• 120'
  • 1985
  • Hitachi Zosen
  • Palm Beach, Florida, United States
  • $3,495,000


  • Basic Information
  • Dimensions
  • Speed / Weight
  • Accomodations
  • Hull & Deck
  • Engine Information
  • Builder: Hitachi Zosen
  • Category: Motor Yacht
  • Model: N/A
  • Model Year: 1985
  • YearBuilt: 1985
  • Year Refit: N/A
  • Refit Type: N/A
  • Tax Paid: N/A
  • Country: United States
  • Registration #: N/A
  • Coast Guard #: N/A
  • Vessel Top: Enclosed Pilothouse
  • Fly Bridge: No
  • Cockpit: Yes
  • Helipad: Yes
  • Accomodations: Guest SR/S: 4/8 - Crew R/B/S: 5/8/8
  • LOA: 120' 0" (36.58m)
  • LWL: --
  • LOD: --
  • Beam: 25' 4" (7.72m)
  • Min Draft: --
  • Max Draft: 7' 2" (2.18m)
  • Clearance: --
  • MFG Length: --
  • Cruise Speed: 10 Knots
  • Cruise Speed RPM: 850 RPM
  • Cruise Speed Range: 4,200 Miles
  • Max Speed: 12 Knots
  • Max Speed RPM: 1,200 RPM
  • Max Speed Range: --
  • Displacement: --
  • Gross Tonnage: 269 Ton
  • Water Capacity: 3,000 Gallons
  • Holding Tank: --
  • Fuel Capacity: 13,200 Gallons
  • Fuel Consumption: 30 Gallons
  • Berths: 6
  • Heads: N/A
  • Sleeps: 8
  • State Rooms: 4
  • Crew Berths: 8
  • Crew Sleeps: 8
  • Crew Heads: N/A
  • Captains Quarters: Yes
  • Hull ID: N/A
  • Hull Material: Aluminum
  • Deck Material: Teak
  • Hull Configuration: Full Displacement
  • Project Manager: N/A
  • Hull Designer: Jack Hargrave
  • Hull Color: N/A
  • Hull Finish: Paint
  • Exterior Designer: Jack Hargrave
  • Interior Designer: N/A
  • Manufacturer: Caterpillar
  • Model: 3508
  • Engine Count: Twin
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Fuel Type: Diesel


Spend enough time on the water, and you will soon develop a list of “best boats” – those rare vessels so beautiful in design and commanding in presence as to approach perfection.  BUCKPASSER is a fixture on the “best boats” lists of many seasoned yachtsmen, universally acclaimed for her combination of stately elegance and rugged practicality.  Yachts of this caliber tend to arise from the collaboration of a discerning and experienced owner and a pedigreed naval architect, and BUCKPASSER is no exception.  Commissioned by a prominent Palm Beach gentleman and Kentucky Derby winner, and designed by the great Jack Hargrave, BUCKPASSER has remained in the same family for over three decades.  A well-known sportsman with a taste for adventure, her original owner requested a mothership capable of supporting a full-size helicopter, multiple tenders, and a large sportfishing vessel.  The result is one of the most civilized, well-proportioned and competent yachts ever conceived.  Instantly recognizable and immaculately turned out, BUCKPASSER is a timeless vessel with a diverse range of use.  Well-equipped for standalone cruising, expedition support or as a shadow boat for large, motor, racing or classic sailing yachts, BUCKPASSER offers many features rarely duplicated, even on ships much larger in size.

Some minor conversions could quickly convert BUCKPASSER into a more traditional motor yacht, making her a great option for anyone not looking for a mothership. A reconfiguration of working/helicopter deck could create a huge outdoor entertainment area with lounge chairs, tables, dining area, bar, and a Chef's grill.  This reinforced area is full of potential opportunities, which are only limited by the buyer's imagination. 
Unique features include:

