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26 Foot Sailboats Boats for sale
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2007 MacGregor Sailboats 26M Boat is located in Northbridge,Massachusetts.Please contact the owner @ 508-868-three seven one six...I have a 26 foot sailboat for sale, it is a 2007 MacGregor with almost $14,000.00 in upgrades, trailer included in price. This boat is awesome one of the easiest to sail. It was pulled out of winter storage this year but has not been put in the water since 2011 due to health issues. Email with name and number and I will get back to you. BLUE HULL ROLLER FURLING GENOA GENOA BLOCKS AND SHEETS MAST RAISING SYSTEM COCKPIT SEAT CUSHIONS ALCOHOL STOVE TABLE FILLER CUSHION BOOM VANG SWIM LADDER TRAILER BRAKES SPINNAKER HONDA 50 HP MOTOR MAIN SAIL COVER (C Pacific Blue) 4 LIFE JACKETS 2 FIRE EXTINGUSHERS FLARE KIT COMPASS WITH LIGHT UV ON GE NOA(Pacific Blue) 2ND BATTERY WITH SWITCH EXTRA CAPACITY HEAD TOPPING LIFT AM/FM/CD STEREO GARMIN 178/GPS/CHRT PLOTTER/DEPTH SNDR 12VOLT PANEL WITH METER/OUTLET VHF W/ANTENNAE STERN RAILSEATS 2 FUEL TANKS STRAPS TO HOLD TANKS IN SPARE TIRE MOUNT. Make: MacGregor Sailboats Model: 26M Length: 26 Dealer: BoatsFSBO.com ID: 258389 Ad provided by BoatingBay
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1977 Sirius 26 This boat has been lovingly maintained by its two owners. It has very recently had new engine and sails. It had little use since the new owner has to travel frequently.A modern styled 26-footer the Sirius 26 is an attractive small cruiser with a well-finished interior. It has four berths, two in the fwr cabin and 2 separatet berths in the saloon. With six foot headroom, she has a surprising spacious and comfortable saloon The rig is very sound and the standing rigging was changed a few years ago as were her sails.She is a moderately fast boat for her size, and can sail comfortably even in rough weather. The boat is ideal for a couple or small family.
South Easton, Massachusetts
Great condition! We purchased a larger sailboat, time to move the Mac on to its next owner! See pictures below description. ALL pictures of the actual hull for sale As you may know Macgregor is no longer building sailboats. The new company Tattoo Yachts, is also no longer producing a 26 foot sailboat. The supplies of these boats are limited to the boats that are already made. This is a perfect opportunity to purchase one of the best condition 26M sailboats out there. The trailer is the superior (despite popular belief) steel trailer. (later models have an aluminum frame, but still have a STEEL tongue, axle, bunk supports which all rust/fail as well). The trailer with this boat was professionally rebuilt with a 1/4" thick steel tongue, rustproofed on the inside (where ALL the Macgregor trailers fail first) and painted with rustproofing paint. There is a new surge brake actuator, as well as new brake calipers and brake pads. The brake line is made of stainless steel. The lighting system is newly wired with LED lights. New winch, winch strap, new security chain, new tongue winch. Bunk boards rebuilt as well. The factory trailer is superior to many aftermarket ones, as it allows the lowest trailering height (allowing launching in shallow ramps) AND a front ladder to dramatically ease launchingLots of well thought out upgrades!SailsNEW (used 1 season) MainsailGeneoa with UV strip sewn in (cleaned, serviced, folded)Roller furler with line led aft with cleat for Geneoaboots installed on spreader endsSail handlingTopling lift installedMain halyard led aftStock rotating mast with locking pin (for trailering or running down wind)ElectronicsGarmin 440s GPS Plotter and depth sounder (shoot through hull) included/installedStandard Horizon VHF radio with DSC - hooked up to GPSWired remote VHF Mic in cockpitmast top mounted VHF antennaElectrical8 circuit Blue Sea breaker panellight control subpanel2 Marine Deep Cycle batteries (starting and house) - Group 24Battery switches with Automatic Charging relay (automatically charges bothbatteries, but keeps them separated when not being charged!)110 Inverter with plug12v plugs in cockpit and cabinLightingStandard macgregor lightsAnchor light on mast topforedeck lightcockpit light under consoleHead5 gallon portable headGalleyOrigo Alcohol stoveelectric fresh water water pump with 50 gallon flexible tank and transom fill.Large cooler with tiedown2 piece table, doubles as a cockpit tableInteriorStock Macgregor cushionsNew custom carpetstorage bins and pocketsSeveral grab handles mounted throughout the interiorSolar vent fan in foredeck hatchStainless Steel hatch holder2 fire extinguishersCockpitCustom Stern rail seats installedCustom rudder control line with blocks to reduce lifting effort !Upgraded steering cablesLarge Ritchie compassCustom made, 2 piece hatchboards with screens and shades (in addition to factory solid hatchboard)Custom transom mesh guard (keep stuff from falling out the back!)Transom swim laddergrab rail mounted on hatchEngineRECENTLY SERVICED - carbs rebuilt/sync'ed; impeller replaced.Turnkey ready to go!50 HP Honda outboard with engine steering linkageupgraded throttle cables12 Gallon fuel tankCanvasCustom padded lifeline coversCustom Sailcover3 Custom made sheetbagscustom chart pockets in cockpit6' Bimini covers the entire cockpitMast handling:Mast raising system with brake winch with removable baby staysPVC roller furler support for traileringquick release removable spreadersOthermast top mounted windexFlag pole with flag for sternburgee flag block on spreader with stay mounted cleat2:1 blocks installed for daggerboard raising'Jam' cleat installed for easier daggerboard handlingCustom/improved rudder raising system with pop-up cleats and jamb cleatsAnchorDelta plow200' anchor rode6' chainTrailerNew tounge winchnew surge brake2" trailer ball requiredNew stainless steel brake lineNew tires and wheelsLED lights Please note, these pictures were taken over the years. Some of the pictures show equipment that is not currently on the boat, as over time modifications change. only what is listed is included
1985 Ocean Voyager MARK II The Voyager 26 is a serious blue-water cruiser, designed & engineered to take your on short or long voyages in comfort and style. Those who appreciate tradition will immediately recognize the classic lines of the Voyager 26. A traditional double-ender, she offers respected sea keeping qualities, with a finer entry and rounder bilges for better light-air performance The Voyager 26 has proven to be a really good little pocket cruiser. The design features a full keel with moderately cutaway forefoot and of course she is a double-ender. So, she incorporates all those nice seakeeping qualities that Colin Archer and Bill Atkin double-enders had while having improved sailing performance. She's faster than most boats of the genre. There were three different builders for the Voyager 26 and happily all of them were committed to doing a good job building her and stuck pretty close to our original design. The boats had comfortable and roomy accommodations for four. At least let's say as roomy as you can expect in 26 feet. But, there was a efficient galley, a private head and berths you could actually sleep on. The cockpit was good sized although the foot well was intentionally kept on the small size so that a lot of water would not be held if she ever got pooped. The cutter rig is well balanced and offered a good variety of sail combinations in different wind conditions. Though she sails equally well as sloop with main and genoa..
