75' (22.86m) MOLOKAI STRAIT
LOA: 75' (22.86m)
Beam: 23' 4" (7.11m)
Draft: 7' 5" (2.26m)
9 Knots
11 Knots
Location: Florida United States
Year: 2006
Trawler Yacht
Price: $1,295,000 USD
Additional Specifications For HERCULES:
LOA: 75' (22.86m)
Beam: 23' 4" (7.11m)
Max Draft: 7' 5" (2.26m)
Hull Material: Steel
Hull Config: Displacement w/ Bulbous Bow
Hull Designer: Eric Sponberg
Deck Material: Teak
Deck Material: Steel
Range At Cruise: 5500
Cruising 9 Knots
Max 11 Knots
Int Designer: St Augustine Boat Works
Fuel Capacity: 6600 Gal
Water Capacity: 200 Gal
Holding Tank: 150 Gal
Flag: USA
Location: Florida, United States
Price: $1,295,000 USD
Delivery/Model Year: 2006
Year Built: 2006
Refit Year: 2016
Model: Expedition Yacht
Trawler Yacht
Top: Open
Engines: 350 HP,Twin, Inboard, Diesel, Cummins, 6CTA8.3,
Staterooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
Heads: 4
Crew Quarters: 1
Captain Cabin: No
  • Heavily built steel construction
  • Reliable twin Cummins main engines; Cruise at 11 knots and a 5,500-mile range at 8 knots
  • Sleeps 6 owners and guests in 3 cabins, plus a generous private crew suite for 2, with crew galley and mess
  • Large full-beam Owner's Stateroom with ensuite head and shower
  • Tri-Deck, huge living areas with oversized headroom
  • Today’s preferred open concept galley so the cook is still part of the action
  • Extremely sea kindly with her bulbous bow
  • Oversized helm/sky lounge with day head and berth for long voyages and night watch
HERCULES, the 75’ (22.86m) Molokai Strait, is an impressive expedition yacht designed and built to satisfy an owner who seeks adventure and wants to explore the open waters in safety and style. The yacht was built in 2006, showcasing 100% U.S. craftsmanship, and received a major refit in 2016. This four-deck expedition-style yacht features a spacious flybridge, pilot deck, main deck, and below-deck accommodations. 

As guests step aboard HERCULES’ aft deck and enter the main salon through the Dutch door, they will immediately notice how bright the space is from the influx of natural light through the many windows. The area invites guests to sit and relax on the sofa and chairs or enjoy a meal at the formal dining table. The large teak buffet offers plenty of storage and acts to separate the salon from the dining area. To starboard are two stairways leading up to the pilothouse and down to the lower deck. 

HERCULES’ wraparound Portuguese bridge leads into the pilothouse that houses a large navigation console, including the ship’s primary helm, chart table, and electrical panels. Twin Stidd helm chairs allow two people to sit comfortably with excellent visibility through five large front windows. An L-shaped settee with a table can be found to port with a watch berth aft. The intricate woodwork in the pilothouse allows for a warm and cozy atmosphere for settling in and watching the action unfold while underway. The stairs from the pilot deck lead to the large flybridge that features a helm station with two chairs. Guests will also find an L-shaped settee with a blue marble table and a wet bar. The yacht’s impressive full-beam galley will make the owner and guests feel at home. The three-stool breakfast bar is perfect for a morning coffee or evening cocktail as you watch meals being prepared.   

Six guests are welcome onboard HERCULES in three well-appointed cabins. The owner’s suite on the main deck is full beam with a king-size bed. A generous walk-in closet ensures the owners have plenty of space for their belongings. The stateroom and en-suite bathroom are adorned in beautiful wood, making the room feel warm and welcoming. Forward of the owner's suite are two guest cabins; the larger stateroom features a queen-size berth, and the smaller has over/under twin berths. HERCULES welcomes up to two crewmembers onboard in a crew cabin with a queen-size berth. 
The main salon can be entered from the aft deck through a dutch door to the 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 the upper and lower deck. pilothouse. Forward is the full beam marble galley with a breakfast bar and four (4) portholes that open to the foredeck.
  • Marble counter and flooring
  • Teak paneling
  • Overstuffed sofa
  • 2 chairs
  • Coffee table
  • Plasma TV
  • Teak buffet w/ marble top and cabinets
  • Full-width stairway to staterooms to starboard
  • Open full-beam galley w/ three (3) stool breakfast bar
  • Marble countertops and sole
  • Teak cabinetry
  • Four-burner professional Viking range/oven - LNG with shut off
  • Double-size refrigerator/freezer
  • Double sink
  • Split drawer dishwasher
  • Trash compactor
  • Microwave/convection oven
  • Master Stateroom is a full-beam amidship.
  • King size bed
  • Walk-in cedar-lined hanging locker
  • Ensuite head and stall shower w/ custom stone
  • Entertainment center
  • Access to the engine room through a water-tight door aft of the rear chamber

Starboard guest stateroom:

  • Queen-size berth
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Ensuite head w/ shower and stone
  • Entertainment center w/ flat-screen TV

Port guest stateroom:

  • Over and under bunks
  • Flat-screen TV w/ entertainment center

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 countertop. Then, to the 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 wing stations for docking. An L-shaped settee with a table is to port with a watch berth just aft. There is a day head to starboard and a hanging locker.

