Adopt A Boat, Don’t Buy A New One!

This wonderful Century is looking for a new home. You can see her HERE

We will spare you the Sarah Mclachlan music right now, but the point is the same. if you are in the market for a new boat! Going to plastic boat shows and sniffing the toxic chemicals of thin fiberglass. You may consider adopting a wonderful classic Woody Boat! that’s right. These boats for sale out there have long lives and have brought true joy to there previous families.

This Baby can be adopted Here on the Hacker  Craft Web Site site HERE

Each boat has its own personality and history. So in a very real way you are adopting her. Some may have been abused and require some love, some have been brought up in fancy homes but neglected, and need to be socialized. Some may have missing parts, and thats okay. But your perfect soul first mate is out there. She is sitting in a barn, garage, or sadly a back yard out behind the shed, wearing tattered blue tarps.

It ran when they parked it

Sometimes it’s just time to let go. And another loving family is needed to care for and raise the boat.

Or this sad lonely little gal. She can be adopted here at Freedom Boat Service. HERE. Oh there’s more

I am not sure how a family just lets a family member like their woody boat go? But SHIP HAPPENS. Been there and done that. but I have always wanted to make sure my Woody Boat goes to a loving family.

How about this little gas sucker at Katzs Marina. Fun, fast and sexy. 3 Carb Special. CLICK HERE

Sometimes the Mutts are the most fun! BTW, Have you hugged your boat today?

There are plenty of boat shelters here on Woody Boater to adopt from. After all you have all winter to make your new old boat, part of her new family. Just imagine how happy your new baby will feel when you tell her, WE ARE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD in the spring.. Shhhhhh, as in Disney ish.. Like 45 minutes west of Disney. Trust me Goofy will be there! And plenty of Micky Mouse stuff. Wooohoooo. Only 6 months until Lake Dora! Hit it Sarah!

Today for one day only, you can put your boat you want to adopt in the comment section. It may take a bit since anything with a link gets held up in a Que to be aproved. Please, no overpriced un realistic crap! Thats what ebay is for. This is for people that want to find a loving home for their boats.

34 replies
  1. Mike Green
    Mike Green says:

    Thanks Matt, here is one I really don’t want to part with but with 2 kids in collage and already having a 25′ Constellation it need to go to a new family.

    Great running turn key 1966 Lyman 25′. Boat runs and drives great. New V-berth cushions and full canvas top. Brand new custom Phoenix Trailer. Fish finder. V8 Engine. If your looking for a reliable and great looking lapstrake wood boat this is it. No rot and professionally maintained.

    • Mike Green
      Mike Green says:

      Price would probably help. Was asking $14,000 but if someone calls today and wants it i’ll sell it for $13,000 take them for a boat ride and winterize it for them.

  2. Paul H.
    Paul H. says:

    Mike – If I didn’t already have two similar size Sea Skiffs, I’d own this. I can’t say enough about the usability, versatility and fun these boats provide at exceptionally reasonable prices. In my opinion, these lapstrakes represent the best value in the entire classic boating hobby.

    What kind of modern boat can you buy for $13K? This is not much money for any kind of practical boat, let alone a classic.

  3. Don P
    Don P says:

    1962 Century Coronado Gull Wing up for adoption.

    Originally delivered to Providence, Rhode Island, her original owner purchased her in 1962 and shipped her to Maine where she spent her entire life until the summer of 2014. She’s very original, but the bottom has been updated as necessary. She has had a replacement A&A interior put in her. This was the only year the Coronado had a red, white, and black interior. The boat was re-varnished in 2014 and is in great user condition. Powered with her original Gray Marine “Fireball” V-8, based on the 327 AMC V-8. Also has a full mooring cover that comes with it.