1991 Catalina Capri, Looking for a beautiful towable sailboat? Pristine 1991 Capri 26ft/Trailrite trailer has a wing keel and a new 150% roller furling head sail (2014), extra-large 10 foot custom bimini top with cockpit cushions, matching companionway covers, hatch and rail covers. Exceptional, Raymarine ST200- Auto Pilot w/forespare and adjustable tiller extension. 4 self-tailing winches w/wench handle. Enjoy the quick start -11 horse power universal in-board diesel engine, with approx. 1100 hrs. Upgraded, Garhaurer hard boom vang and main sail traveler includes 2 marine batteries, Ritchie compass, portable A/C unit, anchor w/chain and anchor rode. The nice size bathroom has a 6 gal., hot water heater with shower and extra storage. This boat features a 13 gal. Fuel tank and a 13 gal water tank with auto/manual bilge pump. Love music, you are in luck with this highly upgraded stereo sound system that has 4 speakers/amplifier with XM/VHF radio. This boat sleeps 4 people and a child and has plenty of storage. Please call Gail for the full list of upgrades of this amazing fun easy to sail and haul sailboat! $22500, 5204714317
1934 Eldredge-McInnis Sloop Currently stored inside at Mason's Island Marina, Mystic, Connecticut. A handsome, well proportioned sloop designed by Eldredge-McInnis Inc. of Boston, and built by L.I. Snow, Rockland Maine in 1934. Easy to handle and the perfect day sailer or coastal cruiser for two or three crew. Miwarawa has been meticulously upgraded, maintained and owned by present owner since 1973. Substantial rebuild from 1998-2003 at Riverside Boat Yard, Newcastle, Maine. 25 HP Universal diesel (2003). Main and jib sails. Oak keel, stem, framing, floors and deck beams. Cedar planking fastened with Everdur silicon-bronze screws. Miwarawa differs with positive outcome in both sailing ability and stability from most if not all 26 Eldredge-McInnis sloops in having a three foot bow sprit and a lead keel (with bronze keel bolts). Also a quarter berth on the port side was added yet interior joinery (pine with mahogany trim) has been retained. Has fresh paint topsides. Sitka spruce spars also varnished this season.
2005 Macgregor 26M Powersailer 2005 Macgregor 26 - The revolutionary unsinkable MacGregor 26 is the world's most unique trailerable sailboat. The Macgregor 26 is hybrid sailboat/motorboat, or "Motorsailor." Its design centers around a 50hp Honda outboard motor (as opposed to 10hp or less for a normal sailboat of this size) and a powerboat shaped hull. Consequently, it's a compromise of the two, neither a fast powerboat, nor a fast racing sailboat, but it allows the best of both worlds. As a sailboat it's a comfortable cruiser that can be easily handled by one person and sails nicely. As a powerboat it can easily achieve 15mph or more, depending on load, or even pull your kids on a tube. It's designed to be light so it can be easily towed and launched from its low trailer. It doesn't have a sailboat weighted keel. Instead, it has a retractable Swing Keel and for ballast it has a built in water tank that can be flooded by simply opening a valve, this will take on 1400lbs of water in about 5 minutes. For faster motoring, the water-ballast tank is emptied in about 5 minutes by motoring on a semi-plane and re-opening the valve and letting gravity do its work. With the swing keel retracted it has a draft of less than a foot, allowing it to go almost anywhere, and can even be beached, something impossible for a fixed keel sailboat. It offers great sailing or if you prefer Power boating, with a 50hp outboard, full standing headroom, and wheel steering. It sleeps six in three full-sized double berths. One is as large as a king-sized bed. There is a full galley and enclosed head. The 26 has a walk-through transom for easy boarding. A hinged steering seat swings down to close off the open transom for security. 1,400 pounds of water ballast provide the self-righting stability of a keel boat. The boat weighs 2,250 pounds empty, allowing high powering speed and easy towing behind standard cars. The 26 is just under 8 feet wide (beam) for legal towing everywhere. It is the easiest to ramp-launch and rig of any of the competing trailerable sailboats.
