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.

Summer 2015

Catalina 22

Catalina 22 fixer-upper
  • Length: 22 feet
  • Price: $2,500 USD
  • Email:
  • Phone: 516-448-3509 (Craig Reichert)
  • Location: Island Park, Long Island

1983 22ft swing keel Catalina sailboat, in water. Boat is in good condition, sailed on south shore of Long Island, also used for overnights on Zacks bay. Many extras, 7-1/2 Evinrude yachting motor, no trailer.  

Ullman offshore sails w/full batten in new condition, sail cover, 155 Genoa sail, old original sails also. Tiller lock, running lights, vhf radio, galley w/sink/ice box/2 burner alcohol stove. 2 anchors with chains and ropes, dock lines and bumpers, swim ladder, boom vang, v-berth, porta potty, table/bed, pop-top cabin.

Catalina 22 stern Catalina 22

1985 Bruce Roberts 45

Bruce Roberts 5
  • Length: 45'
  • Price: Free, and comes with lots of extras.
  • Email:
  • Phone: 469-951-0170
  • Location: Haslet, TX

I have 45' (-85) Bruce Roberts. Titled, and still on liability insurance. To be considered as DIY project with hull ready. Idea was to rejuvenate her to as-new condition, but time constraints just delays and delays... (More than funding, especially at this phase). Anyone with boating oriented DIY skills can do her and do so relatively cheap. Underwater hull sanded, mixed iron ballast removed. Ready for reconstruction phase. Real (not that old school) bluewater passagemaker, extended fin keel protecting full skegged big rudder: 30ton with  11ton ballast, is true fast and safe go anywhere easy motion adventurer!!

1970 Islander 27

Islander 27
  • Length: 27 feet
  • Price: $2000 OBO
  • Email:
  • Location: Shilshole Marina in Seattle

Sailboat, Mehitabel. Replaced water system, head and waste tank, sealants, electrical, panel, marine batteries and bilge pump. New depth sounder installed. She has a newer 9.8 HP Nissan outboard (approx 2007) in a well, that is currently not running.  We had motor controls installed in the cockpit. Needs gas replaced and tune up. Sails and spinnaker and two boom covers.

We have not sailed her for two years and she would need her hull power washed and repainted and the propeller on the outboard cleaned. Her sails are good – nothing fancy. She has been kept dry. Health problems and work keep us from sailing and we are out of practice enough that we would not be able to test sail for others.

Islander 27 interior Islander 27 afloat

MacGregor Venture 25

MacGegor Venture 25

  • Length: 25 feet
  • Price: $2,000
  • Email: (Norman A. Kasch)
  • Phone: 303-873-2059
  • Location: Aurora, CO.

1976 Fiberglass trailable. Sleeps 3 (5 if couple w/3 kids). Galley w/sink and ice box. Package includes sails, ropes, and many other items. Strong 4-wheel trailer. 12 volt winch allows 1 person to put up and position the mast and mainsail. Evinrude "Sport Twin" 10HP OB.

Spring 2015

Dufour "Dinette" sloop

Dufour sloop
  • Length: 27 feet
  • Price: $4,000 ($4500 with fiberglass sailing dinghy)
  • Email:
  • Phone: 301-770-0385 (Jim Caskey)
  • Location: Bodkin Creek, western shore of Chesapeake Bay

My GOB is a 1973 27' Dufour "Dinette" sloop; I am the second and sole owner since 1979.  Except for actually hauling the boat out of the water, I've generally maintained her myself.  I rebuilt the Volvo diesel engine and made numerous upgrades and innovations over the past 35 years of sailing her on the Chesapeake Bay and around the Eastern Shore.  But age takes its toll on humans as well as boats, and she is in need of foredeck lamination repairs and work on the auxiliary (possibly repowering) as well as cosmetic attention.  She comes well equipped (gear has age but is still serviceable) and ready to sail away after the aforementioned repairs.

Except for my wife of 31 years she has been the love of my life and I hate to part ways, but it's time for a new owner to take her on and restore her to her glory.  She's a stable boat (rigged for single handing), points well, has sailed through numerous squalls.  I'd be glad to introduce you and let you see for yourself what a great boat she is and can become again.  Slip lease is up for renewal, so I'd like to sell her soon.  I feel  $4,000 is a very fair price for this French lady.

Ahoy, I am saddened to admit my GOB has slipped (pardon the pun) my attention over the past few years and become somewhat of a fix-it-upper in need of maintenance that is stretching my physical resources.  Priorities have shifted and at 73 I'm not as nimble as I once was in being able to cram myself into the cockpit locker, lazarette or engine compartment.  With sciatica and two torn rotator cuffs, hauling on halyards, sheets, and anchor rodes, not to say lifting cast iron engines, transmissions and other heavy equipment or hauling myself aloft, sailing and maintaining my GOB has become more of a chore and less of a joy.  

1974 Clipper

1974 Clipper

1974 Clipper sail boat and a 1973 AM (trailer which has permanent tags on it). Have both titles. Willing to let them go at a very reasonable price.

The rigging is all there but no sail. No leaks anywhere but inside will need refinishing. It wasn't covered over this last winter. Need to move it right away. It was to be a project for my husband but his health will not permit it now.

Winter 2015

Jason 34

Jason 34
  • Length: 34 feet
  • Price: $5,000.00 OBO
  • Phone: 727-417-3204 (Thomas)
  • Location: in water Clearwater, Fl.

1983 Aluminum Ted Brewer design. New North Sails. Interior has mariner stove, Norcold Fridge, sink and head. Rest of interior needs finishing to your style. Farymann Diesel With 300 Hours.
Jason 34


Catalina 25

  • Length: 25 feet
  • Price: Make Offer
  • Email: Mary Read
  • Phone: 330.328.5166
  • Location: Cleveland, OH

I have a 1981 Catalina 25 Standard Rig Fixed Keel in a cradle in a Cleveland boatyard that is expressway adjacent. She has 1990 Evinrude 15 (just a carburetor different from a 9.9 but on sale at the time) Electric Start Long Shaft. She is a dinette interior with a marine head, screens, other cruising/storage options. The Main has 2 reefs, 150 Jib is roller furling, Spinnaker is radial head with double end pole, light and heavier air sheeting. All running and standing rigging has been replaced since original.

I know that ports have leaked and this needs work as does the engine. She has been wet but not sailed in about six seasons. I would like to find my boat a skipper to take her cruising again. She needs someone soon. Please contact for more details, equip list, etc.

Not as much interested in price as not having to pay for dockage again March 1.

Spring 2014

Islander 28

  • Length: 28 feet
  • Price: $5,000 USD
  • Email: (Don Hall)
  • Location: Wilmington, NC

A good old boat of this heritage (another Islander 28 ) was featured in Good Old Boat Nov/Dec 2006 , issue 51, pgs. 9-12.

This Hull #19 has been on the hill almost 5 years. That's not good. Needs a new home and TLC. $12K invested in new Yanmar 18HP, 2cyl, diesel=10hrs run time. New shaft, PYI dripless seal and full reversing 3 blade Max-Prop. The expensive part is done. Someone needs to finish. Will sell motor, drive, prop for $5K with boat attached. Paint the bottom, fresh diesel, batteries, step the mast and sail away.

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