"Madrugador" was the first in a series of custom Long Range Pilot House Sportfishers built by Buck Smith on an Airex cored fiberglass hull, designed by Ed Month, Jr. The hull was produced by the respected Elliott Yacht Company. This is hull #1 and was Buck Smith’s personal yacht and is widely considered the best of the series. In 2006 the current owner had the cockpit extended six feet without sectioning the hull or moving the running gear. To complement the extension, MADRUAGOR’s entire hull bottom was re-sheathed with impervious five layers of new epoxy vinyl ester instead of standard fiberglass and resin. The project was superbly designed and built by German Marine Engineer Klaus Thomas and the bottom hull modification work was done by Ian Biggwither of Hull Tech Marine at the Driscoll Shipyard on Mission Bay in San Diego, CA. The project dramatically improved and strengthened the yacht with many custom features and upgrades listed in the specifications below. Today MADRUGADOR stands tall as a proven, seaworthy long range Pilothouse Sportfisher, smartly rigged for tournament fishing as well as serious offshore cruising expeditions.
Guest and Crew Accommodations include a total of four double staterooms with ensuite head and shower facilities. The Full Beam Master Stateroom is below decks amidships with a walk around California king berth, sunken tub, artistic etched glass and vanity table. Next forward along a central passageway to port is the VIP with island queen berth. On the port side is a walk-in utility room with large pantry, washer & dryer, linen closet, freezer, water heater and fishing gear. All the way forward are port and starboard cabins featuring generous over/under bunks and shared ensuite head and shower in the bow.
Boarding the yacht is easy and convenient by way of a custom heavy-duty aluminum stairs and railing fitted to the cockpit bulwarks and caprail. Guests may also enter the cockpit through a centerline transom door via the oversized integral swim platform equipped with port and starboard stainless steel gates. The cockpit features three portable Pompanette fighting chairs and a large 300 gallon central built-in double bait tank with integral tuna tubes and topped with a 7 rocket launcher rod holder. The inside transom features a second 100 gallon “aquarium” bait tank which also doubles as a “kill bag” for fish. . All cockpit rails have indirect lighting and include bolster padding with fold-away L shaped settee seating built-in to starboard. Forward there is a large metal and glass sliding door entrance to the Main Salon with ten-drawer tackle center and built-in stainless drink cooler to port. On the starboard side is Furuno Video Depth/Fishfinder with a sink efficiency, cabinet storage holding 6 scuba tanks and a SCUBA fill compressor system below and a stainless steel ladder leading to the flybridge. A full canvas sunshade with retractable folding stainless frame covers the forward cockpit. The cockpit sole and swim step features multiple custom compartments for equipment storage, as well as stern anchor and windlass, 40 gal outboard gasoline tank, 2 custom freezer boxes with 12,000 lb storage capacity, electric downrigger fishing system aft and twin 18’ outriggers aloft. Port and starboard outboard steps lead to the full wide walk around decks.
Entering the Main Salon from the cockpit, there is a comfortable L shaped sofa to port with two chest storage coffee tables and Entertainment Center forward featuring Sony LCD flat screen TV with Sony stereo, DVD, and storage below. On the starboard side there is a round game table with four occasional chairs and a comfortable reclining chair aft. Forward to starboard is a full bar with generous storage flanked by a commercial Scotsman ice maker and Sub Zero refrigerator, all in teak cabinetry. Overhead directional lighting includes 14 LED “eyeball” fixtures. The Main Deck salon and galley areas feature 360 degree views with multi-pleated dual blinds for blocked and translucent shades.
From the Main Salon, two centerline steps up lead to the spacious “Country Kitchen” Galley with peninsula counter amidships and exhibition cooking area to port with generous storage. Also, there is a very convenient ladder access to the Enclosed Pilot house aft of the Galley on the port side. The Galley also features generous drawer and cabinet storage for supplies and utensils as well as convenient dash storage forward. To starboard is a comfortable L-shaped dinette with seating for six or more.
Forward of the Galley on the starboard side, a stairway leads down six steps to the below decks passageway for all staterooms. The full beam Master Stateroom is amidships just below the Galley, featuring a king size island berth with generous teak cabinet and hanging locker storage on the port side and Entertainment Center aft. On the starboard side is an open sink efficiency, adjacent vanity table and storage complimented by enclosed VacuFlush head forward and enclosed tile-lined sunken bathtub aft.
Moving forward on the central passageway is the port side VIP Stateroom featuring an Island Queen Berth with writing desk and bookshelves outboard with drawer storage and hanging locker followed by ensuite head with stall shower forward.
To starboard adjacent the VIP Stateroom is the Utillity Room featuring generous enclosed cabinetry for spare parts and dry stores as well as electrical sub panel, water heater, deep freezer and rod storage.
All the way forward on the passageway below deck are the Port and Starboard Guest Cabins featuring over/under twin berths with a shared ensuite head and shower in the bow.
The Enclosed Pilothouse is conveniently accessed from the interior main deck galley as well as aft via a cockpit stainless steel ladder with teak steps. This is truly the Command Center for the yacht with full dash and control station forward, centerline electric Stidd Helm Chair, 32” stainless steel “Destroyer” steering wheel and Hynautic hydraulic steering controls. There is a full Plotting and Navigation Station aft on the starboard side of the Pilothouse with generous drawer, cabinet and bookshelf storage with SubZero under counter refrigerator. Adjacent to port is a very comfortable L-shaped dinette which may be converted to a pilot berth bunk. Port and Starboard sliding Pilothouse doors lead to full exterior walkaround decks with Portugeuse Bridge forward with full engine and steering controls. All the way aft in the Pilothouse is a sliding door leading to an exterior deck with deluxe large teak Pompanette Fighting Chair (that resides here when not in the cockpit) and full engine controls overlooking the Cockpit. To starboard is ladder access down to the cockpit and up to the Pilothouse roof with additional storage and life rafts as well as a chariot-style “bucket” helm above the arch, also with full controls.
Flybridge Bucket Helm:
The present owner of MADRUGADOR dramatically improved and strengthened the vessel in 2006 with the smart cockpit extension and new epoxy bottom. Since that time the yacht has been very well-maintained and continually upgraded with the best equipment and custom features too numerous to list. An exceptional value, MADRUGADOR must be seen to truly appreciate. Subject to approval, MADRUAGADOR’s prime Newport Beach slip is available with purchase.
2801 W. Coast Hwy, Suite 260
Newport Beach, CA 92663