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The Famous SEEKER Dive Boat For Sale

Discussion in 'Liveaboards & Charter Boats' started by phillybob, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. phillybob

    phillybob Contributor

    1986 Harker's Island Rhodes Craft Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

    The dive boat made famous in the book, Shadow Divers, is located in Rhode Island, and hasrecently come on the market.
    If you are a serious diver, The Seeker (and it's crew from the 1990's) are probably known to you.
    If you are not familiar with the story, The Seeker is a 65' Rhodes Craft dive boat. The following comes from Wickepedia:
    "In 1991, Bill Nagle a former wreck diver and the captain of the Seeker learned about a wreck outside New Jersey and decided to mount a diving expedition to the site. On September 2, 1991, an unidentified U-boat wreck was discovered 73 meters (240 feet) deep (a hazardous depth for standard scuba diving) off the coast of New Jersey. Nicknamed the U-Who, the exact identity of the wreck was a matter of frequent debate, and initially the wreck was thought to be either U-550 or U-521. The discoverers of U-Who, John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, continued to dive the wreck for the next several years, taking considerable risks (three divers,died exploring the U-869).
    Eventually, the team recovered a knife inscribed with "Horenburg", a crew member's name. However, they learned at the U-boat archives that U-869 was supposedly sent to Africa, so this piece of evidence was initially discarded. A few years later, they found part of the UZO torpedo aiming device, and spare parts from the motor room engraved with serial and other identifying numbers. On August 31, 1997 they concluded that the boat they found was the U-869."
    Many have perished diving on wrecks, and The Seeker, has seen her share. She is still regarded, even today, as one of the best dive boats around.
    The story is fascinating and the movie rights have been purchased by a major motion picture studio.
    The current owners, as a tribute to the boat's history, had planned to completely restore her to her original glory and use her as a charitable vessel. The economy, and need to build their own boat building business, has resulted on her being put back on the market - for the right buyer. This is not a boat for someone trying to buy a cheap dive boat. The owners are very interested in the right buyer who shares their passion for the history of this vessel and desire to see that she is appropriately cared for. Considerable investments have been made in her already, including complete overhaul of the engines and generator.
    They would consider working with the new owners to complete the restoration project, so while she is available for a direct sale, there is work still to be done, and if the new buyers wish to do that themselves, that's fine, but the current owners would consider being of assistance.
    A 2010 survey is available, and the surveyor provided the following:
    Present Day Estimated Market Value (as is)………$250,000
    If you are a dive fan, or someone who would love to see her restored, please give us a call.

    Not sure if this is the right forum, but...
    I'm not the guy selling it. I just thought it was an interesting story.

  2. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Delaware or the New Jersey Turnpike

    Imagine, the Seeker and the [-]Wahoo[/-], er Garloo, together on the open seas again at long last. -a match made in heaven...

  3. fisheater

    fisheater Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sebastopol, CA
    A grudge match, perhaps.
  4. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Delaware or the New Jersey Turnpike
    Old days, old ways.

    Would be a hell of a lot of fun nowadays. Tell Ashley and Andrew, I'm in.

    -Eat my wake, Hank!
  5. phillybob

    phillybob Contributor

    Broadsides to the death ?:catfight:
  6. WreckDiver1321

    WreckDiver1321 Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Billings, MT, USA
    If we could get 100 people to donate $2500......
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  7. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Delaware or the New Jersey Turnpike

    Been done.

    -but I REALLY want a spot on the re-enactment. :shocked2:
    WreckDiver1321 likes this.
  8. hilljo88

    hilljo88 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: nyc
    web site says asking price is $149,000
    [TH]Boat ID[/TH]
    [TR="class: r1"]
    [TD]Harker's Island Rhodes Craft [/TD]
    [TD]65 ft[/TD]
    [TD]RI, UN[/TD]

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