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

1985 Hunter 28.5 "Alfa Sol"

Hunter 28.5 sloop
  • Length: 28.5 feet
  • Price: $ 3,900
  • Email:
  • Phone: 804-564-9906 (Scott)
  • Location: Tabb's Creek, White Stone, VA

1985 Hunter 28.5 sloop with inboard 18hp Yanmar diesel motor, wheel steering, Hot/cold pressurized water, enclosed head with shower, private aft cabin, forward V-berth, gallery with deep sink, icebox and two burner alcohol stove, double fold-down centerline table with horseshoe shape surround settees, navigation table, and more. The mainsail was replaced about 10 years ago but it has only been flown less than 10 times. The Yanmar diesel always started and ran strong. There is cracking in the exterior gel coat and she is very dirty. All lines are probably still usable but could need replacing. Bottom, prop and shaft are most likely barnacle encrusted since it hasn't been hauled in about 2.5 years. There is some damage to the aluminum rub rail from banging against the dock in storms. With some elbow grease she has some years left in her and is a fun boat and perfect for sailing Chesapeake Bay or elsewhere.

This model was very popular and lots are still sailing, and parts are easy to get. As is, where is. For basic data on this model see:

1972 Hallberg-Rassy 35 "Rasmus"

Randle Project boat
  • Length: 35 feet
  • Price: $ 3,500
  • Email:
  • Phone: 910-853-2667 (Jay W. Randle)
  • Location: Hampstead, North Carolina

Project boat: complete except for engine. Requires extensive restoration. Hull and most interior woodwork and appointments in good condition. No blisters. No cushions. Includes sails, AC, heater, winches, anchors, other extras. As is, where is.

For basic data on this model see:

Atlantic City Cat Boat

Cat Boat 24
  • Length: 24 feet
  • Price: $500. Trailer is $3,500
  • Email:
  • Phone: 440-466-8826 (Dave)
  • Location: Austinburg, Ohio

24' Gaff Rigged Atlantic City Cat Boat.

LOA: 24'; BEAM 11'; DRAFT: 2'/5' approx. with board down; DISP: 8000 LBS. SAIL AREA: 452 sq. ft.; HEADROOM: 6'2"; BERTHS: 6; 12 HP BMW inboard diesel Very roomy catboat with large cockpit and cabin with 6 berths. Stand up head with shower grate.

Cat Boat in shed

The trailer was new when boat was placed on it in 2014). Shed is free. Buyer must disassemble shed.

CONDITION: Hull is in overall good condition. One spot on transom around thru-hull that appears to be gel coat not adhering to fiberglass. Centerboard trunk and equipment appear in good condition.
DECK: Foredeck (approx. 3' x 4') needs to be re-cored in forepeak around mast hole and hatch. There is a spot on side deck about 8" x 24". This could go to the bow. I do not know for sure.
CABIN TOP: Good condition as far as I can tell.
COCKPIT SEATS: Need coring where the steering gear comes through, about 3' wide 18" each side.
COCKPIT SOLE: Good condition
CENTERBOARD: I have not dropped it down but I know the original owner had it powder coated at some point in time.
RUDDER: Needs rebuilt or replaced
DECK HARDWARE: good condition, bronze
RUDDER HARDWARE: good condition, bronze

Cat Boat drawings

24 foot Atlantic City Cat Boat

RIGGING: Mast boom gaff, good condition. Needs mast hoops and running rigging.
SAIL: Good condition
CABIN DOOR: needs rebuilt or replaced
INTERIOR: Needs interior trim on cabin sides replaced or covered with paneling
CABIN OVERHEAD: Needs replaced ( vinyl or Nautilex glued up.)
The rest of the interior is in serviceable condition but needs spruced up. Boat is on a steel cradle – 20', 14,000 lb. tandem axle equipment trailer and is under a bow roof shed that is shrink wrapped and has a wood floor.


Leisure 17

Leisure 17

It's a 1971 Leisure 17, made in the UK and imported by a former USAF officer who bought it there and sailed it some years on Lake Erie before my friend bought it from him. I got the boat from a friend in New York state after the mast and boom were stolen off the boat while it was parked. Since coming to the US it has only been sailed in fresh water. The boat came with a trailer, which I used to bring it to my place outside Ocala, Florida, with the aim of fixing it up and using it.

Leisure 17 interior

I bought a mast (complete with wire rigging) and boom from a used boat parts yard in St. Petersburg and made a new mast step to accommodate it. The next step was to be finding a gooseneck, installing it, and raising the mast so as to fit the rigging to the boat. Meanwhile I bought another boat, which is now in the water in St. Pete, and as a result I don't have the time to do any more work on the Leisure and would like to pass it on to someone who does and might appreciate this quirky but nice example of a twin-keel daysailer/overnight cruiser.

The boat is fiberglass, 17' LOA with a beam of 7'. Draft is 2'2". Weight is 1475 lbs., of which 670 lbs. is ballast in the twin keels and rudder skeg. The listed sail area is 147 sq.' I have a full set of sails which should be serviceable. The standard mast is 20', with a 22' mast optional; the one I bought is the latter size. The interior has benches on each side, with cushions set up so that the boat can sleep 4 for overnights. There is space for a chemical toilet in the bow. (The boat came with a bucket there, but it should be replaced.)

Leisure 17 cabin

There is an outboard motor bracket on the stern; a small gas motor or a Torqueedo would move the boat fine. Full details, including a sketch of the boat, are on; look under "Leisure Yachts."

The trailer is a single-axle steel trailer set up with a rail on each side for the twin keels to rest on, while the skeg rests on the tongue. The boat rides backwards on this, and while it looks odd, it tows very well behind a pickup. You hardly know it's there. The tires were new two years ago and have about 1200 miles on them. The trailer has no brakes because of the lightness of the load, but all the lights work fine.

The attached pictures show the boat on its trailer in my back yard. The boom is visible on the trailer; the mast is lying on the other side of the boat but would be carried on the boat when trailered. NYS does not issue titles for boats of this kind, but I have the 2016 registration for the boat and the trailer, both having a place on the back for me to sign the ownership over to a new owner. I have about $800 in the boat and trailer and would like to list it for that, but I'm open to offers.

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

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.

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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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