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Old 11-13-2013, 11:06 PM   #21
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We were left with a few things. Spare anchor, propellor, clock, barometer, nice oil lamps, the electronics such as they were then and a full unopened bottle of Tia Maria.

Oh yeah, after 25 + yrs I still keep finding little red plastic fishing lure beads. I've been all over the boat with vac. cleaner but a few show up every once in a while. He must have left hundreds aboard.
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:17 AM   #22
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Found two brand 1981 era massive bronze unused 26" four blade props under the master. The key for a locked drawer beside the bed was labeled "gun drawer". The PO long ago deceased was secret service. Not as valuable as the props but very cool was when my daughter found hidden in a crevice in a locker $550 in 1979-1981 bills.
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:10 AM   #23
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Not on my boat but I am currently doing some upgrade work on a Northern Marine 80..I was rapping on the Makore raised panels in the salon and rapped a bit to aggressively and the panel popped inward revealing a hidden stash spot.

The Captain had no idea the spot was even there..It had him pretty freaked as he had cleared the yacht in and out of a LOT of countries and has been searched and nobody knew it was there. On the flip side I was finally able to prove the reason he had 2 commercial glass suction cups aboard..that is what it takes to realign and snap the panel into place.

I have built these in before and this was the most hidden on I had ever seen.
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:36 AM   #24
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Geez! Now I feel bad that all I got (besides the standard lines, expired flares and PFDs) was an old, but unused, condom behind the nightstand drawer.
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Old 11-14-2013, 04:17 AM   #25
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Yeah -I missed out as well. The boat was cleaned out of anything of value. Just a couple 20 year old PFD's and ratty old dock lines. I think the PO thought I was getting a good enough deal as it was.

I used to run a guest house with my wife. A lot of interesting things left behind there, especially in the bedside drawers. Adult toys, cameras (I had to check the images to see which guest it belonged to). I tried to return all items, if the guest was willing to pay postage.
Some denied that the items belonged to them, even though I had photographic evidence.
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Old 11-14-2013, 04:48 AM   #26
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Nothing .. Absolutely nothing ...When we last looked at the boat prior to sale completion there were all sorts of luxuries such as .. mooring lines fenders shorepower lead , lightbulbs ! Upon collecting the boat on a Sunday evening only three fenders two rotten mooring lines .Even the searchlight bulb on the stern gone.. Sunday of course so no one at the marina/agent.....
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:44 AM   #27
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I was finally able to prove the reason he had 2 commercial glass suction cups aboard..that is what it takes to realign and snap the panel into place.
As well as to hold a diver, tender or work float close alongside the hull for cleaning or other over the side work and play.
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:42 AM   #28
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I have always left all "marine related" items on board when selling my boats and it is essentially an unwritten gentleman's law around the Great Lakes. It is still best to itemize in the sale what is included or not. When I bought our current boat our purchase/sale contract specified everything on board was included except personal belongings. When we flew down to the boat a month after the sale closed it was virtually stripped of anything of value. There was no way of knowing if the PO took it or the looser on the neighbouring boat. We are certain it was the latter. We moved to a nearby marina, replaced it all and three months later we were robbed and lost it all again by someone who had a key. We now have an alarm/surveillance system from hell.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:42 AM   #29
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Geez! Now I feel bad that all I got (besides the standard lines, expired flares and PFDs) was an old, but unused, condom behind the nightstand drawer.
Al. It's only right that you abide by sacred tradition and pass this item on with the vessel at sale. Assuming that it's undergone normal wear and tear like anything else on the boat, perhaps retaining it in it's original foil and depositing it in a sandwich bag?

Thanks to the original poster, by the way, for starting such an interesting thread.
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:23 PM   #30
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Al. It's only right that you abide by sacred tradition and pass this item on with the vessel at sale. Assuming that it's undergone normal wear and tear like anything else on the boat, perhaps retaining it in it's original foil and depositing it in a sandwich bag?

Thanks to the original poster, by the way, for starting such an interesting thread.
It's long gone, Larry. If I had known it was such a cherished item, I would have sent it to you for safekeeping. Maybe next time...
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Old 11-14-2013, 04:12 PM   #31
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I bought my boat from the estate of a friend's wife. Her father had passed away unexpectedly and the boat was sold pretty much as he had it that day. Some of the interesting things I got in the deal:

  • Found a spare set of props and shafts under the master bed floor
  • His entire library of nautical books (100+) in the converted bunkroom / office
  • $57 so far hidden in the pages of those books (he used small bills as place marks at times)
  • 2 new sets of injectors hanging in the engine room behind the genset
  • Original logbook and blueprints from 1979 (entries through about 1987)
  • Full toolbox and many totes of spare parts and consumables

Every time I open a new cabinet I haven't been in yet, or crawl into a space I haven't been I seem to find something. I suspect Dave is looking down and laughing at me every time.
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:48 PM   #32
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:41 PM   #33
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:50 PM   #34
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:45 PM   #35
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I like that "gentlemans agreement" whereby anything that should go with that particular boat stays with it for the next owner. We were fortunate in the the PO of our boat swallowed the anchor. So he had no need for anything boat-related save for sentimental things. He even left a 25 year collection of charts from Alaska to Mexico.

But our friends who purchased a DeFever 54 for a steal last summer inherited 1,800 gallons along with every single item that was on the boat. Now THAT was something!
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:46 PM   #36
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Um, that was 1,800 gallons of DIESEL.
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:07 AM   #37
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Mine was 49 gallons from full (531 gallons free).

All of Dave's tools, collections of spares, you name it. Jars full of stainless hardware, parts, bits and cool stuff. Charts, charting equipment, laptop, flashlights, immersion suits, handheld radio, spotlight and everything you imagine on an old mans boat.
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:24 AM   #38
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Hmmm, lots of cool stuff, tools, spares, fuel, a large Danforth and rode, binoculars, but the most interesting was two things, a home made viewer for looking underwater and a plaque in the salon from the original owners of the boat.

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Old 11-15-2013, 08:27 AM   #39
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The only un listed thing I've found was a music CD in the radio, not a good one at that!
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Mine was 49 gallons from full (531 gallons free).
And I got a diesel tank full of water!

Boat was in dry storage for several years. My entire fuel system had to be cleaned. It literally appeared that someone stuck a hose in the tank!
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