I bought “Hope” in 2006, she was being stored at the Bullocks COve Marina in East Providence, RI. I sailed her out of there for the summer, and then took her to Marion at the end of the season – one solid day of sailing down the Bay, through Newport, and up RI SOund and Buzzards Bay. I continued to sail the boat for the next 3 years out of Marion. However at the end of the 2010 season, I noticed a stress crack and weeping water where the rails that support the mast step (on the cabin top) were separating from the cabin sides… there was a cracked mast step and water ingress. Basically a soft deck under the mast step. I decides to keep it from the water the following year since my son was born and was planning to do the work (and some more restoration topsides/deck painting, toe rails, etc… but it just never happened. I have tried to sell the boat a few times, but it never materialized. I am at the point now where the boat needs to move.
Anyway, here is the description I have on my Craigslist add – very transparent:
1968-69 Sea Sprite 23 sailboat, #272. Daysailer. Boat is in fair condition, needs some TLC and repair to soft deck under mast step/install compression post. Comes with complete set of sails, including spinnaker w/ pole. Boat is on Brownell stands in Lakeville. No mast (stolen). If you are looking for a daysailer, this is a good boat… just needs the right person that can give it some TLC (I have been meaning to, but have no time due to young kids). Older Evinrude 6-HP outboard included. A trailer (more like a mobile cradle for local transport) is INCLUDED. Boat is not on trailer, separate pickup required for trailer. Call for more details… 401-935-4650.
Craigslist post is here: http://boston.craigslist.org/sob/boa/5146367276.html
I have had people inquire, but nothing serious. Like I said, I just want a good home for it, and need to get her off my old property.
I can certainly provide more information and photos.
I have spoken/emailed with Michael Chasse at Sailboat Rescue, and he is an option, but he wants me to put it on it’s “trailer” before he comes to pick it up… no can do. I would need to hire a crane (which I am not totally opposed to), but I am not going to let him pull it up to Maine on that “trailer” – it is a mobile trailer meant to take the boat a mile down the road to the boat yard. I am going to follow up with him and let him know that.
Really I am looking for a person in the MA, RI, CT area that is willing to pick it up from my yard in a hydraulic trailer and take it back to restore it.
Contact: Dave Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org