Very fine boat in workmanship and sea abuilty. He made a few with twins and the single screw is the way to go. You will be very happy with that boat. The CAT power package @ 320 HP is also a home run. What isa the shaft size, wheel size & reduction gear this is very key information which was not listed.
Lastly in the even of a repower you can fit up also mostr 500 HP in that bilge.
I fished on Fortier 33 hull #1 as my buddy was the second owner of the first 33 Fortier built. Tough as nails boat and it ran well in all seas. I have seen that particular 33 offshore a lot and I think that the owner bought another Fortier 33 with twins.
Thanks for the comments. I spoke to Capt Pete and yes the current owner is selling because he bought a new Fortier with twins. The boat is tired but could be brought back with some TLC. One more question - the CAT340 has 7000 miles on it - hard logged miles as it was a charter boat running hard in season. Am I getting myself into big engine bills or do CATs really run into the 12-14,000 range. I am looking at this as a personal boat so maybe 200 hours a season.
I don't know about the Cat. 7000 hours (I assume hours not miles) is a lot. I would get a qualified Cat guy to survey it. I assume the 33 is a cored hull like the smaller Fortiers. I would look it over very close for water in the core. Especially around the hull penetrations.
7000 hours. My 320 CAT blew a headgasket at 6000. The cross fire damaged the block and it could not be rebuilt to specs. At 7,000 I would replaced the headgaskets. CAT came out with upgraded headgaskests. I never did mine, if I did it would still be running. Also keep in mind that charter hours and not hard hours, just a lot of hours. Most of the time is spent trolling. Even when drifting many captains leave the motor running....just in case of a problem. Also charter guys & he was an owner operator run slow to save fuel & wear. I am glad he took the tower off.
I was at the dock in Montauk when that 33 Fortier arrived. I knew the Captain (Ralph Pitts), a very fine, wonderful man. He would watch over my 26 Fortier while the 33 was being built.
As far as I know Pete Fisher bought the boat and then sold it to the present owner.
These are terrific boats. I recently acquired a 1982 33 Fortier, w/ 63L Volvo (318 hp) and a flybridge.
17 kt at 2500, 19.5 kt at 2800. 1 3/4 shaft, IRM220 1.53:1.
Engine was installed in 1996. It had 650 hr when I got it last year.
This is my 2nd Fortier boat and I can't say enough good things about them and the Fortier Family who still answer the phone when you call.