This is the perfect fishing machine for those interested in practicality and functionality. As the name Phoenix indicates, she is "rising from the ashes" while in the process of being completely refurbished to be a beautiful boat. She has twin Mercruisers, is hard chined with minimal deadrise aft. She has a beautiful flared bow section which parts a seaway to keep those in the cockpit safe and dry. Her freeboard is high enough to comfortably brace the serious fisherman with comfort. Professional fishermen who have handled her claim "she tracks as if she's on rails".and is very economical with fuel particularly while trolling on one engine.
Her hull has been professionally painted (Osprey Marine Composites*) with Awl-Grip Aqua Mist blue which is a very light "off-white". Her cockpit sole was removed and has been completely re-cored and refinished with non-skid Awl-Grip* white. Her FWC Mercruiser 351cid 225hp engines are fresh and ready to be reinstalled. PLease see "hull and deck section" for more details.
On deck, her cockpit area is huge with bilge accesses and large fish box. Side decks give way to the foredeck with safety bow rail, anchor platform while the canvas windshield, bimini, and mooring cover protect from the elements.
Most new replacement parts including hose clamps, zincs anodes, Bennett trim tabs (new), fenders, ground tackle, muffler are on hand waiting to be installed along with complete running gear including new Cutless bearings.
Forward and below the head compartment is to port; opposite to starboard is a small but adequate galley with a s/s sink and icebox. Further forward are two wide single berths which extend over 6ft to the anchor locker. There's generous storage under the berths.
This boat was designed by Don Trumpy, Annapolis, MD and built by Topaz Marine in Lothian, MD.
Currently covered on land.
Images of the black hull of the Topaz were taken prior to her being prepped and painted by Osprey Marine Composites, Deale, MD.
While not visible in the pictures, the black hull paint showed excessive "print through" which is the common name for an seemingly unusual occurrence whereby a fiberglass hull when painted will post cure resins in the hull fiberglass layup which isn't seemingly objectionable from 50' or so.. However when alongside the condition is very noticeable.
In order to mitigate the "print through", the black hull was first sanded to etch the surface to receive 2 or more fresh build up coats of paint. Once the "print through" was no longer visible, then paint primer was sprayed on the hull surface. Then two color coats of AwlGrip "mist blue" paint were applied to provide a bright new finish without any evidence of the "print through".
This Topaz 28 has been an ongoing project by the owner who is a professional in the marine business. Physical limitations prevent him from finishing the project, however, he is available to a new owner who has interest in moving forward with the restoration which is approximately 80% complete with most new parts having already been purchased and waiting for installation.
The owner will entertain all offers particularly those from any not for profit institution where a donation is possible.
64 Old South River Road
Edgewater, MD 21037