  • A large teak console houses the ship's navigational equipment, primary helm, chart table, and electrical panels for AC and DC services
  • 2 x STIDD helm chairs
  • L-shaped settee w/ granite table to port
  • Day berth aft of the settee
  • Day granite head to starboard aft
  • Hanging locker
  • Sink w/ granite wet bar
  • Full-width stairway from the main deck
  • Port and starboard Dutch-style wing steel doors
  • Chest fridge/freezer
  • Small fridge w/ ice maker
  • Propane stainless steel grill on the bridge deck aft of the pilothouse

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 the centerline. To port is a large L-shaped settee with a blue marble table and wet bar, sink, and a refrigerator.

  • Helm station w/ 2 STIDD helm chairs
  • L-shaped seating w/table
  • Wet bar w/refrigerator and ice maker
  • All steel is tested by a NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers) technician and certified or washed with CHLOR*RID as necessary to meet or exceed levels for maximum rust resistance
  • Marine-grade aluminum Deck and Cabin structure
  • Steel hull - sandblasted and pre-primed - aluminum superstructure
  • Five watertight compartments - PCM: Engine room, Steering compartment, Master stateroom, Guest cabins, and Foredeck collision bulkheads
  • Twin Kedge 450 lb. anchors
  • Double bottom construction
  • US Paint Awlgrip system used exclusively for steel and aluminum
  • Self-draining chain locker treated with Rhino liner or equivalent
  • Two vertical windlasses with controls in the pilothouse and on deck - one hydraulic and one electric
  • Wesmar RS16 stabilizers with DSP4800 digital control system
  • Stern vertical electric capstan
  • Non-skid by Awlgrip on the flybridge
  • Windshield wipers on 3 forward-facing pilothouse windows with washers
  • Stainless steel hull plating on stem and bulb
  • Clear anodized heavy-walled aluminum stanchions, rail on a pilot deck, and aluminum ladder from foredeck to Portuguese bridge
  • High bulwarks at foredeck
  • Teak decks: main deck and pilothouse deck
  • The main deck drains and freeing ports
  • Safety glass throughout pilothouse and main saloon - windows to meet offshore cruising requirements
  • Aluminum mast
  • Flagstaff on rear upper cabin top or centerline transom
  • Custom bollards - 2 fwd, 2 aft, and midship cleats built into hawse pipes
  • All bollards and cleats are stainless steel
  • Centerline transom door
  • Aluminum ladder to the foredeck from crew's quarters through scuttle with a watertight door
  • Freeman Lazarette access hatches
  • Fire retardant soundproofing in the engine room
  • Polyurethane insulation above waterline inside all hull areas and overheads
  • Engine room blowers for powered ventilation
  • 2x Cummins 6CTA8.3 - 350 hp @ 2500 RPM
  • Borg Warner V drives
  • Marquipt LPW 2700 hydraulic davit for dinghy
  • Keel cooling of the engine heat exchanger for main engines
  • Line cutters on shafts
  • Fuel manifold mounted on forward engine room bulkhead steel piping commercial valving
  • Steel fuel tanks each with separate fill and vent - approx. 6800 gallons total (including day tank). Tanks to have to clean out ports and sight gauges as per ABYC regulations
  • Fuel transfer and polishing system Racor 30 micron to 10 micron
  • Twin rudder with skegs
  • Shaft zinc anodes
  • 50 HP Hydraulic bow and stern thruster
  • Oil changing pump for engine, plus gensets
  • Power hydraulic steering
  • Fire suppression system in the engine room - a new tank
  • Fuel and water tank gauges with Hart tank tender system
  • Village Marine watermaker 400 gpd
  • 50 Gal. Hot water heater
  • 6 zone, 8 ton A/C chiller system by Marine Air - 12 air handlers
  • Kabola diesel furnace located in the engine room ( has been removed but it's available) - uses the same air handlers as the AC
  • Displacement - 170 tons
  • New LED spreader lights on the mast over the flybridge
  • Satellite Compass
  • AIS receiver/transmitter
  • Underwater lights - blue & white
  • Bauer dive compressor
  • Dive ladder
  • Autopilot controller
  • Wesmar digital stabilizers with DSP 4800 digital control system
  • Noboltec Timezero unlimited charts with new Nobletec computer
  • FLIR night vision
  • 2 x Northern Lights gensets: 32 Kw and 16 Kw
  • AC/DC distribution panel in pilothouse

