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and was eventually sold to Outboard Marine Corporation. OMC never resumed production, but sold the molds for the 24 and 29 footers to Bimini Marine and the remnants of the company to Egg Harbor Yachts. Today, Egg Harbor builds 33’ and 40’ Topaz Express boats from their facilities in New Jersey, both retaining the immediately identifiable Topaz lines.

Recreational Vessel Relentless

 

Tom’s 37 was purchased new by a fisherman from Long Island, New York in 1989. It was christened the Oxygen and run out of Freeport where Tom lived and fished from his 24’ Topaz. When Tom first laid eyes on the boat as it cruised past him he commented that one day he’d like to have one just like it. Little did he know that 23 years later he would not only have one like it, he would own that very boat purchasing it from the original owner!

At the time of purchase the boat was in serviceable condition, but needed work, some updated systems and a lot of TLC. Immediately upon taking possession it went into a boat yard where the engines and generator were removed, cleaned, repaired and painted. While the engines were out the engine and bilge compartments were updated with new thru-hull fittings, pumps, hoses and wiring. Then both compartments were painted. New Simrad electronics were ordered, transducers and wiring were installed, the old radar system was junked and a new one installed followed by countless hours of cleaning,

polishing and refitting. One of the last updates Trageser made was the addition of a FloScan fuel computer system.

Reason For Installing FloScan

“At the time I saw the brokerage listing for the boat I was looking for a seasoned diesel fishing boat in good operating condition that I could use with my family to fish inshore, but that had the range and seaworthiness to run considerably further offshore for tuna and sharks with my hardcore fishing buddies,” Trageser said. “I’ve always liked the 37 Topaz and when this one came on the market it was very close to meeting my needs. My big concern was the 350 gallon fuel capacity, which is stretching the limits of the boat’s range when running to some of the offshore canyons I wanted to fish. I looked into the problem, talked with knowledgeable people and realized the answer wasn’t spending a small fortune cutting up the decks and trying to sandwich additional tanks into the hull.”

“I installed a FloScan fuel computer system with the NEMA 2000 network hub, which helped me reduce fuel consumption and make the runs offshore with confidence.”
—Tom Trageser
Owner Relentless

FloScan Equipment Installed

The Relentless is powered by the Caterpillar 3208 diesel engines installed by the builder 24 years ago. They are the turbocharged 375 HP variant with about 2000 hours on them. They have been well maintained and while neither has been totally rebuilt the starboard engine had the cylinders and valves replaced by the prior owner. The port engine is completely original and during the survey prior to the sale both engines were determined to be in good operating condition. FloScan Series K sensors were installed on the forward engine room bulkhead and new fuel lines were made to route incoming and outgoing fuel through them. The installation was accomplished by Trageser after carefully reading and reviewing the installation instructions provided with the system.

 

 
 
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