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Old 10-10-2019, 03:59   #1246
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Re: FREE, or close to free!

Correction to the above. One of my "free" boats was $2,000. It's my present boat a Bristol 27 sailboat.

So far this is how much it has cost

Replacement Diesel $1300
Shipping (diesel) $200
5 HP 4 stroke 25" Shaft Outboard (to replace replacement Diesel) $1600
Bracket #1 $275
Bracket#2 $275
Autopilot#1 $475
Autopilot #2 $475
New Mainsail $1600
Replacement Dodger $1200
Replacement mainsail cover $350
3 Bottom Jobs paint, haul, etc $1800
Sander 6" $150
Sander 5" $100
Replacement tiller EBay $100
topside/interior paint $200
Shades/LED Lamps $200
Handheld VHF $100
Handheld VHF/GPS $150
Alps Mountaineering Sleeping Pads $200
Impellers, filters, spark plus, switch $150
Running Rigging $300
Solar, controllers $450
Inverters $200
Lifelines (polyester/Dyneema) $200
Hand Held Suunto Compass (2) $75

With the boat purchase total is in the $12,000 range (this over 8 years)

To be totally correct throw in 4-5 more haul outs for engine replacement, etc at around $8.00/ft

Boat came with GPS (X2), VHF, Depth, autopilot, 5 anchors (2 main w/257' rope rode and 40' heavy chain each), dodger, old mainsail, mainsail cover, roller furling, newish jib, new storm jib, leaky smelly Diesel (blew head gasket 2nd trip out), dinghy, dinghy davits, bimini, shore power to extension cord adapter, propane hot plates (2), 12 volt spot light, large charts Massachusetts to Florida and the Bahamas, auto bilge pump, PFD's, compass, aluminum forespars

Boat appeared to have been gone over before PO's cruise to the Bahamas from Massachusetts. New hoses to thruhulls, stuffing box packing, possibly rigging parts replaced

Boat sat on the hard for 5 years unattended.

I washed and used the original halyards still the boat on 7 years.

Boat still needs rigging replacement.

PO's cruise was for 2 years (2004-2006) and he left the boat near here about 400 miles short of his starting point
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Old 10-10-2019, 06:00   #1247
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Re: FREE, or close to free!

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Correction to the above. One of my "free" boats was $2,000. It's my present boat a Bristol 27 sailboat.

So far this is how much it has cost

Replacement Diesel $1300
Shipping (diesel) $200
5 HP 4 stroke 25" Shaft Outboard (to replace replacement Diesel) $1600
Bracket #1 $275
Bracket#2 $275
Autopilot#1 $475
Autopilot #2 $475
New Mainsail $1600
Replacement Dodger $1200
Replacement mainsail cover $350
3 Bottom Jobs paint, haul, etc $1800
Sander 6" $150
Sander 5" $100
Replacement tiller EBay $100
topside/interior paint $200
Shades/LED Lamps $200
Handheld VHF $100
Handheld VHF/GPS $150
Alps Mountaineering Sleeping Pads $200
Impellers, filters, spark plus, switch $150
Running Rigging $300
Solar, controllers $450
Inverters $200
Lifelines (polyester/Dyneema) $200
Hand Held Suunto Compass (2) $75

With the boat purchase total is in the $12,000 range (this over 8 years)

To be totally correct throw in 4-5 more haul outs for engine replacement, etc at around $8.00/ft

Boat came with GPS (X2), VHF, Depth, autopilot, 5 anchors (2 main w/257' rope rode and 40' heavy chain each), dodger, old mainsail, mainsail cover, roller furling, newish jib, new storm jib, leaky smelly Diesel (blew head gasket 2nd trip out), dinghy, dinghy davits, bimini, shore power to extension cord adapter, propane hot plates (2), 12 volt spot light, large charts Massachusetts to Florida and the Bahamas, auto bilge pump, PFD's, compass, aluminum forespars

Boat appeared to have been gone over before PO's cruise to the Bahamas from Massachusetts. New hoses to thruhulls, stuffing box packing, possibly rigging parts replaced

Boat sat on the hard for 5 years unattended.

I washed and used the original halyards still the boat on 7 years.

Boat still needs rigging replacement.

PO's cruise was for 2 years (2004-2006) and he left the boat near here about 400 miles short of his starting point
many of the costs you list can't actually be considered as part of a cost of purchase .
You list a lot of maintenance items that would have needed done regardless of the purchase price.
A new main usually a good idea on any boat over 10 years old that have been sailed a good amount.
The bottom jobs and the Sanders ( you would have needed that even on a new boat)
all of the other maintenance items ( not boat dependant )
the new running rigging ( needs replacement periodically on a boat regardless of purchase price)
the solar and controllers personal upgrades not boat dependant.
So far several thousand of what you listed would be needed or at least a good idea even if you had paid 10k for a 10+ year old boat .
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Old 10-10-2019, 06:39   #1248
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many of the costs you list can't actually be considered as part of a cost of purchase .
You list a lot of maintenance items that would have needed done regardless of the purchase price.
A new main usually a good idea on any boat over 10 years old that have been sailed a good amount.
The bottom jobs and the Sanders ( you would have needed that even on a new boat)
all of the other maintenance items ( not boat dependant )
the new running rigging ( needs replacement periodically on a boat regardless of purchase price)
the solar and controllers personal upgrades not boat dependant.
So far several thousand of what you listed would be needed or at least a good idea even if you had paid 10k for a 10+ year old boat .
You can look at it any way you like.

I just decided to post what I have spent on my "free" boat.

I'm hoping it helps those trying to figure out the best way to proceed when attempting to buy a lower end boat

As I mentioned before, there's a boat across from me now For Sale. Asking price $10,000.

It's a 1985 Cape Dory 270 w/ Westerbeke Diesel. The interior is perfect. There's a shower. Heated water. Roller furling. Dodger, Bimini, wheel steering, anchor and chain. Main sail looks great. It basically looks like this one but the interior is better. Bottom hasn't been touch in maybe 2 years. It's in the water

It's all up to the buyer. Pay me now or pay me later (so to speak)

https://www.sailboatlistings.com/view/73051
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Re: FREE, or close to free!

Not sure if the pics are up to date, but an interesting boat anyway.

https://hartford.craigslist.org/boa/...994576533.html
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Re: FREE, or close to free!

Posted in CL Annapolis area

https://annapolis.craigslist.org/boa...995091276.html

Was given this sailboat, can't afford slip fees.

Got lots of pics. It’s in great condition clean and well maintained. Comes with all the sails, rigging, accessories, etc. Great four stroke on it too.

Want it gone before I have to renew my slip. Hard to beat free.

Send me your # on the email relay and I’ll text you back immediately. Title is clear and I can answer any question you may have
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Not sure if the pics are up to date, but an interesting boat anyway.

https://hartford.craigslist.org/boa/...994576533.html

Yeah that one caught my eye while it was being sold a couple times last month on eBay, seems like another one that was run up in price by fake bidders and the owner left holding the bag until they get frustrated trying to sell through all the flack on eBay, I've noticed very many low cost boats that went through the auction process there up to 4 times before they actually sold or the boat went away for a few months before trying again. This one went for a little under $2000 the first time and then right around the current Craigslist price another time and clearly was never picked up by the "buyers". Really looks like it could be cheap fun for someone.
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Columbia 28 plus trailer!! - $3500 (Pasadena MD)

https://annapolis.craigslist.org/boa...987622514.html
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Columbia 28 plus trailer!! - $3500 (Pasadena MD)

https://annapolis.craigslist.org/boa...987622514.html
Good if keel bolts have been replaced I'd say.
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