Sometimes I post free or “offered cheap” boats seen on CraigsList. It’s an “FYI” thing. Because I’m a boat freak. Usually its sailboats I post. Almost always wooden ones. Located all over. Not just near me.
Wooden sailboats are preferred because wood is organic, like the sea, and once you’ve experienced the surprising spiritual vibe of wood on water, it’s the way you’ll want to go. However,
fiberglass boats are often more practical in terms of their lower time and money maintenance needs. I’d never rule out “plastic” if it could be made to accommodate a safe and sensible opportunity for sailing. I especially like the glass ones made prior to 1960 (built like tanks) and, too, unusual hulls and set ups.
Today I offer two: West Coast and East Coast
31′ Searunner trimaran in the San Fran Bay area:
Seller says “Needs the mini keel, rudder, and starboard ama repaired and a little aethestics work, deck paint. … Running and standind rigging in good or new shape. Solid boat for cheap to knowledgeable person.” Here’s the link: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/boa/4871195679.html
FREE: Full keel sailboat of unknown length and species near Charleston, South Carolina. Looks a bit like a Tayana to me but doubt it is. “FREE” of course never means there’s no cost to acquire. Be ready for transportation and boat yard fees right away …followed by spending time and money to get her “water tight and wind right.” Here’s the link: http://charleston.craigslist.org/zip/4873091122.html
If one of you ever takes on a project such as these, I’d enjoy having you post your progress on my website.
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— Tim Bryant
Surf Director at Pineapple Hill