Every now and then, ebay produces really good deals, and this just may be one of those times. We spoke to the seller and that even convinced us more. Heck we tried to talk him into keeping it and restoring it. The current owner is a car guy and gets the need to preserve it. Its the real deal and a worthy project.
These U18’s are amazing boats and if you restore it, you wont ever sell it. Most Sportsman stay in the family since they are so dam usable and rewarding. The little sister of the U22 these 18 footers are large and have the ease of a smaller boat. And trust us, can take a beating out there in any water. At the current bid around $3K its very doable if you are smart.
The engine is a Chris Craft K painted, which we asked if rebuilt, YES, 300 hrs ago. They used it last year, the owners are in there 80’s and get this.. THE ORIGINAL OWNERS! And spent her entire life on Lake Anna.. WHAT? Literally right down the street from us.
The boat was ordered in 1949 and delivered as a 1950. I would if it were me, would get it running, soak it up and run it for the summer and see if you love it, then have this next winter lined up with a restoration place and do the bottom.
If you love the 18 footer but don’t want to under go the process, there is an AMAZING one for sale at Katzs Marina all done up flawlessly with a cool history as a police boat . HERE
OK, where was I, my Memory is going.. Oh ya. Now back to the ebay listing.
There ya go. She is a very nice worthy U 18. If you are the winner, let us all know! If it just stays with one dang bidder, we are going to buy it. She deserves the best and will be fun to see her out on the water again. Maybe this spring!
YOU CAN SEE THE LISTING HERE