Craigslist boats

I love Craigslist. It has replaced ebay for me and I have had a lot of success on it buying, selling and even taking advantage of arbitrage. Naturally I have been keeping up with boats for sale on Craigslist. Every morning I check up on the local listings and will look all around Florida every once and a while. Some people on the cruising forums suggest that if a person is selling on Craigslist, they are probably hiding something or it will be a problem. I disagree, and there are ways to handle it in the first place. Of course, any boat I seriously look at will be surveyed stem to stern by a professional before I put a dime on it. If the Craigslist seller refuses to allow a survey, then I know I should move on. That being said, here are a few boats out there on Craigslist that I am keeping bookmarked. This first one is a 1981 Crocker 33' that is custom built for $20,000:

Custom Crocker Cutter: Will go anywhere you want >>> 1981-Solid built fiberglass cruising cutter 16,000 lbs. displacement. 36' LOA w/o boomkin and bowsprit, 4.5' Shallow draft for the Carribean waters yet able to go off shore.....if you are! Beam 11.8', good cruising mahogany interior with full galley and a true nav station. The iron jenny is a 24hp. Westerbeke diesel w/100hrs. total time. If you are familiar with West Sail and a Bristol Channel Cutter then you can picture The Crocker Cutter. It is Built as solid or more so than the West Sail and the wine glass hull resembles the Bristol Channel Cutter, but larger inside and out and uses the same rig! Core sample of the hull are 1 7/8" solid hand laid fiberglass and epoxy! This boat has over $100k in materials alone and thats in the 1980's dollars. Also comes with ground tackle and many spares. Currently stored as seen under shelter which is included. Solid Glass Hull-no wood in hull. call for more details.

Boat description makes it seem just like what I'm looking for. It's on the hard too so it would be easy to look at all around. Definitely going to check this one out.

This next one looks real good, and there is a separate ad it links to with more pictures. Everything on it looks great, I'm just curious about the displacement and how that centerboard keel handles. I need to look up centerboards more. There are some Pearson 35's I've seen for sale with centerboards and I've been warry. Can anyone chime in with some advice? I guess my question would be how the centerboard models handle differently than deep full keels.

This boat is an able cruiser sailed from Nova Scotia to Puerto Rico. Ted Brewer design, Cutter Rigged with Center Board Draft (Dn 6'6" Up 2' 10"), Year 1983, Beam 10' 8", Tabernacle Mast with mast steps, Bowsprit, Wheel Steering, Bottom Painted 3/2009. Low price to sell fast, an excellent deal at $14,500.

Equipment: Upgraded Yanmar GM3 Diesel Engine 1993 low hours; New Transmission 1994; New Stainless Steel Rigging; New Prop 3 Blade 3.2009; 3 Anchors-Bruce, Plow, & Yachtsman; New Sail Covers; New Jib; Autopilot; 3 Burner Propane Stove; Propane Refrigerator; Cabin Heater; 3 Bilge Pumps and many extra engine parts.

More Pictures are available at: www.sailboatlistings.com/view/12415

Here is another centerboard model going for dirt cheap right now. It looks real nice so I wonder what the catch is. It looks a little light, but possibly sea-worthy:

THIS FINE CRUISING SAILBOAT MUST BE SOLD NOW TO HIGHEST BIDDER!!! Reserve is $5,000. / "Buy now" is $10.000. Nimble 30 sailboat: shoal draft /centerboard, double ended cruising sloop. Very well built, green hull with tankbark sails

Yanmar 18 hp diesel, large fuel & water tanks. Roller furling genoa. 7 bronze opening portholes, 3 hatches, CQR anchor with bow roller and anchor locker. Head with holding tank, shower. Full headroom. Full galley with pressure and manual water, filters, 3 water tanks, 4 burner propane range with oven and good stowage. Auto pilot, depth finder, new VHF, and many recent upgrades and improvements. Much more equipment and features, including hand carved teak dolphin figureheads on the bow!

30 Nimbles often sell in the $40,s... this is a greaty opportunity to get a great little cruising boat for a fraction of the usual price! This boat has been well loved, but unfortunately must be sold immediately!!!

Another banging deal here. Lots of recent major refitting, good price, good looking sea worthy boat.

1972 Rawson sailboat, just back from a cruise and ready to go... This year, she had: new standing rigging, built by Mack Sails (1/09) bottom paint (1/09) new head & plumbing (1/09) new exhaust hose (1/09) new starter & house batteries (1/09)

Comes equipped with: AirX wind generator, still under warranty Simrad 30 autopilot, tiller steering Raymarine depth sounder VHF Propane stove, oven GPS Revere Offshore Liferaft (6 person, new in 2007) Vetus 33HP diesel, runs strong Plenty of storage, roomy liveaboard

She has a double spreader rig with removable inner forestay and running backstays for a Cutter Rig, if you choose All sails are in good condition This is a sturdy, overbuilt fiberglass offshore sailboat with a cut away forefoot full keel 5'draft.