1929 50′ Elco Flat Top Classic Motor Yacht ” WITCH” $395,000 OFFERS ENCOURAGED

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Price: $ 395,000.00



This Elco 50' "Witch" is a Golden Age of Yachting classic. Launched in 1929, "Witch" cruised the East Coast of the US and was kept primarily in New York City until undergoing an extensive refit in 2004 and a further refurbishment and upgrade in 2013 by Walt Schulz of Shannon Boat Company. Though the restoration was extensive the original design and classic features were not compromised. "Witch" was awarded Best Restoration to Original Design at the prestigious Mystic Seaport, Connecticut Classic Yacht Show.


Original Builder: Elco Motor Yachts


  • New mahogany transom
  • New bulwarks and upper strakes
  • New keel with carbon fiber & E-glass plates and a teak worm shoe
  • New fasteners below the waterline

Mechanical & Electric:


  • All new wiring, including conversion to 150amp shorepower
  • Caterpillar six cylinder engines replaced in 2004 (1900 hours)
  • New four-blade bronze propellers
  • Cutlass bearings replaced
  • Six Ultrapower Group 31 deep cycle batteries added
  • One Professional Mariner & one Xantrex True Charge battery charger added
  • Three Rule bilge pumps (two 3700 & one 1800 GPH) added
  • One Johnson 4000 GPH emergency pump added
  • Climma three-zone reverse cycle heat & air conditioning added
  • Two aluminum fuel tanks added
  • Vetus Bow Thruster added
  • Maxwell 1200 electric windlass added
  • Northern Lights 8kw Generator added
  • Norcold refrigerator & freezer added
  • Sharp microwave/convection oven added
  • Period Shipmate three-burner stove with updated LPG system
  • New cockpit lighting
  • New windshield wipers
  • New sound system, including outdoor speakers



  • New water heater, pressure pump & filtration system
  • Two polyethylene water tanks & one stainless steel water tank added
  • New holding tanks added
  • Two Sealand Vacuflush toilets (2)



  • Standard Horizon Intrepid + VHF
  • Raymarine RL70C with Raychart Radar/GPS/Chartplotter
  • Raymarine ST 60 Depth Sounder/Speedometer
  • Raymarine Smart Pilot Autopilot


*All interior mahogany varnished & painted

  • Original brass & bronze hardware restored
  • Original & period lighting fixtures restored or replaced
  • Sole replaced in forward cabin
  • New cushions, bedding & linens
  • New carpeting in main salon & aft cabins



  • Original 1929 Elco dinghy "Warlock"
  • New mahogany swim ladder
  • Fireboy engine room fire extinguisher & three handheld extinguishers
  • 60lb Danforth anchor
  • 45lb Danforth anchor
  • Electric horn
  • Flare kit
  • 6 PFDs



Forward Crew Cabin: Two single berths, large overhead access hatch, hanging locker


Forward Head: Sealand Vacuflush toilet, porcelain sink with brass faucet


Galley: Shipmate 3-burner propane stove, oak countertop, porcelain sink & brass faucet, Norcold refrigerator, Sharp dual microwave/convection oven, ample storage


Helm Station: Original wheel, brass engine controls, binnacle compass, chart table


Main Salon: L-shape settee converts to single berth, drop-leaf dining table, navigation desk with leaded glass windows & antique chair


Lobby: Single berth along starboard side with adjacent cabinets & full hanging locker


Guest Cabin: Wide berth, full hanging locker, 5 drawer bureau & cabinets


Aft Head: Porcelain sink & tub with shower, Sealand Vacuflush toilet, mirror


Aft cabin: Two single berths with 5 drawer bureau & mirror, & full hanging locker



When I first took possession of Witch in 2002, the list of work was rather daunting. Almost everything on the boat from the keel, deck, floors, frames, bulwarks, transom, engines, tanks, plumbing, electric, pumps, machinery and electronics needed to be repaired or replaced. For example, the entire forward crew cabin and part of the galley had been converted into a photographer' darkroom for the owner. It was only through the kind help from the people at the Mystic Seaport Museum and the Rosenfeld Photograph Collection that I was able to put the yacht back to its original 1929 layout.

                     In addition to returning “Witch” to her original layout, we also installed a new pair of Caterpillar 6 cylinder 130 HP diesel engines, as well as a new electric system with panels and batteries, three zone air conditioning and heat, a 5kw diesel generator, a convection/microwave oven, new tanks, etc. The most challenging part of the refit was to discreetly hide all the 21st century amenities so as not to affect the original look of the vessel.

                    After the refit was complete, Witch also won “Best Restoration to Original Design” at the Mystic Classic Yacht Show and I sold her in 2005 to a couple from upstate New York. The new owners embarked on an extensive live-aboard cruise, leisurely sailing Witch from the upper Hudson River all the way to Key West, Florida over a five year period. Unfortunately, personal circumstances in their lives forced them to put the boat back on the market and since I was between wood boat projects I couldn’t resist buying her again. I was glad to get my old friend back and while Witch had held up remarkably well there were a few issues that I wanted to address after personally bringing the boat 1800 miles from Jacksonville, Florida to Rhode Island.  From 2010-2012, I used Witch lightly in Rhode Island during the summer seasons and finally in 2013 we went back over her once again. The biggest project was to remove the 110 volt 5kw auxiliary generator and replace it with an 8kw genset so all three zone air conditioning units could run at the same time. Also, all the three zone reverse cycle air and heat units were replaced with new Climma units that include dehumidifiers. In addition, I changed the complicated two 30 amp shore power connections to a single 50 amp shore power connection and the anchoring system was redesigned for single-handed anchoring. All the exterior wood was stripped and two sealer coats were applied as well as eight coats of varnish. All exterior varnish is protected with modern Clear Coat for long lasting UV and weather protection. We added eight new 12 volt batteries and we checked and serviced all systems to ensure that “Witch’s” 2004 refit was brought up to 2013 standards.

                    After seasons of cruising aboard Witch in New England, we hauled her and brought her back to the shop in Bristol in the Fall of  2018  for some touch ups and tender loving care.  Witch is now ready for cruising.  And, she cruises nicely at 10 knots which happens to be more than trawler speed, with a maximum speed of 12 knots.

Witch had an independent marine survey in June 2019, valued at  $395,000 with a replacement value at $2,275,000. (Available on request.)


WITCH is located in Bristol, RI USA & is available for immediate delivery

1929 Elco 50’ Flat Top


          ****"WITCH"  is for sale for $395,000. The owner says that  OFFERS ARE ENCOURAGED!!****

                                                                **** FINANCING IS AVAILABLE****


Glenn Schroeder

Barnegat Bay Yacht Brokerage


[email protected]

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Disclaimer 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.. Located in Cataumet Massachusetts

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Bristol, Rhode Island, United States
Phone: 609-312-8263
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