Boats For Sale and Wanted - 29 Blackfin FB Diesel; SOLD

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08-21-2005, 11:44 PM
Reluctantly, I am listing my 1988 29 Blackfin FB For Sale.

1450 hours on clean, smooth running
1989 Cummins 6bta 5.9 250hp diesels, ZF gears
Hydraulic steering & trim tabs
Tank selector valves & Racor filters with remote water-alarm.
Bronze 3-blade props computer pitch and balanced
New Gore shaft-seal packing
Bottom soda-blasted, barrier & bottom painted (3 coats ablative) 04/Spring 05
Fuel saddle tanks replaced & entire bonding system re-worked (2003)
New fuel-tank and water-tank gauge sending units (2004)


Ritchie compass
2 - Raymarine RL70CRC 7" sunlight viewable displays with
C-map NT Chartplotter
Raymarine 24 mile radar
Raymarine Digital fishfinder & 1000 w transducer
Raystar 125 GPS
Simrad CE-32 color chartplotter & fish-finder & sea temp
Simrad GPS
Lowrance digital depth
Icom M-501 VHF
Shakespeare VHF antenna and 8’ mount (2005)
Robertson AP1000 autopilot
JVC stereo/CD/Marine Weather receiver with remote control at helm
Bose Marine speakers
All Bridge electrical switches and controls replaced
Hard-top electronics box
40A dual battery charger
Battery disconnect switches and parallel switch (at helm)
Automatic engine fire-extinguishing system w/remote alarms
2- 4D batteries (summer 2005)
New 30A shore-power cord


Kenyon 2-burner gas/electric cook-top
30 Gallon fresh water tank & filter system
Stainless steel sink; galley & head
Hand-held hot-water shower
120 VAC SS electric hot water heater with starboard engine heat-exchanger
12 volt DC/120 VAC marine refrigerator/freezer (2005)
Marine head, macerator & holding tank, and all plumbing (2005)


New Morse/Teleflex throttle and shift controls and cables (2005).
New flybridge Pompanette seats, bridge cushions, rear bridge curtains,
engine-box cushions, cockpit bolsters, cabin cushions, custom V-berth cushions, upholstery and valances (2005), & Sunbrella cockpit cover (2001).

Teak swim platform and removable cockpit bench seat
Cockpit fresh water and raw water wash-down
Cockpit spreader lights
Cockpit stepwell lights and under-gunnel lights
Air horns marine re-chromed (2005). Nice!
14 cabin-mounted rod- holders
7 cockpit rod-holders
Flybridge-mounted outriggers & stinger
Flybridge-mounted rocket-launcher for 4 rods.


29’ Blackfin FB with 24 degree deadrise provides comfortable ride in any sea; outboard rudders & wide-spaced engines mean easy handling; roomy bridge seats 5; canyon range with 240 gallon fuel cap. Clean, sharp & ready to fish.

Also have available new-in-box Zodiac ORC canister 6-man offshore inflatable raft, and new mounting cradle, 3 Penn International 50TW’s, 2 Okuma 50’s, 2 Penn Senators all with stand-up rods, and all 9 or 9.5 on a 1-10 scale; 2 Play-Action belts, & more.

If interested, PM, e-mail, or call me at (302) 947-1191 or (302) 228-9276.

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08-22-2005, 10:47 AM
Is the price a secret?

08-22-2005, 01:47 PM
Ah, yes, the price. I knew there was something else. She is being offered for $109k, and is an excellent value at that price.

08-23-2005, 02:50 AM
Hey Will, this is a surprise! Change of plans?


08-23-2005, 08:41 AM

Yes, not doing enough offshore fishing anymore to justify the BF, and I still have the Grady Sailfish at the dock at home. Now the wife wants a pontoon boat to take the grandkids out in the bays! Getting to be too much work with what will be 3 boats to maintain, and not enough time to enjoy them.

cat tales
08-23-2005, 12:00 PM
What speed wil she cruise at, and WOT.
how much fuel will she burn at cruise speed?