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Gorgeous, ...over 65k spent on refit....***1996 Perkins M30 fresh water cooled diesel***, low hrs. starts runs, excellent, no smoke, new oil and filter perkins m30 owners manuel Brand new bottom paint, 3 coats...12/2016, @ $2000 Built and designed by Charlie Morgan in Clearwater Fl. hull #4 of 40 built 36.5 feet on deck....38 feet overall length Heavy, thick hand laid FG hull and deck, combined with original robust construction... FAR EXCEEDS standard sailboats such as: islander, catalina, irwin,pearson, columbia, hunter, ericson etc... 11, newer solid Stainless Steel ports. 2 newer SS Lewmar deck Hatches. all new running rigging. newer ss Norseman cones all around custom SS mount mid boom mainsheet track with all new blocks '14 newer turnbuckles oversized lower shrouds internal halyards ***2014,... new (5) thick oversized massive SS electropolished chainplates. ... external lead keel dropped: new SS studs and bolts, and new SS backing plates, then rebed...new SS awthwartship stringers thrubolted under cabin sole...along with new SS mast step..rudder dropped, new rudder gland with new packing, new steering quadrant, new SS rudder boss, new steering cables....2014......all these above;...exceptional, laborious, expensive, extensive comprehensive metal refits. .****. seperates this vessel from just about any other vessel from this era....truly an incredible update refit..., on a deserving, thick , strong hull and deck..**** ..she's ready for another 50 years of service....*** an outstanding, capable sailing vessel...virtually one of a kind...! Pride of ownership evident Throughout!... mast rewired '14 new masthead tricolor light new mast mount foredeck light deck completely stripped of all hardware and Imron jet aircraft painted 2007, topsides and deck; with blue cove and boot stripes, shiny and beautiful...bulletproof...$600/ gallon,...yet another major, massive Expensive upgrade...update... new 2014 Garmin 740s color , touchscreen GPS navigation station vhf radio, stereo CD, dual speakers all new hoses and ss clamps on 1996 Perkins diesel engine and exhaust new engine water pump, 2014 merely 1100 hours,( low hrs.) on 1996 Perkins M30 diesel, ....runs, starts excellent, no smoke. new oil and filter on engine 12/16. new 1" thick engine room insulation /sound deadening new Raycor fuel filter plastic 28 gallon fuel tank, engine burns 1/2 gal /hour @ 6 knots cruise. 2 plastic water tanks, 80 gallons water total new cutlass bearing and shaft packing, '14,... 3 blade prop new 6 volt golf cart batteries,235 amps,... new deep cycle 12 volt engine start battery 135 amps.... 10/16 Pro mariner 20 amp 3 bank automatic battery charger new hi output 95 amp alternator and belt 6/16 new LPG princess 3 burner SS stove and oven new xtra custom cockpit scuppers with bronze valves, '14,... total 4 scuppers in cockpit new cockpit cushions '14 Teak cockpit floor grate, with blue canvas cover new canvas '14; to include... mains'l cover, hatch covers, new bimini top, new custom main compainionway hatch cover,... teak grate cockpit floor canvas cover. all new interior cushions '14 Excellent Lavac vacuum head, manuel, with 15 gal. plastic holding tank. 7 cu ft ice box with '90's engine driven grunert refrig freezer with holding cold plates, 1/2 hp compressor, needs work or replacement. newer stem head backing plate. CPT wheel autopilot, excellent 2009, over $2100 when new... new masthead windex '14. Simply, a magnificent well found sailing vessel, visually appears to be about 5 yrs old....Stunning,... everyone who sees her compliments her classic beauty. 55ft mast, 695 sail area yields excellent sailing performance, sails and rigging in very good condition.. 36' 5" on deck, 38 ft. overall, 4'2" draft, centerboard delete, trunk filled with 300lbs.lead and epoxy then sealed, Large rudder with large full skeg,.. 7300 lb.external lead keel,..17,000 lbs. dry unloaded...20,000 lbs. cruise loaded.... 12 ft beam,...* 32 foot long waterline.... sturdy , stable, stout, solid and strong... ..capable of sailing anywhere in the world.. USCG documented vessel,... no liens , privately owned outright. twin anchor rollers on extended spit, thus 38 ft overall, with dual hawse pipes and 2 anchor rodes with chain, 35 lb, cqr anchor. custom cockpit table/box stows 2 10lb LPG bottles and more newer inner forestay and running backs, cutter rig can be an option. or storm foresail hanked on. Airmar 200wx wx nav station, with masthead sensor, 2014 Airmar DT 800 bronze tranducer with 20 degree forward look 2014 16000 BTU marine Airconditioned,... cools excellent in summer Fl. heat 2014 ;NMEA 2000 wiring... for plug and play electronics and accessories SS Dodger frame included,no canvas though new marine 6 gal water heater,w new hoses new shower sump box with dedicated pump new cabin floor,..3 epoxy barrier coats applied , then 3 coats of bottom paint, no blisters. This vessel would have an Impeccable survey should you wish to have one...truly,... a one of a kind find...This boat has no rot, no rust,no blistering of any kind,... anywhere.. All bulkhead taping to hull is as the day she left the factory!... the interior frp liner/headliner is thick, solid strong and shiny!! 6' 4" headroom all interior cabinets and storages, cleaned and painted with quality superhard mildew mold resistant white exterior paint. CLEAN....! the bilge in this boat is...clean This boat has a cameo appearance in the 2011 Hollywood movie "Dolphin Tale" filmed in Clearwater FL. Kris Kristofferson lives on her in this acclaimed flick. The sailing photo is of this actual vessel taken after Imron paint. knowledgable, experienced, x captain, liveaboard cruiser, x boat builder, rigger; older private seller/sailor,.... needs no brokers or help in selling this fine boat,... whatsoever! over 800 labor hours of love and attention in the past 19 months, and it shows. She is exactly as pictured! Exceptional!... replacement cost? conservatively... $95,000 +, estimated professional survey value $64,000+...realistically priced at $36,500. numerous tools, spare parts, chart kits, hardware, screens , literature, magazines included in sale. she appears ....exactly.....as she is in the pictures....! looks better in person actually...a fine little ship... buyer responsible for vessel pick up in St Pete. Florida she could be kept at the same non liveaboard private house dock. she needs dodger canvas cover for supplied ss frame, fridge install, windlass (if your not younger) 1 more anchor bad back/disc forces reluctant sale..this is my dream boat; wanted to sail the Bahamas/Caribbean again...physically can't... more pictures available upon serious buyer phone request. also for sale at: sailboatlistings.com and Tampa Craigslist firstname.lastname@example.org seller, email@example.com not responsible for any shipping , buyer pays for any shipping costs. buyer must make full payment within 3 days. On Jan-19-17 at 07:26:36 PST, seller added the following information: The boat can be kept at its current dock/slip in south st pete fl. On Jan-19-17 at 12:26:10 PST, seller added the following information: Listed on SailboatListings.com
1985 Aloha 32 Aloha Yachts were a range of sailing keelboats manufactured in Whitby, Ontario, Canada by Ouyang Boat Works, founded by Ti Ouyang who had previously worked for Whitby Boat Works.After producing a range of 16, 20 and 23 foot trailerable sailboats under the Matilda name, Ouyang introduced the Ted Brewer & Robert Wallstrom designed Aloha 28 in 1973. This was followed by the 34 (also a Brewer & Wallstrom design, in 1975), 27 (also referred to as the 26, 8.2, and 271), by Robert Perry, in 1979, 32 (by Mark Ellis, in 1982) and 30 (by Ron Holland, in 1986). The company also considered acting as North American agents for Robert Perry designed 41 and 47 foot yachts to be manufactured in the far east and sold under the Aloha-Perry name, but after trials with the prototype 41 foot model, decided not to pursue this arrangement.All production boats featured good quality fibreglass construction and well finished teak interiors. A total of between 600 and 700 boats were constructed before the company encountered financial difficulties in a mid-1980's depression in the boat building business, and ceased trading. They remain a popular choice with Canadian and US buyers and are supported by enthusiastic owners associations, the Aloha Owners Association catering to owners of 27, 28, 30 and 32 foot models and the Aloha 34 Network to owners of the Aloha 34.
