1967 Rybovich Sportfish

Stuart, FL


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Vessel Name: Big Blue
Manufacture: Rybovich
Country: US
Category: Sportfish
Model: Sportfish
Year: 1967


Length: 45 ft
Draft: 3 ft
Beam: 14 ft


Cabins: 2
Heads: 2


Cruising Speed: 23 kn
Max Speed: 34 kn
Number of engines: 1
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Type: Inboard
Fuel Capacity: 400|gallon
Water Capacity: 100|gallon
Holding tank: 1

Presented for sale by Capt Bob Bingham and Capt Dave Kellerman Jr with Bingham Yacht Sales & Restoration.
Big Blue – Rybovich is hull number 67, and the last plank on frame boat built by Tommy Rybovich in 1967. 
She is 45 feet in length and was originally commissioned as the Ole. Boasting unmistakeable lines, Big Blue’s pedigree remains unparalleled. Her heritage alone, speaks volumes but her current turn-key go anywhere condition makes her even more special. The Rybovich family builds boats with the intent that they are meant to do much more than sit at the dock. Big Blue continues to live up to her those intentions.

With that said, she is an absolute head turner whether she is tied to the dock or underway. She has been well cared for by knowledgable owners with an open check book one the years and it?s easy to see when you look at her. She underwent a no expense spared refit in 2014 that included a pair of QSB Cummins 550’s, ZF gears, and all new running gear. Most recently, she underwent another cosmetic refit in 2022 which included new Awlgrip throughout, nonskid, new teak covering boards, and teak cockpit sole.

As should be expected, she is easily managed thanks to her impeccable visibility and maneuverability.

Whether the goal is to ply the cobalt blue waters of the Gulf Stream, or simply pull-up to a restaurant with the family, Big Blue is up to the task.

While she is yacht quality, she was designed to be a fish boat first. While trolling, Big Blue pulls an extremely clean wake and her Vernatone muffled exhausts exit the transom above the waterline. Her glass over mahogany hull dampens unwanted sounds from penetrating from the vessel into the water. Her wheels have been tuned and her cutlass bearings replaced making her a stealthy weapon offshore. It?s not uncommon to see billfish just a few feet from her transom. At rest, she sits like a duck in the water – stable and sturdy.

She radiates class and elegance while underway. Her 550 hp Cummins diesels emit a gentle rumble while she idles down the ICW and her common rail engines burn clean and completely smoke free all the while providing an extremely quiet cockpit. Those characteristics coupled with her open layout from the cockpit into the saloon provide an inviting environment for even the most discerning guests.

She’s the talk of the dock everywhere she goes. Not just because of her lineage, but because she’s had the upgrades that most boat owner dreams of doing yet rarely have the time to complete. Her 2014 refit was well thought out and included a Cummins repower, a refinished mahogany interior with bright white soft goods that is absolutely gorgeous, 2 massive in-deck live wells, cockpit freezers, fishboxes, and more.

At cruise, her sweet spot is 23 knots where she quietly loafs along burning right at 16-17 gallons per hour thanks to her set of Cummins QSB 550 common rail diesels. 

Classic Rybovich game boat bridge layout
2 flush mount teaser reels in hard top
Varnished teak helm pod and pedestal
Single teak ladder back helm chair
Seating to port and starboard with cushions
Updated aluminum half tower with hard top and recessed navigation lights
Electronics box overhead
2 VHF radios
Original compass
Complete cummins/smartcraft vessel view panel
Polished Glendinning Palm Beach controls
Polished stainless steering wheel
Original gauges on helm pod
Storage under seating and forward bridge storage
Varnished Rybovich signature teak double handrails
Lift up electronics cabinet forward
Murray Bros teak ladder back helm chair
Anodized aluminum aft safety rail with 6 rocket launchers
Hatch cover for cockpit access hatch
Bridge wash down hose under port storage locker
2 Garmin 5212 MFD?s
Garmin Autopilot
2 VHF: Icom 504 with remote Command Mic II
Volvo QL trim tabs
Fusion stereo headhunt
JL Audio speakers throughout

