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. We will list your boat for six months and will notify you at that time to see if you wish to renew the listing. If it goes to a new home within six months, please let us know 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.

Fall 2017

Titania, 32-foot 1968 Chris Craft Cherokee


  • Length: 32 feet
  • Price: $4,950 USD
  • Phone: 315-594-1906
  • Email: (Susan)
  • Location: Fair Haven, N.Y.

We previously listed this boat in the GOB classifieds for $7,500, but we're forced to drop the price for a quick sale as our marina is for sale and we have to get out! Titania needs a new home ASAP-can you give her a good one? We are now asking $4,950 for her.

Titania is a 32-foot Cherokee, appearing in a Good Old Boat magazine article back in the May/June 1999 issue. She worked her magic on two friends who bought her in a three-way partnership 21 years ago. The marriage of the two friends is still going strong but we aren't as young and fit as we were back in 1996 and now we need a smaller simpler boat that doesn't draw five feet . An easy-to-manage trailer sailor that can be dry sailed and stored in our yard is in order now.

Titania boasts a 9-foot beam, approx 9000 pounds displacement, a 5-foot draft, iron ballast, and 435 sq ft of sail area. She is a classic S&S design, with a fin keel and beautiful lines, mannerly well balanced, and responsive under sail. I have single-handed her for many years on day sails and charters, and she is an ideal boat for a couple to cruise.

She is fully functional (though just hauled out for the winter) and has two deep-cycle batteries (2016), a new depth sounder (2017), two new compasses (2016), and an assortment of other not-new gear and sails including inverter, high-output alternator, tiller pilot, dodger, low hours on rebuilt Atomic Four, three jibs, drifter and main, tiller steering, VHF, two electric plus hand bilge pumps, six new keel bolts, plow and Bruce anchors, rodes and chain, docklines and fenders, spare parts, phone charger, stereo, and other gear. She has always sailed on fresh water except for one short trip south back in 1999 and is now on Lake Ontario.

She needs some serious TLC to make her shine again--her bottom paint and keel covering need a re-do and the brightwork isn't too bright. The deck would benefit from an application of non-skid, and the “temporary” 21-year-old plywood-and-epoxy forward hatch should be replaced. Older sailors might want to install a furler and buy her a new headsail. We had plans to do these things, but another boat interfered with them (see Good Old Boat issue March /April 2007)

Summer 2017

Sweet Pea, 1966 Hull Bristol 28

Sweet Pea

  • Length: 28 feet
  • Price: FREE
  • Phone: 917-856-1425
  • Email: ( Jack Donovan)
  • Location: Warminster, PA

On the right is a picture of my good old boat that I have sailed from Mystic Seaport down through Long Island Sound through the East River, up the Hudson, off the shore of the New Jersey coast, through Cape May Canal into the Delaware Bay, over the D&C Canal into the Chesapeake Bay. I sailed down and around the Chesapeake Bay as far as Cambridge. I did this for well over 8 years, making stops along the way and hanging out in a number of boat yards ... plus a lot of Gunkholing .... Just a great time!

I need to give the boat away.

I took the boat out of the water about 10 years ago with the plan to upgrade. Lots of family issues interceded and the boat has been at my house on a trailer. I did try to do some work, but it is not going to happen for me to get her back into the water.

This is a 1966 Hull Bristol 28. Solid fiberglass hull, ful-keel and drafts 5 feet. It has two main sails, genoa, storm jib and spinnaker. This is a manual boat and she requires a sailor to sail her. Sweet Pea does well in the ocean. She has a 15 horse Mercury extended shaft, 2-cycle engine through the hull. I am loading up all the lifelines, shrouds, boom, sheets and lines, parts and all the gear into the boat. The VHF works and I hvae lots of charts. I started to strip the paint off the main mast.

The boat is on a twin-axle trailer now that can be used for local hauling. Our nearest boatyard that can handle this boat is Neshminy Boat Yard and is a public yard in Croydon, PA about 10 miles from my home. Any other distance would require a flat-bed. I brought the boat from Sommers Point, NJ, on a flat-bed, the clearance is 13.5 feet. This is my experience.


Pearson 24

Donalson_Pearson 24

  • Length: 24 feet
  • Price: $2,500
  • Phone: 763-458-3236 (Keith Donaldson)
  • Location: Madeline Island Marina, Lake Superior

1970 Classic. Solid full keel sloop. Sad owner reluctantly retiring from sailing. However, Picnic is ready for new adventures with a younger crew. Good canvas, RF jib, all lines led to cockpit and easily single-handed. 9.9hp electric tilt OB new '11. 4 berths, radio, Porta Potti, stove, boat cradle. Long term resident of Madeline Island Marina, Lake Superior..


Cape Dory Typhoon Weekender

Cape Dory Typhoon Weekender, Hull #161

  • Length: 18.5 feet
  • Price: $ 3,050.00
  • Email:
  • Phone: 321-889-7148
  • Location: Arcadia, MI

1971 Cape Dory Typhoon Weekender, Hull #161. Nearly new main with one reef. Newer Mack 150 Genoa and brand new 110 working jib. Full complement of cushions, interior teak excellent, exterior teak serviceable. Spars and rigging are ready to go. Porcelain head, no tank. This boat is in sailing condition but needs TLC. Comes with a 3.5 hp Nissian long shaft kicker. Excellent wide stance, custom galvanized float off trailer included.

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Winter 2016

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

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

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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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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