Not for the timid. The person who takes on Semira will have to possess some knowledge, some vision, some money, and some energy to complete the restoration of this beautiful sailing vessel. Once completed, Semira will be world class, comfortable, and someone's pride and joy.
This boat was owned by the sailor featured in the novel Waves written by the current owner.
She is available to be seen on her mooring in Miami, if you meet the criteria stated in the first paragraph.
From the owner:
"I am selling my Pearson Invicta hull #2 circa 1959. I have too many obligations and don’t have time to complete this worthy project. The Bill Tripp designed Invicta is a slightly shorter version of the Hinckley Bermuda 40 (37’8″) with a bubble cabin. This seakindly world cruiser has made four Atlantic crossings. Her hull is an inch thick solid glass (stem is probably ten inches!).
I began this restoration in Trinidad, and she made it to Miami under sail in June of 2015. She is currently on a brand new mooring at Key Biscayne Marina in Miami.
This is a wonderful boat, and I will not sell her to just anyone. This boat was cherished by her former owner (who spent 25 years customizing and cruising her) and she’ll go to someone with the vision, finances, and skills to ensure that she is brought back up to her original “world-class cruising boat” standard."
Wind speed and direction
Manual bilge pump
Electric bilge pump
Shore power inlet
Recent additions and inclusions
Items recently added or completed:
3 coats epoxy bottom barrier coat
New 316 chain plates
Rudder rebuilt and new rudder shoe bushing
New prop shaft tube and Rulon AB shaft bearing
All new engine hoses
Old epoxy non-skid removed, deck ready to paint
New burners in kerosene stove.
New running rigging
Tools too numerous to mention in watertight plastic and aluminum military boxes. Previous owner made his living as a mechanic and engineer; the tool kit is serious.
treasure trove of spare parts, filters, SS hardware, etc.
Pfaff sewing machine
2 stainless steel anchors and 80 feet of 321 stainless chain, plus kellets to increase mechanical advantage of chain.
Numerous spare anchors
Luke feathering prop
Volvo MD17C 35hp Diesel
Best galley you’ll find on any boat under 70 feet
Custom interior with stainless trim.
New house and starting batteries
Belt driven AC generator and dive compressor.
Aries windvane (the good stainless/bronze one)
Monel windlass on double stainless steel-reinforced foredeck
Custom bow pulpit and stern rail with built-in dive ladder.
New depth sounder and sender
brand new (never used) composting airhead toilet
Harken #2 furler
9-foot hard dinghy
up-to-date flares and safety equipment
Autohelm autopilot with spare control heads
Multi-stage fuel filtration/water separation
What she needs
Wiring is in mostly great condition thanks to soldered and heat shrunk terminals, but there’s a short somewhere. I have a wiring diagram, but switches and wires are unlabeled. You’ll need time, patience, and a multi-meter with long leads. Evrything here is military spec. Most switches are waterproof sealed NASA surplus.
Deck needs painting
Dodger bow has a corrosion crack—needs to be welded.
Cockpit canvas is shot—needs replacing.
Delivery crew used diesel in the kerosene stove. Kero tank needs flushing.
A mechanic trashed parts of the cork interior. This will need replacing.
Deck-hull joint and cap rail need updating and replacement before the boat is ready for ocean cruising.
Need a good #2 furling jib as current one is old.
Engine runs but should be pulled, decarbonized, new gaskets installed, and painted
Dive compressor and generator need to be reinstalled
Electronics need updating
Pressure fresh water system needs some electrical work and filter changes
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.