  • Reinforced helicopter deck to handle a large aircraft, which can easily be retrofitted to accommodate alfresco dining or other useful configurations. 
  • Multiple diesel fuel tanks and distribution pumps on both sides of the vessel
  • Aircraft fuel tanks with dual pumping stations on the upper deck.   These aircraft tanks have dual usage for storing and dispensing diesel fuel when not carrying a helicopter. 
  • Large gasoline tanks and pumps for her tenders
  • Water-makers and plenty of tankage for storage, to be distributed to other craft through built-in pumping stations.
  • 50 AMP electric hook ups on both sides of the yacht to accommodate the owner's sportfishing boat and other guest vessels which may be visiting or need assistance.
  • Multiple redundant systems and equipment throughout the vessel
  • CAT 3508 engines which are detuned. Rebuild not due until 25,000 hours
  • Rooftop control station for docking
  • PLATH gyro & magnetic autopilot system
  • Custom Surge Protection System
  • BUCKPASSER can easily be modified to accommodate a new buyers personal taste and vision. 



BUCKPASSER is designed to travel comfortably to remote parts of the world in pursuit of unspoiled fishing and hunting areas while maintaining world-class service. To accommodate the broad range of crew expertise needed to handle the sporting, dining and travel requirements of eight guests, the yacht's design incorporated proper quarters for eight crew, a unique specification for a vessel of this size.  In hindsight, this arrangement was well-conceived, as BUCKPASSER often runs with a helicopter pilot, fishing/hunting guides, chef and an operational crew of four. 



BUCKPASSER has been a fixture on the north end of Palm Beach for decades.  As someone recently said, “If you don’t know BUCKPASSER, you don’t know yachts!”  She is an iconic vessel on many levels, featuring a unique, purpose-built mothership design and groundbreaking construction techniques during her custom build.  With multiple fishing world records, an envious global travel history, an uncompromising maintenance program, and the capability of supporting an onboard auxiliary fleet that can include a helicopter, sportfish boat, flat boats, jet skis, and more, there are few limits to the service of this extraordinary vessel.  BUCKPASSER has a storied history of hosting celebrities and dignitaries since she was first commissioned. 




Buckpasser's transom is wide and has a large swim platform with a stout rub rail. There is a large, centerline-towing buckle below the swim platform for towing a Sportfish or other significant vessel.  The transom door is on the port side, which gives access to the cockpit featuring massive teak covering boards, rod holders and a fighting chair on the starboard side. There are multiple deck hatches to access the live bait-wells and lazarette. 

Exterior Main Deck & Bow Area:

Buckpasser has walk-around teak decks and both sides feature 50AMP service areas to distribute power, fresh water, and fuel through built-in pumping stations. Her cap rails are thick and perfectly varnished, and the paint is in excellent condition.  There are two massive Steen windlass winches to manage the ground tackle with ample shots of chain and an emergency retrieval arm for both sides of the deck. Her bow is high and powerful, accented with a large burgee pole. A generous seating area exists on the forward part of the deckhouse, with spacious bosun lockers on either side.  

Enclosed Aft-deck:

Glass and stainless doors access the enclosed aft-deck area from the cockpit. Built-in L-shaped sofas face forward on both sides with matching chair and table settings. Small varnished teak consoles are built-in on both sides of the vessel and house the A/C system for this area.  Doors to the walk-around decks are just forward of the varnished consoles, and large sliding glass windows give the space an open feeling.

Guest Cabins:

The four guest cabins are accessed downstairs through the starboard aft section of the main salon.  The stairs turn toward the center of the yacht into a small common area outside the cabins.  There are two generous mirror image cabins aft with a pair movable full-size beds in each, closets, built-in dressers and en-suite heads with showers and bathtubs.  The two larger staterooms are forward and mirror-imaged as well. Each has a wraparound counter with a built-in desk just inside each door, athwartship king-sized beds and built-in side tables.  Further forward in each cabin are three closets and an entrance to the large en-suite head and showers. The starboard stateroom has a shower/tub/whirlpool combo. The port stateroom is varnished mahogany, while the starboard stateroom is painted light blue.  

Main Salon and Card Room:

From the aft deck, thick glass and stainless doors slide open to the large Main Salon, which has expansive windows on both sides, highlighted by varnished teak trim and crown moldings above.  On the starboard portion of the vessel, a large buffet and dual bookcases split another window.  A wall extends ¾ of the way out from the port side, which forms one side of the card room just forward of the Main Salon.  There is a walkway down the starboard side that allows you to turn into this area or proceed to the Main Dining Room.  The Card Room has a forward-facing teak buffet with bookcase, while on the opposite wall facing aft is a bar with cabinets above. The bar has a sink, fridge, and ice-maker that disappear when closed up.  There is another set of big opening windows in this room, as well as teak crown molding here too. 

