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Saw this downeast on Craigslist. It's at that boat donation place for tax write-offs in Wrentham. If the hull and motor are good then maybe an ambitious THTer who's looking for a project could get it for $500 or something. That $3450 pricetag is laughable.


https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bo...236233738.html


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I like Cape Dory boats.
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4cyl diesel.....
A nice project for sure
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Beautiful cheap summer home!
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For some reason I have an urge to tow that out to my favorite lobster place and sink it.
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4cyl diesel.....
A nice project for sure
That's a nice diesel. Even if you had to rebuild it.
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I bet they get a lot closer to asking price than $500. 24 ft Down East boat with a hard top that fits on a trailer. Almost no matter how bad the condition is, someone will grab that for $2,000-$3,000. A Cape Dory that size is a pretty easy project, not a bunch of systems and is a simple boat. From the pictures it doesn’t look in bad condition. Any fiberglass Dowwn East Hull never seems like a deal, even hard worked shit boxes sell for good money. If it was a 28 or bigger I would be down there already, had 2 friends call me today to look at that boat. It’s just to small for me and if it was a 28 or bigger in that condition it would be crazy money. That’s a good deal if you’ve been looking for a Down East Hull
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I bet they get a lot closer to asking price than $500. 24 ft Down East boat with a hard top that fits on a trailer. Almost no matter how bad the condition is, someone will grab that for $2,000-$3,000. A Cape Dory that size is a pretty easy project, not a bunch of systems and is a simple boat. From the pictures it doesnít look in bad condition. Any fiberglass Dowwn East Hull never seems like a deal, even hard worked shit boxes sell for good money. If it was a 28 or bigger I would be down there already, had 2 friends call me today to look at that boat. Itís just to small for me and if it was a 28 or bigger in that condition it would be crazy money. Thatís a good deal if youíve been looking for a Down East Hull
There is a 28' ... I think ... Cape Dory in our marina. It's a very sweet boat. It comes in and out every year and keeps on truckin.
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It would be fun for me but I donít need this in my life. I give it a day or two before it rolls.
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There is a 28' ... I think ... Cape Dory in our marina. It's a very sweet boat. It comes in and out every year and keeps on truckin.
if they will take $3,500 for the 28 I will pick it up tomorrow (joking) Kinda. Almost any Down East boat brings big money for what it is condition wise. Iím really looking for a 32-36 project boat, just havenít found a deal yet. The 24 for $3,500 looks like a steal to me, it needs work but isnít a mess. If it was a little bigger I would buy it just from the pictures.
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Originally Posted by shortfuse View Post
if they will take $3,500 for the 28 I will pick it up tomorrow (joking) Kinda. Almost any Down East boat brings big money for what it is condition wise. Iím really looking for a 32-36 project boat, just havenít found a deal yet. The 24 for $3,500 looks like a steal to me, it needs work but isnít a mess. If it was a little bigger I would buy it just from the pictures.
LOL, I just looked on Yachtworld and asking for all the 28's was around $40k.
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Itís not a Downeast - yes it has similarities but CD is a sailboat mfg. This is basically a blow boat with an engine and hard top. Old and slow. It probably is best characterized as a launch or cocktail cruiser. If you are okay with a smoky 6-7 knot cruise go for it. Hopefully the engineís freed up and the gear is good but if someone went and donated it you have to ask why.
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Originally Posted by Door#3 View Post
LOL, I just looked on Yachtworld and asking for all the 28's was around $40k.
Iím looking for a deal on a 32-36 Down East type boat, something that is clapped out and needs to be refit. My plan is to build up similar to your 35 Eastern. I love the 31 and 35 Eastern, beautiful, economical, single engine maintenance. The problem for me is they really hold their value and Iím looking for a project. Iíve restored a few boats and a Down East is the last one on my bucket list. Iím tied of maintenance on twin engine boats and to many systems to keep working. A large single engine boat with lots of maintenance space and just enough simple systems is my dream. Iím getting tired of twin engine maintenance, air conditioning and junk that comes with Sportfishman boats. Iíve had a Few
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Originally Posted by shortfuse View Post
Iím looking for a deal on a 32-36 Down East type boat, something that is clapped out and needs to be refit. My plan is to build up similar to your 35 Eastern. I love the 31 and 35 Eastern, beautiful, economical, single engine maintenance. The problem for me is they really hold their value and Iím looking for a project. Iíve restored a few boats and a Down East is the last one on my bucket list. Iím tied of maintenance on twin engine boats and to many systems to keep working. A large single engine boat with lots of maintenance space and just enough simple systems is my dream. Iím getting tired of twin engine maintenance, air conditioning and junk that comes with Sportfishman boats. Iíve had a Few
there is a 34&36 cape dory in my neck of the woods which fits what your looking for. I think the 36í was $30k. Certainly needs some work. But both ran.
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Had a Cape Dory 33 Flybridge and loved it when the kids were young. Buddy had a 28 which was nice too. Never saw a 24 - she does look like a roller though.... The Cape DOrys were very well made, solid boats. No speed demons but very capable I would be surprised if this one was any different. Mine cruised at 16 knots with twin Volvo 200's, my friends did 12 knots with a single Volvo 200, this 24 with a 4 cylinder likey is an 8-10 knot boat but not everyone is looking for speed.
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Originally Posted by BOSBoatMan View Post
Itís not a Downeast - yes it has similarities but CD is a sailboat mfg. This is basically a blow boat with an engine and hard top. Old and slow. It probably is best characterized as a launch or cocktail cruiser. If you are okay with a smoky 6-7 knot cruise go for it. Hopefully the engineís freed up and the gear is good but if someone went and donated it you have to ask why.
I totally agree that the 24 isnít a real DE boat, but the style is very popular. Iím not interested in a 24 with a tiny engine going very slow. But there are a lot of people interested in a good quality DE style boat with a hard top and a small efficient engine. From the pictures the boat doesnít look trashed but definitely needs some love. I think it will be sold pretty quickly around asking price. I had a 36 Hatteras for 10 years and loved the boat. Iím looking at a 41 Hatt now, 6V92s are giving me cold feet. Iím not a fan of Detroitís and Cats are not in most of the boats I see around. Thatís kind of driving me towards a single engine boat. I have refit several large boats and am capable of getting it done. New diesel power in a fairly simple DE, just waiting for a deal on a neglected 32 or bigger fiberglass boat. Henriques Maine Coaster with a single is on my list also.
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Short, I have a 36 sedan did you have the convertible? What kind of power?
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Iím looking for a deal on a 32-36 Down East type boat, something that is clapped out and needs to be refit. My plan is to build up similar to your 35 Eastern. I love the 31 and 35 Eastern, beautiful, economical, single engine maintenance. The problem for me is they really hold their value and Iím looking for a project. Iíve restored a few boats and a Down East is the last one on my bucket list. Iím tied of maintenance on twin engine boats and to many systems to keep working. A large single engine boat with lots of maintenance space and just enough simple systems is my dream. Iím getting tired of twin engine maintenance, air conditioning and junk that comes with Sportfishman boats. Iíve had a Few
A guy in my marina found this one and is reworking it. Paid very little for it.

I do enjoy the relative simplicity of my single diesel setup.
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A guy in my marina found this one and is reworking it. Paid very little for it.

I do enjoy the relative simplicity of my single diesel setup.
WOW I clicked on the link you put up and had a huge surprise. Iíve fished on that boat Lorraine B a million times, a family friend had that boat in Scituite for years. Iíve caught more fish on that boat than any other, including the ones Iíve owned. Thanks for the time machine today. After seeing the project on the 35 JC I will think hard about a major project

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