Teak sole and covering boards freshly refinished
Release Marine Battle Saddle w/ 6 rocket launchers
2 gunwale rod holders
2 gunwale hawse pipes
2 in deck live bait wells
Access hatch to the lazarette
Transom tuna door
Rybovich teak and stainless steel bridge ladder with chrome on bronze step brackets
Fresh water faucet
2 kill boxes
2 cockpit freezers

New Strata Glass Enclosure
Rupp Double Spreader Outriggers
Hot and Cold Pressurized Water System
Firebox Halon Fire Extinguisher System Engine Room
(4) Kidde Fire Extinguishers
(8) Lifejackets
High Water Bilge Alarm forward and aft
4 Rule Auto Bilge Pumps
2 whale pumps
2 Shower Water Pump-Out
TV Cabinet in Salon
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Stamoid Cockpit Cover
2 Morad Antennas
Air Conditioning: Dometic – Cruisair Reverse Cycle

Electrical Equipment
Cable Master Shore Power Inlet – 50 amp service
Bonding system completely redone
Isotemp water heater
Generator: Cummin Onan 8kw 
Battery Charger: Mastervolt 12/50-3 bank charger

Engines and engine room
Twin Cummins QSB 550 hp common rail diesels installed in 2013 
Engine room sprayed with Awlgrip before installation
Average Fuel Consumption : 16 gal/h, @ 23 knots
WOT 30+ knots loaded
Transmissions: ZF 2:1 reduction gear
Shafts: Aquamet 22 stainless steel 1 3/4?
Tides Marine dripless seals
Bronze struts
Bronze rudder stuffing boxes
Bronze rudders w/ stainless shafts
Batteries: 4 – 12V batteries
wired in parallel in custom made, Awlcraft painted, fiberglass battery boxes for each engine
Battery parallel switches, Battery shut-off switches
Oil pressure alarms, engine priming pumps, bilge high water alarm
Fuel Filters: 2 Racor 900MA

Satin varnished mahogany, with bright finished varnished moldings
Overhead LED soft white lighting
L shape sofa to port with blue leather cushionsSofa to starboard with blue leather cushions
Sofa has storage underneath on both side
Dometic Cruisair reverse cycle air conditioner
Flat screen TV and Fusion stereo with JL speakers
Leatherette headliner
Varnished mahogany curtain valances both sides and aft
Removable carpet over the engine room access hatches
Two sliding entrance doors aft
Original electric circuit breaker panel locker with AC and DC circuit breakers

Galley-down layout to starboard
Located off companionway
Eleven foot long galley
Corian marble shell design
Custom cabinetry with varnished teak trim
(8) Storage draws
(4) Storage lockers
Hidden Electric 2 burner stove with corian cover
Stainless steel sink
Cabinet with electric refrigerator/ freezer
Magic Chef microwave with a draw below
(2) Overhead lights

Stateroom – forward
Upper and lower crossover berths
Overhead LED soft white lighting
One large storage drawer under lower berth
Hanging locker
Port lights
Foredeck access hatch
Snow White Awlgrip cabinetry with varnished mahogany moldings
Cork flooring with varnished mahogany trim
Day Head
Access forward stateroom and companionway
Awlgripped custom cabinet with varnished moldings
Storage locker under sink
Varnished mahogany trimmed storage locker
12 volt Raritan head
Overhead LED soft white lighting
Enclosed stall shower
Port light

Master Stateroom to port
Companionway entrance to port
Overhead LED soft white lighting
Queen berth
4 drawer storage under berth
5 drawer storage cabinet
Cedar lined hanging locker
Reading lamps
2 port lights
Cork floor
Master Stateroom Head
Corian marble shell design sink
Overhead LED soft white lighting
Raritan head
Walk in shower with Portlight
Her registry can be seen here – https://www.michaelrybovichandsons.com/registry-pg-3/

Place yourself behind the helm of this classic Rybovich for a moment. Can you picture plying the cobalt blue waters of the Gulf Stream with a handful of your closest friends or family onboard? Outriggers deployed, rods locked and loaded, the warm teak deck under your feet, and a perfect view of your baits from the helm. If you can, give us a call.

Recent survey also available…


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