I found a 70's era Brown 37' Searunner
. Here is the reply from the seller when I asked him for more info on the boat:
"Let me explain the main reason why the other owners want to sell the boat. The present owners are a non profit organization which has fallen on hard times and are not able to pay the dock fees
any longer. One of the principle officers of the non profit is my mom, so that explains the level of my involvement. I am not the owner but have managed and skippered the boat when she is sea worthy. As you can probably tell by the very low selling price
she is not currently ocean worthy. Although it should not take too much effort to make her sea worthy again. We originally paid $9000 for the boat plus the cost of the replacement engine
and its installation
which was about $3500 more. The engine
alone is probably worth around $2000 - $3000.
We bought the boat about 3 years ago. Some highlights of the trip home after purchasing
her: We knew there was an approaching storm so we sought refuge in a Harbor. On the last leg, I topped her out with a tail wind
at around 10 - 12 knots! She was docked for about a week until the winter storm passed and then we continued north. During the first leg of the final leg, we weathered swells up to 15' no problem. I know she is very sound for this type of weather
as her marine
ply glassed hulls had no problems with the large swells. I believe she could handle rough weather
up to 20' - 25' swells no problem.
Once we docked at her present home, I was able to take her out a few times but quickly discovered that the replacement engine
was too powerful for the old folding prop which was now not the correct pitch
and size. The old engine
was I believe a 15 hp Perkins
and the replacement Kubota Diesel
is 28 hp. Unfortunately the 1" propeller
shaft now has a small cut that was made by accident
by the guy I hired to replace the propeller
. I put on the new bronze replacement propeller
which is the perfect size and pitch
for the engine and boat. For now the plan is to have the prop cover the cut in the shaft as a temporary measure. Prior to going out on a long ocean trip it would be advised to properly repair or replace the shaft.
The Kubota diesel
engine runs very well when it is fired up. The batteries worked but should probably be replaced at some point. The deck
has some soft spots interspersed (mostly on the sides and back where the ama's are connected but I don't know the full extent of the deck repairs
that are needed.) I would say other than resurfacing some of the spots which are de-laminated probably 20% of the deck
wood could need replacing. The front cabin
is in great shape, the rear cabin
has about a 3' x 3' section on the port side and a 1' x 2' section on the starboard side which needs interior
wood replacement. The rear hatch
needs to be replaced but works okay for now. The sails
are usable, functional but not high performance in their present condition. The rigging is in really good condition but some of the sheets
and halyards could be replaced. There are also 2 small cuts, (one in the bow and one on the starboard side ama) that were made by the previous owner which still need to be re-glassed. The wood underneath those cuts should still be fine. The 28 hp Kubota diesel
engine also has an alternator
which has not been hooked up. Also, the toilet is not currently functional. I investigated getting it fixed a while back and it is possible to get it repaired. Or one could replace it with a newer toilet or simply pull it out and put in a porta-potty. The hulls are in good shape with no leaks
as I check them regularly. I checked the bilges recently and the only place where there is any water
is in the front cabin bilge
. I don't believe there is a leak and this is probably seasonal water from winter. I scraped and cleaned the hulls last week. The hulls probably could use some sanding
and new paint
. The hulls are bone dry solid and no soft spots that I could find whatsoever. The boat appears to have been built in the 1970s. The last time the boat was out of the water, a bit of pressure was applied to the rudder
and it popped out of the mounting brackets which attach the rudder
to the stern. No damage was done and the rudder
simply needs to be lifted up and placed back into and tightened to the bracket."
Is this boat worth $6k and how much would the repairs
run, if I do them myself? I plan on having a surveyor
familiar with the construction check her over.
I will read through this thread the best I can. I understand this will not be easy. I'm doing it more out of necessity than pleasure. I don't have enough time to build a dinghy first for more experience. I helped my Dad build some boats and my brother (who will be assisting me) has built a pontoon boat that had some issues that he learned from, and he rebuilt a smaller motor
boat. He will look over the boat, too before purchasing
I suspect if this boat is worth it, it will sell fast.
Thanks in advance for your feedback!