49VT08 Platero
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HIN: OEY490080688 more photos
Hull Laid: June 1988
Yard: Ocean Eagle Yachts, Taiwan
Owner Bought Sold Boat's Name Home Port
Michael Furbish and Heather Bathon August 2023 Platero North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Ryan and Sheila Ulansky April 2020 August 2023 Manito North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Marcus and Liana Clark January 2016 April 2020 Manito North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Grant and Darlene Pilon January 2011 January 2016 Dolphin De-light Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Dr. Jerry and Alice Morris June 1996 January 2011 Guinea Rider Anacortes, WA
June 1996 Laura Ashley Tacoma, WA

About the Owners (current and former)

Michael Furbish and Heather Bathon - Michael grew up boating on Lake Lanier in Georgia, crossed the Atlantic as a deckhand on Pride of Baltimore in the early '90's and recently sat for his US Coast Guard captain's license. Fingers crossed. Heather is as close to an inexperienced boater as they come, but she's a good cook, loves adventure has a sense of humor, the last of which admittedly, has never been tested by boating. We're hoping this winning combination is sufficient to cruise successfully. The plan after buying Manito - now Platero - was to get the boat to the East Coast and cruise the ICW to the Bahamas during winter months, until we were apprised we'd be missing a real opportunity to explore the West Coast. Michael will be spending October in Vancouver, BC with a good friend and his team of technicians replacing fuel tanks, servicing 3 engines, a possible transmission rebuild and refit of the engine room. We've enjoyed spending time getting to know, and gleaning the wisdom of, the East Coast tuggers and look forward to meeting the West Coast crew.

The Morris': After being lifetime boaters in Nebraska, Jerry and Alice moved to Marysville, Wa. in 1992 and promptly bought a 38' Bayliner and headed off to Alaska in 1993. After a return trip in 1995 they started looking for a different boat. Alice wanted a 42' Krogen and Jerry was looking at the Nordhavn. While attending a boat show in Seattle they spied a 49' Lord Nelson. Sitting in the saloon they looked at each other and said "we could do this". As Alice flew off to Madison, Wisconsin to watch their oldest daughter, Mary Ann, graduate with a Ph.D. in Science Jerry researched Victory Tugs. The rest is history - the Guinea Rider was born. Several months were spent equipping the boat and in May 1997 they headed north to Alaska with daughter, Misti, and Uncle John as crew. Besides year around cruising in Washington and British Columbia they returned to Alaska in 1999 & 2001, plus they yearly spent the month of March in Seattle at the Bell Harbor Marina. In addition to the above, their boating experience includes sailing, canoeing, rafting, kayaking and power boating throughout the world. They are looking forward to more boating experiences in remote and exciting locations.

General Information

LOA: 48'10"
LWL: 46'9"
Beam: 16'8"
Draft: 5'3"
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Hull Displacement Weight: 58000 lbs/70000 lbs loaded
Tankage (approx) Fuel: 1100 gals ( 900 Diesel/200 Kerosene) Iron tanks. Water: 500 gals Aluminum tanks

Layout & Accommodations


  • Couch makes out into a double berth (Leatherette Cushions)
  • TV cabinet & media storage
  • Cabinet wired & plumbed for ice maker
  • Removable hatch to engine room
  • Folding dining table
  • Glass fronted glassware cabinet
  • Liquor cabinet
  • Drapes
  • Clock & Barometer : Weems & Plath

Captain's Quarters (in pilothouse)

  • Couch converts to double berth
  • Small hanging closet
  • Drapes
  • Drawers


  • Couch - leatherette cushion
  • Captain's chair
  • Helm chair
  • Table
  • Tool drawer
  • Chart drawer
  • Chart table
  • Cupboards & drawers
  • 110 five cubic ft chest freezer (1999)
  • Engine controls: Main/manual, Aux/electronic
  • Instrument controls
  • Instrument panel
  • 12 volt plug ins
  • Windshield wiper
  • 2 fans

Guest Head

  • Manual head
  • Cabinet
  • Wall port hole mirror
  • Stainless sink
  • Quietline washer & dryer

Master Stateroom (located amidships, under the pilothouse)**

  • Queen size berth with memory foam mattress (2009)
  • Wall mirror
  • Make-up table with mirror
  • Two built in chairs with cushions
  • Under bed storage
  • Two hanging lockers
  • Book shelves
  • TV cabinet with media storage
  • Entrance to engine room
  • Head with stainless steel sink, mirror, cabinet, manual head & separate shower stall
  • Tell-tale compass (2008)

