Historic Virginia Deadrise Oyster Boat: Deltaville Round-Stern (Annapolis)

boat type: commercial boat
propulsion type: power
condition: good
engine hours (total): 350
length overall (LOA): 39
make / manufacturer: Lewis Wright | John Wright
model name / number: Virginia Deadrise Oyster
For sale is a Deltaville (Jackson Creek) round-stern Virginia Chesapeake Deadrise Oyster Workboat.

* 39 foot length
* 9 foot 9 inch Beam
* Draws 18 inches

Built by luminary Deltaville Boat Builders Lewis Wright (along with his acclaimed uncle John Wright), this is one of the few true and documented "Jackson Creek Round Stern" vessels that survived the oyster fishery demise after the 1960s. Here is an article for background on this unique type of Chesapeake Deadrise vessel:

* https://deltaville.pastperfectonline.com/Archive/C330AF32-0821-43EA-97CC-787859315421

The boat was surveyed by renowned wooden-hull estimator/craftsman James R. (Randy) Renn, SAMS | AMS certified -- prior to an 18 month restoration during COVID (2019-21). Estimated value before renovation was $27,500-$32,500.

* https://www.marineforensics.net/index2.html

Powered by a stout Volvo Penta AQAD40B in-line 6 cylinder TurboDiesel motor (~165hp), this deadrise cruises easily in the mid-teens but sips fuel when tempered to under 10knots.

Current owner restored the vessel for dual purpose: 1) active work as an oyster boat in the South River and 2) a Gentleman's Cruiser with room for a tailgate/happy hour of more than 10 adults.

Engaged couples have also rented the vessel for pre-wedding and reception photos (see images). Rate was $1,500 per half-day shoot so it is a decent income contributor (unfortunately/fortunately better than charter fees).

The aft cabin wall is trimmed in Western Red Cedar and ALL interior gunnel sheathing strips and deck flooring are 100% exotic Mahogany (true old-growth Swietenia Macrophylla hard-wood) that holds up as expected with a great patina. This exotic hard, straight-grain finishing wood CANNOT be sourced in this amount currently for less than $40K if at all. Owner has been offered asking price for this material alone but is not inclined to remove it from the boat.

The boat is USCG Documented as a Commercial Fisheries Vessel with provenance documented of previous owners (5). Worked hard for 50+ years, the boat then spent 12 years in fresh water on Smith Mountain Lake (VA) as a tour boat used by owners of a restaurant for sunset cruises during which time a substantial restoration was done and carefully maintained.

Current owner extended this initial work with "on the hard" restorations of the rudder plate (Atlantic White Cypress), prop, and ablative bottom paint and waterlines. Electrical upgrades included proper gauge wiring, three batteries (1 as back-up), 3-bank industrial marine charger/maintainer, new starter motor, upgraded bilge pumps (2). New 28 foot Teleflex shifting/throttle cabling installed along with custom dual Morse Control.

Aluminum beam runs the length of the vessel. When utilized in tandem with tie-down loops and cabin canopy snaps, the working / seating area behind the cabin can be completely shaded with a 9x12 canopy/tarp/flag.

Being a round-stern there is ample area for oyster/crabbing gear or touring amenities (kayaks, dinghy, bikes, coolers, etc.). Current owner uses for both purposes depending on the season and has full-size oyster aquaculture cages on site to show how easily they are accommodated.

Serious Inquiries Only Please ...

Given the historical significance of this particular boat (and the Chesapeake Deadrise in general) the owner will only entertain sale to a new owner either planning to use it to work the water, educate kids about the history of Chesapeake Watermen, or join the ranks of owners who have clocked-in to preserve its character in attempt to help it survive to its 100th Anniversary (only 30 more years -- Why Not?!).

This vessel is also listed elsewhere ... contact for pricing details and offers

post id: 7743865451


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