Formal Dining room:

Further along the starboard walkway, there is a large teak door to the formal Dining Room with identical built-in hutch/buffets on both sides.  The buffets are full-length, and the glass china cabinets split the large windows on both sides. 

Service Side:

A solid teak door on the starboard side brings you forward to the service end of the yacht.  A narrow hallway extends athwartship to doors that open onto the walk-around decks.  Immediately to starboard is the bridge deck stairway, to port is the galley, and further forward is the full-beam crew lounge. 


The Galley is commercial grade with a tile floor and floor drains for easy washdowns.  There is an island in the middle and stainless steel counters throughout.  Commercial grade refrigerators, freezers and a large arrangement of Garland cooking equipment would please any chef.

Crew Lounge:

The Crew Lounge is full-beam, forward of the Galley, and accessed down the hallway on the starboard side.  There is a wraparound bench seat and tables with all the necessary equipment, including refrigerator, coffee machine, TV, water fountain, sink, etc. There is a pair of large windows on both sides of the lounge with hand cranks to open.  This area could serve as a library, classroom, office or possibly even another guest stateroom.   

Crew Cabins:

Aft and starboard of the Crew Lounge are thick teak stairs leading down to the crew area.  There is a large, double-wide freezer at the bottom of the stairs, and this area opens into a full-beam utility room with an ice machine, washer/dryer, utility sink and a counter with cabinets. A large floor hatch in the middle of the crew hallway gives access to dry storage, multiple tank tops, and other yacht-related systems.  There are five crew cabins on board, four in the crew area and a large captain's cabin on the bridge deck. The lower crew area has a centerline hallway to access the cabins. To starboard is a twin cabin with built-in dressers, closet, desk area, and private en-suite head.  The portside cabin has twin bunks, built-in dressers, closet, nice desk, and private en-suite head.  Forward is a small set of stairs up to two additional cabins, which are mirror images of each other. Both have twin bunks, built in dressers, closet, and head.  These cabins share a centerline shower, which join the spaces in a reverse “U”  shape. There is a ladder and escape hatch just outside of these cabins at the top of the access stairs.  Below these stairs is another large dry storage area and access to the bow thruster. 


The Bridge is located up the starboard stairway at the intersection of the galley, service hallway and just inside the dining room door.  The stairs are made from thick teak boards and open up to a full-beam bridge with access doors to starboard and port.  There is a large built-in red leather bench and a doorway to the chart room, gun closet, and captain’s cabin.  

Captain’s Cabin:

On the starboard side of the bridge, you can walk aft into the navigation and captain's area. There is a large chart table and additional electronics to starboard, storage area with a gun locker aft, and the captain’s cabin to port.  The entire area is full beam and has opening windows on both sides.  The captain has a generous cabin with built-in dressers, closets, big desk with bookcases above and a walk-in head and shower aft. 

Bridge & Aft Working Deck:

The bridge deck has a wrap around "Portuguese Bridge" with dual wing stations and white non-skid decks. A thick-varnished cap rail surrounds the entire deck. Walking aft on either side brings you to the tender and helicopter deck which currently holds four flats boats and two jet-skis. There are two deployment cranes for the tenders and fueling stations for the helicopter, which is not currently on board nor included in the sale of Buckpasser. 

The Stack:

Outside and directly behind the bridge is a huge stack, which is one of Buckpasser's most notable features.  The Stack exchanges air for the engine room and also has a large storage area accessed from the starboard side.  The storage area is a walk-in and houses additional equipment, dryer, and other machinery. 

Bridge Top:

A ladder on the port side of the tender deck gives you access to the roof of the bridge.  The area has non-skid paint, a huge storage box for fishing rods and tackle, as well as an ingenious helm station module, which provides a 360-degree view of the yacht for docking or tight-quarter maneuvering. 