New Port Richey, Florida
the interior is good-looking with teak & holly sole and extremely comfortable. Long and wide double berths fore and aft with innerspring mattresses & accessible storage. Large cabin with convertible dinette louvered lockers and 6 9 of headroom; top and front loading large refrigerator/freezer with commercial grade hardware; three burner gimbaled stainless steel stove; convertible dinette to starboard that functions as single berth or settee; nav station desk fits large format chart books; complete electrical panel with room for expansion. Built to accentuate style performance and comfort Catalina has become the choice of sailors worldwide. She features a roomy cockpit and comfortable interior with two private staterooms. customContactInformation Call Rick Beshore at 717-873-6051 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a showing Sailboats Racing 8536 PSN . A buyer should instruct his agents or his surveyors to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. On deck we have a spacious cockpit with bimini top & dodger cushioned seating cockpit drop leaf table and Edson Diamond pedestal helm. the head compartment with vanity and shower is located starboard opposite the galley. Call now to schedule a showing of this wonderful Catalina. Equipped with a wing keel designed for shallow water this 387 will get to places otherwise unaccessible. A bow thruster aids in docking and low speed maneuvering the Raymarine electronics include: GPS chart plotter multi-function display speed log wind indicator depth sounder auto pilot Jensen CD sound Sirius receiver Ritchie compass and VHF DSC radio. the Catalina is well equipped carefully maintained and is ready to sail. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale price change or withdrawal without notice. Overview the Catalina 387 features masthead rig with double spreaders and full batten main sail; electric winch for main halyard / mainsheet; Edson Diamond Series pedestal complete with custom instrument housings; electric windlass for rope and chain with power up and down switches; double stainless steel offset anchor roller. Auxiliary power is provided by a Yanmar 40-hp diesel engine. the master aft cabin features centerline queen berth under-berth storage hanging lockers and dual dressing areas with settees. Optional Equipment Wing Keel Furling Mast Vertical Battens for Furling Mast Bow Thruster A/C w/ Reverse Heat Raymarine C-80-8" LCD Color Chartplotter Smart Pilot ST-6002 ICOM M422 DSC VHF Radio w/ Command Mic in Cockpit Wind Package Ray ST-60 26" LCD HDTV w/ DVD Jenson CD w/Sirius Tuner & Bose 151 SE Speakers Extension Leaf for Main Cabin Table Centerline Aft Berth Generator 4 kw Panda Bimini Dodger Folding Leatherwrap Wheel Second Fridge in Galley Accommodations Two stateroom upscale interior Forward cabin with queen berth Spacious salon with 6'9" of headroom Large ultra leather settee with table converts to double berth Convertible ultra leather seating with center table to starboard Nav station with chart table with electronics and electrical panel Full galley to port custom second fridge added Enclosed head with mirrored vanity and shower stall Master aft cabin with optional centerline queen berth Galley L-shaped teak cabinets Upper and lower storage Solid surface counter Stainless steel sink Custom Second Top loading freezer Gimbaled 3-burner range with oven Front and Top loading refrigerator Microwave oven Sail Area IJPE : 719.00 sq ft I : 50.92 ft J : 14.67 ft P : 44.17 ft E : 15.67 ft Deck & Hull Stainless steel rails Bow pulpit with double roller Anchor & windlass w/helm and pulpit controls Chain locker w/50' chain and 150' rode Furling mast Vertical battens for furling mainsail Aft cockpit with bimini and dodger Wing keel Optional Bow thruster Electronics & Navigation Raymarine C80 color LCD chartplotter with 8" display Smart Pilot ST-6002 Icom M422 DSC VHF radio with Command Mic at Helm Raymarine ST60 wind package 26" LCD HD TV with DVD Jensen CD sound system Sirius tuner Bose speakers Mechanical & Electrical Yanmar 40-hp diesel engine w/ 225 hours Panda 4-kW generator w/48 hours Inverter 30-amp shore power Reverse cycle HVAC 12 000 and 6 000 Units Raritan electric head Optional Bow thruster Disclaimer the Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. Aft berth is over 8 feet long. the salon is open with wraparound ultra leather settee and dining table to port with convertible seating and fold-away table to starboard. the L-shaped galley is located aft and is equipped with a stainless steel three-burner range with oven top and front loading refrigerators microwave oven and cabinets with solid surface counter and stainless steel sink. Well designed two compartment head and enclosed stall shower with bi-fold door. Large roomy cockpit with 9 foot seats walk-thru transom with hot water shower. the forward stateroom has v-berth under-berth storage and hanging locker. There are two private cabins. This sloop-rigged cruiser has mainsail with Schaefer roller furling system genoa aluminum mast and boom stainless steel rigging and self-tailing winches. 2009 Catalina Yachts 387 Wing Keel Location: Cape Coral FL US (LOCATION: Cape Coral FL) the Catalina 387 has earned an international reputation as the leader ...
