1970 Chris Craft Detroit Diesels Save 10s of thousands
Make: Chris Craft Detroit Diesels Save 10s of thousands
Type: Roamer 48ft 2 Stateroom 2 Bathroom Cruiser
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DO A GOOGLE SEARCH FOR CHRIS CRAFT ROAMER 48 FOR SALE AND YOU WILL FIND SEVERAL OF THE CLASSIC SISTERSHIPS TO THIS VESSEL FOR SALE BETWEEN $89,000 TO $149,000. On Yachtworld there are two of them for sale. Check out those. Not that much nicer than this one can be with a few weeks of restoration work. This boat is as large inside as a land based apartment. It has two full sized cabins plus two bathrooms plus a full kitchen and an interior salon plus huge deck and and after deck porch that is probably around 100sq ft which can be enclosed to make a deck house. This is a proper residence on the water, as large as many houseboats inside. Think of it as a floating houseboat residence to enable you to live comfortably on the water full year. But like most older houses it needs a re-model. If you are handy with tools this is an amazing opportunity to create a boat that is worth as much as a house, but don’t think that it is ready to live in as it is unless you are a very rustic sort of person. Like an older house in need of a re-model, this will take a lot of sweat equity to turn it into a true home, and like a house you can either do it cheaply or make it as fancy and expensive as you wish. Install granite counters and glass door showers and tile or hardwood floors if you want to live in a nice home. Or just move in with a suitcase and an air mattress if you just want a cheap place to call home. Just like a house, it can become whatever you dream it can be. This vessel is like bare land real estate with lots of potential but it will take effort and expense to make it amazing. Sold As Is. The previous owner of this amazing classic vessel fell upon hard times and left his storage bill unpaid at the boatyard for several years. This is your opportunity to acquire a vessel valued at many tens of thousands of dollars for fire sale Ebay auction prices. But here is the fine print. You need to move it from the boatyard within 2 weeks or you will lose out on this deal. Vessel must be paid for within 24 hours, no exceptions. Then you have 2 weeks to either launch the boat and move it away by water or arrange for a huge truck and trailer to move it by land. Please research these options and have both your funds in place and your plan to move it in place prior to bidding. These are the terms of the auction and this is the reason why you may be able to obtain a boat worth 50K to 100K for a fraction of that price. The boatyard deals in vessels worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and needs their space in the boatyard, so this is your opportunity. The easiest way to take possession of the boat would be to build or buy a very sturdy outboard motor mount and bolt it onto the swim platform or to the transom of the boat and then mount a 50 to 100 horsepower outboard motor onto that bracket. That is the same kind of outboard motor used to power pontoon boats or open cockpit fishing boats. You can usually pick up a 50 to 100 hp motor that isn’t pretty but will get the job done for a few hundred or couple thousand bucks on FB marketplace or craigslist. Then you will have slow mobility and you can launch the boat and take it down the Delaware river and either anchor it out somewhere in the Delaware or Chesapeake Bay temporarily or preferably move it to a boatyard somewhere that will accept such a large project vessel and let you work on it there. Call us to discuss how to navigate these options (pun intended) if you are not already a boater with many years experience talking with boatyards and marinas. 970 319 6408 Not every boatyard or marina will accept such a large vessel until you make it look prettier and get the motors running. But there are places that will accept you, and there are good options for rental moorings or setting up your own mooring. However, these options are further down in the Delaware Bay or in the Chesapeake Bay. You can move the boat through the C and D canal to the Chesapeake and then find a place to restore it down in Maryland or Virginia where there are far more affordable and accessible options. Where the boat is currently located there are not good options. This is why you must be prepared to move the vessel, using the outboard motor option if there isn’t a better option. When you pay for the boat, you are paying with the understanding that you will be moving the boat within 2 weeks. You will get the title from the marina the same day that the boat leaves their dock and not a moment sooner. If you don’t move the boat within the 2 weeks then you will lose your opportunity and you will lose the money you have invested. Please consider this before bidding. Moving the boat is part and parcel of your contract to purchase the vessel. It doesn’t really belong to you until you leave the dock and take possession of it or have it trucked away by a boat mover or semi truck and low boy trailer. You can legally operate the vessel with a title in hand and get it registered after you move it out of their harbor. Stop at a guest dock along the way if you want to do that or do it online on one of the many state websites that allow online registration of vessels with an image of the title. The Delaware river is a tidal estuary which flows both directions with each movement of the tides, and the tides are around 6 feet. This means if you use a small 50 to 100 hp motor and go with the flow you can move just fine, but