Fixer-Upper Sailboats

The Neglected boat you save may become your own

If you're looking for an affordable good old boat that needs major fixing up, you've come to the right place. We're looking for abandoned, deteriorated sailboats in need of a new dreamer to turn them into a dream boat once more. So if you know of one, get in touch! And if you're interested in one of those listed here, follow your heart and follow up. Call the number listed.

Have something to add? Contact us. There's no charge to list a fixer-upper. But you must be selling it for $5,000 or less. Please let us know when your boat goes to a good home and we'll remove the listing.

There's no fee for the buyer either. We just want to help you find the boat of your dreams.

Winter 2014

1979 Cal 25

  • Length: 25 feet
  • Price: $500 USD
  • Email:, Jennifer Broman
  • Phone: 410-897-2495
  • Location: Deale, MD

I have a 1979 Cal 25 that I'd like to sell.  It needs bottom paint and has a diesel inboard engine that works.  A link on the steering is missing so even though the engine works the boat will need to be towed.  Basically a great boat that was a gift from my father.  I haven't had the time or money to get it working properly but it has a lot of potential - even if just used for parts.  Was clean and motored, sailed in 2008 but not since then - just docked in Deale waiting for some TLC. Please contact me to discuss.

1972 Mariner ketch

Mariner ketch 32
  • Length: 32 feet
  • Price: $5,000 USD
  • Email: (Vernon)
  • Location: Steinhatchee, FL

I've owned it since 03', have spent hundreds of hours redecking and building the cabin using good material, marine ply, team, etc. Been living in the water for two years now; bottom is clean. Work left is to continue glassing decks, mount the hardtop, detailing name.

She is sail ready. Included are a storm jib, job, main, mizzen sails. Good battery, lots of teak trim, 1 good Danforth. Rebuilt 25hp outboard.

Summer 2013

Contest 30

Contest 30 side
  • Length: 30 feet
  • Price: $2900, boat and trailer
  • Email: (Raul Aranovich)
  • Location: Vacaville, CA

30 ft. sailboat sitting on a 40 ft. modified lowboy trailer. The boat is a Contest 30 built in 1970. This is a heavy Dutch-built bluewater cruiser (9000lb), with encapsulated ballast. I bought this boat two years ago as a project, but I have not been able to dedicate time to it (I have a small child to look after). I am selling the boat and trailer for less than I paid for it, because it needs to be someone else's project. The boat has **no engine**, and the trailer will need some work if you want to haul it for a long distance. The boat comes with three anchors, and some other gear. It has a set of working sails. All paperwork is current, supplemented with a lot of documentation about the boat's history. It is currently parked at a yard in Vacaville, CA

Contest 30 cracks

The hull is in great shape, but it may have recently developed some cracks below the waterline (I suspect a leak from inside the bilge, see pics). The previous owner did the bottom, with a barrier coat and new paint. The hull sides seem to be painted with awlgrip, and look clean, without noticeable scratches or spots. The decks need painting and some fiberglassing in some areas. 

I have never stepped the mast up: it is craddled alongside the boat. The swages look solid, without rust or cracks. All the standing and running rigging is there. The boat used to have a busted Atomic 4. The prop and shaft are there, though, and so are the controls. Probably the best bet to get the boat moving would be to drop in a new A4. 

Contest 30 deck

I have never tested any electrical components. There is a VHF radio, a bilge pump, and some light fixtures, but I assume that it will have to be rewired from the ground up. No batteries, but there is a battery switch. The only leak I can see is coming through the night lamp over the navigation table. The boat is dry inside (but I suspect a leak just opened, as I said before). It needs new cushions, a lot of varnishing, teak cleaning, and other cosmetic touches here and there. 

The trailer also needs work. It needs the brakes done, and I don't think it will make it through the scales. It is not for launching and retrieving, but for moving the boat (or storing it). It needs to be towed with a tractor truck, not a pick-up. 

Contest 30 galley

As I said, it's a project boat. You get a solid frame with classic lines, and sound rigging. I am only letting go of it because the project ended up being too ambitious given the time I have. (I want to spend time with my son, not stripping paint from the deck.)


Spring 2013

Pearson Triton 28

Foredeck recored from inside with plywood and epoxy. Most hardware rebed. Exterior wood refinished w/varnish. Areas repaired on deck not yet faired or painted. Side decks are a little spongy (+/-2 foot section). All winches cleaned and lubed.

Mast beam in good shape, partial recore on cabin top. Roler furling. fully battened main (new battens), new halyards. Main and jib in very good condition. Two other mains in serviceable condition–-one with Dutchman system. One other jib, serviceable.

Functioning toilet (no holding tank). Rebuilt atomic 4 put in May 2012 with new shaft, prop, packing.

C&C 27

C&C 27
  • Length: 27 feet
  • Price: $4,000 OBO
  • Email:
  • Phone: 301-862-4535
  • Location: St.Mary's City, MD

On lift 8+ years. 1974 Westerbeke 20B Diesel (under 250 hours). Edson wheel. 2 Danforths; roller-furling Jib; lazy-jacks; good main w/slab-reefing, difter, genoa, working jib. Bow & stern pulpits w/lifelines. New vhf, cd player/speakers & boxed knot meter. All furnishings; many extras.

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Winter 2013

1978 Helms 25

  • Length: 25 Ft
  • Price: $4250 USD
  • Email:  
  • Phone: 443-540-5332
  • Location: Westminster, MD

1978 Helms Swing Keel, Dual Axle Trailer, 8 HP 2Cycle. It has been prepped for restoration. We just ran out of steam to complete it.

The package includes: Helms Swing Keel with hatches and hardware removed. Fixed Ports have been newly glazed and ready for installation. The bulkheads and all wood services have been removed. We have purchased new paper and piping for the bulkheads at a cost of over $300.00. Some of the bulkheads have been repapered with new piping installed. We have installed the two Johnson Bilge pumps to assure that if a rogue wave catches you off guard that it will be over the side as quickly as it came on board. We have filled all of the various imperfections inside the cabin and have begun priming the inside of the cabin with Interlux 2 part primer. The best Interlux primer available. $200.00 at West Marine. Wood work has begun with new Walnut Table completed.

Partial List of what is included:

  1. West Marine VHF500DSC VHF Radio
  2. Dual AM/FM/CD/WX/MP3 MXDMA80 Radio
  3. Pro Mariner 1.5 Amp Battery Maintainer
  4. New Fulton KR1500 Winch for Swing Keel for Helms 25
  5. Marine Electrical Products Battery Condition Gauge
  6. Guest Dual, 1,2, Off, Both Battery Switch
  7. New 2 * Johnson Bilge pump 750 GPh with Ultima Automatic Level Switches
  8. New Whale GP0418 Fresh Water hand Pump
  9. Eagle Fish Easy 320C Depth Finder
  10. Main Sail Bag: Sails have never been used since they were reviewed and fixed at the sail loft last year
  11. Jib Sail and Bag: Sails have never been used since they were reviewed and fixed at the sail loft last year
  12. Newer trailer for Helms. Book value at Maryland MVA last year was $3200.00 for the trailer alone
  13. 1996 Mercury 2 Cycle 8 HP Outboard with a new impelle rthat runs great; $1195.00 on Ebay, buy it now
  14. 5 Gal Gas tank and hoses
  15. New Carpet for the floors and the sides of the cabin. Marine Carpet was over $350.00

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