Listed at $1,500,000

Interested in this yacht? Contact Us

Available for SaleDOVETAIL72' 1972 Trumpy 

DOVETAIL is the third to last Trumpy built and has the desirable “galley-up” arrangement plan. Built in 1972, she received a major refit in 2019 including a repower and an update of all systems, mechanicals and cosmetics. She features a forward wheelhouse, full beam galley, full beam master with centerline queen berth, a large salon with separate day-head and a large aft-deck that can be open-air or enclosed. Those inspecting this vessel will find her in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition.

26 North Yachts is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Worth Avenue Yachts. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel


LOA: 72' (22 m)
Beam: 17' (6 m)
Hull Material: Wood
Fuel Capacity: 1,500 gal (5,679 L)
Fresh Water Capacity: 570 gal (2,158 L)
Holding Tank: 35 gal (133 L)
Flag: United States
Location: Florida, Stuart, United States
Build Year: 1972
Refit: 2019
Builder: Trumpy
Model: Houseboat
Type: Motor Yachts
Cruising Speed: 12 Knots
Max Speed: 14 Knots



DOVETAIL, Contract #446, is the third to the last Trumpy built and the last of the desired houseboats. Commissioned by Mr. Earl Cantor, she was originally named GERIFAY and was used as a committee boat in the 1974 America’s Cup off Newport, RI. Later names, in correct order, include: LADY Q, HILLARY JANE, CARONIA, ZARYA, STATELY LADY, DISCOVERY and finally DOVETAIL. Her present owner has continued the first-rate custodianship of this very fortunate yacht. Those inspecting her will find her in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition, with fresh hull paint, completely updated systems and basically wanting for nothing but a new owner’s personal touches.


DOVETAIL features John Trumpy's most desirable “galley-up” arrangement plan. Wheelhouse forward, followed by a full beam galley (with pass-through to the salon), large salon with separate “day-head”, and an aft deck that can be open to the breeze or enclosed and climate controlled. Crew area is forward on the lower level followed by the engine room, two identical twin cabins with en-suite heads, and finally a full beam owner’s cabin updated to include a centerline queen berth.


•tCorian countertops

•tGE electric Profile Stainless 4-burner glass stovetop with oven (2018)

•tGE Stainless convection microwave with exhaust fan (2018)

•tGE full size 2-door refrigerator w/freezer drawer (2018)

•tFisher & Paykel stainless two drawer dishwasher (2018)

•tU-Line wine chiller (2018) located in Salon

•tLarge sink with new garbage disposal and spray handle faucet

•tTeak and holly flooring

•tLarge port and starboard windows (starboard window rolls down)

•t(5) 110v Outlets

•tVery good storage for food stuffs, plates, glasses, etc.

•tAccess to the Wheelhouse via a lockable door with screen

•tAccess to the salon via a swing door


Forward is a large buffet with copious amounts of storage for wine, glassware and dishware, silver, etc... and a cleverly designed pass-through directly from the galley. All cabinetry is beautifully finished in matched mahogany. A desirable on-deck and elegantly finished “day-head” is located along the companionway to the galley and has a Corian counter top.

•tSamsung flat screen TV (2014)

•tDenon stereo receiver with Bluetooth

•tCircular dining table which seats 6

•t(6) Dining chairs

•tCaned, barrel back secretary chair

•tSmall secretary/writing desk on aft bulkhead

•t(2) Upholstered easy chairs

•tFull size upholstered sofa

•t(2) Opening “roll down” side windows to allow for fresh air

•t(3) Reading lamps

•tLamp table

•tWall to wall carpet

•tAft deck door flanked by large windows

Master Cabin

DOVETAIL features a full beam master cabin located aft. The previous owner changed the existing separate twin berths to a more updated centerline queen berth layout in keeping with the tradition of the vessel.

•tCenterline queen berth

•t(2) Reading lamps

•tPort and starboard chest of drawers

•tBulkhead mounted mirror

•t(8) Opening ports with curtains

•t(2) Large cedar lined hanging lockers

•tLarge storage locker access to under stair storage, well suited for luggage, bags, etc...

•tAir conditioning control

•tCarbon monoxide detector

•tFitted and bound wall-to-wall carpet

En-suite Master Head

•tCompletely remodeled in 2018

•tFull size walk-in glass shower

•tCorian sink with vanity

•tVinyl flooring

•tRaritan electric flush head (FW)

•tLarge mirror

•tOpening port with curtain

•t12V Fan

Guest Twin Cabins

DOVETAIL features two identical port and starboard twin cabins located mid-ship down a central hall forward of the Master. Two large lockers and a linen closet are located along the hall which is fitted with bound wall to wall carpet. Each cabin features the following:

•t(2) Twin lower berths to port and starboard with a chest of drawers in between

•t(2) Reading lamps

•t(2) Opening ports with curtains

•tSmoke/Carbon monoxide detector

•tHanging locker

•tFitted and bound wall to wall carpet

•tAir conditioning controls

•tBook Cases

En-suite Guest Heads

•tCompletely remodeled both in 2018

•tLarge stall shower

•tCorian sink with vanity

•tVinyl flooring

•tRaritan electric flush head (FW)

•tLarge mirror

•tOpening port with curtain

•t12v Fans

Crew Accommodations

Located forward and accessed via the companionway from the pilothouse, it is comprised of a bunk room forward, separate Captain’s cabin and nice sized settee with laundry area.

