Recycle Ready Roamer, Really.

Red flag not included.

Sometimes our little universe of classicboaterites boggles my mind. $761.00 for the Miss America 7 Ashtray last week. Yes, that’s what it sold for. And here on ebay today you can buy a 37 foot aluminum Roamer for $250. Not $250K,  Like a nice dinner out $250. Its a shell, but oh what a shell it is. Aluminum, and style out the wazoo. Annnnnd, here is the best part. Is in Florida, not up on a lake in Minnesota being dragged through the ice. These Roamers are Mid Century masterpieces, and this one is a blank canvas.


I mean for $250 bucks, You could dump 100K into it and maybe get it back. You would want to repower anyway, and so on. So this is the way to do that. Or skip ahead and buy someone else’s dream. But, whats the fun in that? Okay. Ya. Just go with me here.

Outstanding in her field… of other old boats…in a Florida boatyard…

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22 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    It’s so sad to see what happens to theses old cruisers. Owner walked away. Boat yard stripped her of anything of value and sold it all. This one can’t easily be cut up or burned so it’s there for the taking. If you could get it to a scrap yard for the aluminum value, you may get your money back! It’s a cruel world!

  2. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    She would make on beautiful cruiser, but I think 100K will barely scratch the surface, and if there is any corrosion in her hull, well the sky’s the limit.

  3. RiverRat
    RiverRat says:

    Sorry but no way. The opportunity cost is beyond my tolerance. And my nonexistent shed is too small.

  4. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    Mmmm, 37 feet of gorgeous mid-century modern style. But a project far out of my league & budget. I did have to go look, when you said blank slate I feared the interior would be an empty shell. Was pleasantly surprised to see the wood inside intact & actually not looking bad. What really struck me though, was how little they packed into the length in those days. A modern 37 footer would include a shower & 2 staterooms, maybe even 2 heads. Likely part of the reason these beautiful old cruisers are left to waste away, while marinas are filled with white, plastic, blobs. Many of which never leave the dock – they’re just floating weekend cottages.

    • Charlie Berry
      Charlie Berry says:

      When we looked and looked and looked in 2008 all over downriver Michigan and Northern Ohio for the right boat (finally settled on a 31′ Commander) we were dismayed by the collections of derelicts, wood, metal and glass that sat, abandoned and forlorn. It’s tough to reconcile the truth that so many once beautiful and loved boats will never float again. Here’s another example only 50 miles away now that we are boatless is always a stupid temptation that I have to fight off.

  5. John F Rothert
    John F Rothert says:

    Wow, that is a true classic. Deep Pockets required…and don’t drop a penny out of that pocket into the bilge…it will eat right through.
    Lousy marketing…too many pics of the interior…how about the engine compartment…even if empty needs to be shown…that layout is old cruiser classic for sure.
    Glad I am too old to take this on.
    John in Va….snowed in…not Going Boating

  6. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    I fear an enthusiastic aluminum scrapper will buy this for scrap value. If its in a DIY yard as stated, a small crew could cut this up in a day. Sad.

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

    It would be quite a project.! Probably been in Saltwater all her life. I can only imagine what that hull and all the control cable and wiring looks like close up. Classic lines though. Would make a cool addition to a Resort oe beach bar. As much as I lke cruisers, I am too old to take on a project like that. There is a grocery store in Fairfield , Ohio called Jungle Jims. Inside the store is a large mid century cruiser where the sea food dept is. It is pretty cool. Perhaps something like that. Anything to save her .

  8. Jeff Funk
    Jeff Funk says:

    Nothing is so expensive as a free (or really cheap) boat, car, house, or whatever. I believe they call these ‘white elephants’, or black financial holes. That said, I hope she gets saved by someone with passionate determination and deep pockets.

  9. Mike K
    Mike K says:

    my friends dad had the sister ship to that in chicago back when it was almost new. spent a few nights on it and on lake michigan.
    pretty boat, brings back fond memories.

  10. tom
    tom says:

    Just for a tease, I looked at two Roamers for sale, both in Florida.Both have been gone through soup to nuts. Motors,generators,hulls,interiors,etc. One,a 1964 46ft. (steel) for99k.Beautiful boat.The other,a 1968 46ft.(aluminum) for69k.From the descriptions and pictures,both these boats are turn key ready to go. There is no way that bringing this boat, (Enterprize) up to that level would ever bring back anywhere near what was dumped into it.If someone was in the market for one, it just doesn’t pay to save a basketcase. Even at 250 bucks the only money that would be well spent will be the scrappers.Sad but true.Having said all that,I would have a ball playing with this basketcase


  11. Terry
    Terry says:

    And not far from me. I may venture across the state to get a good look. Yes maybe a basket case, but it’s a shame to let her go. Going to keep an eye on her.

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