The Betsy Ann Riverboat is a true "blast from the past". It is one of the few remaining TRUE Sternwheelers, in its class, still in operation in the United States. She was built in 1989 in Palatka Florida, by Captain Ed Bull. Ed built several ships through his years, but this one was definitely his f...more
The Betsy Ann Riverboat is a true "blast from the past". It is one of the few remaining TRUE Sternwheelers, in its class, still in operation in the United States. She was built in 1989 in Palatka Florida, by Captain Ed Bull. Ed built several ships through his years, but this one was definitely his favorite, as it was built as a tribute to the original Betsy Ann Riverboat owned by one of his best friends back in the 1930's and 40's. Historically, the original Betsy Ann Riverboat was the first steel hull paddle-wheeler to ever run the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.
That boat was built in 1898 in Illinois, and ran the rivers as a Packet boat until it was finally retired in 1942. Ed Bulls friend, and owner/Captain of the Betsy Ann, was none other than Captain Frederick Way Jr. Capt Way, later in years, became a very well-known river historian.
In 1989, Captain Ed built this boat at the age of 75 years old. It ran in Montgomery Alabama for the first 16 years of its life and in 2005, we purchased the boat and brought it to Panama City, FL. After spending 5 months in the ship yard completely refurbishing the boat, she hit the water once again as a floating masterpiece! Anyone who lays eyes on her, falls in love.
The Betsy Ann is absolutely (as prejudiced as it may sound) the prettiest paddle-wheeler (in her class) that exists! Her lines are curved and convincing in a way that no other "box built" paddle-wheeler can rival...she was built, and continues to run with a lot of love and pride!
Built in 1989
85' long from bow to stern
26' wide rub rail to rub rail
True paddlewheel hydraulic drive with "monkey rudder" system for control in forward or reverse.
Main engine is a Cummins 6BT that drives the hydraulic system
Generator is a Kubota 4cyl / 30KW installed in 2005.
With both engines running, she burns around 2.5 gallons per hour.
Oil changes are done every 100 hours on both engines and fuel filters every 200 hours.
Coast Guard licensed for 150 passengers.
***** THIS IS A "T" BOAT AND FALLS UNDER OLD T RULES *****
I have a 150 passenger TRUE sternwheel paddleboat for sale. Currently running in the panhandle of Florida. This girl was custom built, NOT a conversion. Her lines are spectacular, her decor is customized to the time era, and she is turnkey ready. If you are looking for a dinner / sightseeing tour boat, she's perfect. Also would make an incredible live aboard conversion.
The decor is all time era and very convincing as well as comfortable. We added (2) new 5 ton heat and air units as well as a brand new 30KW genset to run the entire boat. (All a/c wiring was installed new with the generator, because up until then the boat was all 12 volt.) The heads, while decorated in the time period, are very modern with tile floors and walls, home style heads (not typical marine) and the restrooms are also climate controlled. Custom wood blinds cover the windows and accented with lace curtains that just bring everything together. A full bar, tables and seating for 60 to 70 guests and a full sound system are also some of the incredible amenities in the cabin on the main deck. The upper deck is covered and provides a beautiful view of the surrounding area, as well as the sight and sounds of the 20 foot tall paddle wheel churning the water. There is seating on the upper deck for 20+ guests.
She is an absolutely spectacular vessel that we are very much in love with, and the only reason for considering selling her is that we also own an airboat / eco tour company and alligator park and just do not have the time to run both business with their continued growth.
The only other dinner cruise operation in Panama City moved in 2014. This is a great opportunity for the right buyer!
******** BUSINESS IS NOT PART OF THE SALE HOWEVER, THE BUSINESS IS BEING OFFERED FOR SALE SEPARATELY BY OWNER ********
60-day Sea Tow membership* comes standard with your boat purchase!
All reasonable offers will be reviewed and presented to the seller.
All offers are contingent upon being fully satisfied with unit after personal inspection and/or professional inspection.
Check out this 1989 85' Custom in Panama City, Florida! #popyachts https://www.popyachts.com/tour-boats-for-sale/custom-85-in-panama-city-florida-111078
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