•tStall shower forward with wash basin and access to anchor locker

•tSeparate enclosed head with washbasin

•tSeparate enclosed Captain’s cabin with single berth, with drawer storage

•t(6) Opening ports

•tTwin size upper berths w/reading lamps

•tOverhead hatch access/ventilation

•tGreat locker and drawer storage

•t(2) Large hanging lockers

•tDinette with storage under the seats

•tAsko W6424 clothes washer (2018)

•tAsko T754 clothes dryer (2018)

•tBound and fitted wall-to-wall carpeting

•tSmoke/Carbon monoxide alarms

•tAir conditioning controls

•tChrome clock and barometer set

•tAccess to engine room

Hull and Deck Equipment

•tTeak covered side decks and bow (re-seamed/re-fastened 2019)

•t(2) Bow storage lockers / bench seats

•tBench seating forward of pilothouse

•tFully enclosed air-conditioned aft deck w/wing doors, isinglass enclosure, and area rug.

•tAll canvas and isinglass is new (2021)

•tOriginal Trumpy aft bench seat with access to Lazzarette below

•t(4) Original Trumpy aft deck chairs

•tCustom aft deck high/low table

•tBuffet/Bar area w/sink, (2018) icemaker and storage

•tMast on roof/boat deck w/owner absent and meal light

•tNautical Structures davit for lifting and lowering a tender (Fully serviced 2018)

•t50kg Delta plow anchor (2014)

•tSecond Fortress anchor

•tIdeal electric windlass w/deck control (rebuilt 2014)

•tVarnish on the entire vessel is in excellent shape

•tFresh water wash-down spigot on foredeck

•tSalt water wash-down system with spigot on foredeck

•tAssorted fenders and lines

•t100 Amp shore power service (Engine room port light)

•t100 Amp shore power

•tAssorted lifejackets and all USCG required safety gear, placards and lighting

•tRing buoys

•tBoat hook

•tShips bell

•t6 tread adjustable Marquipt stars

•tSwim ladder

•tSwim platform (2019)

•t14’ Alumina AB tender with 50hp Yamaha outboard (2019)

•tHull is constructed of double planked Mahogany (3/4” outer 3/8” inner) with 5200 between

•tHull was painted with White Alexseal (2019)

•tPainted non-skid upper deck (2014)

•tFiberglass deck box for storage on upper deck

Machinery and Electrical

•t(2) Rebuilt Common Rail Cummins QSM-11 engines installed 2018 (2040hrs 11/2018)

•t(2) ZF 2 to 1 reduction transmissions

•tDual mechanical Morse control levers for each engine paired with electronic interface

•tElectronic Mercury Gauges at helm and in Engine Room for Cummins

•t25KW Northern Lights Generator in sound shield new 2015 (2889hrs 2/2021)

•t25KW Northern Lights Generator in sound shield new 2018 (1013hrs 2/2021)

•tCustom water separator stack exhaust system with below waterline water discharge

•tDuplex RACOR Fuel Filters for Engines and single’s Generators

•tEngine room make up air blower

•tEngine and transmission oil and fluid change system

•tNaiad 254 hydraulic stabilizer system

•tHydraulic bow thruster Dedicated PTO off 25kw generator (2018)

•tBuell Air Compressor/horn system

•t(2) Balmar 24v 140AMP alternators

•t(2) Victron 24/12 Volt battery Inverter/charger

•t(6) Group 27 AGM start batteries 12vdc

•t(8) Group 31 AGM House Bank batteries 24vdc

•t100 Amp 110/220 Volt AC system. Single Cord

•tSmart Y 50-100-amp converter

•t110V Florescent Engine Room Lighting

•t110V emergency Bilge Pump with manifold

•t(3) Automatic Jabsco Bilge Pumps with bilge alarms and counters

•tStainless Freshwater Accumulator tank

•tSpectra 220vac Newport 700 RO fresh water-maker (450hrs 2/2021)

•t(8) Cruisair AC condensers (2019)

•tStainless 40gal hot water heater (2018)

•tWork bench, tool chest, etc.

