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All very sound and excellent advice and about what I was expecting. I've been looking at other sailboats on craigslist and am already thinking the same way. Thanks so much, I think you may have saved me from myself! While it may have been a good learning experience, it would have been an expensive one that could very well have ended with "boat goes in water after hard work and sinks anyway". Gonna save a few bucks up and go find a similar boat. Thanks guys! You've been a huge help. I'll def stick around!
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Every year my boatyard breaks up and hauls away half a dozen abandoned boats. Every once in a while someone comes along that wants the boat before it's gets crushed. The yard will not only give to you for free but will launch it or put it on a trailer for you for free. It's cheaper than the $800 it costs to break it up and send it to the dump. Alot of crap I see on Craig's list or Ebay is actually in worse shape then what they crush. They should pay you for hauling away that free boat. The only time a free boat is a good deal is if it contains enough hardware and scrap lead to offset the cost of disposal or if the boat is a true classic that you really want to own and is worth the expense of restoration.
Hard to say what the future of the used boat market will be. While we can expect more abandoned and free boats that will eventually end up in the dump when the value is not worth fixing but I also think you will see a small population of real classics that have been restored and will have a real monetary value. Same thing happened with junk plastic toys from the 60's. Most ended up in the trash but a few in excellent condition demand high prices when they end up on the market.
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Hmmm.. Now I have a little bit of "should I or shouldn't I" perhaps I'll take some more pictures and post them on here for more opinions..
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Boat? What boat? I see a bond fire, or a flower pot

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I just put my free boat in the water last week. The boat went up for sale early this year and I thought about it for a week and said no. When it was offered to me for free I had to think about it for a month. Engine started first time. Last night I was able to get power to the cabin and radio. Today I am tackling the running lights. Its a big step from a Tanzer 22 which I have to a hughes 38.

Does anyone have any information on a hughes 38? The cabin shows its age but how much time do you spend in the cabin?
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Hmmm.. Now I have a little bit of "should I or shouldn't I" perhaps I'll take some more pictures and post them on here for more opinions..
I can't imagine what you've read here so far that might keep you interested in a boat with some rot (which almost always means there's more), and no mast, boom, rudder, or daggerboard. Sounds more like a hull than a boat. It's highly unlikely that this is some once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you are about to miss, unless the opportunity you want is to learn a painful and $$$ lesson.

Go find a cheap boat with all its parts.

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Gottit, thanks
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While it is rare, a free boat can be a nice find.

BUT...usually, like 98% of the time, it's a rotting old hull, and it's cheaper for the owner to "give it away" to an unsuspecting person and make it their problem....rather than pay what it will cost to scrap it. There's a reason those boats need all those parts...because they were the only thing of value and have been stripped off!


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I'd much rather have a 'free' boat that just needs some hull work, than a hull that needs everything else.

I'd pass on that one, and I am willing to tackle nearly any project boat around
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Live and learn.. Fortunately, I own a sawzall and a permit to the local transfer station. All this has cost me was the effort of getting it on a trailer and now to the dump. Lesson learned. Thanks again guys! Huge help! I'll think of it as helping someone get rid of some trash
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