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Title: Champagne Boating on a Beer Budget! Subtitle: Save Thousands! Buy and Equip Boats for Pennies on the Dollar! by Jim Beerstecher! Jim B! Why spend lots of money on a boat? With this fun and exciting text, you get the author's secrets to buying boats for pennies on the dollar! Save time and money buying a boat and the gear to go with her! Get a boat now following these proven principles. Gives specific examples of boat deals the author has gotten and shares his hints and tips for getting great deals on boats! This Ebook first edition has been updated to include all the internet sources and methodology you need to snap up a great deal on a boat! Jim's been buying sailboats for pennies on the dollar for over 25 years. Until now he's kept his secrets to himself. But now he's ready to retire and sail off forever, so he's gonna share what he's learned, to pass the info along in hopes of garnering a few freedom chips in return. You can adapt the information to buy sailboats, powerboats, canoes, cars, real estate, or just about anything. Jim's helped countless people find great boat deals and now he's going public with his knowledge. Get a great deal on a sailboat! Get a great deal on sailboat gear! Cut the docklines and go cruising now! Why wait until you pay off a huge boat loan... get a boat you can afford and go now! For the cheap price of this book, you'll get a great return on your investment! Easily save a bundle on any boat you want to buy! You Can Save Thousands! Here's the book that boat brokers DON'T want you to read! Buy and Equip Your Vessel... for Pennies on the Dollar! Here's Some of the Boat Deal’s the Author's Found So Far! * He got a free Boat! A 17-foot sloop, completely restored, worth about $1800! * Bought a thirty foot trimaran for a hundred bucks! That included a month and a half of slip rent and a new mast! * Bought an Islander Bahamas 24 for $350. At the time the mythical market value was about $5,500! * Bought a Catalina 22, with trailer, for $600. The boat's fictional value in "the market" was $6,000! * Bought a Columbia 26 for $350 and his old VW Van for which he originally paid $400. A $7000 boat! * Bought a Venture 23 sailboat with trailer for four hundred dollars. He'd been enamored by one at a yacht brokerage selling for $10,000! Who'duh thunk it? * He bought another Venture 23 with trailer with a new outboard motor, better equipped, for $200! * Bought a Bristol 24, a $12,000.00 blue water cruising sloop... believe it or not, he bought it for $600! * Bought an Islander 30 for $2500. It included a freshly rebuilt engine, 8 like-new sails, autopilot, VHF, and all sorts of great gear. * Bought and Islander 30 for $1900! * The ultimate coup (SO FAR!) he bought a Hans Christian 34 for UNDER $5,000. A $68,000 boat! * He’s turned down dozens of free boats in varying condition, some quite seaworthy at the time. He's not talking about rotted out rowboats, either. We’re talking about sailboats and powerboats ranging from 17 feet to over 50 feet. Good luck finding a great boat deal! Fair Winds, Amigos! - Jim B
El Cajon, California
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We buy, sell, trade, tune-up, and repair all brands, years, sizes and lengths of outboard motors including: Johnson, Evinrude, Mercury, Sears, Wards, Mariner, British Seagull, SeaKing, Clinton, Elgin, Eska, Aero Marine, Gamefisher, Cruise'n Carry, Force, Ted Williams, and numerous others in addition to: Honda, Nissan, Suzuki, Tanaka, Tohatsu, Yamaha, etc. We also carry used propellers for most of the above brands (it is best to bring your old propeller or outboard with you for a perfect fit). We have some lower units, power tilt and trim units, various used electric starters and small electric trolling motors for sale (great for kids on a small boat on a lake). Turn-around time, for carry-in repairs is about 5 business days or less.(depending on parts availability). A larger motor attached to your boat usually takes 1 to 2 days. We also rebuild electric and pull-starters for all motors and we have a huge selection of used outboard motors for sale ranging from 1hp to 250hp. All our motors have been serviced and ready to go. We do remove and install large outboard motors of all sizes. Call Marty at 619 - 972 - 9998 to discuss your motor. If no answer, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Please repeat your phone number twice because sometimes it is not clear. Often we can help you fix your problem on the phone at no cost. (Please no E-mails or texts). When you bring it in, we will give your outboard motor a compression and spark test, diagnose your engine, and tell you what it needs in repairs to get it back in good running condition. We will repair your motor at your request, answer your questions and make suggestions. Most of our business is by recommendation of satisfied customers. We will do everything possible to make you one. If we do not have the size or brand of outboard that you are looking for, ask us to put your name on our list and we will call you if and when such an outboard arrives. ------------------------------------- USEFUL TIPS & INFORMATION: ------------------------------ (1) All 2 stroke outboard engines made after 1963 require a 50:1 mixture (3 ounces of 2 stroke outboard motor oil per gallon of gas). The actual amount is 2.6 ounces per gallon (a little extra won't hurt, but less can cause severe damage to your engine). NOTE: NEVER use 100:1 as recommended by some manufacturers. It will cause your engine to lose compression and die prematurely. The only lubrication that your engine gets is from the oil that is mixed with the gas, therefore use 50:1 to be safe. (2) Older outboards (pre 1963) require double the amount of oil 25:1 mixture (6 ounces per gallon), some require a 16:1 mixture (8 ounces per gallon), and BRITISH SEAGULL engines require a 10:1 mixture (13 ounces per gallon). (3) 4 stroke outboards do not need oil mixed with the gas. Make sure the crankcase is full of oil (check the dipstick). If by mistake you ran your 4 stroke with oil mixed with gas do not be concerned. It's OK. (4) Always carry a minimum amount of tools like screwdrivers (blade and Phillips head), socket set including a spark plug socket, combination wrenches, vice grips, pliers, fire extinguisher, drift or punch to drive out a broken shear pin, a can of WD - 40, and a spray can of carburetor cleaner for starting emergencies, and a few extra new spark plugs (pre-gapped) in case yours become fouled, a new gas filter if your gas line has one, a tire pressure gauge, a long magnet and (extra-long) forceps (in case you drop a nut or a bolt), and a small flashlight. AVOID USING STARTER FLUID because it contains ether (bad for outboards). Also carry a pair of extra shear pins and cotter pins (for most outboards less than 35hp). And also a few small hose clamps to tighten a loose or leaking fuel line (see tip #53 below). (5) For small outboards under 40hp, keep the clamp handle screws greased so they will not freeze up from oxidation or salt. (6) For all outboards that have remote steering, grease the steering cable often if you go out in salt water to prevent the cable from "seizing up" and causing a costly repair. (7) For all outboards, starting it several times a year keeps everything "limber". (8) For all outboards, flushing your outboard in fresh water for 5 minutes after each saltwater use will prevent costly cooling system repairs. NOTE: Do not flush your motor in