Another 18 Sportsman On Ebay. BUT!


Very nice!

The “BUT” is a big Bertha Butt Boogie But BTW! Now, first know that we here at Woody Boater are HUGE fans of the 18 Sportsman, and just a month ago featured a dream restoration one which sold for close to 7K with an original trailer and ALL its history from the original one owner. And there are others out there for sale is all various forms of condition. But this one was worth featuring, since, well, she, well. Sunk!

sunk 3

OK, now in any other passion this sort of thing would be a death sentence. But in our little corner of the lake, its OK. This boat will need a complete restoration, don’t fool yourself. It’s trashed and that is that. Sure the engine may run, so try that, but the bottom is beyond shot and well, while you are at it.Yada Yada.

sunk 2

She is dried out

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Its all there we think?

BUT, again a BUT. Who cares if you are going to redo it. Its an 18 Sportsman and for the right price, and if you do it yourself you wont get soaked.



A better time. On top of the water!

23 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    WOW – it has the VERY RARE “Hercules 5 Cylinder Tank Engine”

    If the yard did not know how to “soak up” a wood boat do you really think they know how to pickle an engine properly? On the other hand maybe they have done it many times since they don’t know what a hose is used for.

    Can you say Free to a Good Home?

  2. Dan T
    Dan T says:

    There’s just no excuse for letting her sink. What is the excuse? You’d think at launch if water was squirting in all over the place they’d haul her out, soak in slings, are at least keep it pumped until it swelled. There’s gotta be more to the story.

  3. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    I’ll bet Guy Marvin, Gerald Dake, Bill Hancock and Alan ( cousin) Wright get together and figure out how to buy it and donate it to the Jacksonville school that helps kids learn to build and rebuild wooden boats

  4. Cheri
    Cheri says:

    Capt. Kelly says it ain’t no thing. “Nothing wrong with that boat but the bottom. Someone should grab it.”, he says.

    Someone else.

  5. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    good laughs all….but that boat has potential at the price…but I agree there must be more bad history behind this???
    Still, we have all seen worse looking boats sold for more $ and they didn’t get a total immersion wash job as prep. Bet there was no rat poop either….one of you stalwarts should step up and take on this project. Just not me…..
    John in Va.

  6. jimmuh
    jimmuh says:

    …..and of course, this being FL, and wanting to protect it from further damage, they put the boat cover on & covered it with a tarp too! What could go wrong?

  7. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    If you zoom in on the bottom of the transom on the picture where its on the bunks being pumped out you’ll see water streaming out of the transom to bottom plank seam. Now you’ll understand why it sank. That’s not really a “swellable” seam joint per se.

    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:

      That could have also been compromised by pulling it out of the water with the Bull while it was full of water rather than pumping it out as they lifted her out of the water.

    • Mike U
      Mike U says:

      Another item to notice – the bottom was repainted blue and the waterline stripe was repainted gold prior to sinking. No where during the repainting process did anyone realize more was needed than just paint?

  8. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    and…that is your garden variety Herc SIX….I don’t know about any tanks, but it made a lot of fork lifts!!!
    Still that boat has a future…..

    John in Va.

  9. Gil Grant
    Gil Grant says:

    I had a feeling this might be the fate of this Sportsman when I delivered her to Jacksonville 3 years ago

    • Gil Grant
      Gil Grant says:

      John she was a nice original boat, needed new bottom but very usable 3 years ago, I did some minor repairs for the owner, who had terminal cancer, so he could get a little enjoyment out of her before he died, I sold it for his widow to the man in Jacksonville where he baked it in dry stack storage for 3 years

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