Links to CL boats in Puget Sound/Salish Sea under 5k

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Starting a list of boats under 5k in my area. There’s no way I can keep this fully updated, so sorry I’m advance for dead links. Feel free to add to the list or ask questions. I’m not endorsing any of these specifically, but if one catches your eye,
I’m totally here to help dissect it with you.

Spread your wings and sail on!

https://bellingham.craigslist.org/boa/d/bellingham-26-haida-sailboat/6781249654.html

https://bellingham.craigslist.org/boa/d/anacortes-cheoy-lee-offshore-28/6791776472.html

https://bellingham.craigslist.org/boa/d/bellingham-41-gulfstar-winter-project/6753377322.html

https://bellingham.craigslist.org/boa/d/ferndale-san-juan-30/6804709905.html

https://skagit.craigslist.org/boa/d/anacortes-cc-30-sailboat-make-offer/6803287020.html

https://olympic.craigslist.org/boa/d/port-townsend-wooden-sailboat-23/6805262475.html

https://olympic.craigslist.org/boa/d/oak-harbor-1980-catalina-27-motivated/6791788797.html

https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/boa/d/bainbridge-island-public-auction-28/6803161704.html

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/d/ocean-shores-30-ft-pearson-flyer/6808110122.html

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/d/25-ft-coronado-weekend-cruiser/6816297833.html

https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/boa/d/snohomish-sailboat-32/6814092536.html

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/d/portland-1963-choey-lee-frisco-flyer/6814300748.html

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/d/seattle-contessa-26/6814788026.html

I’ll keep adding more to this as I find them. I may start a 10k thread too since 10k is about as obtainable for a couple as 5k for a solo sailor. But for now, this is a good starting point.

If you want to talk about a specific boat, please add a link to your reply so I don’t have to dig around too much to find the boat in question.

Fair winds all.

Cheers,
Crow
 

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That 23' for $200 (that the owner is threatening to make into kindling) might be a bit of a challenge!
Also, I know everyone loves V-berths but I was always partial to an aft cabin...
 
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That 23' for $200 (that the owner is threatening to make into kindling) might be a bit of a challenge!
Also, I know everyone loves V-berths but I was always partial to an aft cabin...
Yeah lol. Good parts boat if someone ended up needing wood or bits ha!

Aft cabins are nice but they shove the cockpit forward closer to the spray...for me, it’s all about the boat being handled in a seaman like fashion. Accommodations are my lowest priority actually. I just need 6’-6” to lie down in, some where to cook, some heat, and a bucket to piss in. I long ago abandoned the notion of dragging shore side comfort into my boats, and once accustomed to it, I don’t even miss it.

I know I’m in a super minority tho haha.

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That 23' for $200 (that the owner is threatening to make into kindling) might be a bit of a challenge!
Also, I know everyone loves V-berths but I was always partial to an aft cabin...
The Nor’Sea 27 comes to mind. If you don’t know it, check it out. Lyle Hess (fucking legend) design, trailerable, comes in both an aft cockpit and aft cabin model. Pretty cool on a 27’ boat!

Cheers,
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The Nor'Sea 27!!! When I saw the specs, I knew that you were right! Crow knows all...
 

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Damn seeing this makes me miss living up there.In my early 20s I lived in an an old admirals barge.Was amazingly comfortable.Miss those days.
 
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Found this today. I remember when it changed hands last time...I checked it out in person maybe 2 years ago? A very worthwhile project. Bruce Roberts design. One of his better ones (he is best know for his “Spray” replica line, but the Tom Thimb is a great small, proven, bluewater boat.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/d/auction-24-steel-sailboat/6818983921.html


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She has a certain mini-battleship aesthetic...
A flagship for the Anarchist Navy of the Sound....!
 

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This video is more proof!!!

I had the privilege of playing a mentoring role in this story in two ways. One,
(which is the theme of this thread) by sharing the knowledge that you can do incredible sailing journeys on very cheap boats and, two, by giving tips on the buying processs of the boat which can be a tricky affair for the newcomer.

Keep in mind that the boat is the cheap part. Boat gear and all the bits and pieces you need will end up costing more than what you paid initially. Yes you can dumpster dive level a good number of projects and some to a home depot level but others will absolutely have to be bullet proof where saving money shouldn't matter.

