Galati Yacht Sales Anna Maria is proud to present “Kelsey Lee”, a custom 2005 78 Garlington Skybridge yacht. “Kelsey Lee” is one of only three classic 78 foot Garlington Sportfish boats in the world ….and the one and only 78 foot Garlington yacht built with a Skybridge for ultimate long-range angling and extreme comfort. Not only is Kelsey Lee one of the most unsurpassed custom sportfish yachts in her class on the market today, but she has an amazing history of inspiring tournament wins, research travel escapades, and one owner owned by the eminent Offield family. One would have to see this meticulous custom sportfish to truly appreciate the history and presence of this classic and timeless vessel.
It all started with one man, Paxson “Packy” Offield, a man with a passion for billfish science and conservation and the earth’s natural resources. Packy spent most of his life giving his time and support to a number of organizations, including the Billfish Foundation and IGFA, in which he was director and chairman. He was also the recipient of TBF’s most prestigious award, the Rybovich Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
When it was time to build a custom sportfish yacht, Packy turned to Garlington Landeweer Yachts to build what is known today as The “Kelsey Lee.” Built in New Zealand and later shipped to California, “Kelsey Lee” was custom constructed for ultimate long range trips, a significant tool for his Billfish research and a leading tournament contender.
With the launch of The Offield Center for Billfish Studies, Offield needed a vessel that would be able to endure trips for up to weeks at a time. It was essential that during the build process for Kelsey Lee, she was equipped with a large fuel capacity and top of the line luxury features for added comfort to travel worldwide. Aboard Kelsey Lee, Offield made significant developments on his billfish conservation efforts. Including advances in post relief mortality studies for billfish and developing satellite tags for tagging billfish to track migration and other data. Kelsey Lee was a significant tool in these advances and allowed Offield to take tissue samples and place over 1000 satellite tags on monster game fish throughout the Pacific; a truly historic accomplishment amongst scientific research.
The 78 Garlington Yacht has seen destinations all over the Pacific. From Ecuador to Tahiti, to Mexico, Costa Rica, and The Galapagos, to name a few. Although Offield spent a lot of his time committed to organizations he also enjoyed living life aboard Kelsey Lee. He was a top notch offshore angler on this custom sportfish 78 Garlington yacht. Winning tournaments that include the Tuna Club Benefit Tournament, The Tuna Club Hunt Tournament, and was a top boat in the The Balboa Master Angler Billfish Tournament.
This Garlington Yacht has had no expense spared. Though her hull was originally commissioned in 2005, she underwent a 1-million-dollar refit at Merritts Boatyard in 2011. She was updated with a complete paint job, new M91 engines, new Onan generators, updated electronics, and much more. If you’re an avid angler, this yacht has everything you need to travel and fish around the world for long periods at a time. Including huge refrigerated fish holds, giant bait tank, tons of storage space and an ultra-spacious and comfortable interior designed by Tom Stringer Design Partners.
Nick Galati grew up in the family business and understands the dedication it takes to provide unparalleled customer support. He offers his clients a well-versed understanding of sales and brokerage. With first-hand experiences of a licensed captain, avid boater, and tournament angler.
Contact Nick Galati for more information on this spectacular custom sportfish yacht.