with a small motor you will want to cast anchor when the tide changes and wait for the tide to go the same direction you want to go in. Otherwise you will not make much progress if you are using a small motor. All of this goes without saying if you are an experienced boater, but if you are new to boats you need to know this. And if you are new to boats this is probably not the best boat to start off with. This is a large and serious vessel for someone with significant boating experience. You may be able to get the inboard motors running within the first few days of work, but don’t make that your only plan. Have a back up plan in place if you cannot get the engines running. They were running when the boat was last in use, but that was a number of years ago and at a bare minimum you will need new batteries and fresh fuel from a temporary day use jug and likely servicing the cooling system and changing the impeller and possibly new starter or other things. It is impossible to know what work the engines might need without servicing and testing them or having a marine mechanic do that for you. The marina says the engines were running when the boat was hauled out, but that is no guarantee of anything. Vessel is sold As Is, where is…hence the deep discount auction price. Fortunately parts for these older Detroit Diesel engines are cheap on the used mechanical market and are interchangable with pieces of farm equipment and older work trucks like dump trucks and moving trucks. The only thing different with a Detroit diesel engine in a boat and one in an old dump truck or generator or water pump is that these have a water cooling system to circulate ocean/river water for cooling rather than using a radiator. The cooling systems are marine systems but the rest of the motor is the same as an older moving truck or tractor from the same era. Half Price Yachts TRYING TO BUY TWICE THE BOAT YOUR BUDGET CAN AFFORD? NEED TO SELL RIGHT AWAY NO MATTER THE PRICE? GIVE US A CALL! HALF PRICE YACHTS (970) 319-6408 At Half Price Yachts we specialize in helping normal people achieve exceptional purchasing power. We help boat buyers embrace an exceptional lifestyle that normally might be beyond their financial comfort zone. We help boat owners become boat sellers when they dont want to spend another two years of slip fees and maintenance costs waiting for a full price offer. If you want to join the yachting lifestyle or perhaps to make an upgrade in length or quality from your existing yacht, but without paying full price, we are Americas connection to affordable vessels that need a bit of TLC and elbow grease investment in exchange for savings of tens of thousands of dollars off fair retail market pricing for the same vessel in turn-key condition. Nearly every vessel we sell has some amount of elbow grease savings built into its situation. Usually this also comes with a backstory. We specialize in yachts whose former owners fell on hard times for whatever reason (divorces, estate sales, back surgery…all sorts of crazy stories). Or sometimes they simply became too busy with work or had a spouse that insists that its time to sell the boat for whatever price it can fetch on a quick sale, as a compromise toward buying that new beach condo. Every vessel has a story. The one criteria we have in picking which boats we either purchase to re-sell or boats we represent, is that with a little investment of sweat equity and a few bucks, a buyer will have the opportunity to acquire a vessel for half the price of what every other vessel of that make, year and model sells for through a traditional yacht listing service or yacht brokerage. If you want a 50% off deal youve found your connection to make that possible. Diesel engines were running fine when boat was last used several years ago but may need service from sitting. See photos. EXCELLENT SWEAT EQUITY OPPORTUNITY – Restore a Classic! We help normal folks achieve exceptional purchasing power. We empower you to create an exceptional lifestyle that normally might be beyond your financial comfort zone. All vessels have repair projects requiring handy skills to bring them back to 100% full retail value. If you are handy or ready to hire a marine professional for a few hundred or few thousand dollars worth of effort, you can save 50% or more on the acquisition price for an incredible opportunity vessel. Click on the full description link in the listing to get a longer description of exactly what this vessel needs in order to bring it back to fully restored, full value condition. Call 970 319 6408 to discuss what you are looking for in a boat & whether this one might fit your needs & budget. Must be moved within 2 weeks. Payment due within 24hrs. Whether you want to acquire a million dollar yacht for a mere 500K or to obtain a $200,000 global cruiser for a mere hundred thousand or a real classic FIXER-UPPER for a mere ten thousand, with a fair market value of twenty thousand in its current project status…you have come to the right place. 