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Old 06-07-2018, 17:51   #1
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Intresting situation need advice

So I was scanning around sailboatlistings.com for boats near me in St Petersburg, FL when I found a 34' Irwin Citation.. Guy wanted $8k and stated it was in fair condition.. Anyway I asked about slip arrangement etc and said it was transferable if new owner wanted to stay.. I said ok would love to come look at it lmk whenever is a good time. Didn't hear back from him for 2 days at which point I got a txt saying unfortunately my diver informed me that the prop strut has broken and needs to be replaced.. And that he will be just donating or giving away.. I asked if I can have it and he said sure its urs meet me at the dock tomorrow and Ill give u title and slip transfer agreement. So I get there see boat and ill gladly take it but ends up telling me btw.. by the 19th of this month slip fee is paid but once slip is transferred to you it will need to be taken under its own power to the office area for inspection so you will need to get the strut fixed asap.. My question is should I take the boat register it and see if I can get this fixed (no experience this will be my first boat but grew up around the ocean) or is this a finicial trap that will be impossible or not worth the effort.. All serious advice is appreciated!



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Old 06-07-2018, 18:02   #2
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Old 06-07-2018, 18:20   #3
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Can you elaborate? It's a free boat and has working engine.
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Old 06-07-2018, 18:57   #4
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Re: Intresting situation need advice

How much is a strut ?
Can you find a new strut ?
How much is the haulout ?
How much to be towed to the travel lift ?
How much is the yard storage for the months it will take you to find a strut.
How much to hire a guy to replace the strut ?
How much for a new shaft that bent when the strut broke ?
How much for a tranny rebuild due to the shaft bending when the strut broke ?

I could go on and on but I'm sure you get the drift.

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Old 06-07-2018, 19:09   #5
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No such thing as a free boat.

That strut will cost you many boat bucks. A boat buck is $1000. There will be other things wrong too. Run, don't walk.
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If you decide you want it put a bracket and used outboard on the back so you can motor to the office for inspection.

But me thinks others are right, run, run..
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Consider you may be getting a free lemon.
My advice, do not accept title, even if it is free, without an out of the water and in-water survey.
He could be transferring you a liability.
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Old 07-07-2018, 09:12   #9
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Treate it as you would any other boat you might purchase regardless of purchase price get a survey to find out any issues and find out what it would cost and go from there.

Now, knowing that you can have the boat for free you canít really negotiate a lower price below the one dollar typical for free kind of situation. But you can figure out whether you want to stick the money into it
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Sometimes people just want to be rid of worrying about a boat and expenses. I was offered a free Catalina 27 once. It had a Yanmar diesel that ran fine. It was no worse than most out there for sale. It all depends on your ability to be a mechanic.
-How far is the yard?
-Can you tow with a dingy? (tie alongside is best)
-Does the yard allow you to work on your boat? (some dont)
-Or mount an outboard bracket and use an outboard to prove to the marina about the boat being not a derelict and take your time with the strut issue. Bracket is handy for dingy OB storage point anyway.
- Also, make sure there isn't a past due balance at the marina. If he hasnt paid for months it might go against the boat.

Get it pulled and assess the situation. Probably needs bottom paint anyway.
Usually a free boat is a bad investment but not always.
Depends on the rest of the boat in this situation. Engine, sails, interior etc.
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Can you elaborate? It's a free boat and has working engine.

Which you know how?


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"It's a great car. That would be easier to see if it wasn't on fire."
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Why do boats inspire irrationality?


"I have this great house I'm willing to give you for free." [Heater doesn't work, here in Duluth in January...]


"I have this great car I'm willing to give you for free." [Needs little bit o'work: tires, wheels, transmission...]


"I have this great old girlfriend I'm willing to give you for free." [She's only 98...]


Why are boats any different?


For the OP, do a search here on the phrase "project boat" and read for weeks.


Good luck, you'll need it.
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No such thing as a free boat.

That strut will cost you many boat bucks. A boat buck is $1000. There will be other things wrong too. Run, don't walk.
As a wise friend of mine said: "Never take more free stuff than you can afford!" 🤣
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