continues the Free Yacht saga begun at How to Get a Free Yacht

On the first of the month I went to the marina office to pay the rent.
I apologized for not paying on the 29th and asked about a free dinghy that was up for grabs.
me: "And what's the story about the trimaran next to it?"
he: "That's the marina's. No one bid on it at the lein sale auction. I'll sell it to you cheap, but you've got to get it out of here. When it looks and acts like a boat again you can apply for a slip like anyone else."
We chatted more about the history and possible future of the boat.

It was eerily quiet in the office. No one stopped in with rent checks.
Didn't the 400 other boats docked at the marina need to pay their rent?
In the next year the harbormaster would have to impound many boats and would have to file leins against some, and after much hassling would end up owning boats he didn't want.

Ask any harbormaster if they have boats they want to get rid of.
They'll say "no" because they know that most people are unreliable.
But if they like how you pay your rent they'll have a bunch and will give you a good or free deal on them if you can make them disappear.

I rushed off to confer with my crew of co-captains.
After looking it over we decided we'd go for it. Victor and Kenny said "only if you'll sail it to Hawaii". I explained that if you eat rice and peanutbutter while sailing to Hawaii, food alone will cost you more than a plane ticket. They were undiscouraged so I said "Okay, howabout we get it if YOU are allowed to sail it to Hawaii whenever you want?" That satisfied them and I went to give the harbormaster a deposit check.

For the cost of two months dock slip rent, we get our next "free" yacht. We have a month to get it out of there, so actually the cost is a month's rent.
You may ask, "Why the hell is this a "free boat" if you had to pay money for it? If so, you have the right attitude. Richardson Bay has a bunch of people "living on the hook" with free boats that didn't cost anything but time and effort.

An off-duty Talmudic scholar might clarify for us what type and amount of expenses disqualify a boat as "free". For the sake of the concept I paid the price myself so the boat would be free for my co-captains. Consider me the "Sabbath Goy" of the free boat.

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

Step 1: But You've Got to Remove It and Fix It

"I want to literally stand on the dock and hand you the papers as you take it out of here", said the harbormaster. "Until then I'll hold onto your deposit check."

And until then we could get it ready to move.
The battery held a charge and the diesel started and ran, but the propeller didn't seem to do anything. That could be a problem with the hydraulic drive to the prop or almost anything.

As you can see, the boat has some serious cosmetic problems.
The white paint is flaking off and there's yellow gummy undercatalyzed gelcoat under that.
An abundant crop of mollusks encrust the hulls below the waterline.
From their size and other signs It appears that maintenance ended a decade ago.
Before that the maintenance had been clumsy and unambitious.

By some miracle the boat didn't leak. We couldn't find any structural flaws at all.
If you could ignore how cosmetically bad it was, it was a really great boat.
The builder had used good materials and had done an excellent job.

