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Old 22-05-2013, 09:19   #16
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Re: Need advice - what to do with my old boat?

...tsk, tsk...not a sound advice! Her lasting place is where she is, or close to it. Death is part of life...you need to move on! Mauritz
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Old 22-05-2013, 09:53   #17
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Re: Need advice - what to do with my old boat?

There is a surveyor in St. Thomas named Steve Bajor. Give him a call and ask him to look at it before you make a final decision. It won't be free but it will be honest and if you haven't been there for four years, there's probably not much left to worry about. (340)775-6363
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Old 22-05-2013, 09:54   #18
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Nothing wrong with the boat for blue water use. You just got tired of it and moved on with life. But you forgot to sell the boat and now it is worth almost nothing. Good shape usable 37c's bring around $20000 in the states. I personally know the last three sales.
From what you described yours is maybe $5000 in the states, on the islands ???

Send the yard the title and hope they don't send you a bill to you.
Or send it to boatman it would make a great read of his adventure.
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Old 22-05-2013, 10:05   #19
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Re: Need advice - what to do with my old boat?

Why was the engine taken out? Are the sails and rig good? a big outboard bracket and a 15 hp outboard comes to mind to get you home along withteh sails.... better yet... abandon her!
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Old 22-05-2013, 10:13   #20
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Wow - I am overwhelmed by the responses in less than twelve hours. Thanks so much to everyone that responded.

I am pretty torn - it does seem that my peers, if I may call you all that, are strongly in favor of me abandoning the boat in some fashion. I have to admit - being a diver as well - that the idea of sinking her in St Thomas for a dive location does appeal. I could still visit her I will look into that.

Because I try to have all information available when I make decisions, I am investigating all the other ideas as well. I am especially impressed with Green Cove Springs - the yard costs are very inexpensive, and the sail to Jacksonville is a straight shot if I go the blue water route - 1100 NM on a run... I bet I could average 125NM/day, so right in the week to ten day window I have been anticipating. I've also found some great advice on linking the sheets to the tiller (I can fashion a tiller on top of the rudder shaft) as a self steering arrangement, with some simple tackle: Sheet-to-Tiller Self Steering

I have some soul searching to do as well. "Fixing her up to sell her" is indeed an odd proposition, and probably not financially sound. One poster I think hit it on the head - fix her up to keep her, if I fix her up at all. Fixed up I might have a shot at the Hudson passage to get her to Chicago. My wife is a teacher, and has summers off. Would be a fantastic summer trip, perhaps next year. And she really would be a fantastic lake boat.

So what are my motivations really? Its true - I have a very hard time letting her go, and to be honest I think the challenge of sailing her non-stop in this condition appeals to me in ways that have nothing to do with fixing her up or selling her! What were the reasons that folks entered the first Golden Globe for example? Certainly not financial. I read about those voyages and am compelled to make my own for reasons I will probably never understand completely. Maybe some of you have more insight.

At any rate, I am compiling costs for attempting the Green Cove Springs idea, and will post them when I am done. This is not to say I am going this way, and I promise I will discuss with my wife before making such a decision So try not to think too harshly of me, and participate in the academic notion of what is the absolute minimum set of gear for such a trip. Should be an interesting discussion if nothing else.

I will also be calling the local dive shop in STT - I know the owner and will see if he can help compile costs for cleaning up her fluids and getting her sunk in an interesting place. I already have the place in mind.

Thanks again everyone!
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Old 22-05-2013, 11:34   #21
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Trying to bring it to the states, fix it, and then sell it, is a money loser. It will cost you much more than you'll ever get for the boat. I would see if it is worth anything at all "as is, where is." If not, see if anyone is willing to take it for free. At least that will be the end of your yard bills.

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Old 22-05-2013, 13:48   #22
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It's time to cut your losses and rememeber the good times. Your lucky you got alot farther than most peopel do that have the dream of cruising. You got to live the life for awhile. Now it's time to realize you've entered into a marriage with a woman you hopefully love very much. There is no longer yours and ours unlike what some have eluded to.

The sooner you get rid of it/ give it away/ sell it. The sooner you get to start putting that $500/month toward a new boat! Hopefully one you find more suited to blue water cruising this time. Like the other post said you've already spent $24k on this just to store it! Around the Great Lakes ALOT of really nice fresh water boats can be had for that kind of money! Like this Ingrid 38 here Torresen Marine, Inc. - The Sailboat Specialists (Muskegon, MI)& . It needs some rudder repair but the masts and rigging are good and the interior could use some varnish but its in good useable shape. There are many other good examples around.
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Rest In Peace

stop tossing good money after a lost boat
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Another vote to leave her where she is, give her away.. Although the scuba wreck idea seems interesting.
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Re: Need advice - what to do with my old boat?

find a good couple who want to refit her and either give it to them or let em have cheap where she is, or donate to a donation place like salvation army or someone. they will strip and sell.
there has to be someone in st thomas who would like to refit her....
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Old 23-05-2013, 06:04   #26
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This, in spades,..and if that doesnt work, a chain saw will

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find a good couple who want to refit her and either give it to them or let em have cheap where she is, or donate to a donation place like salvation army or someone. they will strip and sell.
there has to be someone in st thomas who would like to refit her....
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Yep just like all long distance relationships they just don't work. You've already spent more money than the boats worth just leaving it there. do the island a favor give it to someone there I'm sure is more than THEY could ever dream of....
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Re: Need advice - what to do with my old boat?

As someone who is looking to buy, I have to agree with all the other folks who say sell/give/donate/sink her where she is and move on. We see loads of boats derelict in marinas or see ads for boats nobody in their right mind would ever buy. I cant imagine there is any way you'll recoup costs on an old Hunter in this market.
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$500 a month? Yikes. Cut your bleeding loses and run fast the other way.
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I will also be calling the local dive shop in STT - I know the owner and will see if he can help compile costs for cleaning up her fluids and getting her sunk in an interesting place. I already have the place in mind.
It's a lot of work to prep a boat to become an artificial reef/dive site. I've done it with a 65' ferrocement schooner. All wiring had to be removed, all tanks, engines, etc. The rig had to be such that it wouldn't snag a diver.

You're ahead of the game in that the engine has already been pulled, but don't kid yourself that this is a job you'll pull off in a couple days.
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