I put this here for maximum exposure. It's not an ad as if I have to do this, she will be free to a good home....
As much as I hate the idea of having to walk away, the last 15 months have put me into a corner. I've lost my truck (no biggie) and will lose my home come July 20th. The job market sucks here and I may have to move out of state. I'm not looking for sympathy of any kind but I may have to give up Oh Joy in the process. She's a 1961 Knutson yawl, S&S design # 539, built by the Thomas Knutson yard in Halesite NY as a one off version with Solent Staysail stay and a bowsprit for the charter trade in the Great Lakes. She was originally launched as "Sandstone" and later cruised the Caribbean and points South for 17 years.
Here she is in better times:
Many of you have followed her restoration up here. She lies currently in Bellingham on the hard with her decks, house and sticks off. She still need some ribs replaced and the decks put on. I have enough Black Locust to finish the framing and will continue to do so. I also have enough Aquatech to do the bulkhead replacement and about half of the decking and will continue working on that as long as I can.
She's a great boat which has sailed far and wide, through all kinds of weather to bring her crew home safe each and everytime. She surely deserves better than the breaker's saw.....
While this isn't yet set in stone, I thought to try and line up interested and capable suitors before a hard deadline hits. If I am able, I will keep and finish her. I still plan to take her around....
Charlie, What can I say. I wish I were able to say things are on the upswing but as a small business, I can honestly say it's never been worse.
We've been able to barely hold on. But then there are only the two of us.
If we were responsible for children, I can't imagine how different it would be.
Charlie, yet another "hang in there..."
I just parted with my boat under similar circumstances, although at least I know she's gone to a good home.
Wish you well.
Maybe there's a good thing comin' down the pike (seaway?) for you shortly.
Say it ain't so Charlie! We were (and are still) all waiting for your triumphant day of Oh Joy going back in and seeing you sail her again. Can you slap the deck back on her and live aboard for cost savings? Maybe sail down to the SF area to find more work?
Sorry to hear about the losses; I hope things turn around for you soon. I'm PM'ing you a potential job link.