So I have this boat....now what? - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 05-12-2009 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Question So I have this boat....now what?

I found out recently that when my father passed away he left behind a boat that no one knew about. Here is what I know about the boat:
- It has been in the water of Port Isabel, TX bay since at least 1997 without any upkeep.
- It is a 28' 1979 Buccaneer
- It has been "stripped" according to another boat owner in the marina. From the pictures I have received I take that to mean the sails are gone? I have been told that the outboard motor was stolen at some point.

I am 800 miles away and cannot get down to see the boat for myself or find anyone to speak to that is knowledgeable of boats in the next few weeks. I guess I'm just trying to figure out what my next steps are (keep it or sell it)

Here are my questions:
- Is there any way to guesstimate what it might cost to get the boat back to working order? If not, who might I go to locally to ask to look at the boat and what questions should I be asking?
- How much would a trailer cost to transport a 28' boat?
- Is there more to it than just getting a vehicle, trailer and someone that knows what they are doing to get it out of the water?

I do have a few pictures of the boat but I cannot get the files to upload.
If more information is needed to answer anything I'll do my very best to find out. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated!
Mariposa7 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 05-12-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,448
Thanks: 1
Thanked 25 Times in 24 Posts
Rep Power: 12
 
Quote:
Is there any way to guesstimate what it might cost to get the boat back to working order? If not, who might I go to locally to ask to look at the boat and what questions should I be asking?
- How much would a trailer cost to transport a 28' boat?
Pretty safe to guess both these will be more than the boat is worth, I think stripped means anything of value is gone, sorry but no upkeep for 12 years is incredible. I don't understand why the marina(?) let it sit there taking up dockspace more than a couple months without payment of fees.
capttb is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 7 Old 05-12-2009
Senior Member
 
tager's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 991
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
Your best bet is to sell it on ebay.
tager is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 7 Old 05-13-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 100
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
imo there are too many sea ready boats out there at bargain prices to invest money in this one. It was left to you so you essentially have nothing in it. If it is stripped then it is just a hull I assume with no trailer. donate it to a charity and take a tax write off.
freddyray is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 7 Old 05-13-2009
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
If it is in marina that was Anchor Marina, I had a slip next to it a couple years ago. It was still floating and still had the mast pointing up. Other than that it was really rough. If you wanted a sailboat, you could buy one ready to sail much cheaper than getting that one refitted.
dkirtley is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 7 Old 05-13-2009
Just another Moderator
 
Faster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 16,518
Thanks: 104
Thanked 309 Times in 299 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
Any boat that's been neglected for that long would be a questionable prospect... unfortunately this situation is compounded by the fact that it's not a very good boat in any respect, regardless of condition.

I'd dispose of it without further investment... hopefully you're not "on the hook" for outstanding moorage fees!

Ron

1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"

".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Faster is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 7 Old 05-13-2009
Moderator
 
JohnRPollard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Chesapeake
Posts: 5,680
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
One of the first things I'd want to know is whether the marina has a lien on the boat for storage or repairs. I would not accept ownership of the vessel until I knew the answer, because the lien could easily exceed the value of the boat many fold. If that is the case, the marina "owns it" and it becomes their issue to deal with.

Beyond that -- the advice posted by others above is pretty sound.


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

Pacific Seacraft Crealock 31 #62

NEVER CALLS CRUISINGDAD BACK....CAN"T TAKE THE ACCENT
JohnRPollard is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Modern Hull forms and Motion Comfort Jeff_H Sailboat Design and Construction 193 10-31-2013 09:29 AM
Naming and Renaming Your Boat Sue & Larry Cruising Articles 0 12-15-2003 07:00 PM
Fine-Tuning the Autopilot, Part Two Dan Neri Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 10-13-2003 08:00 PM
Performing in Light Air Brian Hancock Learning to Sail Articles 0 01-15-2003 07:00 PM
The Balance of Hull and Sails Steve Colgate Learning to Sail Articles 0 05-25-2000 08:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome