Each of LIBERTY'S 9 owners have loved her and treated her as the Grand Dame that she is. Her current owner bought her in 2012 and in the past 7 years has lovingly restored her to her former elegance and comfort while adding contemporary amenities. LIBERTY is one of only 3 cruisers designed and built by John Trumpy and Sons. With her skinny draft of 3'5" she is perfectly suited for intracoastal and inland waters. But don't be fooled by her pedigree, she has been set up to also cruise the Bahamas and to remain self sufficient on the hook for up to 48 hrs.
As heads will turn when a Rolls Royce slides by, one is guaranteed to see all heads turn as LIBERTY cruises past in her stately elegance and grace.
LIBERTY, until recently, has been kept in a boathouse in Stuart, FL. She is ready to cruise. Her sleek profile, crisp white hull and polished wood detailing exudes luxury, leisure and an aristocracy that is elusive in modern cookie cutter boats. Come step aboard and be prepared to be wowed.
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Walking along the graceful profile of LIBERTY to the boarding ladder located just aft of midship, one cannot help but be impressed. Her clean, clutter free, decks are perfectly suited for lounging in a teak deck chair with a cold beverage in hand. The two dunnage boxes are covered to protect them from the Florida sun. Proceeding through either wing door to port and starboard, one finds a most accommodating aft deck that can be enclosed or open with sliding plexiglass windows and roll-up isinglass curtains. There is a built in settee fully aft, a very handy Hi-Lo table and 4 white Bamboo chairs that make gathering guests together for cocktails or dinner extremely easy and enjoyable.
The aft deck has been refurbished to reflect a bygone era with nautical blue indoor/outdoor carpet, white bamboo side table, lamps as well as navy blue cushions for the settee and the chairs. All over head lights are LED and provide perfect illumination for reading, dancing, or chit chatting.
Aft to starboard is a sliding access door leading to the composite swim platform. Down the bi-fold teak and gleaming stainless steel ladder, you find the very large, teak colored swim platform; perfect for diving, snorkeling or swimming in crystal clear waters of the Bahamas or the Keys. The size of the swim platform makes it perfect for jumping into the tender, lounging after swimming or just plain goofing off. There is an air compressor located in the lazarette locker.
Entry to the main salon is through through highly varnished double doors that are centered in the high gloss white bulkhead.
Your breath is taken away by the warmth and glow emanating from the original mahogany paneling. The paneling and the original built in signature Trumpy secretary on the aft starboard bulkhead were painstakingly stripped and refinished.
The overhead is newly painted white with the traditional varnished teak battens. Here too, the lighting has been upgraded to LED. If you turn and look at the aft doors, you will see beautiful glass uppers and removable bottom panels that allow the fresh breeze to circulate. To ensure even more cross breezes, one may crank down the two large windows located to port and starboard.These too have been lovingly refitted and brought back to original. White shades and valances insure privacy while dockside.
Blue and white upholstered wing chairs, so reminiscent of a luxury rarely encountered in modern day yachts have a small table and lamp between them. A suitably upholstered love seat is located forward. There is a large mirror above sofa running athwart ship across the forward bulkhead. Next to the love seat is a lovely, small mahogany cabinet with storage and a lamp a handsome reading lamp. A built in cabinet on the far end of the love seat houses an air cooled portable AC unit.
The wisdom behind the portable AC unit is this: Even though wired as a permanent accessory, there was no chopping and dicing of the saloon to install MarineAir Air Conditioning. This unit has a replacement cost of less than $500 and takes a couple of hours from start to finish. The blue carpet complements the varnished bulkheads. There is an originally designed, Trumpy yard built mahogany Balustrade located around the steps that lead below to theguest staterooms. This stairway is located aft to port.
The wheelhouse is forward through varnished mahogany and glass doors.
The wheelhouse has been restored to her former glory with the some rather handy improvements that do not deter from the elegance of her launch era. The parquet teak sole was refinished in the Spring of 2017. Along the aft bulkhead is a traditional bench seat with 2 large file drawers and 3 very handy chart drawers. Opposite the settee is the traditional wooden spoke wheel. Visions of cruising in yacht club regattas will swirl through your mind as soon as you put your hands on her wheel. Sure beats a stainless steel wheel. Her steering has also been totally rebuilt and the Morse controls are very responsive. The 2 foot pedals (one of the many Captain inspired improvements on LIBERTY) for the massive 42 hp bow thruster will move LIBERTY along side in an heavy wind.
She has such an extensive battery bank that you may engage for extended periods of time without fear of draining the batteries. Another really great idea of her extremely knowledgeable Captain and owner was to locate one of the heavy duty battery banks below the inboard bunk of the port guest stateroom. Makes it a lot easier to replace batteries rather than climbing over her gleaming GM Diesels to reach an outboard battery box.
The original location of LIBERTY‘S electrical panel has been maintained even after the complete rewiring of the yacht. The totally upgraded electrical panels are located to port of the helm. The switches for the inverters are also conveniently located behind these varnished doors. LIBERTY has been set up to live on the hook for up to 48 hours on her battery banks. The remote generator start is also located in this area. The generator was replaced in 2017.
Breezes waft through the pilothouse via the two opening varnished pilothouse doors to port and starboard. Open the electric center window of the windshield, and gather even more breezes. The two side windows comprising the rest of the windshield are fixed. All new wiper motors.
SECOND LOWER SALOON OR FORMER DINING ROOM:
Three steps down from the Pilothouse is the lower salon or former formal dining salon. This room also features mahogany joinery. 2 windows have been refitted with frames and their cranking mechanisms have been rebuilt; there are also 3 fixed windows facing forward. The original sideboard has been updated with a flat screen TV mounted above. The TV is concealed behind a painting held in place by magnets which maintains the ambiance of an earlier era. There are 2 original cabinets, one, of which houses a second portable A/C unit. The sole is carpeted with access to the main engines.
This comfortable area could be very easily returned to the original intended usage as a formal dining room. A stairway to port leads to the galley.
A doorway on the port side of LIBERTY'S leads aft from the galley into the immaculate engine room. It is very apparent that the bulk of the 1.3 million dollars spent to bring LIBERTY back to her former glory, was spent in the ER.
The biggest single project on the inside of LIBERTY was the removal from the yacht of her twin GM 6V71N engines. They left the yacht in 2016 and were taken to East Coast Diesel. At the time of this writing, she has approximately 500 hours on fully rebuilt and refurbished engines. The entire engine room was gutted, steam cleaned and refurbished including all NEW fuel tanks, water tanks and holding tanks. She has been meticulously maintained since the reinsertion of the now new GM 6V71 Naturals. These engines are indeed bullet proof and they are very reliable and economical: 5 – 7 gph at 9.6 knots at 1300 rpm. The naturally aspirated engines have a substantially longer life than more modern engines equipped with turbos and a zillion computer chips. Most problems that might pop up can be easily addressed without a computer and 5 technicians.
Completely rebuilt twin GM 6V71N's with approximately 500 hours.
LIBERTY has enjoyed 9 owners since being commissioned for Mr. Miller and launched as SERENO in 1954. Her present owner has spent in the area of 1.3 million dollars to make her one of the most cruise ready Trumpys currently afloat. She is ready for her next adventure whether cruising the East Coast of the US or gunk holing around the Bahamas. LIBERTY will make her new owner very proud and will continue to turn heads for many more generations of yachtsmen.
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