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Old 01-15-2017, 07:47 AM
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Bracket with 250hp rude


Oil bath hubs - Goodyears


starboard view of the stern -


forward setting - those are 1989 cushions


Dusky & Evinrude - the perfect combo!!!


Oak box mounted on the trailer to hold battery for boat winch - winch work great loading boat on trailer


gatta love that Carolina flare - a wet ride is a rare event


back side cockpit wires - simple clean -


those are 1989 cushions - excellent shape


inside the cabin


simple and uncluttered helm.


I like a few pieces of teak on her -


Installed a three way fuel line/valve last winter able to carry extra tanks - for those long off shore runs


With the new leaning post - talk about Cockpit space!!


Brand new leaning post - with storage space under seat


Hull and trailer are in excellent shape


The old T-top has been removed
She was commissioned in 1989 as a Dive boat for Lake Albemarle in North Carolina. The original motor (Evinrude 225) had 472 hrs on it when I purchased the boat in 2012. Replace the 225hp with a 250 E-Tec in 2013. Fresh water boat - lightly used and stored inside while not in use - what a lucky find.

NO SOFT SPOTS in the deck. The stern was not peppered with holes from add on's over the years. The fuel tank is solid. The stingers below deck must in good shape - not getting wood chips in the bilge. However, she needed system upgrades for her new life as a reliable/safe offshore fishing machine.

Over the last four years the boat and trailer have undergone an extensive refit. Removed everything on her I could - even if on the surface it might not needed replacement. Name it and it most likely has been replaced on this boat and trailer.

Example - Bow navigation light, housing, wiring, and switch (Blue Seas switch/breaker panels) are NEW. Same for the anchor lamp and horn mounted on the T-top. All electrical connections on the boat were filled with dialectical grease, an outer heat shrink protective cover installed during the refit. No corrosion is getting into the boats electrical system. When the Navigation lamps are switch ON at the helm - they turn ON.

Even replaced the gunnel mounted rod holders - Just my boat OCD acting up...

Thought about replacing the Teak on the boat with Starboard/plastic but the old sailor in me just could not do It. I just don't find plastic pleasing to the eye. All of the teak trim pieces are new. Good news - designed the new pieces so they can easily be removed for maintenance. No adhesive was used to secure the teak - only stainless steel hardware. I have the original teak lever doors that go to the cabin door. Also the fiberglass hatch cover. During the refit I had her out on the water and liked not having the hatch cover and lever doors while on the water. I found the hatch cover and doors cumbersome (in the way) Thus the fabric hatch cover - designed the fabric cover so air could flow inside the cabin while maintaining a water proof cabin opening.

In 89 Dusky sold the boat as a 23'3" length(LOA). Dusky now sells the boat as a 25'2" They now include the length of the motor bracket in determining length overall (LOA).

Carolina Flair at the bow - A design feature that "helps" keep you and your crew dry while traveling in heavy seas. The cabin and extra large windscreen also helps keeping one dry and warm. Of course, the cabin down below is the ultimate dry/warm spot on the boat during a cool blow or rainstorm. Your WIFE and kids will like a place to go during a rain shower.

The cabin has 70" headroom down below. The cabin also sleeps three adults. The cabin is the ultimate storage area. Not just for all the "stuff" your wife and kids need for a day on the water, but a great place to store your fishing rods/gear while under way. When not in use my fishing rods, downrigger and outriggers are moved down below. Keeping fishing gear out of the weather and salt spray prolongs their service life. You will also attract less attention from DNR officers - no rods in sight - must just be out for a ride - just some thing I've noticed.

20 degrees dead rise at the stern and three piece hull construction making for a solid off shore boat. For more info on the advantage's of three piece construction versus two piece construction - follow THT threads on the subject.

Self bailing cockpit with new scupper design. Enclosed stern with Dusky Drive Motor Bracket. Very large cockpit area behind the leaning post.

Full Access Cabin (FAC) from Dusky means the bow can be accessed on both port and starboard without getting off the deck or climbing atop the cabin or gunnels. This makes Dusky's FAC a true walkaround. Keeping one's footing on the deck while going to the bow of the boat is a huge safety advantage.

Lowrance chartplotter (GPS) -sonar - Standard VHS radio with 8' Antenna. Gold plated VHS radio connectors for added corrosion resistance.

Penn Down rigger(s) One mounted with 360 degree swivel Set 14' gunnel mounted outriggers. I have at lot of other boat gear and fishing reels/rods, trolling lures etc. that will be included in the sale. Once the boat is sold I will no longer have use for offshore equipment.

Insulated Live Well located in the cockpit floor at the center line of the hull. Not sure on exact volume in gallons - but it is big. No pumps, hoses or electrical system connected to the live well. Two sea cocks keep a fresh water flow while the boat is under way. Tidal movement maintains flow while at anchor. It has surprised me at how well it keeps baits alive and frisky. I have also used the live well as an insulated fish box.

The windshield frame was removed during the refit - sandblasted and re-powder coated. The wind shield has new gaskets and green tinted tempered safety glass. One's view on the water though glass versus plastic is just superior. No silicone was used to secure the glass to the windshield frame or to the cabin - silicone is NOT an adhesive. I NEVER use silicone on a boat - over time vibration/ flexing will break the seal.

