For anyone that has ever dreamed of stumbling across a free sailboat on Craigslist or hidden away in the corner of a marina boatyard somewhere, this is what the very best of them looks like. We’ve seen a few that were near free (read about a real $100 sailboat here), but they’re usually so far gone that it would easily cost just as much as a decent used boat to get them back to safe and working condition again.
Not this one… This one is the boat of your very best dreams, at least of the small day sailing variety.
She was owned by the same man for 40 years. She had never been abused. She had never been neglected. She had always been kept out of the water in a dry slip when she wasn’t being sailed. The owner — now 93 years old — decided he was no longer able to take care of her, and he looked long and hard for someone who would cherish her… like he had.
And the new owner? The lucky guy is one of my buddies down at the marina, and one that I know will do right by her. Sure, she needs a few bits of new hardware, some of the running rigging needs to be replaced, and the brightwork could stand some fresh varnish — but she’s an awesome find nonetheless.