1972 JIM SMITH 53 Convertible

Thalassa Used Boat For Sale | ID# 286544

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Scott James

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53′ JIM SMITH 1972

Jim Smith 53 Convertible 1972 For Sale In Hampton Virginia


Hampton, Virginia


  • Length Overall: 53′
  • Beam: 15′ 4″ (4.67m)
  • Dry Weight: 36,000 lb

Tank Capacities

  • Fuel: 550 gal
  • Water: 125 gal
  • Holding: 50 gal

Engine Information

  • Engine 1: Cummins QSC8.3 540hp 1260hrs
  • Engine 2: Cummins QSC8.3 540hp 1260hrs

General Description

This boat holds a special place in Sportfishing History. She is hull #2 and is the boat that Jim Smith built for his own personal use. She was redone as the “Speed Merchant” for Dick Moroso, and was widely known for being the fastest sportfish boat in most every circle. She was treated to a complete re-fit in 2008, complete with twin Cummins Common Rail (QSC8.3-540hp) engines, Twin Disk Transmissions, ZF “palm beach style” electronic controls, all new Navigational equipment, new Northern Lights generator, new Plumbing, new heads, new electrical system, new HVAC equipment, new Galley equipment, new cockpit freezer and refrigerator, new Release Marine fighting chair and twin pedestal helm chairs, all new interior goods including custom salon sofas. The exterior was re-painted in 2015. Old School style, with modern amenities!

Cockpit and Fishing Equipment
  • The cockpit in “Thalassa” is Huge for her age
  • Teak coverboards, natural finish
  • Transom door
  • Teak cockpit
  • Release Marine Fighting Chair, with launcher backrest
  • Stbd side cockpit refrigerator (stainless steel lined), with tackle storage cabinets beneath
  • Port side bait freezer
  • Extra Large in-deck fish box, with macerator pump
  • Raw water washdown
  • Rupp Triple Spreader outriggers, double rigged plus teasers
  • Flush-mounted rod holders
  • Underwater lights
  • LED lightbar cockpit spreader lights, mounted to flybridge hardtop

Flying Bridge and Electronics
  • (2) Release Marine pedestal mounted helm seats, each with it’s own weather cover
  • (8) rod launcher across the back rail
  • Flybridge release for outriggers
  • Custom pancake style teaser reels
  • Aluminum ladder
  • Palm Beach style ZF electronic shift and throttle controls
  • Custom hardtop with heavy duty aluminum framework
  • 3 sided helm curtains
  • Overhead radiobox
  • (2) Icom M502 VHF Radios
  • Simrad AP25 Autopilot with rudder position indicator
  • (2) Northstar 958 color MFD’s (Radar/GPS Plotter/Fishfinder)
  • Furuno RD30 digital sea surface temp, speed depth gauge
  • (2) Cummins Smart Craft engine gauges
  • Passenger seating with removable seat/backrest cushions (Front and Stbd side)
  • Rod storage beneath passenger seating 
  • Forward storage area with twin doors
  • Remote spotlight with helm control panel
  • Complete DC flybridge switch panel
  • Custom helm and dash weather cover

Engines and Mechanical Equipment
  • Complete repower in 2008, all of the Mechanical is 2008 or later
  • Engine access through the galley floor, with custom ladder into the Pump Room
  • Engine Room is painted bright white with new and additional lighting
  • twin Cummins QSC8.3 540hp inboard engines (Common Rail injection with complete electronic controls)
  • Fuel Burn at 26 kt cruise is 36 gph
  • Fuel Burn at 31 kt WOT is 42 gph
  • Cummins Engine Block heaters
  • Cummins Isolation engine mounts
  • Excellent access to all sides of both engines
  • Twin Disk marine transmission (Direct Drive)
  • (2) Fireboy FE241 automatic fire suppression system bottles
  • Dripless shaft seals
  • Northern Lights 8kw generator (2008) with remote start/stop panel in Salon
  • Reverso Oil Change system, located in Pump Room
  • Headhunter fresh water pump, with pressure tank
  • (2) CrusAir reverse cycle Heating/Air Conditioning units, each with digital thermostat controls
  • GE electric water heater
  • GE spin on fresh water filter
  • Charles C-Charger automatic battery charger
  • Racor primary fuel filters, for engines and generator
  • (2) Raritan electric flushing toilets

Salon and Galley

There are twin sliding doors located along the centerline. The fully carpeted salon, has a decorative bound-edge carpet runner. The salon features large, full length tinted windows along both sides, with custom curtains. Rich teak paneling and a custom headliner with overhead lighting creates an atmosphere of opulence. Located in the stbd aft corner is the U-Line, under-counter Ice Maker and beverage storage center.

The Custom TV/Entertainment cabinet is located across in the Port/Aft corner with a Sony Bravia Flat Panel HDTV with Intellian SAT TV antenna, BOSE 321 stereo/DVD player system with BOSE surround sound speakers. There is SAT Stereo receiver as well. A large L-shaped custom-built Leather sofa faces the TV cabinet. This is a rich leather sofa with tremendous storage space beneath.

The main AC/DC switch and breaker panel as well as the Salon HVAC control panel is along the port side.

The Galley is located forward on the same level as the Salon, with a port side countertop, Stainless steel Kitchen-Aid refrigerator drawers are located here. The galley floor is brightly varnished Teak & Holly. Solid surface counters with a Wolf 2 burner electric stovetop. Stainless Steel sink with combination faucet. There is a garbage disposal for the sink and a dedicated trash receptacle. Multiple galley storage drawers offer tremendous galley storage options. Along the forward teak bulkhead are built in cabinets for the Convection Microwave Oven, coffee maker and dry goods.


From the galley, we proceed down the stairway to the lower cabin. There are storage drawers built into each of the steps. At the bottom of the stairs on the port side is the day head. With a pocket door for privacy, the day head features a decorative metal sink, vanity and Raritan electric flushing toilet. Upper and Lower Crew bunks are immediately forward, with a privacy curtain, reading lamps and rod storage racks.

The master stateroom is along the stbd aide. With “old school” crossed bunks, there is a double berth below and a single berth above. A make-up counter with light, and a complete en-suite head/shower. The master head is forward with a Raritan electric head, Full stand-up shower (with shower door), and sink/vanity.

The forward guest stateroom also features upper and lower bunks, reading lamps, two large cedar-lined hanging lockers, an overhead deck hatch and access to the anchor locker.