•t(2) Galvanic Isolators

•tHynautic hydraulic steering

•tEmergency tiller

•tAutomatic Fire-boy engine room CO2 fire extinguishing system

•tMacerator / overboard discharge system with deck pump out


•tPort and Starboard wing doors

•tAccess companionway to forward crew / engine room

•tTeak and holly flooring

•tLarge helm bench on aft bulkhead

•tOpening center window

Electronics and Navigation

•tElectric Imtra windshield wipers

•tOpening front window with chrome control

•tBuell Ships air horns

•tUSCG approved navigation lights

•t6 Spoke teak and stainless ships wheel

•tGarmin GPSmap 8000 touchscreen glass radar / chart plotter (2018)

•tGarmin autopilot (2018)

•tGarmin wind speed & depth log displays (2018)

•tICOM IC-M506 VHF (2018)

•tEngine turned stainless gauge panel with all new gauges (2018)

•tRudder angle indicator

•t10” binnacle compass

•tSelect speed Wiper controls

•t(2) Overhead spotlights w/manual direction controls

•tNaiad stabilizer controls

•tBow thruster foot switch controls

•tManufactured teak and holly sole

•tLeather Helm bench

Refit work done Fall/Winter 2017/2018 (McMillen Yachts Portsmouth, RI)

Significant work done during this period:

•tVessel Repowered, removing Detroit 12v71 engines, replacing with Cummins QSM-11 engines and ZF Marine Gears. Intermediate shafts replaced and new ACME 4 blade props installed.

•tA new exhaust system was engineered and custom built for DOVETAIL’s new power plant.

•t65% of the bottom planking below the water line was replaced, the bow, under engines, tanks, and at the chines. Any suspect areas were removed and replaced. Multiple frames were replaced and repaired in the re planking process.

•tSignificant repairs were done to the keel inside the boat to remove delignification damage and multiple repairs were also made to floors and shaft logs.

•tFuel Tanks were opened, cleaned and inspected. Found to be in excellent condition.

•tTwo new pillow bearings were replaced inside the vessel for supporting the shaft.

•tAll main engineering thru-hull bronze thru-hull valves replaced with new.

•tSignificant wood repairs made to transom, before re-paint.

•tOne new Northern Lights 25kw generator was installed to match the existing 25kw unit.

•tComplete new Electrical system was installed, upgrading the vessel to 100-amp service and building a 24vdc Battery system for quiet ship service.

•tA new ISO Boost isolation transformer was installed

•tAll lighting was converted to 24vdc LED from 110vac lighting.

•tNew Fresh Water pressure system installed, as well as new Torrid stainless hot water tank.

•tA new emergency bilge pump manifold and system was installed.

•tA new salt water wash-down system was installed for anchor wash.

•tA new Black water tank and system was installed. With headhunter monitoring system

•tA new oil change system was installed for engines, generators and transmissions.

•tComplete engine room refurbishment was undertaken, including noise and heat transfer insulation.

•tNew oven, dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator installed in the galley.

•tA new 220vac Spectra Newport 700 water maker was installed.

•tAll exterior varnish was stripped down to bare wood and rebuilt up to a glass finish with multiple coats.

•tSpare tail shafts checked and trued. Spare props purchased and mounted in lazzarette.

•tBottom paint and prop speed.

Refit work done Spring 2019 (Stuart, FL)

•tAll Air conditioning for Crew, Galley/wheelhouse, Salon and Guest staterooms was replaced with new Marine Air condensers and fan-coils.

•tNautical Structures crane removed and hydraulic components serviced.

Refit work done Fall 2019 (McMillen Yachts, Portsmouth, RI)

•tBoat hauled and all topside paint removed back to wood, numerous wood repairs done on topsides around port lights and all guest port lights removed for refurbishment and glass replacement.

•tTopside planking splined with mahogany splines. Topsides filled faired and repainted.

•tDay head refurbished with new countertops, fixtures and flooring.

•tRudders removed and rudder-ports removed. All bottom planking structure replaced around rudder-ports and new structure and engineering of steering installed.

•tFore-deck freeman hatch removed and teak deck replaced atop hatch.

•tRoutine maintance, bottom paint and prop speed.

Winter 2019

•tTeak swim platform re-engineered and replaced with new.

•tAir conditioning for owner’s stateroom and aft deck replaced.

Refit work done Fall 2020 (Hinckley Yachts, Portsmouth, RI)

•tComplete refurbishment of owners and guest heads including new tiled showers, vanities, sinks, fixtures, floors and paint.

•tRe seamed / re-calked, re-fastened side-deck and foredeck teak, then sanded.

•tReplaced with new one water tank under guest bunk in starboard cabin.

•tInstalled new AC cooling water pump and new emergency bilge pump.

•tRoutine maintenance, bottom paint and prop speed.


Owners personal gear and artwork, special tools, fishing and dive gear.

Broker Remarks

DOVETAIL is without a doubt one of the most nicely equipped and maintained Trumpy’s on the market. Her generous 18’ beam, on deck day head, and large crew quarters make her very comfortable for entertaining or extended cruising. The present owner has capitalized over $1m in improvements alone during last three years to ensure she is as sound and reliable as possible. She shows very well and those who inspect her will find that she does not disappoint. Almost all 2017/2018/2019 refit work was done by the experts at McMillan Yachts, Inc. in Portsmouth, RI.


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.

Talk to usContactOur Team