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By far the most affordable way to move a boat is by water, so please consider whether your location is accessible to move the boat by water or whether you will need to pay the higher cost of having it moved by truck and trailer. Also consider the time it will take to prepare for a voyage and whether your sailing skills or those of friends or other sailors you might find through the yacht crew websites are at the level necessary to make a safe voyage from the ocean where the boat is located to your home port. NOW IF YOU AREN’T YET TIRED OF READING, HERE ARE A FEW INSIGHTS TO SHARE ABOUT BUYING BOATS AND CHOOSING THE RIGHT BOAT FOR OCEAN FISHING OR LIVE-ABOARD CRUISING FROM ONE OF OUR FOUNDING PARTNERS: Our passion is to assist folks who are making a transition from day sailing or coastal cruising to becoming full-time live-aboard world cruisers. We also assist new sailors or boaters who are just getting into the sport of yachting by advising them on how to develop their skills and how to make plans to pursue the dream of cruising and world traveling full-time. We have extensive contacts and resources for finding good world cruising boats, fishing boats and pleasure yachts at far below their fair market value, and occasionally we discover an amazing neglected vessel at a price that we know may enable a cruising family or a retired couple on fixed income the ability to pursue the dream of cruising without the sort of means and savings normally associated with pursuing this lifestyle. In those cases, like this boat, we work to try and find a new home for a good below market value boat, with people who will fully restore the vessel, and hopefully use it for the serious cruising that the boat was designed for. There are many aspects of life where experience really matters, but none so much as global cruising or offshore fishing. When you are planning to take a small boat across vast oceans and visit foreign ports of call on your own terms you must truly learn to become Master’s of your Own Destiny. It doesn’t matter how wealthy you are or how talented you are at managing large organizations or companies with dozens of staff people. When you are on a boat in the middle of the ocean, the choices you have made, the choices you will make and your own internal skills and the undeniable truth of how well or poorly you have planned for your expedition, are the factors that will determine whether your experiences become a positive adventure or a frightening (or even life threatening) catastrophe. When you are looking at a boat parked peacefully at a dock or on jack stands at a boat yard, you will be tempted to judge it based on whether the lines are nice and whether it is pretty or ugly and whether it is new or old and well kept or run down. The ocean however, operates according to immutable laws of physics. The ocean does not care whether it sinks a pretty boat or keeps an ugly one floating. It does not care whether you are a skilled sailor with dozens or years experience under your shade hat or whether you are an amateur on your first weekend pleasure cruise. You will be served exactly the same conditions of wind and waves whether you were born wealthy or if you were raised in a cave by baboons. The only control you have over these situations is knowing when to sail and when not to sail, and you can prepare yourself so that when the wrong situation strikes, if it ever does, you are skilled and prepared to deal with it and have a vessel that is prepared to handle the same. For people who are wanting to go cruising full-time, or who want to go from being pleasure sailors to competent seamen and seawomen, choosing the right boat is the first and sometimes ultimately most important decision of their nautical lives. Of course you can always sell or trade a boat and then buy a different one, but still the choice of each boat will influence the experiences you have and it will determine in many ways the capabilities or limitations of what you can or can’t do while you have that boat for your homeeven if it is only home for a few weekends here and there. There are many nuances and subtleties to sailing and power yachting, as well as to each individual vessel. A boat that may be just exactly perfect for one sailor or family of sailors, may be completely the wrong boat to suit another person’s dreams. By nature, boats require a lot of maintenance and upgrades, and if you are someone who wants all the possible bells and whistles, boating can be a very expensive occupation. However, there are also ways to save a lot of money and still pursue the dream effectively and safely and create a new floating paradise for yourself. But each person or each couple’s needs are different. There is no such boat as a boat that is not a project boat. A cruiser friend I know well (a relatively wealthy man at the time) purchased a brand new 46 footy yacht for his family to live on for years and to cruise the world on, the first thing he did to a brand new half million dollar boat was to spend another $27K on equipment upgrades, new electronics installations and custom modifications. No boat, no matter how shiny and brand new, is exactly right for everyone’s individual tastes and needs, and no boat comes straight from the factory completely ready to do anything other than Wednesday afternoon beer can races or weekend pleasure cruising. I often get asked by people who are shopping for a used boat to go cruising the world, Is this boat ready to cross the Atlantic? or Does it need anything before it is ‘Ready to Sail. The very nature of that question is a showcase of their naivety. Even if the answer were Yes, the boat is ready. (which would be impossible to have any boat ready unless you have spent thousands of dollars on a cruising chandlery and provisioning service ahead of time) the greater question is Are such ignorant sailors who need to ask such questions ready themselves? Even if they had the absolutely perfect boat, prepared ahead of time by die-hard professionals to get it ready to cast off the lines and sail to points distant and exotic, would the sailors know where everything