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The 75' Molokai Strait Expedition Motor Yacht HERCULES is a 100% US built, four-deck expedition style yacht w/ flybridge, pilot deck, main deck and below deck accommodations. Five watertight bulkheads divide the hull into 6 compartments: anchor locker, crew cabin and bulb, guest cabins, master stateroom, engine room and lazarette.
The forepeak houses twin anchor lockers with crash bulkhead. The Wesmar bow thruster is installed in the Nabla-style bulb. A scuttle immediately behind the peak deck, under the crane, provides private access to the guest/crew suite located below deck. The scuttle entry leads to the guest/crew quarters which has a kitchenette fitted with a two-burner stove, microwave, sink and refrigerator to port and a dinette to starboard. Just aft, to starboard is the crew cabin with queen size berth and lockers and to port is the head with stall shower. The passageway leading aft can be closed from the guest accommodations and giving the crew complete privacy.
Aft are 2 guest staterooms to port and starboard. The larger cabin to starboard has a queen-size berth with ensuite marble head and tiled shower. The smaller cabin to port has over/under twin berths.
A stairway to starboard gives access to the main deck along with a closet that houses a Bosch stacked washer/dryer. The watertight door just aft leads to the master stateroom.
This generous suite is full beam with a king-size bed. The master has a generous walk-in closet and ensuite marble head with shower, sit down marble seat, porthole, and brushed stone floor.
Aft through a watertight door, is the air chamber entryway into the engine room.
The main salon can be entered from the aft deck through a dutch door to port. The main salon has a sofa and 2 chairs. There is a buffet that creates a divide from the formal dining area. To starboard of the dining area are two stairways leading both to the lower deck and up to the pilothouse. Forward is a full beam galley with portholes opening to the foredeck.
The fore deck houses the tender and davit. A center line ladder leads up to the pilothouse. The wrap-around Portuguese walk leads to entrances into the pilothouse both port and starboard. A large console includes the ship's primary helm, chart table and electrical panels for AC and DC service. Twin Stidd helm chairs provide considerable comfort and visibility for two on watch through five large front windows. There are also wing stations for docking. An L-shaped settee with table is to port with a long passage berth just aft. There is a marble head to starboard and a storage locker.
The stairs from the pilot deck lead to the large flybridge. that is equipped with a helm station and two helm chairs. Complete controls for the main engines and bow and stern thruster are situated on centerline. To port is a large L-shaped settee with blue granite table, to starboard is granite buffet with sink and refrigerator.
2900.00 HRS 350.00 HP
2900.00 HRS 350.00 HP
The main salon can be entered from the aft deck through a dutch door to port. The main salon has a sofa and 2 overstuffed chairs. There is a marble buffet that creates a divide from the other area. To starboard is a full width stairway that leads to both to the upper and lower deck. pilothouse. Forward is the full beam marble galley with breakfast bar and four (4) portholes which open to the foredeck.
Master Stateroom is full beam amidship.
Starboard guest stateroom:
Port guest stateroom:
Crew quarters are forward below deck with access through the main salon or through the foredeck scuttle. A watertight door separates this area giving privacy to both crew and guests or can remain open and used as an additional guest cabin.
There is a single cabin with a queen berth to starboard and head w/ shower to port. Forward, portside is a kitchenette with stove top, refrigerator and granite counter top. Then, to starboard is a dinette/lounge area.
A center line ladder leads up to the pilothouse from the foredeck. The wrap-around Portuguese bridge leads into the pilothouse. A large navigation console includes the ship's primary helm, chart table and electrical panels for AC and DC service. Twin Stidd helm chairs provide considerable comfort for two on watch and visibility through five (5) large front windows. There are, also, port and starboard stations for docking. An L-shaped settee with table is to port with a watch berth just aft. There is a day head to starboard and a hanging locker.
The stairs from the pilot deck lead to the large flybridge that is equipped with a helm station and two helm chairs. Complete controls for the main engines and bow and stern thruster are situated on centerline. To port is a large L-shaped settee with a blue marble table and wet bar, sink and a refrigerator.