08-23-2005, 08:32 PM
She cruises 24 knots at 2400 rpm. The other day, on the pins at 2650, the gps read 27.3 knots and the boat was not trimmed. Speed will increase a little with tabs set just right. Don't have floscans on the BF, but fuel burn averages between 1 and 1.5 mpg.

08-24-2005, 11:04 AM
any photos?? i'm always lookin'.................

08-24-2005, 01:06 PM
yeah how about some pics

08-24-2005, 10:36 PM
Downloaded a bunch of pics to the computer today. Can anyone post them for me? They may need to be resized. Thanks

08-25-2005, 09:57 AM
Capt. send them to me at, I'll try and post them for ya. :thumbsup:

08-25-2005, 03:53 PM
O.K. Capt. I'll give it a shot.

08-25-2005, 04:03 PM
Nice Boat!! :thumbsup:

08-25-2005, 04:09 PM
I can attet to the performance of this hull, we have a 29 combi with 350 cats cruises at 28 knots at 3250 run thru just about any sea.

08-25-2005, 04:51 PM
can you email me pics of the 50 TW's

Thanks! :thumbsup:

08-25-2005, 09:27 PM
I would be tempted if you were closer to Florida and would buy as a second vacation home.

08-25-2005, 09:57 PM
Thank you everyone for the interest, and especially John, for getting these pics posted here. I'm not fluent in computer-speak, and couldn't get these pics on the board. I'll have a few more (engines, etc) tomorrow, so I shall try again. (But might need John (weakfish) to 'splain me how' :roll

08-27-2005, 09:44 PM
Theduckblind, I am downloading some pics of the Penn Intl 50's to e-mail you. Meanwhile, btt!

08-27-2005, 10:22 PM
Ive seen this boat personally and it is sweet.
Good luck on selling her She will go quick and Im sure the new owner will have many happy years with her.

08-29-2005, 08:10 AM
That is one sweet boat! Good luck selling her - lucky owner who buys her!

09-01-2005, 09:04 AM
I took a few pix of the engines. I will try to download (or is it upload??) them to the forum. She is a super-clean, and smooth running boat. Those Cummins engines burn clean; no sooty transom. Anyone thinking about a 29 twin diesel should seriously consider this boat.

09-01-2005, 09:37 PM
OK, here we go...finally got it resized to post.

09-13-2005, 10:30 PM
What a beaut !!!

A little big for my needs or I would be seriously interested!!

09-14-2005, 12:36 PM
beautiful boat and model. ...does the cutie come with the boat? :)

09-23-2005, 09:02 PM
Thanks for the compliment on the 'cutie', Thinket. I didn't see your post before, but I'll reply now, and get btt. We've been married for more than 37 years, so I would guess she probably wouldn't go with the boat. However! I'm willing to entertain all offers.... uh, I better behave myself and not go there. But thanks for the question :-) :trout:

10-02-2005, 10:47 PM
Bill was nice enough to invite my wife and I down to the Blackfin yesterday since we were in the area. What a gorgeous rig that is!!!!! Anyone looking for this sytle of boat would be a fool to not consider this particular one. The interior is beautiful, the exterior is **** and span and the Cummins just make it the total package.

Whomever is lucky enough to grab this one, will be getting a great boat!!!

10-03-2005, 10:21 PM

That's alot more boat than any Grady. Stretch your budget and buy her!!

Will we see you at the Annap. Boat show?? We'll be there on Friday.

10-04-2005, 09:59 PM
Thanks, Brian. It was great to meet up with you and your lovely wife, and visit for a while on the Blackfin. I am hoping to go to Annapolis too, probably Saturday. Yea, why not go for broke, and buy my Blackfin ? :)

10-18-2005, 07:56 PM
Well, I thought she might have been sold last week, but the buyer had a family emergency and had to cancel. So, this gorgeous, fine running fishing machine is still available at a very fair price. This is the perfect boat for one of you guys! Who's it gonna be?