In regards to the boat buying process, if one is in the area considering some linked in the original post, my advice is to look at ALL of them. See as many boats as possible. Make it a full time job. Every boat will teach you something. From the designer that started with the lines, the yard that gave it shape and to all of the previous owners who made their mark with upgrades, each boat is a unique response to solving all of the challenges a boat represents. By looking at boat after boat for sale and hearing explanation after explanation, one will become accustomed to certain specific problems and the incredible variety of answers each boat represents as a way to overcome them. Take notes, or photos. It is an involved learning process. And one of the great things about this knowledge is there is no other way to get it!
 
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@lucidsalt
Excellent post man! All solid advice that obviously comes from a place of experience.

I should mention, if anyone needs help looking at boats, I’m totally available. All I ask is that my travel expenses be covered, (I’m broke too haha) but that’s it. I’d give as much free help and advice as I can!

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In keeping this thread alive, here's a few boats that were posted within the past week in the area:

$3200 - 1974 Catalina 22 comes with 2 motors and main/jib: 22' Catalina fin keel - https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/d/burton-22-catalina-fin-keel/6888350988.html

$2500 - 1981 24ft S2 7.3 w/ outboard and main/genoa/spinnaker sails, built in sink and stove, fixed head and holding tank: 1981 24 foot S2 7.3 sailboat - https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/boa/d/bainbridge-island-foot-s2-73-sailboat/6889858816.html

$3000 - 1973 Cal T4 comes w/ lots of extra sails and parts, outboard motor:

$3900 - 1972 Island Mark II comes with 3 cylinder diesel engine (900 hrs), kayak, and extras: 72 Islander MKII 30' - https://bellingham.craigslist.org/boa/d/bellingham-72-islander-mkii-30/6885966987.html
 

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Going to give away my most lucrative Craigslist trick for free. For those who don't know, if you have an account on Craigslist you can "save" a search. From there, you can get new results e-mailed to you whenever somebody posts something that meets your search criteria. Now here's the kicker, do a search for "free" in the boats section. Right now you'll just be looking at a bunch of junk power boats with motors that don't work. Hit the "sail" checkbox under "propulsion type", and now you're looking at a short list of boats that probably all actually have a price and just happen to use the word "free" somewhere in the description. Change your "max price" to 0. Now you'll probably only be looking at one or two posts that still aren't a free boat. Save that search, and set up your phone to sync with your e-mail so you see when you get new e-mails, and set your phone to sync as often as possible, every minute if possible. Bam, you'll know within minutes when a free boat comes up on Craigslist.

Without doing this, you'll have to be insanely lucky to happen on an amazing free boat. I've gotten a free 24' racer with a spinnaker and full sail selection, and a 8' sailing dinghy (you can easily pay $1000 for a sailing dinghy that size). I've seen tons of boats that I just wasn't in a position to jump on. And you have to jump on free boats instantly, because guaranteed that unless you're in some obscure location, there's going to be a lot of people browsing Craigslist's boat section at that moment who will be seeing it, and a few people smart enough to set up the same search. I've called within minutes of an ad being posted to be told that several people beat me. You have to jump on it the very instant you see it, or it's going to be gone. You have to be ready to go and get it immediately, or odds are good that it'll just be given to somebody that can get there sooner. I got the 24' racer because somebody else wasn't able to get there sooner than me, and boy were they pissed when they showed up.

Now don't get doing this unless you have boat experience. You need to be able to move the boat. The boat will likely not have a working motor. You need somewhere to take the boat, which will either involve spending a bunch of money on a guest dock at a marina or putting down anchors in an anchorage. Don't get in over your head and waste everybody's time, or worse, make the Coast Guard come rescue your dumb ass. Even if you get a free boat, you're going to need to spend some money; a common saying in the maritime world is "there's no such thing as a free boat." It's generally being given away because there's something broken (usually the motor) and the owner never uses it (thus never maintains it) and they just want to be done paying slip fees. I'll say it again, don't go getting yourself free boats unless you have boat experience, or a mentor, and a bit of cash on hand.
 
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