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On getting rid of a sailboat ...

This is a little odd for this forum, but ...

Last year I bought a 1984 16' Luger Leeward sailboat to learn on. It's a great boat, but now that I have my Tartan 37, I have zero time to sail and maintain the Luger. Additionally, being in PA, I have to find storage for it for the winter, and I have no desire to pay to store something that I've no time to use.

So, first off, if anyone is interested, here is the Craigslist ad: http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/boa...?lang=en&cc=us

You can ignore the price on the ad. At this point I'm willing to give it away to anyone who will pay the title transfer on the trailer.

However, given that zero persons have responded to the ad. And given that I've contacted the local sailing community and offered to give it away or donate it to the local sailing club ... and _still_ haven't had anyone offer to take it ...

I'm basically left with the harsh reality that I may have to dispose of a perfectly serviceable sailboat.

This breaks my heart, but what's worse, I can't figure out how to do it. I've done some searching and calling around, and have not been able to find a scrap yard that will take it. My best plan, at this point, is to rent a dumpster and cut the thing up with a sawzaw to get it into the dumpster.

So ... if anyone wants it, please contact me. I'd much rather give it away than junk it ... but, if worst comes to worst, does anyone know of a better way to dispose of it than the dumpster/sawzaw plan?
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Re: On getting rid of a sailboat ...

She glass or wood? I need the trailer at some point for my restoration of another boat but distance is a problem Pennsylvania is a big state!

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Re: On getting rid of a sailboat ...

A couple thoughts here. First of all, the Craigslist ad is not particularly appealing. If I were selling that boat, I would take a number of pictures that actually show the boat in a good light. I would pull the cover off and take 2 pictures in profile with the camera approximately at water level and level with the waterline (which is generally how boats look best). The one profile picture would be vertical and far enough away to show the boat with the whole rig to top of mast, and the other would be horizontal and show the boat close enough that the bow to stern pretty much fill the width of the picture.

I would put the rudder on and shoot a shot from astern perpendicular to the transom and from the bow again with water line level and the camera level with the waterline. I would shoot a shot over the transom looking into the cockpit and cuddy cabin and another looking at the aft end of the cockpit from the top of the cuddy cabin. I would layout the sails flat on the ground and take a picture of them. I would change the asking price to "$500 to best offer".

Plan 'B' would be to check with charities in your area. Many like veterans groups, hospitals, Goodwill, and such have an annual fund raising donated car auction and may take the boat as a donation to be auctioned.

Plan 'Z', (as in the last thing you would want to do), is to chain saw the boat into little pieces and take it to the dump. You may be able to parts it out a little or sell parts of it for scrap. You might be able to sell some of the stuff here Ad Listings - Used Boat Equipment. This one option will probably end up costing you money since dumps seem to charge these days for non-biodegradable refuse.

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Another option is to contact the Chesapeake Bay Maritime museum in St. Michaels for a possible donation.. if successfully auctioned proceeds will go to their operating expenses as well you can write it off on your taxes..a win win for all.
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Donate it to the Sea Scouts.
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BILL I'LL TAKE IT! 5hrs from me but doable

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Re: On getting rid of a sailboat ...

If you still have I would be willing to drive to PA to take it, I need a boat to practice with.
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Re: On getting rid of a sailboat ...

Hi Bill! I checked with my friend about driving down to get it and the answer I got was;. " too far look for something closer" looks like I won't be taking it sorry,
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Hi Bill! I checked with my friend about driving down to get it and the answer I got was;. " too far look for something closer" looks like I won't be taking it sorry,
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