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I don''t know your budget but you might want to check out www.boatforsale.net - look under 40 ft. sail category - there is a custom 42 ft. listed at 25000.00 - this is a Canadian web site so these are Canadian dollars which at current rates is only about 16000.00 US - and the price is indicated to be negotiable - the ad indicates that the boat needs cabin work but hull is sound. If the boat is sailable you can sail her to Maine in the spring.
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Upon firther consideration I don''t know I would qualify the hody as a project boat. granted the engine does not work, but their is a powerfull outboard to back that up. Besides, I know several triton owners who simply tossed their atomic fours for outboards anyway.
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I too, am in the same boat as you (figuratively speaking of course...)! As one who has been compiling a medium-sized naval fleet for several years now, I feel singularly qualified to offer my two-cents in regard to your predicament.
First, and foremost,DO NOT BUY A WOODEN BOAT! Unless you are on a first name basis with Norm Abrahms of This Old House, you will be utterly overwhelmed.
My first ''big''boat was an old ''73 Carver 28'' that sailed the hard for several years until it was ultimately scrapped and turned into firewod for our saturday bight campfires at the marina. I still have the starboard nav light which I connected to an old AC adapter and which now serves as a night light at my father''s house.
That is all that is left of my $2800 Carver dream.

As to a plastic boat, yes! And marina''s are the place to find them. CHEAP! Find a municipal marina, and sometime shortly after the spring dockage fee deadline, askabout the abandoned vessels.

Last year I acquired a 24'' houseboat for $500. Needed a motor overhaul, and a new outdrive. Best deal ever!

Also look on ebay- every now and again a real bargain is found. But nothing beats the marina approach. This spring, I''m going to buy a Hunter sailboat that way...
Good luck!

And yes, I''ve been a liveaboard on the Mississippi in Minnesota, so it can be done. And the best part is, the whole darn marina is yours alone for five-months of the year!
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"Good Old Boat" has a link to ''project boats'', and their own classifieds.
www.goodoldboat.com
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Ahoy matey, The Pirate of pine island has been working on his 27'' english yawl for nearly two years. I purchased the vessel for $600.I spent $100.00 for a Catalina 27 mast and recut sails from a dickerson Ketch. The rest is elbowq greas and a few spare parts. Money and time will come if you love what you''re doing . Big Red56
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Check out www.crab-sailing.org or http://www.grabbagsailboats.com

Cheers,

algie
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A couple with children sailed around the world in a modified Cal 25. A Cal 27 has full head room--and would make an adequate liveaboard. I lived aboard a Columbia 29 a number of years. I think that in your climate a liveaboard should have a functioning head(or portipotty), adequate heating and insullation (there is a material which is a closed cell PVC foam which is quite cheap and is known as "fish Blanket"--it sticks to a fiberglass hull with liquid nails and makes a nice surface on the interior), full head room, an adequate sleeping platform and at least a table of some sort.

I have both built and restored boats and feel if you have the skills and set a reasonable set of goals you can do well with a restoration--if you start with a solid hull.

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I lived aboard in New York City (actually New Jersey - across the way) and Boston. Yes - people look at you sometimes like you''re nuts - but you CAN live comfortably as long as you 1) heat the boat properly and 2) make sure you have access to fresh water to fill your tanks. And - if you ask me - there is NOTHING like waking up one winter morning after a heavy snow, going up on deck, and looking around!

Having said that - my boat was in very good shape. There were two people I knew that had essentially found project boats and were working/living on them. It takes a lot of commitment - but if you have the fortitude to stick with it I think it can be very personally rewarding. I wouldn''t trade my liveaboard days for anything!!

One guy acquired a brokendown Irwin 28 at a yard a few hours away. He paid almost nothing for it, had it trucked to our yard, was up in the yard for about 2 months (yes - living on the boat in the yard), completed bottom work, went back in (without standing rigging) and kept on working. The Irwin 28 (in my view gave him very little space, which was made smaller by the fact that he was tearing most of the insides out) - but he absolutely loved the experience and what he was doing.

The second guy (actually a couple - but he did all the work) lived on a wooden motorboat that he had been rehabbing for about 7 years. The motor boat gave him a lot more living space, but he diligently kept at it and made notable progress each year. I think in his case the boat was more of a home than a boat - but when I left he had just finished rebuilding the engines and was going to take the boat out this year!

The third guy found a derelect 27'' sailboat (don''t remember what kind) in a yard that was structurally sound. He paid about $8,000 for it. He lived on it full time, spend all his free time working on it, and it took him about a year to overhall (repowered, re-did all the wood inside, redid the systems) - he had a great time!

So - I have to say - it is very possible to do what you want to do. There are times you will be uncomfortable - but in my view the rewards far outweigh the inconvenieces.

Hope this helps!
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I found mine lurking behind a building. Yep, the owner is dead and the family wanted it gone.
Bob
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Hi Glen,
I just emailed you, but wanted to add a couple of things. One: I believe there''s a "project" cruising boat at Spring Point Marina in South Portland. I seem to recall mention of it last year. Might want to call them. Around 40 feet I think. Two: also try American Boat Listing: www.ablboats.com. It''s a FSBO site.
We understand, as we''re deep into our own major project: http://www.sailnamaste.com

Good luck,
Stacey
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