•2017 Furuno TZ Touch2's
(2) 15" glass screens
(2) 13.1" glass screens
Charts loaded - US plus Labrador thru Bahamas and entire Caribbean (including offhore)
***Furuno units feature seamless integration of Radar, Chart Plotter, Sonar, Sirius Weather, Flir and Simrad autopilot thru Nema based control system and interfaces with Wifi to Ipad for control from anywhere on the boat
•Nobletech navigation system back up
•Furuno 48 mile radar
•Furuno 72 mile radar
•Interphase color twinscope sonar
•New Simrad autopilot
•Sailor Fleet One satellite phone Voice/Fax/Data
•KVH trac vision satellite television system
•Monitoring cameras on aft deck and in engine room
•Paradox marine security and systems monitoring system
•American Bow and Stern thruster control
•Search light joystick control
•Five (5) way windshield wiper control
•Two (2) Maxwell anchor windlass controllers
•Two (2) sharp flat panel televisions
•Two (2) Maxwell Rodecounter indicators
•Wesmar CPS-1000 stabilizer gyro controller
•Latest Nobletec charts for the East Coast
•FLIR night vision
Owner's art work and personal possessions.
HERCULES has had all the ship’s systems serviced, repaired or replaced and currently meets or exceeds all ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) standards for construction, design, safety and maintenance.
Refit under instruction of Steve D'Antonio and all stability work confirmed by Donald L. Blount and Associates.
Moloka’i Strait 75' "Hercules"
... Ticket to Everywhere!
by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy
She’s the yacht coveted by adventurers; daring, with just the right touches of luxury. Built to venture far and near, across the bay or across the ocean, the Galapagos or Ketchikan, Baja, Rio, Borneo or Timbuktu, whatever suits you. Wherever farthest and fabled dreams may lie, the serious voyager is at home on this rugged, expedition-style cruiser. From Moloka’i Strait, the name is Hercules.
The Moloka’i Strait expedition design was influenced by the fishing trawlers of Romsdahl Norwegian renown. I met with Eric at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, where he stresses the building specs in a quick rundown, which underline her sturdiness: “Hulls are double-bottom, marine-grade A-36 steel with 5 watertight compartments; a 6000-series aluminum deckhouse; LOA 75’- LWL 60’- beam 23’4” - draft 7’- with 315,000 lbs. displacement. She’s heftier by a long shot over any 75-foot glass motoryacht, which might weigh less than half of the Molokai. The majority of this weight is kept very low for ultimate stability." Her cruise range extends to 5,500 miles at 7 or 8 knots. This range, coupled with a true, blue-water engineered hull, place this expedition on coordinates rarely traveled by boats of this size.
Check out her considerable strengths for offshore performance: One of the few yachts under 100' with a bulbous bow and freighter-like hull, capable of coaxing crests into rollers. In beam seas, her rounded bilge hull-form is never brittle, the way hard chined hulls tend to be. Instead, a round-bilge hull results in a gentle rolling without hull snap; as with some planing and semi-planing motoryacht configurations. Up high above the water line, the elevation of the flybridge is on par with much larger yachts, providing the skipper with a scouting view of the horizon. When the weather turns wicked, you can rise above the spray in a full wrap around Portuguese bridge, or take ultimate refuge inside wheelhouse.
At the bow, a 240-lb. CQR anchor, heavy 300’ 5/8” chain and rugged ground tackle stand at the ready; with tug-size stainless steel bollards and cleats, and 1-1/4” docking lines. A section of the bow holds an 18’ RIB runabout, plus a smaller one to starboard, with a 2500 lb. launching crane. The forepeak houses twin anchor lockers plus the 16” diameter Naiad bow thruster.
Although a bimini top option is available, an open fly configuration was chosen for Hercules. The flybridge helm features twin helm chairs and a stainless steel destroyer wheel. Abaft the flybridge helm is a comfortable settee plus an area large enough for several sun-pads, and the soaring communications mast. It boasts long and short-phase radar, along with double sat-nav domes. A stainless steel ladder leads down to the pilothouse, where a Portuguese walkway circles the pilothouse and main helm inside, with door entries port and starboard.
Heavily finished, satin teak is featured in decks, with raised teak paneling on wall coverings and cabinetry in the handsomely laid out, but strictly business, primary inside helm. Two Stidd leather helm chairs belly up to the console facing five large windows. Half a dozen screens relay all instrumentation and operations data instantly to the captain. One screen on the far right shows a complete rear-view mirror-style video of the starboard side, bow to stern – very handy on docking. On each beam passageway, full bow and stern thruster stations, outside, permit critical direction movements for docking.