10-18-2005, 10:21 PM
Dave, I'd have to stretch my budget an awful lot for the Blackfin. Like all the way into someone else's wallet.... :)

All kidding aside, this is a beautiful boat!!! :)

10-23-2005, 11:22 AM
That is the cleanest looking 29 Blackfin I've ever seen. Superb job on the up keep. Most 29's are pretty fished out, but yours looks cherry! Always worth paying for a well maintained boat. Good luck.

10-23-2005, 10:08 PM
how wide is the beam ? and do you have shots of the engines . Whats she burn at cruise and what is her cruise . I also wonder how tall she is from water line to top , if you lay the riggers down .Last question whats her draft ? I have to get under a small bridge and my lagoon is shallow at times , thanks for the info . super sweet boat !

10-23-2005, 11:01 PM
Brian & Gr1ffin, thanks for the compliments. And, of course, I agree, she is really a sweet boat that raises fish! tarpon007, her beam is 10' 6" and she burns about 22 gph at a 23k cruise (run 1 mpg or better), and tops out at 27.8/9 knots. Bridge clearance hasn't been an issue for me, so I don't know it off hand, but will check for you and post later. Her draft is 3', maybe slightly less, but I would be getting nervous at that depth. Engine pics were closer to the bottom of the first page of this thread. I can post more pics here, if you want them, or will e-mail higher res pics if you like.

10-24-2005, 05:22 PM
Mike, I stopped by the boat today and checked the bridge clearance as closely as I could. (Wind blowin hard, raining, and all that). The clearance with the outriggers down, is 11' 8" as best I can tell. Now there is no radar on the boat, but if that were to be installed, an additional 8" or more might need to figured in, unless the radome were to be installed on the forward slope of the flybridge above the cabin front windows, as I have seen on some boats.

What kind of clearance do you need to get under that bridge you mentioned?

01-01-2006, 06:17 PM
Now that we're into the New Year, a lot of us will be making boat-buying decisions. My Cummins-powered diesel 29 Blackfin, listed in the beginning of this thread, is still available. She is shrink-wrapped and blocked here in my yard, and before you know it, the time will be here for Spring launch. So I wanted to let you all know that she is a beautifully kept, good running boat, and is ready for her new owner. Please take another look, and contact me with any questions. Thanks, and Happy New Year.

01-01-2006, 07:53 PM
That is indeed on fine looking boat and I would have to say reasonably priced IMHO.


01-14-2006, 11:12 PM
Capt, beautiful boat. Why is the mpg so low? not bustin anyone, thought diesels would get better thank what you've listed.

01-14-2006, 11:51 PM
Thanks for looking, and for your good question. I didn't check back to my earlier posts, but I think that I reported a fuel mpg of around 1.4 - 1.5, which as I recall, is about right. That's NAUTICAL MPG, and fully loaded. A solid, and heavy, deep-V boat like the Blackfin will burn more fuel than a flatter-bottomed or light-weight boat, but the ride in a sea will put a smile on your face! Ask anyone who has one! She rides like a much bigger boat, and when the going gets rough, you'll find the Blackfin's are out there with the bigger boats.

01-15-2006, 11:57 AM
CaptWill - 1/14/2006 11:51 PM

Thanks for looking, and for your good question. I didn't check back to my earlier posts, but I think that I reported a fuel mpg of around 1.4 - 1.5, which as I recall, is about right. That's NAUTICAL MPG, and fully loaded. A solid, and heavy, deep-V boat like the Blackfin will burn more fuel than a flatter-bottomed or light-weight boat, but the ride in a sea will put a smile on your face! Ask anyone who has one! She rides like a much bigger boat, and when the going gets rough, you'll find the Blackfin's are out there with the bigger boats.

Blackfins of this era are some of the best boats ever built. I should say overbuilt, as a lot of glass went into its construction.
The Carolina Classic 28 I had burned about the same amount of fuel as this, and the similarities between these boats are many.
If I were in the market for a used sportfisher in this size range, a Blackfin like this would be on my short list..... :thumbsup:

01-15-2006, 12:10 PM
If someone will buy mine I'll buy this one

02-22-2006, 11:03 PM
Still for sale, and season isn't far away. She runs as good as she looks. Accepting offers. Call me @ 302-947-1191.

