John, thats basically my brothers scenario as well. He didn't want the transportation costs and hassle of moving it from Georgia. He doesn't give a hoot about mirror gelcoat finishes.To me? To get it running I'd swap the steering over to passive hydraulic, change the oil in the engine and gear, put some rod holders in it, and slap my ipad mount on the dash and use the heck out of it for a summer. I heard it's a 1 3/8" shaft, so that would be on an upgrade list over time. Fix the rot over time, plan for a new deck in a year or two. Oh I'd throw a head down forward too. That's just me and my personal opinion. I want a simple boat I can jump on and use, and I'm VERY ok with a fixer upper.
that rip would suck in this boat. I have been up and down the ICW over the years in all kinds of boats, mostly yachts but also some workboats... Believe me, the "romance of the sea" will wear off on a utilitarian boat delivery like this. No protection from the wx at all. No side curtains, winter back or heat. Everything can be improved but that takes time...read expense while outfitting and figuring out what you need and providing it. Is it possible? for sure. I would have done it 30 or 40 years ago but no longer.If it runs good, someone might consider running it up here on it's own bottom, maybe in warmer weather. Make a complete adventure out of it. I'd leave it in storage for the winter and splash it in the spring due to lack of creature comforts. What better way to learn the ICW than in a boat that already needs work.
Fg hull and top with a partial wood deck. She has worked all her life, just not commercial fishing. She was built and used as the Cumberland island ferry. So as expected, she has some battle scars on the aft corners that were "Fixed" with marine tex type repairs. If it was for sale north of Cape May, NJ it would be gone. As said, no electronics, cabin amenities etc.
My brother would have bought this in a heartbeat...except it would need to be transported to Ipswich, Ma. Not w
You know that? Has anyone actually made an offer? I don't believe they want the boat in the yard for a long time. I wouldn't. They may think as I do. Move it and move on. I don't know. Some here have actually had personal contact and would have a feel for the deal. If you have a feel for the deal, please PM to me.Won't work .....
This in my opinion would be a better venture for a few DEBF members to go in on rather than buying a boatyard.From what I was told they are firm on the price. The boat hasn't sold yet, so that may change over time. Who knows. It'll sell at some point. Fleet Expansion, I like that Jack, I'll swing it by my wife and see what she thinks!!
I was thinking that a slave cylinder was more like 2K?Are you talking Power Steering or passive? Personally I'd go passive. $950 for the adjustable helm and 750ish for a cylinder from Tony Athens. I'd run copper tubing aft instead of hoses and just make jumper hoses to go from the tubing to the cylinder. If you're doing the work yourself, $2000-$2500.
That's also if you're worried about the chain steering. If it were me, and the chain steering looked to be in fine shape, I'd start looking on ebay, CL, and FB Marketplace for a take out system of someone else's boat, a used capilano helm, used cylinder, go that route. But I'm cheap, and used stuff needs a home too.