Picture of Free Yacht Chapter 6: How to Give Away a Free Yacht
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continues the Free Yacht saga begun at How to Get a Free Yacht

One day I was offered a 32 foot trimaran for a very low price. We freeboat captains conferred and decided to get it. We now needed to give away our beloved Frieboot a.k.a "Free Boat One".

I happened to know just the person to give it to. Shannon O'Hare, creator of the "Neverwas Haul", a self-propelled victorian house. I invited him to come look at a free boat with a working diesel engine. I gave him a beer and left him aboard the boat alone for a few minutes while I lugged some junk back to my truck. When I came back he was hooked. His mind was racing with the adventures and projects he would have with his new boat.

Shannon recruited a crew of stalwart pals to share it with him.
Here he and Captain Kimrick take their new boat out for a spin.

P.S. Update august 2007 I gave away another free boat. It's gone:
yet another free boat: in Alameda CA
It's a small 24ft trimaran, or you could use the center hull as half of a Wharram-type catamaran. The shape is compatible with the small Wharrams.
You'll need a trailer to transport it, or a truck with a beefy roof rack and some strong friends.

Here's the table of contents of the whole saga:
Chapter 1: How to Get a Free Yacht
Chapter 2: Maiden Voyage of the Free Yacht
Chapter 3: Fix Broken Stix and other Trix
Chapter 4: Outboard Motor Mutilates Foot
Chapter 5: It's sinking and it's on Fire.
Chapter 6: How To Give Away a Free Yacht
Chapter 7: Get an Even Better One and Fabulize it.
Chapter 8: Celebrate Freedom
Chapter 9: Technicolor Dreamboat
Chapter 10: Privateer Knot
Chapter 11: Dismasted!
Chapter 12: Kiteboat!
Chapter 13: Mast Raising

Ferrite7 years ago
I love that trimaran that you want to give away, but I live on the other side of the country :-( How did you get it, its a nice little boat?
chrisayad7 years ago
lemme get a boat!
KronoNaut7 years ago
You couldn't have given the boat to a more deserving person. -g
holy shit. here in new zealand you would give them a hearty hand shake and give them the keys (if you lock it, which of couse you do). oh you are meant to tell the coast guard the ownership has changed if your radio callsign is registered, (which it is meant to be) in new zealand there isn't any rules for boating, of course you make your own rules but there is very little paper work... unless you want to sail offshore... then there is shit loads! (I understand) fair enough though.
Wade Tarzia8 years ago
I'm exhausted already! Sort of the same problems I am having registering a trailer my dad built for free, and registering my home-built outrigger so I can (maybe) put an outboard on it (I need a hull number, and for that I need an inspection, then the rigorousmarole to get the title), and all in all, America is the "Land of the Unfree, Home of the Save(me from just watching TV)."
land of the fee and the home of the slave
westfw8 years ago
Are their liability issues with giving away a boat? Or do the standard transfer of ownership documents (which you didn' mention!) cover that adequately? And, um, any tax implications? Are you just assuming that the boat's value is less than the $10k maximum gift allowance?
zachninme8 years ago
Should you have broken S1 into multiple steps?