Florida Bay Mud Hen, 1985, New Bern, North Carolina, $5,800, sold 3/13/09

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1985 Florida Bay Mud Hen

  • This hard to find 17' fibreglass sailboat is based on the old Norwalk Sharpie design that plied the waters of Long Island Sound for Oysrters way back when, and includes the following:
  • New tanbark sail in 2007.
  • Custom Made Tabernacle Mast allows easy lowering of mast for storing, towing, or getting under bridges while exploring.
  • Boat is equipped with running lights, and a 12 volt battery is mounted under the foreward deck.
  • 4 PFDs are included.
  • A boom gallows was added to keep the sails and rigging out of the way while at rest.
  • The boat easily fits in my garage for winter storage. (see photo)
  • Easily launched by one person, or leave it in the water like I do. The new ablative paint, applied in August of 08 (see photo) is good for another two season, at least. (4 coats were applied over the primer)
  • All of the teak was recently refinished and looks great.
  • This boat is very dry and stable. The retractable center-board allows sailing/motoring in less than a foot of water. It is ideal for exploring shallow bays and rivers. The previous owner used it for flats fishing in Florida. The 5hp Honda will run this boat all day with a 3.5 gallon remote tank (included). The long teak benches, with a removable mid deck, allow it to be used for carrying a small party. The fiberglass hull is very sound. The deck has a few cosmetic marks, but looks great. The rub rail is substantial and is in excellent shape.
  • This little double ender, with it's gaff rig, always draws attention to herself.

    In short, a very versatile and sound craft.

    A very reliable, low hour, 1990 Honda 5hp four stroke engine sits nicely in the inboard well.

    The trailer was built just for this boat and it has proven to be perfect for the craft. We towed it with ease using my wifes 2003 VW convertible. (see photo) Two new tires were mounted on the trailer in the spring of 2008. Wheel bearings we repacked in the spring of 08 also. The spare tire is excellent.

    David, I am pleased to report that my 1985 Florida Bay Mud Hen has been sold using your site. Sail Texas is where I found it last year, so it only stands to reason that that is where I resold it, and it took less that two months. I would personally like to thank you, and I am pleased to say that I have sent several people I know in this area, who are looking for boats, to your site. Thanks again, and continued success.
    New Bern, North Carolina

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