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 2016

1978 Islander 28

Islander 28
  • Length: 28 feet
  • Price: FREE
  • Email:
  • Phone: 918-939-8901 (Tony Rodriguez)
  • Location: Grove, OK

I have a 1978 Islander 28 on Grand Lake of the Cherokees that I will give to someone with the time and energy to fix her up.  She has a good Yammer diesel, wheeled steering, new roller furler, new running rigging, new traveler and track, good mainsail, Genny and spinnaker with pole.  Many extras.  She needs to have her deck hardware rebedded and repair one bulkhead.  Some deck and interior paint and she will be good as new. Hull was repainted six years ago and is still in good shape.


I hate to give up but physical issues have made it unlikely that I will be able to give her the love she needs.  I have downsized to a Com-Pac 19 for my future sailing.  I really hope to find a good home for Endless Summer.

Pearson 26

Pearson 20
  • Length: 26 feet
  • Price:  $4,100
  • Email:
  • Phone: 810-841-0775 (Rev. Scott J. Babin C.B.C.)
  • Location: Desmond Landing, Port Huron, MI

1978 Pearson 26, OD, with 10 hp 4 cycle high thrust outboard.  Roller furling headsail, main, knot, depth, compass.  Cradle.  In very good condition.

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Fall 2016

Santana 30

  • Length: 30 feet
  • Price: $4,900
  • Email:
  • Phone: 315-750-8949 (Russ)
  • Location: Noank, CT

Fun to sail 1976 Santana 30 offered by second owners. Have sailed boat on Block Island Sound and Long Island Sound for nine seasons. Many upgrades, please see attached PDF for details. Boat is located in Noank, CT, out of the water for winter storage.

Starfish 14

  • Length: 14 feet
  • Price: FREE
  • Email:
  • Phone: 979-779-6430 (Kathy)
  • Location: Bryan, Texas

I have an old 14' Starfish that I would love to give to someone who can continue to love it. It comes with all its parts - sail, mast, booms, centerboard, tiller. It will need a lot of fiberglass work, I imagine, just from neglect. And a new sail. It was a huge part of my life for many years, but now sits covered in the yard and needs a new home.

1986 Slipper 17

  • Length: 17 feet
  • Price: $ 3,500 obo
  • Phone: 732-681-3750 (Jack)
  • Location: Wall, NJ (908-309-8321)

Two sets of sails, mast, boom and rigging in good condition. Trailer.

Irwin 27

Irwin 27
  • Length: 27 feet
  • Price: $ 2,000 or best offer
  • Email:
  • Phone: 609-410-4855
  • Location: Boat World Marina, Maurice River, NJ

She is a 1967 Irwin 27. Inboard Atomic 4 that runs well. Main and jib 6 years old . Lorance chart plotter 6 years old. Sail away condition, but needs a paint job and could use some interior cosmetic work. I actually got her through fixer-uppers about 6 or 7 years ago. Moving up to a 41 Irwin I purchased advertised in Good Old Boat.

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Summer 2016

1973 Chrysler 22

  • Length: 22 feet
  • Price: $2,500
  • Email:
  • Phone: (616) 901-6373 (Bill)
  • Location: Rockford, Michigan

A classic Halsey Herreschoff design and the best looking trailer sailer (IMO). Bought with the intent of fully restoring, but another boat has gotten in the way. Wear is typical for the age - mostly crazing around hardware and everything  needs re-bedding (rainwater gets in proving a water tight hull). Very complete boat with trailer, 9hp Suzuki, Main, jib, Genoa, life jackets, anchor, cushions, etc.

Chrysler 22 right Chrysler 22 left

1984 Marshall Sanderling Catboat

  • Length: 18 feet
  • Price: $4,500
  • Phone: 609-361-4245 (Roger)
  • Location: Long Beach Island, NJ. 

Port side damaged during storm. Bulkhead intact below water line. If you're good with fiberglass repairs here is a great project. Boat is intact, all rigging, blocks, mast boom, gaff, new rudder, tiller, cushions for cabin and cockpit, halyards, 2 sets of sails and double axle trailer (not pictured). Parts alone are worth the asking price.

Sanderling, Good side Sanderling, damaged side

Cal 28

Cal 28
  • Length: 28 feet
  • Price: $5,000 USD
  • Email:
  • Phone: 856-617-4062 (Dave Nicholson)
  • Location: upper Chesapeake Bay

Sea Wench is on the upper Chesapeake bay.  I hate to see her go to ruin, but I'm incapable of doing what needs to be done.  Preserving a Lapworth designed Cal 28 on the Chesapeake, where almost no others sail, is a good goal.  The Cal 25 fleet is still active and the Cal 40 still preserves a lofty status - both Lapworth designs.

Here's a PDF file with photos and more information about Sea Wench.

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Summer 2015

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.

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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.

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