1985 Broadwater 56 Passage Maker

Seabiscuit IV was designed by Robert Beebe a renowned naval architect who designed over 150 vessels one of which was the Passage Maker 56, the original Seabiscuit. Beebe had built Passage Maker for himself to circumnavigate the world. The original Passage Maker travelled over 60,000 miles and is still on the water today. 
The design of the Passage Maker vessels was so successful that he wrote a book based on it called, Voyaging Under Power. Boat manufacturer Northhaven bought the rights to Beebe’s under the waterline hull design for their new super-efficient, long-range trawler style vessels.
Seabiscuit IV was a new design concept of sailing and motor cruiser boat combined, resulting in the creation of the perfect long-range expedition vessel. 
Built in 1985 in Ballina NSW, Seabiscuit IV construction took 36months,18 months to procure the timber and 18 months to build. At a then cost of $1 million, Seabiscuit IV was built to survey and worked for many years in Sydney harbour as a charter boat and was honoured to be the Sydney to Hobart yacht race start boat. Since her charter boat days, she has been privately owned travelling the ocean throughout Asia Pacific regions. 
She has a maximum speed of 10kn. For optimum efficiency, her huge 36inch variable pitch propeller can be adjusted either by being completely feathered while sailing or by increasing the pitch and lowering the revs while motor sailing. Under motor alone, she is more than capable of bettering 1L per nm and less so with the assistance of some wind. She will cruise under sail alone comfortably at 6 1/2 to 7kn in 17+kn winds. With her generous fuel capacity, well over 3000nm is achievable on motor alone. Also on board, there are an additional 2x 400L stainless steel fuel tanks that are currently not in use, which could be used for extra fuel or as a grey water tank.
Her current owner has lived on and maintained Seabiscuit IV for five years. He has adoringly kept her modern by upgrading systems, and electrical devices while keeping her beautiful charm. Over their years together he has kept her ship shape and in perfect working order. Travelling off-grid is not a concern for Seabiscuit IV as she is fitted with a massive 1800 amp hours of gel hybrid AGM batteries (1 year old), 400ah in 12v, a 5000W Victron inverter charger and 3x Victron solar controllers that are powered by 2700W of solar, allowing you to live off-grid with ease. 
Other upgrades include a new and unused 240v watermaker with all new membranes still in their packets, that will produce 160L per hour when required. With her 2000L stainless steel water tank, the watermaker has not yet been needed but if you wanted to venture further offshore, you can have peace of mind about your water supply. The freshwater filter system uses three filters and provides excellent clean water to the galley, to the new owner surplus spare filters will be provided.
Seabiscuit IV has recently been painted with 2pac deck paint and a fresh antifouling hull including Propspeed, new varnishing on her exposed timber including her beautiful stern. All these areas have been sanded back to bare wood and coated with nine layers of International Perfection plus 2pac varnish.
The heart of this vessel is the original British built Gardner 6LX diesel engine which is, still currently the second most efficient diesel engine ever built. The Gardner 6LX is known for its extreme reliability and longevity. Most components bolted to this motor have been replaced or reconditioned for example water pump, and pulley systems. A modified system has been engineered for the twin alternators 12V and 24V so that regular automotive alternators can be used for ease of replacement. For the new owner, Seabiscuit IV is generously equipped with an ample amount of spares including starter motors, alternators, water pumps, freshwater pumps, inverter, charges, and many consumables belts pulleys filters etc including for the 9KVA Westerbeke generator, so you can have peace of mind and travel with ease and comfort for years to come.
Other equipment on board includes a Sony stereo system with pre-amp, Bose speakers with built-in subwoofer, a mini PC that is used for both entertainment and navigation through Open CPN, 3 flatscreen TVs - 40in, 23in and the biggest being 70in 4k smart TV in the master cabin with Poke soundbar. 
The current owner is an avid SCUBA diver and even though he has been very generous with Seabiscuit IV’s fit out and onboard supplies, he may be encouraged to leave the Bauer Junior scuba compressor and five scuba tanks on board.

For more information or to book your private inspection call Will Anderson on 0488 329 807.




Boat Features

Category NameCruisingConditionUsed
Hull TypeTimberHull StyleSingleHull
Boat BrandBroadwater Year1985
RegoSEA56QLength17.4 meters
Width5 metersDeck MaterialTimber
Water Capacity2000Draft1.8 meters
Air Conditioning2x Marine Cruise AirBow ThrusterSide Power SP125 recon April 2022
Entertainment And Application NotesMaster cabin has a 70'' smart TV and Polk sound Bar sourand sound systemFreezer2x 145l, 65l
Liftjackets12 NewEprib2x
Designer BuilderBroadwater YachtsVessel NameSeabiscuit IV
Bilge Pump4x

Boat Extended Details

RegoSEA56QWhere BuiltBallina, NSW
LOA17.4Bridge Clearance4m
Cruise Speed Revs7 KnotsFuel Tanks2
Fuel Capacity3000 LitresWater Tanks1
Transom DoorsWire GateWalk Around DecksYes wide access
House Batteries24v 6x 300ah gel AGMInverterVictron Multiplus 5000w
Deck LightsYes x4Charting System3x, B&G 9'' Zuse, Lorance 9'' T2i2, PC open CPN
Auto PilotTMQ AP4 newSoundersLorance 9'' TT22i2i2 new
TV3x 70" , 40" , 23"Sound System2x Bose Speakers Subwoofer 1000w Zamp
Washing Machine DryerLG 7.5KGMicrowaveInverter with Oven Element
FlaresYesFire Extinguishers5x
Engine Room SystemCamera, manual fire extinguisherLast Engine ServiceMarch 2022
Last AntifouledMarch 2022PropspeedMarch 2022
Service RecordsAvailable


Engine MakeGardner 6LXEngine Hours9130
Fuel TypeDiesel