Presented for sale by Capt Bob Bingham and Capt Dave Kellerman Jr with Bingham Yacht Sales & Restoration. Big Blue - Rybovich is hull number 67, and the last plank on frame boat built by Tommy Rybovich in 1967. She is 45 feet in length and was originally commissioned as the Ole. Boasting unmistakeable lines, Big Blue's pedigree remains unparalleled. Her heritage alone, speaks volumes but her current turn-key go anywhere condition makes her even more special. The Rybovich family builds boats with the intent that they are meant to do much more than sit at the dock. Big Blue continues to live up to her those intentions.
With that said, she is an absolute head turner whether she is tied to the dock or underway. She has been well cared for by knowledgable owners with an open check book one the years and it?s easy to see when you look at her. She underwent a no expense spared refit in 2014 that included a pair of QSB Cummins 550's, ZF gears, and all new running gear. Most recently, she underwent another cosmetic refit in 2022 which included new Awlgrip throughout, nonskid, new teak covering boards, and teak cockpit sole.
As should be expected, she is easily managed thanks to her impeccable visibility and maneuverability.
Whether the goal is to ply the cobalt blue waters of the Gulf Stream, or simply pull-up to a restaurant with the family, Big Blue is up to the task.
While she is yacht quality, she was designed to be a fish boat first. While trolling, Big Blue pulls an extremely clean wake and her Vernatone muffled exhausts exit the transom above the waterline. Her glass over mahogany hull dampens unwanted sounds from penetrating from the vessel into the water. Her wheels have been tuned and her cutlass bearings replaced making her a stealthy weapon offshore. It?s not uncommon to see billfish just a few feet from her transom. At rest, she sits like a duck in the water - stable and sturdy.
She radiates class and elegance while underway. Her 550 hp Cummins diesels emit a gentle rumble while she idles down the ICW and her common rail engines burn clean and completely smoke free all the while providing an extremely quiet cockpit. Those characteristics coupled with her open layout from the cockpit into the saloon provide an inviting environment for even the most discerning guests.
She's the talk of the dock everywhere she goes. Not just because of her lineage, but because she's had the upgrades that most boat owner dreams of doing yet rarely have the time to complete. Her 2014 refit was well thought out and included a Cummins repower, a refinished mahogany interior with bright white soft goods that is absolutely gorgeous, 2 massive in-deck live wells, cockpit freezers, fishboxes, and more.
At cruise, her sweet spot is 23 knots where she quietly loafs along burning right at 16-17 gallons per hour thanks to her set of Cummins QSB 550 common rail diesels.
Bridge Classic Rybovich game boat bridge layout 2 flush mount teaser reels in hard top Varnished teak helm pod and pedestal Single teak ladder back helm chair Seating to port and starboard with cushions Updated aluminum half tower with hard top and recessed navigation lights Electronics box overhead 2 VHF radios Original compass Complete cummins/smartcraft vessel view panel Polished Glendinning Palm Beach controls Polished stainless steering wheel Original gauges on helm pod Storage under seating and forward bridge storage Varnished Rybovich signature teak double handrails Lift up electronics cabinet forward Murray Bros teak ladder back helm chair Anodized aluminum aft safety rail with 6 rocket launchers Hatch cover for cockpit access hatch Bridge wash down hose under port storage locker Electronics 2 Garmin 5212 MFD?s Garmin Autopilot Compass 2 VHF: Icom 504 with remote Command Mic II Volvo QL trim tabs Fusion stereo headhunt JL Audio speakers throughout Cockpit Teak sole and covering boards freshly refinished Release Marine Battle Saddle w/ 6 rocket launchers 2 gunwale rod holders 2 gunwale hawse pipes 2 in deck live bait wells Access hatch to the lazarette Transom tuna door Rybovich teak and stainless steel bridge ladder with chrome on bronze step brackets Fresh water faucet 2 kill boxes 2 cockpit freezers Equipment New Strata Glass Enclosure Rupp Double Spreader Outriggers Hot and Cold Pressurized Water System Firebox Halon Fire Extinguisher System Engine Room (4) Kidde Fire Extinguishers (8) Lifejackets High Water Bilge Alarm forward and aft 4 Rule Auto Bilge Pumps 2 whale pumps 2 Shower Water Pump-Out TV Cabinet in Salon Carbon Monoxide Alarm Stamoid Cockpit Cover 2 Morad Antennas Air Conditioning: Dometic - Cruisair Reverse Cycle Electrical Equipment Cable Master Shore Power Inlet - 50 amp service Bonding system completely redone Isotemp water heater Generator: Cummin Onan 8kw Battery Charger: Mastervolt 12/50-3 bank charger Engines and engine room Twin Cummins QSB 550 hp common rail diesels installed in 2013 Engine room sprayed with Awlgrip before installation Average Fuel Consumption : 16 gal/h, @ 23 knots WOT 30+ knots loaded Transmissions: ZF 2:1 reduction gear Shafts: Aquamet 22 stainless steel 1 3/4? Tides Marine dripless seals Bronze struts Bronze rudder stuffing boxes Bronze rudders w/ stainless shafts Batteries: 4 - 12V batteries wired in parallel in custom made, Awlcraft painted, fiberglass battery boxes for each engine Battery parallel switches, Battery shut-off switches Oil pressure alarms, engine priming pumps, bilge high water alarm Fuel Filters: 2 Racor 900MA Salon Satin varnished mahogany, with bright finished varnished moldings Overhead LED soft white lighting L shape sofa to port with blue leather cushionsSofa to starboard with blue leather cushions Sofa has storage underneath on both side Dometic Cruisair reverse cycle air conditioner Flat screen TV and Fusion stereo with JL speakers Leatherette headliner Varnished mahogany curtain valances both sides and aft Removable carpet over the engine room access hatches Two sliding entrance doors aft Original electric circuit breaker panel locker with AC and DC circuit breakers
Galley-down layout to starboard Located off companionway Eleven foot long galley Corian marble shell design Custom cabinetry with varnished teak trim (8) Storage draws (4) Storage lockers Hidden Electric 2 burner stove with corian cover Stainless steel sink Cabinet with electric refrigerator/ freezer Magic Chef microwave with a draw below (2) Overhead lights Stateroom - forward Upper and lower crossover berths Overhead LED soft white lighting One large storage drawer under lower berth Hanging locker Port lights Foredeck access hatch Snow White Awlgrip cabinetry with varnished mahogany moldings Cork flooring with varnished mahogany trim Day Head Access forward stateroom and companionway Awlgripped custom cabinet with varnished moldings Storage locker under sink Varnished mahogany trimmed storage locker 12 volt Raritan head Overhead LED soft white lighting Enclosed stall shower Port light Master Stateroom to port Companionway entrance to port Overhead LED soft white lighting Queen berth 4 drawer storage under berth 5 drawer storage cabinet Cedar lined hanging locker Reading lamps 2 port lights Cork floor Master Stateroom Head Corian marble shell design sink Overhead LED soft white lighting Raritan head Walk in shower with Portlight Her registry can be seen here - https://www.michaelrybovichandsons.com/registry-pg-3/
Place yourself behind the helm of this classic Rybovich for a moment. Can you picture plying the cobalt blue waters of the Gulf Stream with a handful of your closest friends or family onboard? Outriggers deployed, rods locked and loaded, the warm teak deck under your feet, and a perfect view of your baits from the helm. If you can, give us a call.
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Boat Name Big Blue
Model Year 1967
Model 550 QSB
LOA 45 ft
Beam 14 ft
Draft 3 ft
Fuel Capacity 400|gallon
Water Capacity 100|gallon
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