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1973 Custom Trawler

location icon Grenada W.I., Grenada
Year 1973
Length 82'0 ft

"Gaia" was originally designed and built as a deep-sea commercial trawler, launched in 1973 and operated as such until she was decommissioned and purchased by the current owners in 2001. Purchased as an empty hull with integral fuel tanks but without a deck, superstructure or machinery, allowed for a complete 100% refit to her current high specification which was completed in 2010. She was run as a commercial diving operation and for underwater vessel maintenance.

She offers huge potential as a luxury liveaboard vessel or as a continuing dive vessel, either for a professional commercial operator or for dive charters. She could also be used for top-end charters or day charters or a multitude of other purposes.

This is a turn-key vessel, well cared for, and is ready for any inspection. A rare opportunity to purchase in the southern Caribbean. Gaia is presently registered in Saint Vincent and the Grenadians and was surveyed in 2020.


Year Built 1973
Category Power
Length Overall 82'0 ft
Beam 20'4 ft
Max Draft 9'6 ft
Cabins 5
Double Berths 3
Construction Steel
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 424.10 hp
Fuel Tanks 1
Fuel Tank Cap. 70,000 L
Water Tanks 1
Water Tank Cap. 7,300 L
Holding Tanks 1
Holding Tank Cap. 3,000 L
Displacement 116,119.65 kg
Tax Status Not Paid

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Baudouin
Model: V12P15
Drive Type: Direct
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 430hp
Type: Inboard
Year: 1973
Engine Location: Center

Comfortable sleeping accommodation for up to 8 in 5 cabins with generous headroom throughout. All accommodations, wheelhouse, office and galley are air-conditioned via a Carrier multi-split inverter system, new 2018.

STATEROOM: Behind the wheelhouse fitted with walkaround queen size bed, with bedside tables on either side.  Double wardrobe. Wall-mounted TV. Ensuite shower room.

TWO DOUBLE CABINS: With direct access to deck, with access to shared head and shower.

TWO SINGLE CABINS: With direct access to deck with access to shared head and shower.

SALOON:    Featuring an L-shaped seating area to port and two single settee’s to starboard either side of the entertainment centre with smart TV’s  DVD/VCR/BlueRay  and Direct TV with KVH  Sat antenna. Serving hatch to kitchen and bookcase.

WHEELHOUSE: The command centre of the vessel offering good visibility, see further specs below.

GALLEY: To port lies an ergonomic and well laid out galley. With Electrolux Stainless combination gas/electric 4 burner stove/oven/grill. Frigidaire space-saver dishwasher. LG 364 lts fridge/freezer. Sundancer 24 VDC deep freeze. Samsung microwave. Various food processors, bread maker etc.

WORKSHOPS: 2 large workshops below decks with mig/tig/stick welders, plasma cutter, lathe/milling machine, hydraulic press etc.

GENERAL: Saki Saki Mahogany cabinetry throughout the interior. Grey saloon upholstery. Granite surfaces in heads and at galley worktop.

Mechanical Systems


Baudouin V12P15  430hp @ 1,800RPM, 12 cylinder, freshwater cooled. Uses 9 gallons per hour at 9kts.

100% rebuilt with all new factory parts. This is one of the most bullet-proof medium-speed diesels ever designed. It is naturally aspirated so it produces low HP/liter which augments reliability. The vast majority of French commercial trawlers use this engine.


5:1 Baudouin marine gear with Baudouin oil-lubricated tunnel and Baudouin 4 bladed propeller.

Entire system has 1005 hours since overhaul.

  • Factory recommended first top-overhaul if required: 16,000 hours
  • Factory recommended bottom-end revision:  24,000 hours
  • Factory recommended complete overhaul: 36,000 hours
  • Stainless wet exhaust with unlimited dry-running capability

This engine has been meticulously maintained. She carries 70,000 litres of fuel with a cruising range of 18,000 miles. There are 50,000 litres of fuel on board.


Hydraulic steering with Jastram pump and oversized double-acting/double ram configuration. Hydraulic assist via engine-driven pump. Furuno Navpilot-500 autopilot. Massive emergency rudder system.


70,000 litres fuel in seven steel tanks. 18,000 N.M range @ 8.5 knots (approx. 50 tonnes on board at present).

  • 5,800 litres fresh water in 1 steel bow tank plus 1,500 litres reserve in bulbous bow
  • 3,000 litres integral, epoxy-coated black water holding tank
  • 400 litres integral lube oil tank
  • 200 litres slop tank
  • 378 litres day tank

Generator #1:

Perkins 4.236 driven 40 KW 3 phase 220/110 VAC Solesco generator, 1,440 hours since new. Stainless wet exhaust with indefinite dry-run capability.

Generator #2:

Kubota 19 KW split phase 220/110 VAC 1,450 hours since new. Stainless wet exhaust with indefinite dry-run capability.

Generator #3: (night genset in forepeak)

Phasor/Kubota 11 KVA split phase 220/110 VAC, 1023 hours since new

Electrical Systems
  • 40 amp/24 VDC solar system on top-deck with Outback charger
  • 12 KVA Charles Industries 11KVA universal isolation transformer
  • 2 banks of R16 deep cycle batteries of 1,480 amp each @ 24 VDC
  • Magnum sine-wave 4,000 watt inverter/charger
  • 24 VDC and 110/220 VAC throughout vessel
Deck Equipment
  • 15 hp hydraulic windlass with 2 gypsies and 3 drums
  • 2 Bruce 105 lbs anchors
  • 3 shots 3/4″ stud-link chain to port
  • 3 shots 5/8″ stud-link chain to SB
  • Mooring warps
  • Many large Polyform fenders
Safety Equipment
  • 12 x  Fire extinguishers
  • Fire blanket
  • 5 Bilge pumps
  • Flares
  • 4 x Lifebuoys
  • 2 x Fog horns
  • First Aid kits
  • 2 AB inflatable RIBS with 4 hp and 20 hp 4-stroke outboards
Navigation Equipment
  • Furuno FR-2125 72 NM colour radar
  • Ratheon R21XX 48 mile radar
  • Furuno FAP-55 autopilot
  • Furuno FCV-600L colour LCD sounder
  • Garmin 741 GPS chart-plotter
  • Icom M-700 SSB with AT 130 tuner
  • Standard Horizon Spectrum+ VHF with hailer and foghorn
  • Raymarine ST40 wind instrument
  • Floscan M750 electronic tachometer and fuel flow computer
  • Sitex AIS receiver

Hull built in 1973 with 10 mm naval grade steel (A131) with new 6 mm alloy superstructure. Complete re-fit from 2001 to 2010 including new deck, machinery, electrics/electronics, plumbing, anchors/chain, windlass, bulbous bow and furnishings. In order to reduce future maintenance, the following stainless-steel elements were incorporated:  bulwark stanchions, hawse pipes, caprail supports and deck/superstructure interface (electrically isolated).


The company normally acts as brokers for the vendor who unless otherwise stated, is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate and at his own expense to employ a qualified marine surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability on our part.

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferaft, fire extinguishers and flares etc., are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on board as part of the sale of a used vessel, may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.