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1969 Skipperliner 2016 Restored Houseboat - 70'

Year 1969
Length 70ft.
Price USD $179,900
Type: Pre-owned
Location Richmond,
Hull Material Steel
Engine type Twin
Fuel Diesel
Contact Information
Beam: 18 ft 5 in
Cabin Headroom: 7 ft 6 in
Max Bridge Clearance: 24 ft 0 in
Max Draft: 4 ft 6 in
Draft Drive Up: Direct Drive
Dry Weight: 200000 lbs
Engine(s): DETROIT
Engine Model: 6-71
Fuel: Diesel
Engine(s) HP: 700 HP
Cruising Speed: 6 knots @ 1400 RPM
Fuel: (100 Gallons)
Water: (300 Gallons)
Holding Tank: (300 Gallons)

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

LOA: 76 ft 0 in
Beam: 18 ft 5 in
Maximum Draft: 4 ft 6 in
Bridge Clearance: 24 ft 0 in
Headroom: 7 ft 6 in
Dry Weight: 200000 lbs
Total Power: 700 HP
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: DETROIT
Engine Model: 6-71
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 350 HP
Engine 2:
Engine Brand: DETROIT
Engine Model: 6-71
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 350 HP
Cruising Speed: 6 knots @ 1400 RPM
Maximum Speed: 10 knots
Fresh Water Tanks: (300 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (100 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (300 Gallons)
Number of double berths: 2
Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 2
Outside Equipment/Extras
Electric windlass


The 1969 Robert Darling designed Skipperliner tour boat was built in Jeffersonville, Indiana.  She sailed to New York and was placed in service as a tour boat after the Worlds Fair.

It was then purchased by a real estate Businessman who took her to St. Petersburg FL where he made her into a real estate office for a few years.

After that the Skipperliner was sold to a wealthy stock broker.  He brought her up the ICW  to Richmond, Virginia  where he used her as a live aboard and office where he could trade stocks and operate his business.  T

She was eventually sold to a group that gutted her and turned her into a floating / cruising restaurant that moored at the Richmond City Dock on the James River. The restaurant lasted less than a year. 

Finally the current owner purchased her in 2015 and began her transformation into a modern home and floating palace.  Installing all new flooring, lighting, appliances and furnishings including a new canopy with a 20 year roof.   New paint inside and out, along with new staterooms and heads. (bathrooms for you land lubbers)

Engines & Mechanical

Generators and engines complete service, all fuel/oil filters oil changes  September 2016 by Western Branch diesel.


  • Twin DETROIT DIESEL 6-71 ENGINES.  No hours recorded.  Serviced
  • Magnaplus 45KW diesel generator
  • Isuzu 12.5 diesel generator
  • Bow Thruster
  • Anchor Windlass
  • Battery Banks
  • Chargers

Additional Information

2016  Samsung Mini Split heat pump AC/and heating systems

2016 Samsung appliances:  Dish Washer, Double Refrigerator, Gas Stove, Microwave.

New Casper mattress beds 1 queen size and 1 king size

Two full bathrooms

Three 32 in. TV’s

One 55” Samsung TV

Sectional couch in salon

Two outdoor Brown Jordan wicker couches. 

Gas fire pit on top deck

Wet Bar with Ice maker and wine refrigerator.

LVT Maple floors

Carpet squares in state rooms

Kitchen has Custom White Quartz counter tops with large island

Four cameras for backup assistance and security

The walls have 2” of spray foam to keep it toasty in the winter and cool in the summer.

Boat was hauled, surveyed, ultrasound conducted on hull, bottom was painted and some overplating was done. Props were serviced .  All done in 2010.




  • Boat hauled for performance testing;  Old propellers removed and Brand New Custom Propellers where installed in order to improve the Detroit Engine performance.  Yacht was relaunched and the new propellers proved to make the engines reach manufacturer recommended RPM's.   New Propellers $5,000.
  • Yacht re-hauled and blocked.  Pressure washed.  Surveyor hired to AUDIO-GAUGE the hull.  Test reviled some wasting in small areas.
  • Boat yard commissioned to sand blast entire hull down to bare steel.  
  • Certified Welder commissioned to replace wasting and other over-plating was done in key areas.  
  • Entire hull was Epoxy Barrier Coated , Hull then faired using Epoxy compound fairing putty.  Many coats were used to complete the fairing process.  Two more coats of Epoxy Barrier Coating were applied for a total of three full coats.
  • Bottom was Painted with Petit Trinidad black bottom paint per manufacturer recommendations.
  • New Aluminum Anodes were installed over the entire hull and older good condition zincs were left installed insuring protection in both Fresh and Salt water environments.
  • Rudder re-alignment completed
  • New propeller shaft packing installed on both shafts.

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.
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