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Boat Conversion




$30,000  or  Partnership
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§   Location:   Cathlamet

§   Hull Material:   Fiber Glass

§   Engine/Fuel Type:   Ford Lehman Diesel

The reason the boat is offered for sale as a market maker for boats, I come across situations that are excitingly  interesting, and already I have too many boats – Tigger and a 105’ steel boat I am completing (if I have enough new life times). 

 Tigger is in need of some tender loving care (TLC) and cosmetic repairs.  Tigger is the embodiment of the fiberglass boat that has gotten by with minimum care to the boat building material – hand laid up fiberglass.  It has been and still is excellent.  This boat has always been in the open (never under cover) and has spent about equal time in salt versus fresh water.  Having said tho, it has some needs.

 The pictures below show the specific items.  Generally, here is what needs to be done.  The windows and hatches should all be re-caulked – this is a priority and the sooner the better.  The deck caulking should be repaired (a few feet), or the purist would recaulk the whole deck.  The cabin is laid up fiberglass over marine plywood.  Minor cracks have appeared (see pictures) and these need to be cosmetic repaired.  One corner rotted out.  I repaired it by cleaning out the rot and replacing as originally built – the pictures show the repair.  The entire cabin then needs to be repainted.  The interior of the hull should probably be refinished (new gel coat or paint).  It would probably go another 10-15 years without doing this tho.  There are some pieces of exterior teak that need to be repaired or replaced.  Teak is very superior, but I made a mistake a couple of times leaving it on lee shores when I should have moved the boat to safer moorage.

 Having said this tho, the boat is as ready for any sea voyage that it has been capable of since being built new in 1975.  The majority of the 3100 hours on it have been extensive sea voyages.  I note tho, that we have lived aboard it for the equivalent of 5 years since 1976.

 The reason it was hauled this year at Warrenton Boat yard on the Columbia River was maintenance and a check of all systems prior to making a voyage from Astoria to Seattle.  This is a 3 generation shipyard.  They said that Tigger is one of only 2 or 3 “older” boats in excellent shape (ignoring the cosmetics).  Basic care of ship systems and the elimination of corrosion is the basis of their conclusion. 

 Any new owner must inspect the boat and have it surveyed by the best surveyor you can afford or otherwise completely trust his judgment.  After all this boat is over 25 years old and has been a source of love and lots of the best / worst life experiences…It has not been a gin palace or museum piece sitting in some security bin.

 Summary Statistics

Year 1954 Hull Material Steel
Type "T" Boat Max Speed 12.8 knots
Model Cruise Speed 9.5 to 10.0 knots
LOA 70 Engine/Fuel Type Single Diesel
LWL Engines(s) GMC 8V-71-N-325 SHP
Beam 17' Gen/Set
Draft 7' Gen/Set
Displacement 220,000 Lbs. + Fuel 1700 U.S. Gallons
Builder U.S. Army Ex. Govt. "T" Boat Water 450 U.S. Gallons
Designer National Steel & Shipbuilding Holding 150