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Old 06-01-2010, 01:32 PM   #1
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Looking for a trawler to put in the back yard and fix up until shes ready to go. This would be a*+years project until we save the money to set sail to the Bahamas, so we*dont mind a MAJOR fixer-upper,*35'+, Fiber-glass or reinforced, prefer diesel engine, but will take anything. Want to stay around $2,000 but may be able to gather some more money for the right boat. Please call (727) 771-3380, ask for Morgan. We are located in Clearwater, FL.
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:50 PM   #2
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Seriously? $2,000??
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:53 PM   #3
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Its not unheard of! We are saving around $10,000 to find one thats liveable, but it doesnt hurt to look for something thats in need of some major repair and put the money into it now rather than saving for something later.
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Gees,
I don't know where you live but even at 10k a liveable liveabord would have to still be a wreck.
I know boat prices in Aus are higher than the US but that would have to be a big ask.

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Old 06-02-2010, 04:29 AM   #5
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Hurricane season is coming , a re floated boat can sometimes be has at this price, plug the holes , swop the drive train and gut the interior.

A lot of work to "save" a couple of bucks.

My advice would be to create a list of boatyards and write SNAIL MAIL to find out when they will be having a sheriff sale of abondoned boats in their yard.

You may get something with smashed interior from some idiot that bit off more than he knew , or a boat with a blown engine , where the owner does not know how to swop it.

As a chance call Glades Boat yard , on the Callosahatchie River , and ask what they have for sale.

Last time I was there they had a really nice boat about 38ft with a blown gas engine (twin).

The owner had no skills and about $10K would get a boat that was running and out cruising when the engine went.
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Thanks FF for your advice! And everyone else, you dont need a lot of money to find a hidden gem. My dad, a diesel mechanic of 25 years, does it for a living down in the Keys and has bought boats for dirt cheap and turned them around for a huge profit. I only went on this forum to get advice and see whats available and so far I have only come across criticism for not being rich and trying to find a boat in MY price range, didnt know this forum was only for rich A holes with expensive boats!
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Calling us all rich a-holes shows you really don't know this forum.
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Well now you know. Been called an a-hole a few times, never a rich a-hole. Pretty cool.

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A guy at my marina has a 27' or so sailboat he claims to have purchased for $500 from the guys who run the yard.* It has a brand new inboard diesel, new sails and new deck hardware, sill in the boxes.* All the standing and running rigging looked in top shape too.*

$500?* I dunno, the guy seems like a bit of a blowhard.* But, if I had known of the deal I would have jumped on it.* Just what I need, a 3rd boat!

He claimed there were a few ~40' power cruisers that went for ~$6k too.

Over the past 2 years it seems there are more and more boats that don't make it back into the water in the Spring.* Sign of hard economic times, I guess.* People will walk away from a boat they can't pay for just like a house.
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didnt know this forum was only for rich A holes with expensive boats!
I wish I was a rich A-hole with an expensive boat! Actually around Clear Lake and Galveston I still see storm boats. Payco's in Galveston has quite a few on the hard that have not been touched since they were moved in.

Here is a fixer upper that really caught my eye on Craigs List, looks like LOTS of work but it would really make someone a nice little boat. For a person that doesnt need much space it could be a live aboard. At this point who knows what he might take if you have cash in hand!

http://houston.craigslist.org/boa/1741073116.html

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Who says there aren't great bargins out there. look what I found on YachtWorld for only 123 bucks

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2000...arragona/Spain

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Made it at last.
Rich A-hole always wanted to be one , now I is one.
Thanks.

Man if you can find a fixer upperer for that price go for it, but I would be very wary of its constructional strength.

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Wingspar: I sent the broker an e-mail saying I'd take it. We'll see what happens.

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Thanks Troy for your POSITIVE response. And by me saying rich, basically I consider anyone that owns and lives on a boat rich because thats my dream and wish it would happen sooner than later, so maybe I took that a bit too far, and I apologize, your just A holes....no just kidding.
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Nice recovery there Dobs. I have seen the boat that Troy posted. It is at the Wharf in League City. Bargain hard with the dude but I still doubt it will hit your 2k price mark....but you never know unless you try.
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:16 AM   #16
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The biggest hassle with purchasing a really cheap boat is the delusion known a scrap value.

Owners who purchased a single crappy Bomar hatch for $400. think it will be easy to get $100 for it, nice dream , but not realistic.

So the owners delude them selves the old tub is "worth" $5000 for mostly used gear you will scrap.

The only exception is the rare wooden boat , built with fine bronze hardware , IF you have a use for all the gear , and a way to get rid of the hulk.


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rich a holes? good way to go about asking for help.......not

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I have a 1964 28' Hatteras with no power in Stuart, FL for $3,000. (772) 285-2266 / cadillacboats@me.com


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Morgan... Welcome to The Trawler Forums. Not the best way to introduce yourself though... ;-)

Please try to use caution in your tone. Some of us broke a-holes don't want to be left out. We all love helping people with their dream, but sometimes (and this case may be considered one) goals that on the surface appear somewhat far-fetched to us, are ridiculed. Consider it a "weeding out" of spammers. We get all kinds here and some posts are just spam from people that have nothing else to do with themselves. We'll just ask you to be a bit more courteous in the future.

Now... Form the standpoint of your question. Do you live on the water? If not, I would suspect that your entire budget would be eaten up just hiring a company to get a 35' trawler into your backyard.
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Check marinas and boatyards. Some people just abandon their boats and then the marinas and boatyards sometimes have to find new owners or dispose of those abandoned boats.* I've seen it happen a couple times in the past couple years right here on the Neuse.
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