saltwater. Use a barrel, or a garden hose hooked up to outboard "earmuffs" or any other device made for your motor. (9) If you carry your small outboard motor in the bed of a pick-up truck, always tie it down securely or it might break the tiller or shift handle by rolling. (10) For all outboards, check your propeller for broken blades or chunks missing from any blade. Operating any outboard with uneven prop blades will cause vibration and damage to seals and other internal parts of the lower unit. Also it is best to carry a spare prop. (Approx. cost $50 for a used one) . (11) Spray a thin coat of WD 40 all around the powerhead of your outboard. It will not make your engine run better, but it will protect it from rust and salt deposits. (12) For pull start outboards, check the entire pull cord for signs of wear. You wouldn't want to break a pull cord when you are out fishing. (13) For electric start outboards, always carry 2 fully charged batteries in case one battery loses its charge. (14) For small (tiller steering) outboards up to 35hp, attach a short chain, cable or heavy rope (one end attached to your outboard's clamp section, and the other end attached to the transom of your boat) as a safety to prevent your motor from falling overboard. (15) For all outboards, in the event that you remove the top cowling to check your engine, put the cowling down away from the edge of the boat since any wave might send the cowling to the bottom of the ocean or lake. It will be difficult to locate a replacement. (16) For all outboards, most engine failure is a result of overheating. Always check the temp. gauge (if you have one) or by watching the "pisser". If you see steam coming out, shut the engine to avoid costly damage. Check the bottom of the lower unit to see if you picked up some vegetation, or a plastic bag which may be blocking your water intake. If you do not find anything, you may have a bad impeller or a bad water-pump housing. The best thing to do is, try (if possible) to get towed back by any good natured person in the area, or call "VESSEL ASSIST". If you do not have "Vessel Assist Insurance", it will be quite costly. To avoid all of the above, it is best to change your impeller every 2 years or sooner. Whether you use your outboard frequently, occasionally, or just once in 2 years, it is time more than wear that ruins the impeller. (17) If you own a boat (any kind), always remember to replace the drain plug in the stern (rear) before you go out, or the boat will slowly fill with water. This event happens to everyone at some time. It is best to make a check list and review it before you launch. (Also keep a spare drain plug near the drain-hole in your boat in case the original one gets "lost"). (18) For portable outboards, it is best (if possible) to mount the motor on land before you launch in the ocean, because any wave can cause you to drop your motor while you are mounting it. (19) For outboards with an integral gas tank (one that is built-in to your engine), always carry extra fuel and a FUNNEL, or much of the extra gas will be lost when pouring to re-fill your integral tank. (20) For pull-start outboards and some bigger electric starting engines, you should have a separate emergency starter rope with a handle in case your starter spring fails, or the rope tears, or the electric starter or battery fails. (21) For all outboards, it is wise to remove the propeller after several times of use, in order to remove the fishing line that sometimes collects there. This fishing line can cut through the prop seal and cause the lower unit to leak oil and take in water. (a costly repair). (22) Gasoline should be fresh (not more than 6 months old). If you choose to keep it longer, add the correct amount of STABIL. (23) For all trailered boats, (large and small) you should check the transom of your boat for stress cracks (caused by the motor bouncing because of bumps in the road). To prevent such cracks you should get a TRANSOM SAVER which takes the weight off your boat's transom and transfers it to the trailer. (It costs about $75, and can save you thousands). (24) For all outboards, check the lower unit gear oil. It should be dark brown or black in color. Water or coffee-n-cream color in the oil indicates a lower unit seal problem. Smelly/stinky oil is usually OK as long as the color is good. The gear oil should be changed annually. (25) For outboards up to 35hp, if you cannot get the boat to plane, try adjusting the tilt pin. If the boat still rides with its "nose" high in the air, it is probably because you have too much weight in the rear or (you may possibly have the wrong length lower unit). One remedy is to install a "WHALE TAIL" on the cavitation plate of your outboard to cause a greater lift in the rear. (It costs about $50). (26) For all boat trailers, you should get a BEARING BUDDY for each wheel. Its purpose is to keep the whole hub and wheel bearings greased and to prevent any water from entering the bearing zone when you back into the water. Keep it full of grease (with a grease gun). Without BEARING BUDDYS you can expect the bearings to seize-up sometime when you are trailering. You might snap an axle, lose control of your trailer, drop your boat off the trailer onto the road, or worse. BEARING BUDDYS are inexpensive and easy to put on. They can be found at any boat shop or automotive parts place. (27) For outboard engines that are partially submerged in saltwater for 3 months or longer, you can expect the lower unit's aluminum housing to begin disintegrating (dissolving). If you cannot keep the lower unit out of the saltwater, you should attach some zinc anodes to the cavitation plate. They will help save your lower unit. Cost of anodes $5 - $55 at any boat shop. (28) For all do-it-yourselfers, it is best to put grease or NEVER SEIZE on all the bolts that you remove and replace, to prevent rust and salt build-up on those bolts. (29) For all outboards, service your engine regularly. To do so not only prevents problems, but allows you or your mechanic to grease all the bolts that are removed and replaced so that those bolts will come out easily "without breaking" in the future. (30) For electric start outboards, at the first sign of starter trouble, get the starter serviced before you take the boat out fishing. Be happy that it gave you a warning. (31) It would be wise to carry an extra fuel tank "quick connector" fitting that "snaps" into your engine fuel fitting. The "O" ring that they all have sometimes goes bad causing the engine to suck too much air instead of fuel. The engine will then stall or run poorly. Cost about $7 - $20. (32) We sell many large 2 stroke outboards to unfortunate people who relied on their automatic oil feeders known as "VRO". We suggest that you disconnect your VRO and add oil to your gas the old fashioned way. Your engine can become totally ruined within seconds when your VRO fails. Don't take our word for this suggestion. Ask other outboard mechanics for their opinions. . (33) It is suggested that you do not go full throttle on any outboard, because it over-stresses your motor. You should use about 95% of your maximum power. This can be accomplished by putting in a "stop" near the end of your throttle or just remembering to back off a little. This should save gas, wear and tear to your engine, thus making it last longer. (It is similar to driving your car with the gas pedal to the floor) (34) For outboards that use portable gasoline tanks (2-12 gallons), it is wise to use a good plastic or aluminum