While I still do not have a decent boat, I have completed all of the buy a cheap
boat/free boat exams. I have become an expert at cutting hulls up with a saws-all, into pieces small enough for bags in the regular trash, no less!
I currently own a nice little Puffer. The registration
may be straightened sometime next spring if I am lucky.
I own an aluminum
16 footer from the Chesapeake Bay
area that has a rotten keel
and cotton sails
. The perfect boat for this area, but I could buy several boats if I could afford the needed keel
and metal replacement. It is a full 16 foot wide beam working type boat that I can put in a truck by hand, alone if needed. When aluminum
goes back up, it will go too, I guess. Doesn't get much better in the easy lake sailing day boat group, and I have less invested than the metal is worth when the price
is up, but a busted boat you have time, effort, and such invested in is not free.
I own three masts, two booms, about a dozen sails
, several rudders, and three or four buckets of hardware
That is the state of free/really cheap
boats around here.
On the other hand, there is a 32 foot Saber on LOZ right now listed for 1900$, and a 23 foot Aquarius that had been in the barn being worked on when the owner died, is listed at 1600, but started at 1200.
I know those are not likely what you would want for deep water
, but they represent the kind of boats that can be had for around 3000$ or less in the Midwest right now.
I scheme on all of them when I have time, and sooner or later, I will own one of them.