New electrical system with Blue Seas breakers. New deck covers. New Brass thru hull fittings. New wash down pump with pre screen and new hoses.

Full set of boat cushions - they are original from equipment from 1989 - they are pristine condition.

2012 250hp E-Tec (less than 100hrs) I have only used 100% gasoline. She has never burned ethanol blended fuel. New top of the line fuel hoses with inter liner @ $7.32 per foot she has over two hundred bucks of new fuel lines on her.

New Throttle cables.

New Sea Star hydraulic steering system. Kept the original steering wheel - liked the teak.

New batteries - Interstate deep cycle.

Two propellers: primary Stainless Steel - backup - Aluminum

2005 EZ Loader trailer - New Brake actuator, new brake lines, new brake backing plate and brake pads. New LED trailer lights. Duel axel torsion suspension. Oil bath hubs - new bearings and caps seals. All four tires replaced with new Goodyear Marathon tires. Two spare tires -one mounted on the rim. Tires balanced during installation. Balanced tires run cooler thus reducing the chance of tire failure.

New electric boat winch. Currently working on Oak battery box that will be mounted on trailer for the electric winch. I have the original manual cable winch.- But what a difference an electric winch makes when loading.

The 100gallon fuel tank was pressure tested and held 3psi for ten minutes.

Dusky's are a heavy boat due to it's 3 piece construction and thick hull. The total weight (boat full of fuel, gear, motor , and trailer) on CAT scale: 6,420lbs

Asking price: $20k

Location: Florence, SC

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Damn that looks like a classic refit corvette. Good job.
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Looks great! Pride of ownership is obvious.
Any more pics of the leaning post and cockpit behind the leaning post (from the stern?) Trying to get a feel for how this could function as a cocktail cruiser for say 6-8 people.
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Thanks - for the positive feedback.

Someone going to end up with a seaworthy craft that also turns heads on the water.
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Default Few more pics

At this time I don't have any pics from the leaning post. Will get some more tomorrow.

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Nice boat. I assume this is the "old" 233 which is actually 25' LOA? Dusky didn't do us any favors when they changed the nomenclature.

Livewell, under the bench seat behind the leaning post? Or in the floor?

Are the boxes at the transom insulated? What is in them, usually its pumps and filters for the motors and batteries? Is there any insulated box that can be used as a fish box or do you need a cooler?

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Originally Posted by swampr View Post
Nice boat. I assume this is the "old" 233 which is actually 25' LOA? Dusky didn't do us any favors when they changed the nomenclature.

Livewell, under the bench seat behind the leaning post? Or in the floor?

Are the boxes at the transom insulated? What is in them, usually its pumps and filters for the motors and batteries? Is there any insulated box that can be used as a fish box or do you need a cooler?

Thanks. GLWS.
Yes, it is the old 233 now the 252. Even @ 223 she is a big boat for her class. Very large cockpit area for fishing. Also high freeboard space from the deck to the top of the gunnels - more safe offshore or having small children on board.

The stern boxes hold both batteries and the 2 cycle oil reservoir. They are not insulated - those boxes are open to the bilge.

The live well is in the floor. No pump or hoses - just two sea cocks. Open them up and the boats movement does the rest. I was surprised how well that system works in keeping baits alive and frisky.

There is a small insulated fish box on the back of the leaning post. I keep any fish I keep in a Yeti I store in the cabin - Out of the way -
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Dusky 23.3 is a true walk around.
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Nice boat. Looks well taken care of, good luck with the sale.
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Originally Posted by Clamdigger II View Post
Nice boat. Looks well taken care of, good luck with the sale.
Thanks for the positive feedback
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Looks sweet.
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this is why I shouldn't window shop. Exactly what I need, just 2 years too early
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Originally Posted by 5seven View Post
this is why I shouldn't window shop. Exactly what I need, just 2 years too early
it might still be up for sale in two years
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Great looking boat. You've done a great job on it
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Excellent job on the update King....my one and only boat was this same hull except mine was the CC.
Best of luck with the sale - by the way, FAC = Fish Around Cruiser...
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Excellent job on the update King....my one and only boat was this same hull except mine was the CC.
Best of luck with the sale - by the way, FAC = Fish Around Cruiser...
Thanks for the positive feedback - The hull design is her real strength, A simple, solid and timeless coastal fishing machine.

I've read (FAC) described both ways from Dusky ?
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This is such a cool concept. I wish more CCs were designed like this.
And what a damn fine clean boat this particular one is.
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Nice rig, wish it was down in Fla. Known these Duskys all my life, made in Dania.
Always liked them, they were very affordable back in the day. Yours seems like a great deal.
Good luck!
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Originally Posted by Mikeb13 View Post
Nice rig, wish it was down in Fla. Known these Duskys all my life, made in Dania.
Always liked them, they were very affordable back in the day. Yours seems like a great deal.
Good luck!
South Carolina is just a short drive to Fla. Come on up for a sea trial.
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Stop bumping your thread, I'm hoping your boat is still on the market towards the end of the year

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