    The boat comes with a custom waterline cover and dual axle trailer that has 5 brand new tires. $32,900.00

  4. Eric Z
    Eric Z says:

    I love the woody classics but sometimes we come across classic plastic in need of a home as well. Our friend John R in VA spotted this pair of sad eyes peaking out of a shed near Woodyboaterville. He called me up as a potential foster parent and a few calls later she was “rescued” (the day after the Reedville show). Turns out there may only be 6 or less of this Correct Craft Sunrays left ! Tucked in her new home, she is in for a long rehabilitation and currently going through delousing (yes a bug bomb was used) as well as a birds nest and squirrel tail removal. More to follow-

    • Mike U
      Mike U says:

      Eric – big oil can guy Bill Anderson in southern Illinois may be a potential adoptive parent for your classic plastic. Can one put twin outboards on it?

      • Eric Z
        Eric Z says:

        It came with an evinrude starflite 90s. Transom needs to be redone so if the dip in the center were made straight across, I think twins will work. I think Bill has a “ray” for sale but can certainly check if we don’t keep it…..thx

  5. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    Eric’s lovely wife Jill will, I trust, forgive me for telling him about yet another fiberglassic oddball boat….my bad….
    He can’t help it he gets all crazy about weird glassics….Lake and Sea etc. but oh how they end up…better than new and just as ugly.
    I am Going Boating after a trip to the State Fair of Va. to view the 1200 lbs pumpkins and pure bred chickens…Bethany only wants to go to get her annual corndog….I may be Going Boating solo after that. John inVa.

    • Eric Z
      Eric Z says:

      She’ll get over it, keeps me in the barn…and I did find a new home for the Hydrodyne earlier this year- have fun at the fair, another trade show for me to work next week- thx

  6. Johnny V./John Vyverberg
    Johnny V./John Vyverberg says:

    As a cheap ass retiree with Dutch heritage, I love the word “free”! Here’s my listing: 1939 Chris Craft 22′ Custom Runabout triple cockpit. Very original boat one of 8 or 9 known to exist out of 24 built. I’m the third owner and have history since new. Original CC LCS engine rebuilt in 1994. Hasn’t been in the water since 2000 or so. Wii soak up and float, but it’s gonna need a bottom. Restore the rest or use as is with “patina”-the boat was never gray. $50,000. Located in the Finger Lakes area of NY. Thanks Matt!

  7. Jim Frechette
    Jim Frechette says:

    1935 18’ Deluxe Utility. B engine. Is listed at $18,000. Make an offer so I don’t have to keep it over the winter.

  8. steve bunda
    steve bunda says:

    Project 1955 Chris Craft 23 foot continental , MCL, have all parts, 6800.00 with trailer.
    Ready for show and use, 1956 Thompson TVT runabout , 25 hp electric start Merc, trailer, cover, original interior, very nice with very good bottom. 8500. 00

  9. frank tonne
    frank tonne says:

    2006 custom built beauty needs to be used. I bought her 5 years ago and have only put her in the water about 5 times.
    Would like to see her go to someone who will use her a lot.
    She will not let you down.
    4.3 V/6 West system epoxy in and out with provision to mount a minnkota bowmount electric remote control trolling motor on the cutwater for the fisherman in the crowd.
    Goes fast, looks great for $16,000

  10. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P )
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P ) says:

    There is some great buys on here today, from loving Woody Boaters. Unfortunately I am running out of storage room. And I have one boat stored somewhere else. Maybe should build another building. I could call it the “Adoption Center”

  11. Don
    Don says:

    We have been the caretakers for over 20 years of arguably the best example of a 1931 Model 99/199 in existence, as restored by the incomparable Wayne Mocksfield. Unfortunately, it is time for her to move on to someone who will care for her in the same way in the future. She was mentioned in the WoodyBoater article on Model 99/199’s and has been seen numerous times at the Lake Hopatcong show. She is listed with Antique Boat America if you would like to take a look.

