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10-24-2003 08:50 PM
Project Boats -- Where Do You Find Them?

Yikes, what regattas was she in? You have got to be kidding that someone raced a houseboat like the Columbia 41! Maybe a special class where she competed with OutIsland 41s, but I doubt any race committe would be willing to hang around waiting for them to finish...
I think a race history is the wrong carrot to waive around to build interest - go with "roomy liveaboard".
10-24-2003 08:07 PM
Project Boats -- Where Do You Find Them?

I found a Colombia 41 flush deck in New Orleans that is in need of saving you may contact me at I think it could be had for $15.000-$12.000 dollars as the owner has died and she is in bad shape but has a long race history and is a neat boat because of the history or regatas she sailed in.
04-07-2003 05:20 PM
Project Boats -- Where Do You Find Them?

We saw a Jason 35 in Galveston, TX listed for $20,000. I don''t know if it''s the same one. This one had a motor, really just a hull and deck. He had done some work down below but not too much. Very nice man, I would think very fair to deal with.
03-11-2003 06:25 AM
Project Boats -- Where Do You Find Them?

Try THIS OLD BOAT magazine for listings and great advice from owners on fix it yourself items and boats. This magazine is for the Timex watch crowd and park your Chev in the designated spot group. Terrific articles and commentary from a respected small craft designer(Ted Brewer).They recently listed a Jason 35 that was bought as a kit and never finished.The magazine would still have the listings somewhere.Asking $20k.There are a lot of fix it up boats from uncompleted kits purchased in the early 80''s lurking out there.Good luck on your hunt.cap10ed
03-04-2003 07:26 AM
Project Boats -- Where Do You Find Them?

Greetings everyone!

First; let me appologize for not being better about replying. For some reason my Mac crashes everytime I attempt to post messages. I''m on a PC today and so far so good!

Second; Thanks for all of the great suggestions. I appreciate all of the help.

Hope to see you guys out on the water... some day!

Thanks again,
02-25-2003 02:52 PM
Project Boats -- Where Do You Find Them?

Hi Glen,
I just emailed you, but wanted to add a couple of things. One: I believe there''s a "project" cruising boat at Spring Point Marina in South Portland. I seem to recall mention of it last year. Might want to call them. Around 40 feet I think. Two: also try American Boat Listing: It''s a FSBO site.
We understand, as we''re deep into our own major project:

Good luck,
02-18-2003 09:24 AM
Project Boats -- Where Do You Find Them?

I found mine lurking behind a building. Yep, the owner is dead and the family wanted it gone.
02-12-2003 06:13 AM
Project Boats -- Where Do You Find Them?

I lived aboard in New York City (actually New Jersey - across the way) and Boston. Yes - people look at you sometimes like you''re nuts - but you CAN live comfortably as long as you 1) heat the boat properly and 2) make sure you have access to fresh water to fill your tanks. And - if you ask me - there is NOTHING like waking up one winter morning after a heavy snow, going up on deck, and looking around!

Having said that - my boat was in very good shape. There were two people I knew that had essentially found project boats and were working/living on them. It takes a lot of commitment - but if you have the fortitude to stick with it I think it can be very personally rewarding. I wouldn''t trade my liveaboard days for anything!!

One guy acquired a brokendown Irwin 28 at a yard a few hours away. He paid almost nothing for it, had it trucked to our yard, was up in the yard for about 2 months (yes - living on the boat in the yard), completed bottom work, went back in (without standing rigging) and kept on working. The Irwin 28 (in my view gave him very little space, which was made smaller by the fact that he was tearing most of the insides out) - but he absolutely loved the experience and what he was doing.

The second guy (actually a couple - but he did all the work) lived on a wooden motorboat that he had been rehabbing for about 7 years. The motor boat gave him a lot more living space, but he diligently kept at it and made notable progress each year. I think in his case the boat was more of a home than a boat - but when I left he had just finished rebuilding the engines and was going to take the boat out this year!

The third guy found a derelect 27'' sailboat (don''t remember what kind) in a yard that was structurally sound. He paid about $8,000 for it. He lived on it full time, spend all his free time working on it, and it took him about a year to overhall (repowered, re-did all the wood inside, redid the systems) - he had a great time!

So - I have to say - it is very possible to do what you want to do. There are times you will be uncomfortable - but in my view the rewards far outweigh the inconvenieces.

Hope this helps!
02-11-2003 04:11 PM
Project Boats -- Where Do You Find Them?

A couple with children sailed around the world in a modified Cal 25. A Cal 27 has full head room--and would make an adequate liveaboard. I lived aboard a Columbia 29 a number of years. I think that in your climate a liveaboard should have a functioning head(or portipotty), adequate heating and insullation (there is a material which is a closed cell PVC foam which is quite cheap and is known as "fish Blanket"--it sticks to a fiberglass hull with liquid nails and makes a nice surface on the interior), full head room, an adequate sleeping platform and at least a table of some sort.

I have both built and restored boats and feel if you have the skills and set a reasonable set of goals you can do well with a restoration--if you start with a solid hull.

Bob Austin
02-06-2003 02:28 PM
Project Boats -- Where Do You Find Them?

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