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Sandancer II Specifications

Name: Sandancer II
Current Price: $1,299,000
Year: 1997
Engine Model: 16V92
Length: 70 ft
Gross Weight: --
Hull Material: Wood
State: FL
Draft: 5 ft
Fuel Capacity: 2200 Gallons
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Manufacturer: Detroit Diesel
Beam: 18.58 ft
Max Speed: 40 kn
City: Stuart
Country: United States

1997 Jim Smith 70 Sportfish Vessel Overview

Welcome aboard the 1997 JIM SMITH 70' Sportfish, SANDANCER II. Anyone that has fished the Bahamas Blue Marlin circuit over the last 20 years has heard of the “SANDANCER”. Her reputation as a proven fish raiser and tournament champion is very well documented. Originally built as the Jack of Diamonds (hull17), she set the large custom sportfish market on its ear when launched in 1997 with top speeds in excess of 40 knots. Her cold molded hull is specifically built to be lightweight and strong. Her variable deadrise design provides the fast, fuel efficient ride Jim Smith boats are legendary for. Over the last several years SANDANCER has undergone extensive updates including an interior refit, Garmin electronics update, and 2019/2020 engine overhauls and a generator rebuild. This ultra-premium custom-built vessel is being offered for sale to the discriminating buyer looking for value in the custom boat market. Below please find a summary of the 1997 JIM SMITH 70' Sportfish "SANDANCER II's" features, highlights and upgrades followed by a vessel walkthrough.

  • Cold molded hull from pedigree builder
  • Proven track record as a fish raiser and tournament champion
  • Humungous NEW (2018) teak cockpit with refinished Murray Bros. fighting chair
  • Ice Chipper and Watermaker
  • (2) in deck live wells
  • Aft deck control station
  • Cockpit freezer and bait prep station
  • Full complement of GARMIN electronics (2018)
  • Huge Flybridge with expansive seating and storage
  • Full custom Tuna tower with control station and electronics
  • Rupp 44’ triple spreader riggers
  • Interior refit 2017
  • 3 stateroom 3 head layout with expansive master stateroom forward
  • Professional care and maintenance



The second you step into the Cockpit of SANDANCER you realized the level of custom tournament battlewagon you are on board. The pit is massive with plenty of room for multiple mates and anglers. Her teak deck was laid brand new in 2018. Covering boards are rolled teak also and there is a classic refinished Murray Bros. fighting chair as the center piece. Cockpit controls are on the starboard side of the salon door. To port of the door is the engine room access. Port of the engine room access is a prep center with faucet, as well as a large cockpit freezer. Under the deck sole to starboard is a large kill box that also features the dump for the Eskimo ice machine (new 2018). On the port side under the deck sole are two extremely large live wells. She has a large transom fish door and under the gunwals Two (2) 50 AMP shore power receptacles, Fresh and Salt water washdowns.


Up a couple steps from the cockpit, just off center to starboard, is the pneumatic auto door to the main salon, dinette, and galley. All the way forward and to the port is the island galley. There is a free-standing counter with three fixed bar stools. Behind and incorporated into the counter are two large freezer/refrigerators that are custom stainless-steel construction with teak paneled doors. There is a working counter above the refrigeration.

Directly to port from the island is a stainless sink. This area houses a 4-burner cooktop and an ice maker. The ship’s electrical panel is under the island. To starboard is the dinette which seats six comfortably. The table is teak with inlaid design. All of the dinette upholstery along with the sofa upholstery is in beige ultra-leather. Just aft of the dinette is the entertainment center with a large Sony flat screen TV. Aft of the entertainment center is a built-in love seat sized sofa and on the cockpit bulkhead and along the port side is a large L-shaped sofa.

The space is well laid out and very social. Large salon windows let in a ton of natural light. All interior furnishings and decor including the high gloss teak woodwork, carpeting, Lighting, and wall coverings were part of a major interior re fit in May of 2017.

The centerline companionway and stairwell between the galley and dinette will bring us down below to the lower accommodations.


Down the companion way and to stbd is the crew stateroom which features over and under large, wide bunks. Aft of the crew, but accessible from both the crew room and the hallway is the crew/day head which also has a large shower, sink and vanity.


Across the hallway to port is the VIP stateroom which features a double bed, hanging lockers and ample drawers. There is an ensuite head with large shower just forward of the berth. Additional VIP highlights include…….

– Flat screen TV with SAT capabilities

– Climate controls

– High gloss custom teak woodwork

– Nightstand with storage

– Under bunk storage

– Hanging locker

– Full aft bulkhead mirror

On your way forward to stbd you will pass a gorgeous stand up rod storage locker which is backlit for added effect. Forward of the stand-up rod locker you have and over under washer dryer.


All the way forward is the master stateroom. The bunk is a full walk around queen that runs athwartship. Just aft of the bunk, immediately to stbd when you enter, is a makeup table/desk with mirror. Opposite on the port side is a small seating area. There is ample storage throughout. In the forepeak of SANDANCER is the master head. The floors are teak and holly, and the shower is very large. There are dual his and her sinks. Additional master stateroom features include……..

– High gloss teak headboard with two dueling marlin custom inlay designs

– Port and stbd hanging lockers and drawers

– Under berth storage

– Custom carpet

– Climate controls

– Flatscreen TV with upgraded audio visual components


The access to the flybridge is starboard side forward in the cockpit via a ladder over the cockpit control box. The helm runs from port to starboard with the helm controls at center. The bridge rail has seven (7) clearing rod holders. There are Murray Brothers helm and companion chairs that have been refinished. Forward of the helm is L-shaped seating which runs the front of the helm and forward on the port side. To starboard on the bridge is a straight seating area all the way to the front of the bridge. Just forward at this juncture is a refrigerated box. There is excellent storage capabilities under all bridge seating. The helm station is fully equipped with updated navigation electronics and audio components.


  • Triple Garmin touch screen multi-function displays (chart plotter, radar and fishfinder capabilities
  • Garmin speed temp depth gauge
  • Garmin auto pilot
  • Ritchie Powerdamp 4” Compass
  • Icom M504 (2) VHF’s
  • Fusion Stereo with JL Audio speakers
  • DDEC controls


  • 16V92 TA DDEC’s (extensive work don in winter 2019,2020, service records available for inspection)
  • Vanner 100 AMP voltage Equalizer
  • 10 8-D Batteries in three banks, Two (2) for motors, Two (2) for gensets, six (6) House batteries
  • Racor filters, two (2) each engine, one (1) on each genset.
  • Sentry 12V/40 Amp charger
  • Sentry 24V/40 Amp charger
  • Two (2) Northern Lights 21.5 KW Gensets, Port:4000 hours, Starboard: 10 Hours SMOH January 2020


Forward of the engine is a pump room that can be accessed from the galley sole above or from the engine room. This pump room houses all six A/C compressors. Extensive AC work 2017-2019. Also housed in this space are a custom water maker, the air compressor for the salon door as well as the Headhunter fresh water pump.


All artwork including but not limited to all paintings, all fish sculptures including lamps, all fishing tackle ad all personal items are excluded from the sale.

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