gas tank. (An aluminum tank is hard to find). The reason for using aluminum or plastic is because they will never rust. A rusty tank will probably clog your gas filter or carburetor when the rust-dust gets there. You should keep the plastic tank away from the direct rays of the sun which will cause it to become brittle and crack. You should replace your plastic gas tank after a few years as needed. (35) For all outboards, never store your outboard motor upside down or it may seize from the water residue that will drain into the powerhead causing the internal parts to rust. It is best to store it vertically. (36) For small outboards (carrying type), it is wise to run your motor out of fuel before you take it off your boat. The reason is to prevent the gas that remains in the carburetor from spilling onto the carpet in your car or trunk when you lie the motor down. (37) For outboards that are bolted to the transom of a fiberglass boat, make sure that MARINE silicone is used to coat the mounting bolts and to fill the mounting bolt holes. Apply the silicone liberally. This will prevent water from getting into the bolt holes and save your transom from rotting. Behind the fiberglass is wood. The wood will rot over time if water gets to it. (38) For all outboards, never run your engine "dry" (without water) or it will seriously damage your impeller within 1 minute. You might not realize this, and the next time you go out boating or fishing your engine may overheat. (39) For all trailerable boats, it is wise to attach a safety chain from the "pulling-eye" at the front of your boat to the area near the winch. If your pulling strap suddenly breaks, the safety chain will stop your boat from coming off the trailer in transit. (40) For all outboards, when you change the gear oil, be certain that when you replace the oil screws, that each of the 2 screws has a plastic (or composition) flat washer to prevent oil from leaking out and water from leaking in. Sometimes the washers get stuck in the "screw well". That is OK. Replace the screws and tighten securely. NOTE: If the flat washer is missing, DO NOT replace with an "O" ring. It will surely fail. (41) For all outboards, it is wise to replace the lower oil drain screw with a magnetic elongated drain screw. It will catch any small loose steel particles that break off within the gearcase, warning you that a problem may be developing there. Approx. cost for a magnetic oil screw $8.00 at any boat shop. (42) For all outboards, when changing gears from NEUTRAL to FORWARD, or from NEUTRAL to REVERSE, first lower your speed to minimum. Do not "ease" the shifter into place. Be decisive! Slowly shifting into forward or reverse will cause the gears to grind and lead to costly repairs. (43) For all sailboats with outboard motors, be certain that your outboard motor does not pick-up out of the water when the sailboat rocks. One remedy is to lower the engine mount (if possible), or get an outboard motor with a longer shaft, or else the impeller may become damaged and fail, causing your outboard to overheat. (44) For 2 stroke outboards, it is wise to add outboard motor oil at the same time that you purchase gas. Waiting until you get home increases the chance that you will forget to add oil. Running your outboard without oil can destroy your engine within 15 seconds (a very costly error). (45) For small 4 stroke engines, when transporting your outboard off the boat or when storing it, it is best to keep it in a vertical position. If you must lie it down, make sure that it lies according to the manufacturer's instructions. Lying it down on the wrong side will cause the engine oil to seep out. Always check the oil level with the dipstick before you start any 4 stroke outboard. If your engine oil level is low, you can add any standard automotive oil. (46) To tell if a boat leaks without taking it to a lake or ocean, use a garden hose to fill the bottom of the boat with water. If the water leaks out of the bottom, the boat surely has a leak and it may show you exactly where to repair it. (47) Be smart: DO NOT LEND YOUR OUTBOARD MOTOR OR MOTORBOAT TO ANYONE. If you do, don't be surprised by the motor problems you will have have when it is returned. (48) For uncovered boats left outside between usages, remove the drain plug so your boat will not fill up with rainwater. Check the drain hole periodically to remove leaves, dirt, etc. Be sure to replace the drain plug before you go boating. (49) For all boats that are trailered, it is unwise to tow even a short distance without one or 2 spare tires. If you get a flat tire and have no spare, you can expect a mostly ruined fishing or boating day. I recommend 2 spare tires because in the event that you use your spare because of a flat tire, you no longer have a spare. NOTE: Many people prevent weathering of their spares by carrying them in their trunk. (50) For all trailer users, it is wise to have a 12 volt tire inflator that plugs into your cigarette lighter or attaches to your car battery. If your trailer tires are low they could possibly blow-out or become flat. A 12 volt tire inflator will take a few minutes to restore the required air pressure etched on the tire by the manufacturer. Cost: $15-$40. (51) It is wise to make a check- list of all the things you will need when you go boating or fishing so you will not forget anything. Write it on thick stiff paper so it will not crumble and can be used repeatedly, and you can add to the list as needed. (52) For all outboards, if your motor runs in neutral but it will not move in forward or reverse, it might have broken shear pin, or a faulty propeller, or a loose shift rod. Do not assume that the gears are bad until you eliminate those 3 items. (53) For all outboards, check all gasoline hoses. Today's gasoline contains alcohol which hardens and /or deteriorates most old hoses. They rot from the inside and cause problems with your carburetor and /or sometimes cause a dangerous gas leak and loss of power. It would be wise to change the hoses annually to prevent problems. The cost of hoses is approx. $2-$10 at any automotive shop. Bring a sample with you. Make sure that the new hoses are alcohol resistant. (54) For all sailboats that are in slips and use outboard motors mounted onto an outside kicker bracket. When mounting or removing your outboard it is wise to maneuver your boat so that the outboard motor is over the floating dock. This can be accomplished by backing up your sailboat so that the motor is not directly above water, but above the walkway. The purpose is to prevent the outboard from falling out of your hands when mounting or dismounting it. Many people have dropped their outboards into the water by trying to mount them while leaning over the stern. (55) For all trailers, make sure that the ball is securely fastened to the coupler before pulling the trailer. Sometimes the coupler "looks" as though it is fastened, but it is not. The trailer may become undone and cause havoc on the road. It only takes a few seconds to carefully check it before you tow. COST: zero, SAVINGS: perhaps a life. (56) For all trailerable boats, always check your trailer lights. The cops are out there with spare tickets anxiously waiting to give them out. It is also safer if all your lights are working. Backing your trailer into a lake or saltwater will often ruin your trailer lights. The cost of repairing the lights is considerably less than the cost of a ticket and a loss of time at the courthouse. P.S. You can also get a ticket if your