It was a Piver 32 or 33, the documents disagreed on which, designed by Arthur Piver in the late sixties. Shortly after that he sailed away and was never seen again.
Is that scary or damn cool? A bit of both.
I ordered copies of all his books from The Mariner's Museum in Virginia, custodian of his documents.
The demigod speaks! Haha, Doode, youre funny. I am really enjoying this journey you had.
so you got a free boat? <br>:D
A gel cote and that thing could be somebodys home. What a deal that engine alone is worth what you paid.
not cool! your readers want MORE details! not FEWER!!! please?
What does the inside look like. Have you worked on it at all?
Cool names for the hoists. I'll add them to my "Occupational Folklore -- informal machine-nicknames" list. Let me know if you hear/have leard any others.
molly guard - the cover thing over emergency stop buttons, named after Molly, a programmer's daughter, who kept hitting the emergency stop on the mainframe. some plexiglass later, and tada!
its tradition for all smokehouse smokers to have a name before they are used for the first time.
PS -- are those amas asymmetric?
yes. on every axis
What does that mean? (I feel embarrassed to ask....)
that whole "axis of symmetry" thing, where you could slice it in half and the halves would be mirror images of each other.
Didja eat 'em? The mussels?I was a dockmaster in Norfolk VA (not far from the mariner's museum) and we would have eaten them. Steamed on the dock in some beer and served with butter. Yum.
Hehe, funny :)
hello, new here, what's the rent you've fallen in? i'd love to see if I can help...if I at the least get a free ride! waiting to here from you ...ciao luv
Hay I am all new to this, so I will be blunt if you ever fall be hind on rent I would love to have that free boat. It is&nbsp;a graet find and besides you guy's have done all the work ( not free) but cool.<br /> When your ready you can E-mail me at <a href="mailto:gwalker968@aol.com" rel="nofollow">gwalker968@aol.com</a> Good job on your find
KKMI! &nbsp;Dude, they're good but they ain't cheap.<br />
&quot;Marinas hate boats. They'll do anything they can to keep boats from getting in.&quot; <br /> <br /> <br /> Oh man this is sooooo true. <br /> <br /> The only thing they hate more than boats is the people who own them.
&nbsp;dittos! &nbsp;would you lick lead popsicles all day? &nbsp;what fun is life if you can't walk or perform medium to fine motor tasks? &nbsp;remember, life has a strange way of making us pay for &quot;free&quot;. &nbsp;lol
&nbsp;My goodness, I truly envy this ship, it made think of the movie &quot;waterworld&quot; the moment i saw it. Did you happen to see any other trimarans when looking for free boats?
hey what type of baot is that it looks like a cataraman but theres that center cabin.or could it be a pontune boat
Tri hull catamaran.<br />
Man, I love those tri's. There is a huge one here in Sarasota named "the Black Pearl". No joke. Couldn't you have just gone up the Sacramento river to kill off the sea critters? That's how they do it here. Go into fresh water for a week and it all sluffs off. Is there free moring somewhere off the coast? I know Sausalito is basically forbidden to anything under $50k. Damn houseboats. That tri should do well out in the potato fields. Would like to see it go to Monterey bay. Keep up the great work.
sometimes though for zebra mussels can fall off the boat and infect the neighboring water... and nobody wants that don't they<br />
Yeah, you should see lake Eire now that the zebra muscles have boomed there. You can see all the way to the bottom. How awful! <br /> &nbsp;I&nbsp;should go dump some of those critters in Clear lake California. It's been pea green for the past 30 years. I used to be able to see the bottom of that one as a kid.<br />
That is very unlucky.
ALWAYS let the yard guys move the jacks no matter how "easy" it is to do.
It's true! If something bad happens, the yard's insurance will probably cover it.
We used coarsely-ground cork for out boat (steel hull, epoxy paint). During renovation painted one layer, sprinkled the cork on the fresh paint so it'd stick, then painted again after it'd dried. While it wasn't what we expected, it worked and was way better than with no texturing.
...Dude. He must have been the "Free Yacht Oracle"...
thats looks really good
That's a beautiful boat, and your story is really inspiring. Can I come to Hawaii with you?
she's a fine boat :)
You know, I could care less about boats (I used to work at a boat manufacturing plant), even free ones since I live by the mountains - but I kept pushing that next step>> button till the well written end. Great story and instructable!
wow, I feel like I've been watching a reality show and this is the happy ending.. lol
bahahaha this story/instructable is awesome! I say DAMN COOL you have a boat made by a phantom shipbuilder.. bad assness.
That is a thing of beauty! I wish I had friends who were as adventurous as you. I would totally do something like that if I had the resources. If a friend were doing something like that, I would help for the opportunity to go sailing.
She really looks good! I had nothing to do with it but I am still proud just sitting here and looking at it. I worked at a marina/boat dealer in the Florida panhandle for about 10 years. It is unusual for a boat that started out looking that bad to turn out that nice.
holy crap that 2 pac paint is deadly you are suppose to use resperators and have air lines as well as being fully covered but suppose adventure is adventure
Don't do it again - like lead poisoning it's cumulative, permanent and it messes with your nerves!! If you like being able to use your fingers, walking, etc. do not do what you did ever again.
He eats 2 pac for breakfast. ;-)
wow that is amazing really great seems like you had alot of fun and i just wonder if all marinas have a man in a trench coat that appears from no where and the vanishes,she looks fantastic have to go and do my little boat now you have given me motivation great tale and well written with humour ps i am from new zealand so spelling is different,fair winds
ahoy now shes looking good,great story laughing alot,thanks
i take it be didn't sail away in this love the story so far
that's one bitchin' boat
nice work. i have had the pleasure of driving a 60ft. tri named &quot;earth voyager&quot;. she was an absolute machine, taking 4 people to raise the main sail. very fast!<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.torresen.com/sailing/content_archives/001341.php">earth voyager</a><br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.fotosearch.com/IDX056/638205/">earth voyager2</a><br/>
thats a beautiful boat... must have cost a lot. do they have 100+ foot long trimarans?
that's a beautiful job you've done. I guess innovation only takes you so far, sometimes you just have to fix things with the actual stuff. Good call on following that guys advice about the paint - You won't regret it. as for storing the beast, is it too big to tow on a trailer? then you could store it just about anywhere and just put in when you wanted to. who knows, maybe somebody with water access will let you moor if you build them a dock or help with it's upkeep. Stranger things (As to which I'm sure you can attest) have happened. we wait with baited breath for your next installment.

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