02-23-2006, 12:43 AM
Just noticed this thread. A friend and I have been looking at FB Blackfins for a few weeks now. There was a nice Diesel 32 FB that recently sold for 65K that we missesd. We are planning on buying a boat to bring to Hawaii so the challenges are many. There's a gas 32 FB in Onset, MA that looks nice and is selling for 59K (maybe less) but i've been warned about fuel consumption with the 454's. (is anyone familiar with that boat?) We are less concerned with fuel than those of you from the East coast because we do mostly trolling (7-9 knots) and drop lines within the first 5 miles. Anyhow, quick question; are these Cummins the boat's original engines? Any service records? flexibility with price? I would like to learn more offline.

02-24-2006, 09:19 PM
Nice talking to you the other day Capt Will, here's a bump...

02-27-2006, 01:37 PM
Wayne, thanks for the bump. It was good to talk with you the other day, and also Robert, in Hawaii. There's been a lot of buzz, but no offers, so I've dropped the price $10k! C'mon guys, this is a great boat at a great price. Did a search on boat, and there's nothing like it out there!! (searched 1986-1993 29' diesel Blackfin). She is super clean and runs beautifully.

02-27-2006, 07:42 PM
That is one beautiful boat.
If it where next spring I would jump on it.
Wife want's a pool this year

03-07-2006, 05:00 PM
am passively looking, blackfin 29 is target boat. am i missing the radar dome in your photos? is the boat set up for a generator? fishing equip & raft included for the right price?

03-07-2006, 06:29 PM
Good eye for detail; the reason you didn't see the radar is because it, and the dual Raymarine color displays for the radar, chart plotter and fishfinder, and a new bronze thru-hull transducer are being installed as we speak. In fact, I just picked up the welded aluminum plate from the fabrication shop for the radar about an hour ago. The fishing equipment that was originally listed has been sold. There is room for a small diesel generator, but one has not been installed. The life raft and cradle certainly could be included. If you are looking for a 29 Blackfin, I would encourage you to put this one on your short list. It will be difficult for you to find another one in as good condition.

03-08-2006, 04:05 PM
capt will, lookin' for a smaller boat? moving up or getting out all together? i have a nearly new h-s 230 w/a 225 ficht full electronics, & trailer. question about the cummins, in the small trucks i find the cummins very loud, hows the sound levels on your boat? i'm looking at a couple up here in the north, frankly, a bit better priced but maybe not equally equipped. p.m me if you have any thoughts or incentives for me to pack up my wife for a weekend drive.
best regards, cap'n mick..........uscg 50 gt master

03-08-2006, 07:31 PM
cap'n mick,

No, I'm definitely not getting out. I'm selling the inboard so that I can replace her with a boat that I can get in and out of my home port (dock at my house). That requires an outboard powered boat, as I don't have enough water at low tide, back here where we live. I've had outboards before, and finally made the move up to the Blackfin back in 2000. But the silting in and the moratorium on dredging has changed my position. It just takes too much time to get to and from the only marinas where I can keep the Blackfin, and now that the new Indian River bridge project has begun, we're looking at a 3 year traffic jam that makes previous years look good. (They weren't). So I will be looking for a late model twin outboard like a Grady Sailfish or Marlin. I had a Sailfish before, and should have kept it.

To answer your question about the Cummins, I think it is about as quiet as any 28-35' diesel-powered boat could be, especially up on the Flybridge while under way. While trolling, people sitting on the engine box cushions can carry on a normal conversation. I sea-trialed a 29 Blackfin Combi with Cat 3116's, and they were so loud that you quickly became fatigued. The previous owner had lead-lined vinyl-covered engine box covers (covered the top and both exposed sides) in an attempt to quiet those engines, but it was a failure. My wife and I couldn't wait to get off that boat.

