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George Buehler Yacht

US $99,900 
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Length 50' - 15.24m
Vessel Location  Florida - N. E. Florida
Year  2006
Hull Material Steel
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2006 Custom built double ender ready for world cruising with 2010 electrical and rigging, solar, autopilot and more!
Balance is a George Buehler designed Otter 50. She was built by Dunn Boatworks in Indiana between 2002 and 2006. Her interior was completed in 2009 in Deltaville, VA, also by Michael Dunn of Dunn Boatworks. The interior cabinets, bulkheads, and trim - all wood for that matter - is either 3/4? solid oak, or 1 1/4? solid walnut. There is no plywood or veneer in the boat at all. The hull is 3/16" American mild steel with " on keel sides, and 1" at the keel shoe. The hull is exceptionally heavy duty and beautifully welded and crafted. There is no fairing compound on the topsides and the welds are perfectly smooth. The single hard chine is just below the water line, giving her hull a smooth and curvy appeal. This is by far one of the best built steel boats I have ever seen. The interior of the hull is uninsulated and sprayed with three coats of Devoe epoxy and shows next to no rust - only a few tiny spots that rub right off. The owner's take great care to keep her dry and well ventilated. The electrical system is completely balanced and the large solar array provides more than enough charging capacity for the huge battery bank. Because of these excellent systems, LED lights, and new 12 volt equipment, sunlight provides all the power you can use.
Mr. Dunn built this boat for himself and his wife after a long career of building wooden and steel work boats on the Great Lakes. Unfortunately, he fell ill toward her completion and was forced to leave the boat on the hard in Deltaville, VA for over a year. The current owners purchased the boat in 2010 and immediately went to work installing a state of the art 12 volt system, and rigging her with all new Harken, Schaeffer and New England Ropes parts. In the process, they sailedBalance from Deltaville, VA to Key West, back up the coast to Annapolis, MD, and from there back down to Ft. Lauderdale, through the Bahamas, and back to Miami. Balance is a very good boat whose life is just beginning. She was well designed, exceptionally well built, competently outfitted and very lightly used. She has many decades of life, travel and adventure through which to carry her next owners safely, quickly and in style. Balance is a true head-turner. She sails exceptionally well for such a heavy boat; easily cruising at 6 to 7 kts SOG in 12 knots of true breeze.
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
Boat Name

Keel: Full

Engine(s) Total Power: 85 HP

Specifications, equipment, and history

George Buehler Otter 50 - built by Dunn Boatworks 2002 through 2006 (USCG documented as a 2002 model year)

50' LOA
14' beam
6' draft
52,000 lbs - fully loaded with full tanks on the straps in St. Augustine in 2012
62' mast height off water (has made entire length of ICW from Norfolk to Ft. Lauderdale with no problems)
200 gallons water (plus 18 gallons in jerry jugs)
120 gallons diesel (plus 18 gallons jerry jugs)
100 gallons black water (holding)
50 gallons grey water
40 lbs. Propane in two tanks with custom Sunbrella cover
Motoring speed: 5 kts cruising, 6.5 kts full speed
Sailing speed: easily 5-7 knots SOG in 10 knots true depending on angle, and comfortably 8 knots SOG in 20 knots true - and while riding very, very still with less than 15 degrees of heel!

The timeline of work is as follows: (We have most all receipts for everything)
2002 to 2006 - Completion of all welding and epoxy of the hull and decks
2006 - 2008 - Unknown exactly - some interior work, engine installation, etc
2008/2009 - Move boat via river and waterway system to Deltaville, VA from the Great Lakes area outside Chicago
2009 - Completion of 16 solid oak and walnut interior
- Sandblast and epoxy hull below water line
- Purchase of Lee offshore cruising sails (Main, yankee and staysail)
2010 - Installation of new 12 volt electrical system (spec's listed below)
- Beginning of standing rigging including new Sta-Set X halyards and Sta-Set sheets for yankee and staysail and regatta braid for main
- Painting of deck non-skid and installation of rubber pads at helm, mast, and impact areas of deck
- New Lewmar 54 primary winches and 32 mast winch, and Barient 24 cabin top winch
- Fresh bottom paint - two coats of PPG Amercoat ablative antifouling
- Installation of new Chicago Forge wire clips at standing rigging
- New Manson Supreme anchor, and used danforth style third anchor with existing 6l5b. CQR at bow
2011 - New Solarworld, made in USA, 490 watt total solar panels, hard dodger and bimini
- Furuno 24 mile radar and pole with stainless steel pushpit
- Continuation of running rigging including new main sheet run and blocks
- New Hayn turnbuckles throughout
- NewLED running and anchor lights
- Purchase used 120% genoa
2012 - Installation of new Harken traveler at main
- Installation of new CPT autopilot
- Haul out - paint topsides with two coats heavy duty primer, and four coats of Rustoleum paint - three coats of Interlux Interspeed 640 ablative bottom paint
- New zincs at shaft and rudder
- New cutlass bearing and stuffing box packing
- Factory service of Maxwell windlass
Electrical: All electrical new 2010 and 2011

