "sea trial" when I got there. They told him they wanted the boat and were going to think about an offer overnight. They drove off - I gave the son 1K over his asking price and drove the boat home. As you know, I mostly only dive and spearfish and I set the boat up that way. But in May and June, the offshore dolphin and tuna is so good, we do fish them. For that reason, I added Taco Top Gun outriggers and I have a great removeable livewell with hidden wiring running to its stern spot with chocks. The bow pulpit has a freefall Lewmar windlass with a Fortress anchor and groundtackle. You will notice from the pictures that I had a custom bow/pulpit rail custom made at a realistic standing hand height so you can actually use it when anchoring ina chop or swells. The main switch at the helm has a second small breaker over it so you can protect accidental bumping by someone that drops anchor. You must close the breaker switch, then operate the windlass. The previous owner was quite the fisherman, and there are 12 gunnel Lee rodholders of varying degrees. The leaning post has a storage tray beneath the hinged cushion/seat and hinged footrest. A brand new Igloo 94 qt. cooler fits beneath the seat and inside the back legs.There is a removeable backrest leaving flush mounts for a Magma grill. The hull is a nice hunter green with black bottom. Diving is more comfortable on this boat than most 30 footers because of the beam/room/and hand grab locations front to back (structure/rails). This boat turns heads and I am constantly asked about it because it is unique to south Florida. Its wide beam and northeaster high bow entry are much different from all the Duskys, Makos, Aquasports, Contenders, etc. creating its eye appeal. I'll text a couple of pictures by phone, but believe me, its a boat to be seen in person to truly appreciate. If I wasn't planning to go back to six pack trips, I would never give it up. I've owned probably 25 dive boats since 1975, from SeaVee 6pks to my Halter 65 liveaboard certified for 22 divers. aI mean it when I say that only the Halter was as enjoyable to dive from. Thanks and let me know what you think when you see the pictures. Thanks-
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