1917 Consolidated Speedway commuter

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Class Power
Category Antique and Classics, Downeast
Year 1917
Make Consolidated
Length 52'
Propulsion Type Single Inboard
Hull Material Fiberglass
Fuel Type Diesel
Location North Palm Beach, FL
General Details

BLUE MIST is a true piece of American History.  She has been gracing the waterfront with her presence for over 95 years and is more of a head turner now than when she was first launched.  She is a unique opportunity to obtain a place in the history of American yachting.  Her recent travels have included a tour of the Bahamas and going to the prestigious 23rd Annual Classic Rendezvous held at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, December 2018.  Even amidst the truly classic Burgers, Chris Crafts, Grebes and Trumpy's she was the star of the show and took home the SPIRIT OF TRADITION award.

BLUE MIST was constructed in 1917 on the banks of the Harlem River in Morris Heights, NY by the Charles L. Seabury Co., a prominent yacht builder, and the Gas Engine & Power Co. Her original hull number is 2553 and she was better known in those years as a "Speedway"!  After a merger of these builders a few years later, these boats were known as "Consolidated Yachts".

BLUE MIST is a completely, and professionally, restored commuter yacht with all of the creature comforts found aboard the modern cruising vessel. All of her systems and structure have been modernized, and during her 95 years of service she has been tasked with many jobs, from a private family yacht, U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat, Yacht Club tender to her most recent duty as the West / Rhode Riverkeeper evening cruise vessel for contributors.

The exterior design elements, pilothouse and salon are basically all original. The forward cabin has been redesigned to make the accommodations comfortable for a live aboard couple. The boat is complete with modern amenities like refrigeration, reverse cycle air conditioning, generator, hot water and shower. Her hull was professionally reconstructed and sheathed in fiberglass in 1983 by Hartge Yacht Yard and finished in White with Awlgrip for ease of maintenance.  This offering represents a very unusual opportunity to acquire a true "classic" which has been modernized and can be cruised with ease and will be the center of attention in any harbor, marina or Yacht Club!

BLUE MIST would be perfect for a day charter service or a couple's live aboard gliding through the yacht club on your way to dinner or simply cruising on a lovely afternoon.  Located in the Palm Beaches of Florida, she is looking for a new owner who will treasure her and appreciate her for the glorious work of art she really is.  There will always be a pride of ownership of such a unique and lovely yacht.

Hull and Deck

The hull was professionally sheathed in fiberglass in the 1983, and is 3/4"+ thick at the keel tapering to 1/4" at the toe rail ( please note that this is the thickness of the actual fiberglass which is mechanically fastened, and bonded with 5200, to the original wood hull - details available upon request). This sheathing has preserved her original hull shape, added massive significant strength, with an added benefit of a completely dry bilge and little exterior hull maintenance!

On deck, beautiful bronze hardware abounds. Painted canvas decks, and varnished mahogany trim accurately preserve the look and feel of this remarkable piece of American boatbuilding history. A large permanent awning covers the after end of the cabin house and aft deck.

The decks are traditionally constructed and are composed of painted canvas over wood. A varnished bench seat with a curved backrest is located at the stern of the vessel and is a perfect place for quiet conversation while ghosting through the anchorage on a perfect summer evening.

Master Cabin

The Head is located forward in the forepeak area of the bow and has a modern VacuFlush head system, and hot & cold pressure water at the sink and shower. Counter tops are white Formica.

Next aft are large storage drawers to starboard and a hanging locker to port and the entire area is finished “bright & white” with varnished ash and painted hull sides and overhead.

The owner's cabin was reworked from the original and now has a large athwart ship Queen berth with reading lights and outboard shelving. The original butterfly hatch and bronze ports provide excellent light and ventilation.


Three short steps up the companionway ladder takes you into the wheelhouse. Port and starboard sliding doors ensure easy ingress and egress from the helm when docking. A bronze wheel controls the rudder via a mechanical linkage and the original folding cast bronze lever arm operates the transmission. The original look and feel of this beautiful helm station has been accurately maintained.

  • Garmin 740
  • Compass
  • Horizon VHF
  • Head height: 6' 4"
Main Salon & Galley

A companionway located on the port side aft of the wheel house leads down to the main salon. Opposing settees straddle a beautifully varnished drop leaf table. Storage is located aft and outboard of the seat backs and there are hanging lockers of either side of the companionway entrance located at the aft end of the saloon.

A gourmet island galley is located on center at the forward end of the saloon offering deep sinks and ample counterspace. The ship's AC/DC electrical panels are located to starboard and are cleverly concealed by a hinged varnished ash panel. Access to the tidy, well lit engine room is gained at the forward end of the galley area on both the port starboard side.

  • Opening windows in Main Salon
  • Head height in Main Salon: 6' 2"
  • 3 Burner electric cooktop & oven
  • Refrigerator (12v & 110v)
  • SS double sink
  • Cruisair A/C & Heating
  • Ash counter tops in galley
Mechanical Equipment
  • Cummins 6BT 5.9 engine @152 hp
  • 11kW Westerbeke generator w/sound shield (3400 hours)
  • Single Racor filter in engine room
  • Shore power inlet
  • Single 30 amp cord
  • Cruisair A/C  (6k BTU-Stateroom, 1.6k BTU-Main Salon)
  • 3 x Automatic electric bilge pumps
  • Manual bilge pump
  • 2 x trash pick up Arid vacuum bilge system, installed 2014
  • VacuFlush electric head
  • Hot water heater
  • Battery charger

Additional features

  • Full preventive maintenance for main engine and generator
  • 2 x 60 gal. Copper fuel tanks, 120 gal. total
  • 2 x 60 gal. Aluminum water tanks, 120 gal. total
  • 20- "Blue Mist" life jackets
  • Picasa photo album with 167 photos available upon request
  • 2019 ANNUAL MAINTENANCE  just completed March 2019
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.
Contact Information

For additional information and showing instruction, please contact:

Yolanda V. Phinney, CPYB

954 648 4264


Speed and Distance
Cruising Speed
Max Speed
Nominal Length
Length Overall
Max Draft
Double Berths
Engine Make Cummins
Engine Model 6BT 5.9
Total Power 152hp
Engine Type Single Inboard
Fuel Type Diesel
Inside Equipment
Electric Head
Electric Bilge Pump
Microwave Oven
Manual Bilge Pump
Battery Charger
Hot Water
Sea Water Pump
Electrical Equipment
Shore Power Inlet
1917 Consolidated Speedway commuter

BLUE MIST is highly recommended for the classic yacht enthusiast looking to own a piece of American ship building history!  She has been constantly upgraded and restored to her former glory but with very modern upgrades such as a PROFESSIONALLY FIBERGLASSED HULL.

She sports a 152 hp Cummins Diesel, 11 kw generator, A/C, electric Vacu Flush head and a stack of AWARDS for her superb condition that shows her owner's attention to detail.  She is the ULTIMATE Classic American Commuter with easy bottom maintenance.

Continually upgraded: NEW cushions, NEW Stamoid canvas work, NEW A/C (March '19), full preventive maintenance for main engine & generator PLUS just completed her annual maintenance on March 14, 2019. 

She is ready to go and her owner is looking for a new restoration project. 


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