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.


Spring 2016

C&C 27 Mk II

C&C 27
  • Length: 27 feet
  • Price: $4,000
  • Email: beatonno1@gmail.com (Brian Eaton)
  • Phone: 254-717-6411
  • Location: Dallas, TX

I have a C&C 27 Mk II beamy sailing yacht. Great for cruising the expansive Lake Texoma. Hull is overbuilt and solid hand-laid fiberglass. Was lifted for hull cleaning in 2012 and had no issues below waterline. Rigging configured to allow single-handed sailing from the cockpit. Main and Headsail in fair condition. Also have an extra (130%?) jib. 3 single speed and 2 dual speed winches in cockpit. Two additional winches on mast. Atomic 4 gas inboard kept up well, good compression. New starter, rebuilt carb/fuel pump and exhaust.

Interior is spacious for a 27ft boat. Tall enough for my 6'3" self to stand fully upright in center. Easily accommodates 4 adults and 1 child overnight. Portable AC unit for keeping cool at the dock. Comfortable front V berth with DC fans, lights, and outlets. Head with Jabsco toilet and sink. Closet/sail locker. Salon includes dinette which converts to a bed and long bench seat. 12V TV with DVD, 12V lighting, Stereo with CD and aux in. Kitchen includes sink, microwave and large built-in ice chest. Also have a rail mounted charcoal grill in the cockpit.

More photos at http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/boa/5519849939.html.


Winter 2016

Bruce Roberts 35

Free to good home. The first person that shows up with a trailer. Fiberglass bare hull. Airex core. You will need a hydraulic boat trailer: 5,000 lbs lead ballast embedded in integral keel. 9,000 lbs total weight.

1981 Mariner 28

  • Length: 28 feet
  • Price: $ 500.00
  • Email: bensong@dcmoboces.com
  • Phone: 607- 244 - 8862 (Gary Benson)
  • Location: Onieda Lake, NY

I want to list my 1981 Mariner 28. She's a solid boat with a yanmar diesel. Sailboat is on the hard on Onieda lake, NY. The lake is part of a canal system so she can be sailed anywhere from here. Storage is $300.00 for 6 months at marina.

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Summer 2015

1970 Islander 27

Islander 27
  • Length: 27 feet
  • Price: $2000 OBO
  • Email: etmmjw@comcast.net
  • 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: jmkasch@gmail.com (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: Jimcaskey2@gmail.com
  • 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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