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Re: dead fibreglass boats
I tired to buy a derelick Hobie 18 from a marina. It had been sitting for years. The boat had no rudders or sails. The tramp was trashed as was all the running rigging. The trailer, just from looking at it wasn't road worthy. Tires, repacked hubs, new wiring, replace lights. IOW, this puppy was a real basket case. What it had going for it was that the hulls were solid. I asked the marina what they wanted for it. The quoted me a price that was almost equal to an up and running boat. A decent 18, at the time, could be had for about $4000. These guys wanted $3500. That for a boat that needed almost $3000 in parts alone. AS a businessman i tried to negotiate, but there was no movement. They were totally unreasonable. Things are the way they are for a reason. The boat sat for years more.
OTOH, there is a marina on the Hudson that is into sailboat rescue. There are many boats there, older, that have been abandoned by their owners. They set either a reasonably low price on the boat or even give them away. The catch, the new owner must prove to them they have the will and the capability to bring them back. They must also show that they are fully aware of what they are sigining up for and not just wide eyed dreamers with more dream than pocketbook.
Last edited by TJC45; 08-07-2013 at 03:35 PM.