Hi LemonBelly (what on earth inspired such a name? do you have lemon flavored navel lint or do you just have a horrible amount of cellulite in that location
with a bit of googling about, you should be able to find a site titled something like boneyard.
This site was established for rescuing old wooden boats that will be lost
if someone doesn't pick them up for a song or actually nothing at all (read - FREE) and save them with lots of elbow
grease, spit, and innovation - oh and lots and lots of patience coupled with carpentry skills. They're all old classic
beauties and vary from old wooden flat bottomed river barges to old sailboats.
another place to go for a bargain of course is Craigs list.
From the Saint Augustine, FL Craig's list, I saw a rescue
boat yesterday for $22K, which is higher than your stated budget
, but you could easily fall in love with this boat and spend more than your budget
to get it.
Its a Mariner 37 ocean capable (already circumnavigated twice) full keeled and shoal draft
rigged, fiber glass project
boat still in good enough shape to cruise
now and with loads of interior teak
stern railing and wooden mast
and spars from the 1970's that made my brain waves go flat with love as soon as I saw the stern while walking up to it from the dock
. It has classic
lines with a springy bow and stern, a 4' bowsprit
, highly raked bow and wineglass stern. It barely heels in 60 knot
winds, according to the owner (she knew how to sell this boat to me).
any chance at negotiation with the Owner when I shamelessly drooled and ewed and awed all over it in front of her. My husband dragged me off the boat by pinching and pulling my left ear and cursing quietly under his breath.
The Mariner 37, named the Lorilei, is in Jacksonville
, FL at Beach Marine
at intersection of highway 90 (Beach street) and 20th street in Jacksonville
, FL - more than a little bit aways from where you are.
The spousal unit wouldn't let me have this boat because:
a. he would be the one to do the project work
and he doesn't want to work
that hard and
b. it's just a bit too small for the two of us with all the guests he wants to have on board.
I would happily jettison him and all his guests for this enticing boat and hire a professional boat builder
to bring it back to perfection as the final cost would make the boat worth more than the expenditures (she is truly a gorgeous sail boat), except the husband has been my partner for 28 years and has spoiled me shamelessly by cooking
like a 4 star chef
for me all this time, which you would believe if you saw my personal stern.
In any case, hang in there and best of luck with your search. Don't give up. Your boat is definitely out there.