Also in the pilothouse, a broad upholstered settee provides seating for eight, with a lacquered teak triangular table. Aft of the settee is a built-in pilot berth, very useful on overnight crossings. Shown in the photo foreground is a sink with stainless steel fixtures, built-in to the banisters which lead down padded stairs to the main deck. A dumb-waiter for service from the galley is built into joinery between the settee and ship’s office at the port aft corner of the pilothouse.
Down the angled flight of stairs, to the main deck, is the galley. Light cabinetry sports a mosaic of orange/black-colored granite countertops, making the galley not only utilitarian... but spectacular. All-electric, it is nevertheless a study in strength. Its four burner stove/oven continues her strapping, virile theme, with cast iron grilles rather than the slick, flat burners now popular with so many products. Refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher also look as though carved from steel. Sink and fixtures, SS, are ultra-modern design. A three-seat, raised counter snack bar is handy for leisurely breakfasts or snacks
Separating the galley and salon is the dining room. Fully carpeted, it presents a heavy, round dining table to accommodate four. A wrap-around buffet separates the salon and holds plentiful dinner service as well as cutlery and storage. Decorative cabinet doors cover utility spaces forward. Headroom is generous throughout the vessel, even in the walk-around engine room, at 6’10” to a remarkable 7’6” between decks.
Astern, the main saloon is cozy, deeply carpeted, with a hospitable leather couch and two easy chairs, plus an oval glass-topped coffee table. At the centerline forward is another unusual touch; a fireplace which exhausts into a funnel. A 32” TV covers that space, and adds Bose sound, CD, DVD in the entertainment center.
Masculine describes the master stateroom. Well appointed and finished with soft lacquered teak, dominated by a king-size berth, it echoes rustic undertones. Surrounded by convenient cabinets, entertainment center, and a large vanity mirror, the room is set amidship. The master suite is full-beam wide, cloistered, with watertight doors. The pedestal bed is raised to hip-high with massive storage beneath, in teak drawers. A ceiling-high secretary/clothes armoire’ with drawer arrangement provides plenty of storage.
To starboard in the master suite is the head/shower, Jacuzzi tub, marked with double ceramic sinks set in alabaster countertop, with full mirrors. The shower walls are stone-textured tile. Sealed portholes located at water level of the yacht allow light, plus a startling, waterline view of the ocean, about chest high to the viewer, as it rushes past underway.
To starboard and forward of the master suite, the VIP stateroom offers a queen-size berth, nicely finished in teak trim and fully carpeted. It includes an ensuite head.
To port is an additional guest stateroom with twin beds and ample storage in dressers and beneath the berths. An abbreviated annex to this room can be transformed as a gym/workout room.
Five main watertight compartments make up the Molokai's hull, each sealed off through spin-lock doors. Yep, that little door step lets you know you're on a real ship.
The crew mess on the ship is located at the fore peak. A difficult area, at best, to utilize for anything more than a v-berth. Molokai came up with a solution that results in spacious, comfortable living quarters for a captain and two crew members. The kitchen is adequate, although occupants at the dining table can not sit across from each other. Getting on deck quickly and reducing interior wear is a 7-step stainless crew ladder that leads directly up to the foredeck.
Captain’s stateroom, immediately aft, sports a double berth and hanging locker. The crew share a head/shower.
Pacific Coast Marine watertight doors protect the most energetic area on the ship, the engine room. Entrance is through the Dutch door from the main saloon corridor. With full headroom 6’7” there’s also full walk-around span. The engines have dry exhaust routed up through the funnel which also exhausts the salon fireplace. A work bench against the forward bulkhead has ample area for inside tasks. A second watertight door allows exit to the aft lazarette. Moloka’i Strait 75 is propelled by twin Cummins 6CTA8.3 in-line 6-cyinder marine diesel engines, turning 2500 rpm, with 36” propellers. Bow and stern thrusters are 50-hp diesels.
An outstanding expedition yacht as well as a spacious and comfortable liveaboard, the Molokai Strait 75' will satisfy the most adventurous dreams of the roamer, vagabond or swashbuckler who wants to sea the world in safety and style.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice. This listing is a courtesy of a member of the International Yacht Brokers Association and may be centrally listed with another broker. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey representation of a particular vessel.