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a free boat can be the most expensive thing you've ever owned, but it can be the most rewarding project you'll ever take on

If she's in one part and floats, a free boat is fine.

I've seen people spend $5 to $10k (plus a survey) on a boat only to turn around and tear into it doing as much or more work as they'd do on a free boat, change layout, repower, renew the rigging etc, always made me wonder about their mindset, why pay so much when the boat is going to be completely rebuilt anyway?

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The dumbest person I ever met gave me some of the smartest advice I ever got... "If it's free, it ain't worth it." It has proved to be true on more occasions than I would like to admit.
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Thread is over 10 months old, not too bad considering some folks respond to threads that are up to five years old. You should check the date of the last post to see if the thread is still "Hot." On the other hand, sometimes a new post to an old thread generates yet more posts.
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Geez - you're a bitter old lot aren't you ?? Someone's trying to give away a boat for free and you're bitchin' like they just dumped it in your driveway with the holding tank still full.... There are a lot of folks out there with bigger dreams than wallets, and restoring an old boat slowly may be all they can afford to do...
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While I'm glad that someone is trying to give away a boat... it has been my experience that a free boat is generally a problem for whoever gets it... If it is in such bad condition that it can't be sold... then the person getting it either has to spend more than it is worth to restore it, or spend money to get rid of it. Generally, restoring a boat in really poor condition is going to cost far more than buying the same type of boat in working condition.
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True - but if the hull still floats and the sails can catch some wind, then you're in business - the rest of it's decoration. If the person who gets the boat can manage to get it to sail for a year, and is content, then good for them. If not - well at least they gave it a shot and learnt something.

Let's not forget that someone who wants to go out in the bay for a few hours on an afternoon doesn't need anything more than a hull, mast, sail and a lifejacket. Diesels are nice, compasses are handy, VHF's are good, and GPS is the cat's ass, but none of them are necessary.
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Yes, but if the the rigging isn't solid, and the deck is delaminating... then anyone trying to sail on it is going to be risking their lives. And then, trying to get rid of it will be their problem... and unless they have the ethics of a used car salesman... they will have to pay to get dispose of it.

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Right now im the king of free boats, well close to free. Ive got a Hunter i salvaged from the marsh, a Columbia i raised from the bottom(by the way, if the columbia in the frist post is still for free, PM me, i might come for it) and a kittiwake 23 ive yet to raise, but its mine.

Thats just sailboats, i wont start on skiffs and dingys.
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just a little late in posting, but any way. I got a free boat (SC-22) that only needed a $20 wench for the swing keel, all the ropes repaced. she came with sails and an outboard was offered but I asked that they sell it and use the money to support their new sailboat. I gave her to my brother and his wife. it's still as solid as a rock.
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there is no such thing as a "free boat". Jim
Hahaha, so true!
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