- 1104 amp hours West Marine AGM batteries - 12 group 27s (new 2010)
- Xantrex Freedom 3000 Inverter/Charger with external control panels
- Xantrex Link Pro battery monitor
- Balmar 125 amp alternator with ARS-5 controller and Digital Duo Charge system
- Blue Seas Systems panels
- Rule bilge pump switches with floats
- All oversize Ancor wiring
- Solarworld 245 watt x2 solar panels (490 total watts)
- MorningStar TriStar 45 MPPT solar panel charge controller
- 4 - 12 volt outlets at chart table and desk
- 9 LED interior lights and 6 battery powered LED tap lights
- LED running and anchor lights
- Indel Isotherm 12 volt stainless steel refrigerator (New 2010)
- 7 fans - 2 at v-berth and 5 in main areas and head
- shore power cord
- 12 volt 1,000,000 candle power spot light

Electronics: All electronics new 2010 and 2011

- Furuno Model 804 24 mile radar
- Standard Horizon Matrix 2100 VHF with AIS and DSC with Metz high range 5' whip antenna at masthead
- Standard Horizon handheld VHF
- Standard Horizon depth sounder
- CPT Autopilot (New 2011)
- Alpine stereo CD and USB for iPod/MP3 players - 2 Polk Audio speakers interior and 2 Infiniti speakers at cockpit
- One handheld Garmin GPS
- Handheld wind speed gauge
- Two Midland person-to-person radios for deck work and anchoring
- Oregon Scientific indoor/outdoor thermometer and barometer


- Perkins 85hp 4-236 Westerbeke diesel engine - very strong! - under a gallon an hour fuel consumption - burns almost no oil - no leaks - many spare parts
- New starter in 2011
- Balmar 125 amp alternator with extra Gates Green Stripe belts
- 2 - Honda EU2000i generators
- Fixed blade Michigan Wheel propeller
- Spare raw and fresh water pumps, impellers & thermostat
- Velvet Drive transmission
- 120 gallons diesel in two tanks with Dutton Lainson mixer and filter/separator
- 3 - 6 gallon diesel jerry jugs
- 1 - 6 gallon gasoline jerry jug
- Heavy duty copper exhaust piping
- Exhaust water trap
- New cutlass bearing and stuffing box packing 2012
- Stuffing box wrenches
- 120 volt 3 gallon air compressor with dive hose and octopus for cleaning hull, and sand blaster use
- Hobart 120 amp MIG wire feed welding gun
- Campbell Hausfeld backpack style sand blaster
** NOTE: This boat has only two thru hulls below the water line!! (one for engine, one for depth sounder)


- 200 gallon water in two plastic tanks
- 100 gallon black water tank
- 50 gallon grey water pump
- 40 lbs. Propane in two tanks
- 3 - 6 gallon water jerry jugs
- 2 bilge pumps - one 40gpm, and one 30gpm
- High pressure water pump and one spare
- Macerator pump
- Rule bilge pump switches with floats
- Whale pump with foot pedal at galley (fresh water only)
- 30" wide full size stand-up shower in head (from Home Depot)
- PVC piping on all waste lines (no smell - cheap to repair/replace) - installed with custom mounting brackets for vibration control
- Rain gutter water collection system on hard dodger
- 120 volt 6 gallon hot water heater
- 2 solar showers
**NOTE: The grey water is plumbed to flush the toilet - no salt water intake for toilet or galley