Guest Stateroom (located forward with access from pilothouse)

  • Oversized berth
  • Hanging locker
  • Book shelf
  • Under bed storage
  • Built in chair with cushion
  • Head & shower with mirror, sink, cabinet & manual head

Ship's Equipment

Mechanical and Engine Detail

  • Main - Cummins B6T diesel - 225 hp - (1988) - 2500 hrs
  • Aux.- Perkins 1 1/4 in. shaft with Maxi Prop - 35 hp - (1997) - 350 hrs
  • Generator - Norther lights 8.5 kw - (1988) - 1250 hrs
  • Espar Diesel furnace
  • Wesmar Bow Thruster (1997)
  • Wesmar Electronic Gyro stablilizer (hydraulic) (1997)
  • Dual Racor filters with fuel polishing & transfer system (1997)
  • Water heater
  • Pressure Water System
  • Bilge pumps - two automatic & one manual
  • Installed Fire Suppression System - Fireboy 1301 Mod DG2-700
  • Engine controls on upper helm station


  • Four house batteries - 6 volt golf cart
  • Two engine batteries
  • One bow thruster battery
  • Two 50' 30 amp dockside cables
  • One 60' 50 amp dockside cable
  • Battery charger - Balmar DC960-3-12 (1995)
  • Inverter: Heart Interface Freedom 25 (1995)


  • Four burner propane stove with oven
  • Black & Decker coffee maker
  • Window shade & curtain
  • Microwave
  • Adler Barbour cold plate refrigerator & freezer, Crosly compressor (1988)
  • Double stainless sink
  • Cupboards & drawers
  • Removable hatch to engine room


  • Radio: ICOM IC-125 with Hailer (1995)
  • Compass: 6" Ritchie (1988)
  • Depth Sounders: Marinetek - pilothouse (1995) & Standard Horizon - upper helm station (1997)
  • Autopilot: Simrad (2009)
  • Radar: Icon Mr-610 (1995)
  • Air Horn (1997)
  • GPS: Northstar 941X(1995-2007)
  • Newmar Phone-Com intercom
  • Spotlight - upper helm station


  • Two 19in Philips TVs
  • Sylvania DVD VHS
  • Philips VHS]
  • Radio, CD, Cassette tape (1995)
  • Speakers - saloon & pilothouse
  • TV antenna


  • Main Anchors: Two Forfjord 8 (1988)- Port has 375' 3/8 chain (1988) - Starboard has 75' chain & 250' line (1997)
  • Stern Anchor: Fortress with 18' chain & 175" line
  • Anchor Winch/Windlass: Two Lewmar electric (1997)
  • Life Lines: Fiberglass bulwarks all around - Stainless pipe all around cabin roof
  • Electric winch on boom (1997)
  • Raw water wash down forward & aft
  • Fresh water shower on transom
  • Bell
  • 9.6 RIB with 8hp Yamaha outboard (1998)
  • Fenders & Lines
  • Swim ladder
  • Lifesling
  • Two throwable PFDs
  • Emergency tiller

Additional Equipment

  • Four fire extinguishers
  • Flare kit
  • Coast Guard Life Jackets
  • Spare parts
Hull#8 Built in June 1988
Saloon Display Cabinet
Saloon Storage
The Galley
Pilot Berth
Pilothouse Controls
Pilothouse Seating
Breaker Panel
Master Bunk
Master Dressing Table

2008/2009 Improvements as reported at Tug Talk Bremerton

  • The yard redid last year's bulwark paint job.
  • Put in a new Simrad autopilot. Very happy with it.
  • Rebuilt the Enmar (?) D12 furnace.
  • Replaced all the original motor mounts after one failed.
  • Redid the windlass foot controls.
  • Recharged the refrig with coolant—it even keeps ice cream now.
  • First did the Cetol 13 years ago and have done just maintenance coats ever since. It's being stripped down to bare wood now but 13 years is pretty good.

Related Documents

  • NW Classics: Guinea Rider A Salty 49-foot Lord Nelson Victory Tug, Nor'westing Magazine, Volume 45, Issue 5 pdficon.gif.
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