The Liberty is a classic all-plank wood hull built by the Ditmar-Donaldson boatyard in Costa Mesa in 1962. The hull was built with unparalleled craftsmanship rarely seen in today’s shipbuilding market, and it remains in excellent condition. After a complete repower in 2013, the vessel hits a high cruising speed of 12.5 knots.
Dean Adams, who has been a keynote figure in boat maintenance and engineering in the San Diego sportfishing fleet for 40 years, designed and managed the Liberty’s renovation. The renovation included:
- A complete remodel and upgrade in the bunk rooms, including new carpeting, painting, varnishing, bedding and pillows. Unique for a 3/4-day vessel, the boat’s 46 bunks allow passengers to rest in relative privacy while traveling to and from the fishing grounds.
- New fish finding electronics, including a brand new sonar and fathometer.
- Brand new refrigerated salt water (RSW) system that will keep passengers’ catch in excellent, sushi-grade condition for consumption.
- Replacement of dry stacks with a wet exhaust system that virtually eliminates diesel fumes on the deck.
- Construction of a new super-structure which will serve as a large galley lounge, including new laminate flooring, new booths and new tables.
- Two brand new heads with showers and storage.
- An all-new galley, new convection oven and new stainless steel counters.