- Sta-Set X halyards and Sta-Set jib sheets and Regatta Braid main sheet
- Lazy Jacks and stack pack on main
- Lewmar 54 chrome self-tailing primary winches, Lewmar 40 chrome self-tailing mast winch, and Baronet 24 chrome self-tailing cabin top winch
- EasyLok Maxi rope clutches at mast and cabin top for all halyards and main and staysail sheets
- Matching deck bags for sails
- 719 stainless steel standing rigging with galvanized wire clips (all made in USA) - 3/8 " upper shrouds and 5/16" lowers with 3/8 " fore and back stays
- Hayn turnbuckles throughout (new 2011)
- Harken 75c Carob blocks at main and staysail (New 2011)
- Harken 40mm Big Boat traveller w/ 6:1 purchase (new 2012)
- Schaeffer banjo block at main (New 2011)
- Harken and Sta-Set X topping lift (New 2012)
- Harken and Sta-Set X outhaul on main (New 2012)
- Lewmar triple block and Sta-Set X for two reefs in main and outhaul turn to mast (New 2011)
- Sta-Set X downhaul at main (New 2011)
- All halyards and mast and boom rigging runs externally
- Miscellaneous Schaeffer and Harken spares and snatch blocks
- Forespar Nova Lift with Harken 4:1 purchase (New 2010)
- 22' aluminum whisker pole
- Windex at masthead


- Lee Offshore main with loose foot (triple reef, yankee and staysail (double reef for storm sail use), all new 2009 - first used early 2011, headsails all hank on with bronze hanks
- 110% Genoa (unknown age but in very good condition) made by Wm H Mills Sailmakers

Anchors, Ground Tackle and Windlass:

- 80 lb. Manson Supreme (Lloyds certified), new 2010 - we rode out hurricane Irene on this anchor alone in 65-70 mph wind!
- 300' of 3/8 " 3B chain connected to the Manson Supreme
- 65 lb. CQR at bow with 50' of 5/16" 3B chain and 200' of 5/8 " 8 plait rope
- 45 lb. Danforth style collapsable anchor (no rode - never needed it with the other two monsters)
- Maxwell 1200 horizontal 12 volt windlass with wired remote control through v-berth hatch (factory serviced 2012)
- Custom built heavy duty bow roller holds Manson Supreme and CQR through the heaviest seas (12 - 15 feet anyway)

Tools and Supplies:

- Sears Craftsman belt sander, Skil circular saw, Skil jig saw, Ryobi angle grinder and many discs, RotoZip and many bits, miscellaneous drill bits and saw blades
- Stuffing box wrenches
- Hobart MIG wire feed welder
- Porter Cable 6 gallon air compressor
- Campbell Hausfeld backpack style sandblaster
- Vacuum syphon oil change pump x 2
- Lots of paint, varnish, polishes, cleaners, etc.

Miscellaneous cruising gear:

- Ritchie Navigator compass with steel spheres at helm
- Force 10 propane grille with rail mount
- Three large fenders, and two smaller dinghy fenders - all with fleece covers - plus one large orange fender/buoy (great for marking anchor location)
- Heavy duty Armstrong stainless steel boarding/swim ladder
- 10 opening hatches (one with solar power vent)
- Brushed stainless steel cabinet door handles and drawers pulls
- Polished stainless steel vents throughout
- West Marine 750 binoculars with teak rack in hard dodger
- Two sail clothe wind scoops for deck hatches
- Solid brass ship's bell
- Custom Sunbrella propane cover
- Signal horns plus spare refills
- 4 Bass Pro Shops folding deck/camping chairs
- 5 outdoor cushions
- 7 - 12 volt fans throughout
- Complete set of signal flags plus Quarantine and Bahamas f
US $99,900 
plus Shipping,GST & other fees
Vessel Name  Balance
Boat Reference  202142
Year  2006
Length  50' - 15.24m
Beam  4.27m
Draft  1.83m
Vessel Location  Florida - N. E. Florida
Region  United States
Builder  George Buehler Yacht
Hull Material  Steel
Engine  1 x Perkins Westerbeke
85 HP
Fuel  454.2494136 Litres
 Seller Details
Broker / Dealer  Edwards Yacht Sales Edwards Yacht Sales

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Telephone  727-449-8222
Fax  727-461-9379
Address  510 Brookside Drive
City / Suburb  Clearwater 33764
Country  USA
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