  • 2x 50 amp shore power inlets
  • 2x 24v Main engine alternators
  • Gel batteries for house and inverter banks
  • Battery charger/inverter by Prosine 3.0
  • GFCI protected electrical outlets in the engine room, galley and heads
  • 2017 Furuno TZ Touch2's
  • (2) 15" glass screens
  • (2) 13.1" glass screens
  • Charts loaded - US plus Labrador thru the Bahamas and the entire Caribbean (including offshore)
  • ***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 backup
  • Furuno 48-mile radar
  • Furuno 72-mile radar
  • Interphase color twins cope with sonar
  • Simrad autopilot
  • Sailor Fleet One satellite phone Voice/Fax/Data
  • KVH Trac vision satellite television system
  • Monitoring cameras on the aft deck and in the engine room
  • Paradox marine security and systems monitoring system
  • American Bow and Stern thruster control
  • Searchlight joystick control
  • Five (5) way windshield wiper control
  • (2) Maxwell anchor windlass controllers
  • (2) sharp flat-panel televisions
  • XM radio
  • (2) Maxwell Rodecounter indicators
  • Wesmar CPS-1000 stabilizer gyro controller
  • Nobeltec charts for the East Coast
  • FLIR night vision

Installed new electronics on the bridge and the flybridge:

  • New Furuno satellite compass
  • New GPS antenna
  • New Furuno VHF
  • New Furuno charts
  • Satellite TV and phone
  • Serviced, replaced, repaired, or rebuilt, as necessary, the Cummins diesel engines – engine electrical controls, service after coolers, raw water pumps, impellers, cleaned and reassembled after cooler housing, replaced all hoses, replaced gaskets, air seps, thermostats, solenoids, hydraulic pumps and installed new Bosch injectors
  • Serviced port and starboard N.L. generators. Work included, but was not limited to the following: new injectors, reset valves, reset exhaust elbows, add fresh oil, service generator control panels, clean heat exchangers, replace zincs, install new water pumps, new air filters, and new muffler bracket 
  • Serviced stabilizers and replaced them with new parts and software as necessary
    2016 - Fresh Bottom Paint - Ablative
  • Installed more soundproofing (Soundown Inc.) at the engine room forward bulkhead that is next to the master stateroom as well as the exhaust stack tunnel. Reseal the water-tight door between the engine room and the stateroom
    Serviced the bow thruster control panels for the bow and stern thrusters
    New exterior covers (white) for all exterior furniture and controls. Includes the aft deck bench seat, port and starboard wing controls and spotlights, flybridge settee, flybridge table, two helm seats, flybridge counter top with sink and refrigerator, propane grill on the aft bridge deck
  • Sun awning covering the aft bridge deck
  • Serviced or replaced, as necessary, the air conditioning chiller system – chiller pumps, sea water pumps, temperature sensors, antifreeze, control board, solenoid coils, and other items in the chiller system
  • 10-person life raft and recertified
  • Portable fire extinguishers
  • Removed and cleaned all-aluminum deck flooring in the engine room
  • Cleaned the lazarette and repainted
  • Awlgrip painted the hull Flag Blue
  • Awlgrip painted the superstructure white
  • Refurbished fuel tanks, performed minor welding repairs, cleaned area, and repainted tanks (2015) - pressure washed (6/2017)
  • Install freshwater pumps for the interior
  • Serviced the hot water tank and replaced parts as necessary
  • Serviced fresh water tank – empty water, clean out, prep, and paint interior
  • Installed a new depth sounder transducer
  • Removed and reconditioned both propellers. Cleaned shafts, bearings, keyways
  • Purchased two spare propellers
  • Serviced and repaired line cutters
  • Repaired shore power cords - 100 amp and (2) 50 amp
  • Service the hydraulic steering system - new steering arms and serviced system 2016
  • Service engine alternators with new voltage regulators and other parts
  • Serviced and repaired, as necessary, the black water system – new pumps, new diaphragm valves, new control box - Headhunter
  • Sea strainers and hoses, valves, and other parts were completely replaced in 2016
  • Repair and replace, as necessary, all teak on the bridge console
  • Serviced all door latches
  • Serviced and replaced, as necessary, all bilge pumps, hoses, check valves, wiring, etc - 2016
  • Serviced grey water system and replaced parts as necessary
  • Serviced engine PTOs - new pumps 2016
  • Serviced and replaced, as necessary, the electric windless wiring and bus bar
  • Serviced the entire electrical system and repaired/replace, as necessary, all GFIs, alternator regulators, circuit breakers, receptacles, lazarette windless control box, bilge pump wiring, terminal strips for shore power, electrical windless wiring, oil pressure sensors, and switches, and more not listed
  • Serviced fuel transfer pump - new pump 2016
  • Serviced water maker - new 2016
  • Installed new crew shower control valves
  • New oil change pump for the engines
  • Installed new fuel filters with Racor filters – 30 and 10 microns
  • Install new freshwater filters for all interior water outlets
  • Clean and seal all exterior teak decking
  • Repair holding tank gauges
  • Install a new masthead steaming light
  • Serviced the hydraulic system with fresh hydraulic oil, new hoses, new oil level sight gauges, new filters
  • Serviced all heads/showers
  • Install TV cable system and total boat Wifi plus cellular booster amplifier
  • 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 the instruction of Steve D'Antonio and all stability work confirmed by Donald L. Blount and Associates.
  • 2003 Novurania 14-foot, 60hp Yamaha outboard
  • Owner's artwork and personal possessions.
This article originally appeared in the July 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine