Could Someone Please Tell Us Why This Sweet Little Sea Skiff Hasn’t Sold Yet On Ebay?

Green Sea Skiff

1966 Sea Skiff on ebay!

As we still read the comments for yesterdays input on where and when to have The First Annual Woody Boater Git Together/Party/Show-ish Event Thing!  We thought we would ask a burning question that has bugged me for a month. WHY HASN’T THIS PLASTIC SEA SKIFF NOT SOLD? What the H.E.double hockey sticks is going on? It’s priced way way below the market, and looks like a well kept and preserved little gem. For $4,500 its a no brainer. These little boats are build like a brick ship house. Fun to use and if you need a fun boat to leave at a Lake house or cross the Atlantic.


Nice clean engine.


Clean interior

Just last year The top dog of the ACBS President Brian Gagnon got one and brought it to the International! Story HERE


Brians nice 1965 restored Sea Skiff!

Really! If one of you comes to your senses, here it is on ebay. $4,500

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

    I’m sure it will be gone after this story.

    Why not before this? Looks too nice to use as a fishing boat, and not quite spiff enough for the varnish crowd. Nice solid boat in great shape though.

  2. Sean
    Sean says:

    As unpopular as this may be, I’ll be brutally honest.

    despite being a relatively clean boat it’s not selling because it’s a $1,500 boat… maybe $ 1,800 with that rusty roller trailer. (I could write a detailed page why).

    If you think it’s worth $4,500 you have too much disposable income. But, you never know… there may be that ONE guy that has too much $ in his jeans and a hankerin’ to have an exceedingly average old boat.

    • Paul H.
      Paul H. says:

      How is it possible to have “too much” disposable income? Isn’t that like saying “this boat/car/plane/truck has too much power? I can honestly say I don’t know of anyone with too much disposable income. Somebody has to buy all our “stuff” when we are done with it!

      • Sean
        Sean says:

        Well, those that will drop $4,500 on that boat do so like some of us buy a pack of gum. Maybe $4,500 to you is pocket change, but for many this would be a major decision. Look in Kijiji or CL to see what plastic is available for under $5,000 (especially at this time of year) and there is a lot… a lot nicer than this boat. Just because somebody overpaid for their stuff (or thinks it’s gold plated) does not mean anyone else has to bend over to buy it.

  3. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    It hasn’t sold because I already have a superior 20 1/2 foot Penn Yan fiberglass skiff with tunnel drive. Hard to justify another boat that is so similar when there are still so many other designs that I am lacking.

    At least that is my excuse. I don’t believe Troy has a skiff. Nor Matt or Texx. Time for one of you to step up.

    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:

      Good point M-Fine, but I do have a center console. That fits the bill for a skiff in my book. (Not my house by the way, just my boat.)

      • m-fine
        m-fine says:

        Sorry Troy,

        That is an outboard which is a completely different category from the inboard skiff. Make the guy an offer for $3k and go pick it up this weekend.

  4. Jim Staib
    Jim Staib says:

    Sea-Skiff’s seem hard to sell. I have looked at a couple recently. They were advertised for a couple months then cut up and sold for parts. Looks like they have a smaller market than varnished boats.

  5. Paul H.
    Paul H. says:

    If you want to go classic boating, $4500 is not much money for a fully operable, decent looking vessel. This is an inboard – not some recalcitrant, snarling old 2 stroke that will barely run.

    This is a 20 foot, functional but admittedly somewhat boring boat. But, if you want utility and you want to go boating, there is not much to complain about here. I don’t know what people’s expectations are for a 20′ boat for $4500, but to me this is a great deal. I know similar sized wooden Skiffs in this condition, and which require more upkeep, are often significantly more than this.

    • Mike K
      Mike K says:

      dude! thanks for spelling that correctly, i had look that up.

      i have never heard that word, and im approaching middle age (i plan on living a long time)


  6. Matt
    Matt says:

    This boat is a tank! Even the right color, and the hull design can take on far larger water than any 20 ft boat should take on. We featured the same boat a while back for 12K and that was a bargain for all the work done on it.

  7. thomas d
    thomas d says:

    I sold one of these earlier this year for only $78.00, of course it only needed a little work. guy thought he got a bargain and I still think he overpaid.

  8. Briant
    Briant says:

    Sorry, but I am going to agree with Sean. The trailer is a pig. The boat, while nice, is not the sort most older dudes in my neck of the woods want…they get a aluminum sled with both an engine and a trolling motor. The other crowd seems to be the wakeboard folks, who have way too much disposable income, and who think that blowing $50k on their boat makes perfect sense. And yes Paul, one can have too much disposable income. If you happen to be one family that barely makes it monthly, blowing $4500 on a boat is crazy so in their head it looks to only be worth $1500. To answer your question, we live in a very affluent area, yet do not make anything close to what many others make. And yet, very often at get togethers, we hear folks who pull down $250k a year, complaining that they can hardly make it month to month, while they sit at the same table with people who are scrapping by on only $60k a month. Most people a clueless to the hardships of their neighbors. So to once again agree with Sean, depending upon one’s income, this boat can be both obtained with pocket change or, to some, only with a second mortgage.

    • Dave Nau
      Dave Nau says:

      $4500 starting bid looks very reasonable to me. That’s a lot of boat for the money. Not flashy, but very practical and this one looks to be in very good shape from the photos.

      Besides, the value of a boat is always what someone will pay, taking into account its location. If a boat for sale is exactly what a buyer is looking for, and they have been looking for a long time, they might pay a premium over what others would pay.

    • Paul H.
      Paul H. says:

      Your statement is ludicrous. Anyone who can buy a $50k boat, let alone $100k or $1mm is deemed by you to have “too much” personal income? Why, simply because you think it is too much? I wonder if the folks employed in manufacturing, transporting, selling and servicing all these boats that are bought by these folks with “too much” disposable income share your views?

      As Craig stated, anyone barely making it, whether it is on $4500 a month or any amount of income should probably not be looking at any kind of boat. Personal financial conduct has nothing to do with the value of this boat.

      • Briant
        Briant says:

        Please. Personal perception has much to do with the value of this boat. A person who makes a million a year and owns ten boats does not value a simple dollar bill in the same way that a person who makes $50k a year and owns one boat. Many factors go into the demand side of the equation, and how much value one places in money differs from person to person. This simple fact is evident in that the seller thinks that $4500 is a fair price, whereas everyone else must think it is too much, otherwise, we would not be having this discussion.

      • Sean
        Sean says:

        I think you have missed the point. Nobody literally thinks you can have too much disposable income. The statement refers to the spending attitude of those with a lot of disposable income.

        A $4,500 hit may be a very small % of the disposable income of one yet, a very large % for another. It does not mean that the 2nd person should not pursue boating. They just need to plan more and shop around. Boating is not the purview of the affluent.

        An affluent boater may look at a $4,500 item and justify the amount relative to other purchases they regularly make. Like dropping $1,500 on dinner (for 2) and not batting an eyelash. This affluent boater may also be less vigilant in searching out the market to confirm the asking price is in line. This, because in their personal scheme it’s insignificant. Just because someone has the cash and can justify the purchase to themselves does not mean the item is worth the asking. But, I like to be selling to those that act this way. There are entire segments dedicated to operating with a clientele that has a lot of disposable income. (Just come to Muskoka 🙂 )

        Anyways, you have the boat itself and the price… if the boat is good (it looks good) and that’s not the problem… it’s the price. There are many boats available right now that are less expensive and much better than this ordinary plastic skiff. That’s IS why it is sitting. If someone pays that asking… good for them but, they would be overpaying….

      • Briant
        Briant says:

        By the way, a few years back, I was involved in the boat business doing some freelance work for a local restorer. One minute I was a woodworker, repairing seat frames and a few missing chunks of the rear top deck. The next, I was a mechanic, tearing down the carb for a rebuild. The next, I was an electrician, repairing two micro switches that ran a pair of spotlights. And one day, I spent twelve hours driving between two cities to pick up a freshly restored engine, worth a pretty penny. With that, there was photo work to document the entire event and then a very slow return trip to the shop with the precious cargo. For this variety of skills necessary to keep the costs low, which is what the owner had requested, I was paid $10 per hour, pre taxes. Did I benefit from the fact that another citizen had more disposable income than myself…of course. I am also aware though, that even I may have too much in the eyes of a different person, in a different situation.

  9. Craig Judge
    Craig Judge says:

    I’m not sure what someone’s personal finances have to do with a discussion about whether his boat is worth $4500 or not. If you’re paycheck to paycheck and just squeaking by you shouldn’t buy any boat.
    As has been said, the 20′ Skiff and sister Corsair 20′ are exceptionally capable boats for big water. They handle chop as well as any 20′ I’ve ever seen and with just regular upkeep will outlast anyone reading this currently.
    Paul Pletcher from, a guy who literally wrote the book on fiberglass Chris Crafts has one as well(among several other classics both wood and glass). Between he and Brian, those are two pretty prominent classic boat gentlemen who both own one of these rare classics.
    There’s a lot of boat here at a very reasonable price for the person who can appreciate what it is and use it as it was intended.

  10. Alex
    Alex says:

    In my opinion, the no sale thus far is because the boat is rather pedestrian. No criticism of its seaworthiness, condition, or value.

    Also, in my opinion, a green hull is less desirable to the pool of buyers than white, blue, or varnish. Especially a green hull without varnish to set it off. No disrespect intended to owners of green (or yellow or red) hulls. I’m weighing in on the market, not judging.

    Perhaps the combination of these two factors is limiting the interested parties.

    I hope this boat finds a deserving home.

  11. Nautilus
    Nautilus says:

    I figure the boat is worth right around $3,000 if for no other reason than the engine/transmission. No, it’s not particularly collectible but when the turn-key condition and the cost of a new 20-footer are taken into consideration, $3,000 is pretty cheap to get on the water. The trailer is a write-off but a nice used one can be had for $600-800.
    For the record, I have it on good authority that Bill Gates has too much disposable income.

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