There are a few other 29 Flybridge Blackfins out there that are lower priced. Look close. Then decide if you mostly want to use the boat, or work on it.

03-08-2006, 10:06 PM
CaptWill - 3/8/2006 7:31 PM

I had a Sailfish before, and should have kept it.

Well, I know one person that is certainly glad you didn't! :grin:

I am the current owner of Bill's previous Sailfish. To say that he took great care of this Grady is an understatement. So, I can attest to the condition of the Blackfin. Whoever ends up with that boat will be very happy!

03-09-2006, 09:18 AM
capt will, thanks for the insight. speaking with the "admiral" last night she gently reminded me of an upcoming wedding of my daughter. also she suggested the boat search was not first on her priorty list........................

03-10-2006, 07:41 AM
capt will, your boat looks awsome, how many hrs on her, would you be intrested in a trade, i own a 2006 mako 284, took delivery nov 2005, striper fished with it for two months and love the boat, we just purchased a home on the water as second home, and now have decided to live there full time, and will be doing alot of crusing with the family, so i would like to get a express or conv. style boat. my boat is full loaded with EVERY factory option available, twin mercury verado 250 hp,
raymarine E series E 120 & E 80 screens, 4kw radar, fish finder, gladiator autopilot, remote spotlight, full custom enclosure, replacment value on the boat is 120k. boat is in forked river nj. and in new condition.

03-10-2006, 09:50 AM
gw204 - Brian, thanks for the compliments, and I know you love that boat as much as I do, so I'm glad to have sold her to you.

MAK.. that sounds like an awesome offer and fantastic boat. But I fish as much, or more, with women on board than not, and will be buying another walk-around style boat like a G/W Marlin or Sailfish. That has worked well for us before, both in accessing shallow water back here, and in the mix of tuna trips, some trolling, and bottom bouncing. We had a center console some years ago, and I liked the room to move around, but there was no getting away from sun and rain, and that doesn't work well for the girls.

Somewhere in one of the posts in this thread are the engine details about hours, fuel burn, etc., but there are about 1500 trouble-free hours on them, and if you know Cummins 6bta's, there's a lot more left in them than they have on them now. No problems with oil leaks or consumption, or sooty transom. Good boat & good engines. Thanks for looking!

04-01-2006, 08:16 PM
She's getting ready. Props and shafts computer-trued and balanced, brand new couplers and stainless hardware; new high-efficiency design water pump impellers; new Algea-X installation and fuel lines, and all the new electronics has arrived and is nearing completion, including Raymarine 24 mile color radar. C'mon guys. This is an awesome boat that deserves your attention if you are serious about off-shore fishing. Any offers?

05-30-2006, 10:38 PM
Still for sale Will??? :thumbsup:

05-31-2006, 11:45 PM
WEAKFISH - 5/30/2006 9:38 PM

Still for sale Will??? :thumbsup:

Yep, she went in yesterday. Still have her, and she's ready to fish.

06-01-2006, 12:21 PM
Hey Bill, check your email...

06-02-2006, 11:15 PM
I am seeing only red X instead of the pics. Is it just me, or have these pics been lost off the thread ? Sure would like to see this highly admired boat. Can't believe it hasn't sold yet! Hell, I'm sold on it just from reading the posts on this thread, and I haven't even seen the pics! BTT for you Capt!

06-03-2006, 10:17 AM
Hey Brian, got your e-mail. Thanks. Cloud9, thanks for your post, and your interest. Wiley announced last week that he was deleting all pictures that have been on here more than 6 months, to re-cap server space, so my pics are all gone. There are a few on my listing at

Since the pics were taken, all new electronics have been installed, including Simrad autopilot heading sensor, Raystar 125, 2 Raymarine 7" color displays networked to a Hi-def DSM, new Uniden 625 VHF with DSC interfaced to GPS, Raymarine 24 mile radar, etc. Lots of other work done including prop and shaft computer balancing, new shaft couplers, & new cutlass bearings.

There has been a lot of iterest in the boat lately, so ...


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