For those watching this "pocket trawler".. moved to a new marina and all electrical issues magically resolved. A beautiful cruise moving her from Merritt Island, down the ICW, to her new 'home' just north of Melbourne, Fl. Owner still wants to sell and move to a sailing vessel. Price adjusted. April 30.
1982 34’ Wellcraft Californian LRC (long range crusier) Motor Yacht
Seas the Day. This Californian 34 LRC is a classic two-cabin trawler style with motor yacht performance that combines space comfort and economy in a sturdy all-weather package. She is a pocket size Motor Yacht spacious enough for family weekends, extended cruising for a couple, yet just small enough to navigate the intracoastal and inland waters and occasional offshore fishing.
Older, yet well cared for, she features a Bimini topped fly bridge cockpit, a lower helm station with side deck access, large galley, open salon, two staterooms, clean head/shower and easy access to the twin Caterpillar diesel engines. With high freeboard and walk around deck, this boat will fish and dive well and be very safe for a family with children. Traditionally styled with a distinct trawler profile, the Californian 34 is a versatile family cruiser with excellent low speed economy and true planing speed performance.
New bottom paint (Sept 17) and many recent mechanical upgrades she ready to enjoy.. but still a handful of minor improvements new owners might consider. Realistically offered at $44,995. At marina docks in Brevard County, east Central Florida.
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Californian Yachts, an American company, was founded by a designing duo that revolutionized the trawler yachts industry with their innovative creations. Californian Yachts’ history begins in the 1970s, when partners Jule Marshall and Myrna Elliott came together with a single goal: to create fast, luxurious, top quality trawler yachts at a moderate price. At the time of Californian Yachts inception, trawler yachts had an uneven reputation: they were comfortable and fuel efficient, but also expensive, frustratingly slow, and unable to keep up with the faster sport fishers and powerboats on the market. Marshall redesigned the hull and superstructures, using a semi-displacement hull and ramping up the horsepower. Elliott designed the interiors, creating luxurious, comfortable surroundings with a roomy feel. Unlike many boat of this era using teak wood, she chose mahogany for its warmth and visual appeal.
The California 34LRC, in production from 1977 through 1985, become one of the most popular models. 238 of this model were built, all built in the United States. Initially with Perkins 85ph, the upgrade option of Caterpillar 210hp diesels gave a 16kt cruise burning an estimated 9 gallons per hour. The current owner of Seas The Day doesn't know WOT speed or burn, she has only run at 7-9kt trawler speed with a burn of roughly 2 miles per gallon.
Current owner purchased Seas The Day in the spring of 2017 on the west coast of Florida to be a live aboard. Seas The Day has been a loving work in progress and the investment shows in details that are functional. New AGM house batteries and new onboard chargers. Various hoses replaced, all double clamped. New main bilge pump. Both engines have new starters and alternators. Starboard a new solenoid. Port a new riser. Repacked shafts. New zincs and bottom paint. Upgraded shore power outlets in the galley. New head. This is a partial list, all receipts available. With full intentions to use as a live aboard and local cruising, current owner has spared no expense discovering and repairing systems on a solid, but older, boat.
There are still items to complete a buyer should be aware of. The windless recently replaced, but not wired to function. The mounted VHF at the flybridge helm did not turn on. At neither helm does the port tachometer read. Owner (nor previous owner) can accurately report how many hours on either engine or if ever a MOH. The Westerbake generator is considered non-functioning. The bowmar hatch in the forward cabin reportedly leaks (however was not leaking during rain when I visited). The topside paint in some places could use touch up. Still.. Seas The Day is a solid, spacious, well designed and 'comfortable' trawler or maybe considered a pocket sized motor yacht.
For a couple wanting a small trawler to explore the Intercoastal or a young couple with little children (forward stateroom really kid size) looking for a beachside weekend getaway place and the boating lifestyle.. and on a budget, Seas The Day is well worth your consideration.
A newer foldable bimini covers the open aft cockpit, roomy enough for a few deck chairs to enjoy a morning cup of java. Large double doors open from the cockpit to the main salon. With the doors open, (starboard door sliding and port swings open) the cockpit becomes part of the main cabin expanding the living area. She has a very open and spacious feel. Over 6' of headroom, a fresh 'stone look' floor. Immediately to starboard is the galley with a countertop (microwave, coffee maker, toaster), single large SS sink, 3 burner electric stove/oven and a lot of cooking counter space with drawers and cabinets below. The galley feels larger as behind the counter top are large windows. The lower helm station is forward with side deck access sliding door. Wide windows provide ample light and excellent visibility when running the boat.
To port a home size Magic Chef refrigerator. Small counter and comfortable "L" seating. The couch extends for guest sleeping arrangement. Bose stereo speakers are connected to the marine FM radio (control and speakers also in upper helm).
Stairs lead down to the forward compartments including a large head and shower to starboard and the Master Stateroom to port with a single berth that can be expanded to a double; under-berth storage and hanging locker. The current live aboard owner has made this her room. The forward cabin features two bunks to port and a single level bunk to starboard, The lower bunks can be expanded to a double. Both cabins with AC/Heat vents, lighting and power, ample storage and hanging lockers. Like the salon, the cabins have rich woodwork reminiscent of a time before shinny fiberglass. Seas The Day is comfortable. She feels like a real boat with warmth and style. To starboard the enclosed head has a new toilet, vanity with sink under-sink storage and separate shower stall. Behind the steps entry to the engine room.
At her berth Seas The Day looks the classic trawler style. Below the water line recent bottom paint (Sept 17). The hull sides a darker color, showing some wear in the color. The deck has been painted in tan and white.
A swim platform with ladder abuts the transom. The cockpit is of functional size for a couple of chairs and small table, covered by a canvas bimini in reasonably good condition. A ladder from the cockpit leads up to the flybridge which is completely covered by a sunbrella top. She has a large flybridge, center Captains chair and "L" guest seating aft of the Captains seat and to port. Seating is protected from the elements by newer green sunbrella covers. Both the guest seating and the Captains helm seat show wear; fully functional, but show wear. The helm station is forward center with 360 view. Excellent visibility from the helm. At the helm basic instrumentation includes a Garmin GPS/sounder, Auto-Pilot, remote controls for marine stereo, and a VHF (that did not turn on when tested). The Fureno Radar screen is at lower helm in cabin.
The wide side decks with high gunnel decks lead forward to the foredeck. Starboard is access to the lower helm/ cabin. Fully forward is a bow pulpit anchor roller anchor and non-functioning windlass.