Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: North Carolina
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Sorry to hear your situation and hope it turns around for you. Just a couple of thoughts that may or may not help:
1) Since you are currently living on the boat and there are serious issues regarding transom leaks, would it be possible to have the yard pull the boat and put it in the yard in such a way that you could continue living on it until something better comes along? This would eliminate the possibility of sinking and get the boat out where the damage could be better assessed and perhaps repaired. I read recently where a family in the islands pulled their boat for each hurricane season for safety from the storms, but the family continued to live aboard while boat was ashore.
2) In most boat yards and marinas that I have seen, there are lots of abandoned or near abandoned boats. They are easy to identify by the accummulation of surface dirt (which should clean up). Perhaps if you talked with the marina/boat yards, you could find and contact the owners of some of these boats. It's a long shot, but they might just be willing to get out from the slip and storage fees by giving or making a boat to you at a price that you can afford.
3) In this part of the country, the Salvation Army is very good about helping families in need. Perhaps they could assist you in combination with the local boat yard/marina in working out a deal. Also, various groups run "boat donation" programs for unwanted boats....the community college in Morehead City, NC has such a program. While Morehead City may be too far away for you, perhaps there are other such programs nearby that you and Salvation Army could contact. Also, the Salvation Army gets lots of unusual donations..I gave them a car once that needed serious engine work...no problem, as they had an established program with local mechanics class at the community college to fix such cars for price of needed parts only. Afterwards, the car was given by Salvation Army to a needy family.
If you locate a boat as in 2) above, perhaps by working with and discussing your situation with the Salvation Army as in 3), you could arrange a win-win deal for everyone. i.e. The owner of the new boat could donate it to the Salvation Army, and perhaps get some tax deduction as a donation to charity, and the Salvation Army could then give the boat to you in the same manner that they help other families, except this time it would involve a boat.
Last edited by NCC320; 06-10-2009 at 09:54 PM.