Is a Free Boat too expensive? - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest Forums > Boat Review and Purchase Forum
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 07-25-2006
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 5
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
prospector is on a distinguished road
Is a Free Boat too expensive?

I found someone willing to give away a 1973 Olympic Dolphin 23 ft trailer sailer minus the trailer, engine and sails.

Now I've heard of folks caught in a tight spot trying to get out of a slip at a marina, and I've heard of families where the sailor is forced to part with their boat for health reasons, but this is in a local ad paper that they are advertising that the boat is free to a good home.

Is it just me, or is the price on this too high? Would it be worth checking out? I am a landlubber who has just barely joined the local yacht club.

Our plan was to buy something about 28 - 30 ft two or three years from now and sail the great lakes with the odd trip down the atlantic coast. Could a trailer sailor be another way to ease ourselves into cruising?
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 07-25-2006
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
A free boat can be too expensive. If the boat has any liens on it, even if you get it for free, you are responsible for any liens that are due on it. Also, if the boat ends up being too far gone to be worth restoring, you're liable for the costs of disposing of the boat. And if the boat was stolen, and you now own it, you could be found guilty of accepting stolen property...
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 07-25-2006
Eleanna's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Miami
Posts: 53
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Eleanna is on a distinguished road
There is a reason why they are giving it away. Not to sound negative but to many peolpe take a free vehicle and realize to late whats involved in getting it in shape to be utilized.

E.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 07-25-2006
Jeff_H's Avatar
Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
Posts: 6,445
Thanks: 3
Thanked 64 Times in 47 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about Jeff_H has a spectacular aura about
The S&S designed Yankee Dolphin 24 is one of my favorite boats of this size from that era. I believe that the Olympic Dolphins were built from the same design. If the boat has its rig, sails, and engine, it is at least worth a look. People give way boats all the time. There are a lot of reasons that people give away boats.

I'd at least take a look, you have nothing to lose.

Jeff
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 07-26-2006
Dewey Benson's Avatar
old cranky salt
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: San Diego
Posts: 342
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Dewey Benson is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeff_H

I'd at least take a look, you have nothing to lose.

Jeff
I agree with Jeff, nothing wrong with exploring the deal. Ask how it is titled, and research liens accordingly.

Is the Olympic Dolphin the same as the Pacific Dolphin? I know the Yankee
and the Pacific share the same lines. The Yankees were way overbuilt and the Pacific's were of reasonably strong construction. These were both lively little sailors. Real neat little yachts.

Dewey
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 07-26-2006
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
BTW, if you are interested, there was a very good article in Good Old Boat last year or so on the Dolphin sailboats as a whole.

While I agree that taking a look couldn't hurt, it would be wise to keep the caveats I posted above in mind before doing anything about the boat.
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 07-26-2006
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Michigan
Posts: 555
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
tommyt is on a distinguished road
He states clearly in his post that this is MINUS trailer, engine, and sails.
This would qualify as too expensive unless you are in the business and have everything available to you.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 07-26-2006
CBinRI's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 903
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
CBinRI is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by sailingdog
A free boat can be too expensive. If the boat has any liens on it, even if you get it for free, you are responsible for any liens that are due on it. Also, if the boat ends up being too far gone to be worth restoring, you're liable for the costs of disposing of the boat. And if the boat was stolen, and you now own it, you could be found guilty of accepting stolen property...
These are all good reasons for not taking a free boat. But, IMHO the best reason of all for not taking one is that there is usually a good reason it is free. It usually requires beaucoup dineros even to get it in the water. It is very common for a new sailor to underestimate the cost of getting it ship-shape. In ninety percent of these cases you will probably save money by buying one in better shape where someone has either maintained the boat or has already done the work.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 07-26-2006
CBinRI's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 903
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 10
CBinRI is on a distinguished road
Also, sails are very expensive new and what you can find used may have been abandoned for good reason.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 07-26-2006
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 5
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
prospector is on a distinguished road
Thank-you all for your replies. I think I will let this one pass. I am hoping that within the yacht club we will hear of other worthwhile deals once we have a better feel for what we want and learn more of what is involved in restoring/maintaining a vessel.

For those who were wondering more about the Olympic Dolphin, this is the only info I could find on them online...

http://dandelionfield.net/dolph2.html

Last edited by prospector; 07-26-2006 at 05:57 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Seakindly Boats vs.the rest rmf1643 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 14 04-10-2013 03:26 PM
Boat Insurance DonQuijotedelMar General Discussion (sailing related) 1 11-20-2010 01:37 PM
Pleasure boat insurance in Spain DonQuijotedelMar General Discussion (sailing related) 0 07-07-2006 03:56 PM
Boat Insurance perils in Spain and elsewhere in Europe. DonQuijotedelMar General Discussion (sailing related) 0 06-17-2006 01:04 PM
Boat Insurance in Spain. DonQuijotedelMar General Discussion (sailing related) 0 06-17-2006 07:55 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:27 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012