is at on the boat and how to operate those systems and how not to break them with ignorant mistakes or how to fix them once broken? And if they knew all those things, would the boat be equipped with the necessary repair tools and supplies as part of the process of getting it ready to sail? So all these are big questions, and the only easy answer is that any sailor must become intimately familiar with their vessel prior to making long voyages beyond sight of land. The easiest way to become familiar with a boat so that it is not a stranger but rather a trusted old friend is to do a lot of weekend coastal cruising with it, while you work all the bugs out. Also, the more projects and upgrades you do yourself the more familiar you will be with how they work, how to maintain them and how to fix them again if anything every goes wrong. To depend on the expertise of professionals left behind in a port in a distant country you cleared out of months ago is only to invite future disaster…and its also much harder on the wallet. So any time you can add to your own skills and knowledge of your own boat by doing your own work, or hiring a professional to help you do it yourself, you are preparing yourself for future success as a cruiser. Any boat, even a brand new boat, will have things about it that you want to change or upgrade or move or install prior to making long voyages. The better questions to ask are: What is the proper amount of maintenance and upgrades that I will make to my vessel prior to setting sail? How many things need to be changed or fixed before I leave the continental US? How many projects will I work on, as little projects along the way, when I have a slow day at a boring anchorage and there are no cruiser parties to attend and no interesting conversations of the side channels of the VHF? How many projects are absolutely vital to get accomplished before I begin actively using the boat as a full time residence and a floating RV that can sail to any country with a coastline? How many projects do I want to tackle myself if it means I can save literally tens of thousands of dollars on the purchase price of a boat, and how much more ultimate value do I get for my money by buying a larger or more seaworthy boat with a few bigger projects to tackle than if I buy a smaller or more flimsy boat that is cleaned up nicer and has fewer problems to address? Remember the ultimate cosmic law of boating even if you can’t see any problems at all with a boat, and no projects needing doing, as soon as you own it and begin to sail it, you will start to find those quirks and bugs. So don’t fool yourself into believing that you can simply buy a shiny new boat from a broker at full market value, or even by paying more than boat blue book value, to avoid ever having to make repairs or upgrades. Any experienced sailor or boating professional other than someone selling fancy new boats will admit to you that there is no such boat other than a project boat. The only question is What are the projects and how much money will I save by doing them myself versus hiring someone else to complete them? Every boat that I have ever bought or ever sold, which is now many dozens of them, had varying degrees of things needing to be improved about it. Even the brand new boats straight from the showroom floor or boat show sales dock will need bottom painting and new zincs and fuel cleansing treatments and oil changes and manifold and riser inspections within a matter or months of casual weekend use. The longer any boat sits without the proper level of loving regular maintenance the faster it will deteriorate, and tiny 15 minute projects will turn into hour-long projects and hour-long projects will turn into day-long or week-long projects due to continuing neglect. The quality of the build is also important. A cheap boat will have cheap boat problems, and it will have serious issues far faster and more frequently than a very well built boat from an esteemed yacht designer and builder even if the better boat looks worse initially. In many ways you are better off to buy an older and more well regarded vessel in worse first impressions condition than to buy a shiny and well kept cheaper new boat. In the long run the better boat will cause far fewer headaches once you have it restored fully and you are taking care of it yourself, whereas the cheap but glossy boat may still look new and shiny for years, but begin having serious and costly problems that cannot be seen even while it still looks great in Facebook boat pictures. Boating is like riding a horse or driving a high performance sports car. You always have to be involved in the life of your boat whether you use it frequently or not. But this is not a bad thing, because it is part of the pride of ownership, and the regular maintenance and upkeep and small projects is what enables you to avoid the big ones or to at least know which big ones you need to do sooner and which ones can wait till later. Having realistic expectations and entering these boating decisions thoughtfully, considering your many choices on the front end will help you to achieve your dreams in a practical and realistic way without surprises. Standard Legal Disclaimer – Vessels are sold “As Is” with no warranty either express or implied. The Company listing this vessel for sale offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice. On Jun-21-22 at 21:39:10 PDT, seller added the following information: Correction – Sorry for the confusion folks. This model is the 47 foot Commander model, not the 48 foot Roamer model as it says in the title.