  12. Andy C
    Andy C says:

    Here is a boat that I do not really want to part with but space is limited for the winter. It is a 1962 Lyman sleeper 24′. Runs and floats, no rot, but needs a major refinish inside and out. No trailer, but delivery possible. 5k

  13. Andy C
    Andy C says:

    Here is a boat that I do not really want to part with but space is limited for the winter. It is a 1962 Lyman sleeper 24′. Runs and floats, complete, no rot, but needs a major refinish inside and out. No trailer, but delivery possible. 5k

  14. Bill C Anderson
    Bill C Anderson says:

    Thanks for the thought but I am not in Market but I still have the Aloha,28ft I need to let some one adapt.It has recent fresh Varnish,bottom just had new paint,copper, I redid the trailer with new hubs ect,was in the water at Hessel last year,soaked and running,I would listen to a GOOD offer,better pic at

  15. Wes V /Wes Van Dine
    Wes V /Wes Van Dine says:

    I have an almost complete ’41 CC U22 sportsman that would be an easy restoration. $12,000. Takes it home. It is on a trailer that is probably 1941 also.

  16. Bill C Anderson
    Bill C Anderson says:

    I will try this again,if It duplicates my mistake,I have a 1905 Launch 28ftALOHA ,was in water soaked and running last summer,Ijust recently redid trailer,hubs,tires,bearings fenders,Varnnish,bottom paint,polish brass,ect,I would listen to a GOOD offer,it takes up 3 spaces in back room of other boats,morepics at website

  17. Richard Marcoux
    Richard Marcoux says:

    1939 Sportsman hull # 19556 all wood still orig, has Chevrolet inline six, , fresh, asking 20.000 acording to Hagerty boat values, below there guide line, but i am not an expert, just a caretaker

  18. Kelly Daniel
    Kelly Daniel says:

    1960 Chris Craft Ski Boat up for adoption.

    Wife says her car must be in garage so one boat must go (other boat is a Shepherd).

    Boat restored in 2013 with the original(rebuilt) 283 CI Chevrolet V8 engine.
    Boat was taken down to bare wood and sealed with Smith’s Penetrating Epoxy and stained with Interlux Chris Craft and applied two coats of Interlux Sealer.
    New engine parts installed include; Edelbrock 1409 600 cfm carb, K&N Flame arrestor, Pertronix Flamethrower electronic marine distributor, coil and wires, NGK plugs, Roadmaster aluminum 100 amp alternator, Airtex Marine mechanical fuel pump and hoses, Sherwood water pump impellers, Goodyear cooling hoses, NOS Morse throttle lever, Rebuilt original starter with new solenoid, Rocker arm adjusting nuts, Water temp and oil pressure senders, Seals and gaskets on manual reverse gear transmission.
    New electrical parts installed include; Five Autometer dash gauges (2 temp, oil, volt, rpm), 100 & 35 amp circuit breakers, 100 amp isolator fuses, fuse block for glass fuses, 4 new dash
    switches, Bilge blower, 2 Bilge pumps, Built in CTEK Multi US 7002 battery charger/maintainer, Kill switch and 12v power port. Every wire in this boat is new, high quality and properly sized. All wires 16 gauge and larger in this boat have soldered connections and sealed with heat shrink tube. Every circuit is fused or has a circuit breaker. Original bottom was removed and 1/2″ marine plywood and hand laid fiberglass over plywood was installed.
    The upholstery was done five years ago and is in good condition. Chrome was re-plated in 2016. Includes trailer, bow and stern poles, flags and custom mooring cover along with extra parts and manuals.
    More photos and restoration info available.

  19. Sportsman
    Sportsman says:

    Up for Adoption – A beautiful 1959 Chris Craft Sportsman – 20′ With the original document matching V8 283 Chev. Features all original wood. Includes Trailer & Custom Mooring Cover. $17,300 Located in Ontario, Canada !

  20. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    Stop it …. stop it….the temptations are killing me!!!

    Neat boats…..

    John in Va GONE boating

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