safety chain is not properly attached. (57) For all outboards it is wise to buy or make any device that will stop or slow down a thief who would like to steal your engine. If it takes a thief more than I minute to remove your engine, he will probably go elsewhere. It is best if everyone made their own device so that the thief will not be able to figure out a system for fast removal. (58) For all outboards, always carry a metal scraper, or stainless steel wool, or at least some emery cloth, or sandpaper. Sometimes your motor will not start because the battery cable terminals are dirty or corroded, or other wire terminals or ground connections may be corroded. The emery cloth or sandpaper may restore a clean connection to wherever it is needed. (59) For all outboards sitting idle for long periods of time, check the wires (not the spark plug wires) by shaking them with your fingers. If the insulation is brittle and crumbles you must replace the wires before starting your engine because they might short-out and cause costly damage to your electrical components. They can also cause a fire under the hood. This happens mostly to old Mercury outboards, but it can happen to any brand. (60) If you made a checklist, add this to it: Swing or crank the trailer jack wheel up and out of the way after attaching your hitch, or it might get damaged or break off when pulling the boat for as little as a few inches. (61) For small outboards (up to 25hp), if you notice that your outboard is not "pissing" water, don't panic. It might be a clogged "pee" hole or a clogged intake. Check if the engine is HOT. If it IS HOT shut it down immediately. If it is NOT HOT, push a wire (the thickness of a paper clip) into the "pee" hole. This might open the clogged passage. Also check the intake screen (at the bottom of the engine near the propeller) for debris. (62) For all outboards, if you remove your propeller (for any reason), before you put it back on, it is wise to grease the propeller shaft to prevent the propeller from "freezing" to the propeller shaft (because of salt and/or rust). If the propeller is already " frozen" and it will not come off (after you tried tapping it with a hammer and cussing), you may have to cut it off with an electric hand grinder or something similar. Sometimes a propane torch will burn out the rubber insert that holds the propeller together. Neither method is pleasant. A little grease now can save you a lot of time and money in the future. NOTE: Do not hit the propeller hard with a hammer or you might bend the propeller shaft which will cause costly internal lower unit damage when you go boating. (63) For all boat owners, it is advisable to purchase liability insurance for your vessel because you are responsible for any damage or injury that is caused by your boat or its wake. (64) For most gas tanks (metal and plastic), do not fill to the top with gas. Give the gasoline room to expand during hot weather, or the pressure inside the tank may cause the gas to overflow, the tank to rupture, distort, or generate small cracks at its top etc. Sometimes the cracks may not be visible, but during the rainy season (unknown to you) water may seep into the tank through those cracks. You will not be able to start your engine if there is water in the gas. (65) For all saltwater fishermen, it is wise to carry a thermos of HOT water or coffee in case you catch a sculpin and get stuck by its poisonous fins. Pouring HOT water on the injury will immediately neutralize the poison. Using cold water to stop the pain will make it worse. Ask your medical doctor. (66) For all outboard motors, if your motor runs great with the hood off, but runs terrible with the hood on, you may have an exhaust leak that is fouling your carburetor. Consult your mechanic for a remedy. (67) For all outboards, if you hear electrical arcing, pulsating or buzzing noises when it is running, you may have an electrical problem. A good way to investigate the problem is to run the outboard at night where it is dark and look below the hood. If you see sparks, clean and tighten the connections or change the part that is sparking as soon as possible because the sparks can start a fire. (68) For all boat trailers, if you notice that your boat is sagging to one side, the trailer may have a broken leaf in its set of springs. If so, get it fixed promptly before another leaf breaks because of the added stress. (69) For all outboards, check the water intake near the bottom of your motor for a broken or "plugged-up" screen. Clean or replace if broken. (70) For all boat, car, and truck owners, if you have a build-up of acid corrosion on your battery post, pour very hot water onto it. The corrosion will immediately vanish. (71) For outboards over 10 years old that have foam-rubber glued to the inside of the hood by the manufacturer, be sure to REMOVE ALL OF IT by any means because the foam will flake-off and plug up your carburetor. DO IT NOW!!! Also remove any dust, or leaves because your carburetor will suck any loose material into it like a vacuum cleaner. (72) For all outboards, it is wise to start and run your outboard at home for 10 minutes before you go out boating or fishing. Sometimes your motor will not start. You do not want to have trouble starting at the lake or ocean. It is best to deal with the problem on land. Be sure not to start it without water. (73) For all boat trailers, you will need a jack and a lug-wrench that fits your trailer's lug nuts. If they are rusty you may need a length of steel pipe to give you more leverage with the lug wrench. (It also helps to spray W-40 on everything during removal). (74) It is wise to often check the tire pressure in your spare tire because it may be very low. It can lose air, by just "sitting". (75) To determine if your (questionable) boat battery is good, it will need a "load test". For an accurate reading, you should charge-up your battery for about 2-3 hrs. A load test takes about 10 seconds. Most auto parts shops will load test your battery for free. (76) For all outboards, many of them take about 1-2 minutes to warm up. In that time your motor may stall, misfire, run-rough, etc. It may need more choke or less choke depending on how much gas is in the carburetor or carburetors (if you have more than one). Be sure that the "pump-up ball" is hard and the carburetor(s) is full of gas. (77) For all boaters, you can expect that at some time in the future your outboard motor will not start or re-start while you are out fishing. If you can afford it, it is wise to carry an auxiliary motor, or mount one on the stern. It should be between 4 hp and 25 hp depending on the size of your boat. It can also be used to save gas when you are slow-trolling for fish. (78) For all 2 stroke outboards, if you notice oil "leaking" near the foot of the motor, it is NORMAL because all the oil in the gas that went into the engine for lubrication must either "burn" or drip-out after the motor is shut down. It is wise to use an oil drip pan under the lower unit to prevent a stain on your driveway or elsewhere. (79) For users of small boats that use outboards, to avoid painful blisters bring along a pair of leather gloves along with oars in case your motor won't start and you have to row. NOTE: Most boaters are aware of the above suggestions, but not everyone. I hope that I may have saved someone the inconvenience of having a bad day on the water. If I think of any more tips, I will add them to the list. Perhaps you should make a copy of the tips as a reminder.