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.

Fall 2014


Summer 2014

Catalina 25

I have a 1979 Catalina 25 tall mast, swing keel sailboat on an E-Z Load trailer that I would like to part with. It's just a little too big for single sailing at my age. It is seaworthy, but the windows need new gaskets as several of them leak rainwater into the boat. The main has a dutchman flaking system for easy handling, and there are both a working jib and a genoa. The outboard will probably need work as well. It is an Evinrude 9.5hp that connects to controls in the cockpit. The main hatchway is a pop-top for standing clearance. Cushions are in good shape, but the dining table has split and needs to be repaired or replaced.

I bought it in 2007 for $4000.00 and put $800.00 into bringing the trailer up to standard to pass Maryland inspection. Since then, the boat has only been in the water part of one season, and has been transported no more than sixty miles. (In other words, it should still pass inspection.) I would be happy to get $3000.00 for it at this point.

Spring 2014

Islander 28

  • Length: 28 feet
  • Price: $5,000 USD
  • Email: (Don Hall)
  • Location: Wilmington, NC

A good old boat of this heritage (another Islander 28 ) was featured in Good Old Boat Nov/Dec 2006 , issue 51, pgs. 9-12.

This Hull #19 has been on the hill almost 5 years. That's not good. Needs a new home and TLC. $12K invested in new Yanmar 18HP, 2cyl, diesel=10hrs run time. New shaft, PYI dripless seal and full reversing 3 blade Max-Prop. The expensive part is done. Someone needs to finish. Will sell motor, drive, prop for $5K with boat attached. Paint the bottom, fresh diesel, batteries, step the mast and sail away.

Ericson 23

  • Length: 23 feet
  • Price:
  • Email:
  • Phone: 307-572-5389 (Steve Bergman)
  • Location: Casper, Wyoming

1976 Ericson 23, fixed keel, hull # 325. I have owned the boat since new. It's in good shape for a 38 year old boat, minor gell coat work needed on deck, hull in good shape. Has a 90%, 150%, 160% Genoa, 2 spinnakers, new main. Set of Signet instruments that need to be checked due to lighting storm. New cushions inside, and set for the cockpit. New 2013 5-horsepower Merc Sailor. Has a trailer which needs to be rewired to who ever uses it. The boat has only been moved from my place at the Lake to the boat club for the last 25 years 0.5 miles. Getting ready to put it back in the water if it quits snowing. Have had snow now every week for 7 months.

Winter 2014

1979 Cal 25

  • Length: 25 feet
  • Price: $500 USD
  • Email:, Jennifer Broman
  • Phone: 410-897-2495
  • Location: Deale, MD

I have a 1979 Cal 25 that I'd like to sell.  It needs bottom paint and has a diesel inboard engine that works.  A link on the steering is missing so even though the engine works the boat will need to be towed.  Basically a great boat that was a gift from my father.  I haven't had the time or money to get it working properly but it has a lot of potential - even if just used for parts.  Was clean and motored, sailed in 2008 but not since then - just docked in Deale waiting for some TLC. Please contact me to discuss.

Summer 2013

Contest 30

Contest 30 side
  • Length: 30 feet
  • Price: $2900, boat and trailer
  • Email: (Raul Aranovich)
  • Location: Vacaville, CA

30 ft. sailboat sitting on a 40 ft. modified lowboy trailer. The boat is a Contest 30 built in 1970. This is a heavy Dutch-built bluewater cruiser (9000lb), with encapsulated ballast. I bought this boat two years ago as a project, but I have not been able to dedicate time to it (I have a small child to look after). I am selling the boat and trailer for less than I paid for it, because it needs to be someone else's project. The boat has **no engine**, and the trailer will need some work if you want to haul it for a long distance. The boat comes with three anchors, and some other gear. It has a set of working sails. All paperwork is current, supplemented with a lot of documentation about the boat's history. It is currently parked at a yard in Vacaville, CA

Contest 30 cracks

The hull is in great shape, but it may have recently developed some cracks below the waterline (I suspect a leak from inside the bilge, see pics). The previous owner did the bottom, with a barrier coat and new paint. The hull sides seem to be painted with awlgrip, and look clean, without noticeable scratches or spots. The decks need painting and some fiberglassing in some areas. 

I have never stepped the mast up: it is craddled alongside the boat. The swages look solid, without rust or cracks. All the standing and running rigging is there. The boat used to have a busted Atomic 4. The prop and shaft are there, though, and so are the controls. Probably the best bet to get the boat moving would be to drop in a new A4. 

Contest 30 deck

I have never tested any electrical components. There is a VHF radio, a bilge pump, and some light fixtures, but I assume that it will have to be rewired from the ground up. No batteries, but there is a battery switch. The only leak I can see is coming through the night lamp over the navigation table. The boat is dry inside (but I suspect a leak just opened, as I said before). It needs new cushions, a lot of varnishing, teak cleaning, and other cosmetic touches here and there. 

The trailer also needs work. It needs the brakes done, and I don't think it will make it through the scales. It is not for launching and retrieving, but for moving the boat (or storing it). It needs to be towed with a tractor truck, not a pick-up. 

Contest 30 galley

As I said, it's a project boat. You get a solid frame with classic lines, and sound rigging. I am only letting go of it because the project ended up being too ambitious given the time I have. (I want to spend time with my son, not stripping paint from the deck.)

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