18’ 1982 Willy Roberts Design wood over fiberglass, built by Fred Neister with a 2012 70HP Yamaha 4-stroke
18’ 1983 Willy Roberts Design wood over fiberglass,  built by Fred Neister with a 2013 70HP Yamaha 4-stroke
18’ 1987 Mangrove Fiberglass Flats Boat with a 1998 90HP Yamaha 2-stroke
18’ 2002 Hells Bay with a 2013 70HP Yamaha 4-stroke


Mathers Controls – for all gear and throttle mechanisms
Mathers Slip Clutch & Combined Coltrols
PLATH Tiller Control – Navguide F
Wagner Rudder Angle Guage
Northstar 6100i GPS
Northstar 6100i N2 GPS (Redundant)
Fununo AIS FA-100
Techsonic SPG-015 VHF Aircraft Radio
Furuno Hailer (Engine room, Cockpit, Bow, etc.)
Horizon GX5000S VHF
(2) Furuno Marine Radar RPU-013  25KW
16” Furuno Radar Display
19” Furuno Radar Display
Furuno Radar Control Keyboard w/tracball
CPLATH – Compass Type 2628
CPLATH – Gyro & Magnetic – Autopilot System
NCS – TachII – National Control Systems – Tachometer
GPS – Garmin 6208
Danforth – Constellation Compass
Furuno – FCV-1200L Sounder
Furuno Single Side Band FS-5000
JRCS – Ship Monitoring System
JRCS Control Panel – SMS-U35A
Trackvision – KVF SAT TV, Wifi, Telephone
(2)Telephone Systems – Iridium & KVH
Furuno NX-500 Navtex Receiver
Iridium Handheld Phones (3)
(10) Panasonic Internal Phones – Intercom, SAT Phone, Iridium


CAT 3508 Engines - 1st scheduled service is at 25,000 hours (11K 10/2016)
               1st 100 ever built by Caterpilar
(2) CAT 3306T 135KW Generators
Haldex hydraulic pump (Starboard Engine)
Naiad 402 Stabilizer Pump
(2) Matrix water makers 1500 gallon/day
(2) 32 & 12V Battery Chargers
Standard Fire Suppression System

(2) Banks of 32V Batteries (New Feb 2016)
(2) Banks of 12V Batteries 
Sentry Battery Chargers
(4) A/C 5 Ton Units – MarineAir
(2) x 90 gallons tanks of new lube oil
(1) 100 gallon tank for used lube oil
Trochoid lube oil pumps
(2) Burks fresh water pumps
Grayco Black water pump
Grayco gray water pump
700 gallon black water pump
250 gallon gray water pump
Burks fire & emergency pumps
Fuel Transfer Pump – Tokico
(2) Dayton Speedaire - Air Compressors (Toilets, Airhorn & Fittings)
Automax – Flapper wet/dry exhaust system – Butterfly Valve
Electrical System - 208/240 100AMP, 200AMP 60 cycle
Naiad Stabilizers with 16 sq. ft fins
Custom Elecrical Surge Protection System

(2) eight person liferafts
(2) Yamaha Jetskis - 2014 and 2015
(2) Boat trailers
(7) Imersion Suits
(1) Firefigting suit - tank & helmet


(2) 2000 gallon freshwater tanks (forward)
(1) 1000 gallon Freshwater tank (aft)
(1) 4000 centerline diesel tank
(2) 2800 gallon diesel tanks
(2) 1800 gallon optional diesel or aircraft fuel tanks
(2) 300 gallon gasoline tanks
Fuel Burn 10 knots @850 RPM burns 30/gallons/hour (combined)


BUCKPASSER is a top quality yacht with an incredible history and an exceptional reputation for always being in tip-top condition.  She was designed as a mothership, but could easily be modified to become a more traditional motor yacht or continue to serve as a luxury support vessel for an endless list of lifestyles such as Sailing. Surfing, Scuba diving, Kiteboarding, Kayaking, etc.

Her Caterpillar engines are detuned, and she cruises at 10.5 knots burning 30GPH giving her a 4000+ mile range. The CAT 3508 engine is considered the best in the world, with the first rebuild, recommended at 25K hours. She is not even half way there.  

The "bridge deck" Captain's Cabin and the generous crew area, was designed to keep the crew comfortable, resulting in numerous team members having multiple decade careers with BUCKPASSER. 
The owner intends to keep their personal effects, artwork, and valuable antiques.  A list of exclusions is available upon request.