Free Yacht - Volume2





Introduction: Free Yacht - Volume2

TimAnderson is known around these parts for the awesome free yachts he acquires... My father recently acquired what can be considered a free yacht - and surprisingly, my mother agreed to go along with it. I detested - even Tim said it's a monster of a project - but that didn't stop it. My father lived on a sailboat when younger, so I kinda think this is somewhat related to a midlife urge to do "things" and live dreams :p

Now this isn't any ordinary "free yacht" - this is a 61 foot (LOA) Ketch. So what comes with a 61 foot yacht?

Length Overall: 61'
Beam: ~15'
Draft: >7' with extendable centerboard (+2' --hydraulic)
Construction: Fiberglass - hand layup: 1984
Ballast: 18,000lb integrated in layup
Water: 600gal in 2 tanks
Fuel: ~450gal in 1 tank

Engine: Ford Lehman 135hp
Generator: ???? (don't recall)

Reverse Osmosis water treatment
Two redundant auto pilot systems
Compressor for SCUBA
16' inflatable
Washer/Dryer in a Utility Room
3 heads - 4 showers (plus deck shower)
4 Cabins
Deep Freezer
Stove and Oven
3 zone a/c
Deck refrigerator
110 Power service (on board inverter when not on shore)
12V Power service
7 141 pound batteries (ask me how fun it is to replace these :p)

Etc. Etc. Etc. - you can live aboard this thing....

The downside is - this boat has sat for awhile. And we are constantly finding new systems. I've been meaning to do an instructable - but there's just so much stuff to go into it. So here's a quick slideshow :)

There's a lot of story behind the boat, and of the restoration process.... But we successfully navigated the yacht through Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Rivers :) And by successful, I mean we didn't crash or damage anything (other than pride perhaps) - the trip was very... "Event full" requiring some Macgyver at sea solutions....



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    OMG that is a ship that is not a yacht? I would not mind dragging that thing up on land and living out of it. Would not worry about a flood? I would be afraid to pilot that you need a crew to handle the sails I don't think one person can do it? Brave men all I can say. I bet a handfull of homeless veterans would be able to make it work?

    sounds like a good boat for a project .

    were did you quet the free boat i would like to have the same

    To anyone whom wants to give away a 220' sea worthy Yacht, Ship, Craft ect, or larger ;  Please Email me at , If theres one thing in life that I want to do before I go to the after life it is to live on the sea and travel till that day comes.. I wanna a Yacht !

    Really enjoyed this.  I've started a Yahood group at  where sailors can help other sailors find their free boat.  In just two days I've found at least a dozen free boats that look to be decent and ranging in size from 20' to 27'.  Most of the time the owner is not using his boat and does not want to continue paying storage fees or slip fees.  Not that the boat is a piece of junk but he is just ready to move on.


    Whoa! My family and i (im 13) live on our boat and we dont even have all those amenities! Cool boat, anyway!

    What a wonderful project! There is nothing! Absolutely nothing! that feels as amazing as being on a sailboat that size. If I could find out how to get one of these affordably, I'd wrap my entire life around it. Just never thought that it could happen. Please give more info on how you got it. . . . pleeeeeeze!

    great stuff theres heaps of good stuff and i agree you live once do it!! but for new comers there are costs that you have to beware of marina fees etc,hauling out,antifouling and breakages but i do with a small yacht in new zealand with an income of just 270 dollars a week with exchange rate thats about 180 american dollars,i gave up smoking so i had a bit more money to work on her and really the major outgoing is mooring fee at marina about 2900 thats about 1800 usa dollars per annual stay this would be more if my yacht was bigger,but hey theres nothing like being on the water and if my boat was bigger i could live aboard so yes its a great project,one golden rule is shop around for product and parts to get the best deal a couple of phone calls ca save you alot of doallars

    I had to chuckle when reading this instructable living here in Ft. Lauderdale area and working the boats for a number of years now - I've often stated when someone says something is "free" - That free costs a lot. This "free" yatch will certainly give new meaning to that statement as i'm sure you're finding out. Nothing is free in this world - there is always a price to pay. A yatch/boat of any kind - is nothing more than a hole in the water you dump money into. Let there be no dillusion to anyone thinking someone is just handing a yatch or boat or any sea worthy vessel over to someone else with out great costs involved in the end for repairs and maintanance dockage etc etc. As stated this instructable had me chuckle silently to myself at the real cost of this "Free" yatch/vessel.. However it can be a fun yet costly project - and i wish you and/or anyone else whiling to take on this type project the best. Happy sailing... -chase- chase

    Sure, the cost of owning anything is something... But the cost of owning is a far cry different from the cost of acquisition. To date, the money put into the boat has not come near the "value" at the time of acquisition. I don't look at the house I live in as a land locked money pit. It serves a purpose, which is why money is thrown into the pit that is the house I live in :p In similar fashion, this vessel serves a purpose - and, if we wanted to, it could be home :p If I said no money has been put into the vessel after what you see in this brief slide show, that would be less than truthful... Notably, a bow thruster was installed... For a ship this heavy and this large... I, for one, consider it a piece of safety equipment. And for anyone that isn't aware, it's not a "cheap" piece of equipment and requires the boat being out of the water and a sizable hole cut through the bow.... For a first time free boater person - this is def. not the one to start with... Something more like the boats TimAnderson has acquired would be much better. yes, money will still be ultimately spent - but at some point we need to decide when living is more important than having money in one's life. I can think of much worse hobbies :)