BARKISSIMO was built as a shrimp trawler in Saint Augustine, Florida back in 1964, and was originally purchased by the National Sea Urchin Fisheries Department as a research vessel. She was fitted with scientific instruments for measuring the oceans and the life forms therein. She spent several years cruising the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and once made her way up to Lake Michigan, according to Coast Guard records.
The boat is built of cypress planks and ribs, and is double-hulled. Cypress is an excellent material for boat construction, because of its resistance to rot, worms, and other marine related problems. The hull is more than six inches thick, and finished fair. The hull is gracefully shaped for a fishing vessel, and actually leaves no wake when unladen at cruising speed. The power comes from a single Caterpillar turbo Diesel engine, a # 434, which has six pistons, each the diameter of a basket ball, which provide plenty of torque and horsepower to easily turn the 60", four bladed brass propeller. The fuel capacity is now 600 gallons of diesel and 500 gallons of water.
The boat has come a long way since she was a research vessel, and now awaits the next phase of her life as a floating Dockside Charter Yacht, complete with amazing food, ambiance, and sunsets.
Barkissimo is an ongoing bed and breakfast business, and the buyer of this vessel has the option of continuing to operate the business with the "good will" of this unique floating hotel and restaurant.
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. Buyer should assume that items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this specification sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht, and should instruct his agents, or his surveyors to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, consumptions, capacities and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided, and agrees to instruct his surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. This vessel is subject to sale, price and inventory changes, and withdrawal from market without notice.
Bill is a resident of South Beach in San Francisco. He has been racing sailboats competitively and cruising blue waters most of his life. He is an active member of the South Beach Yacht Club, where he is currently Staff Commodore, and also a member of the St. Francis Yacht Club. He is a licensed USCG Captain, US Sailing Club Race Officer and has a comprehensive working knowledge of both powerboats and sailboats.