Fellow Commandeers,

I've had my 35, my favorite Commander of all, for about two years now on the dry, waiting to get on with minor refits and a complete repower. I was never able to free up the time until now but recent family events have left me somewhat strapped for cash. I have a pair of (new) Medusa 400s and (rebuilt) ZF gears ready to go in the boat, valued at $27K, but I cannot in good conscience allocate more money for the boat right now, and unless I find a partner, I will have to let go of it. I cannot sit on the engines forever, I either put them in or sell them, and cannot continue to pay storage for it, so I find myself in a bit of a bind. I don't want to let go of the boat but as I have four other boats to my name, I can't continue to save her for better times. So, if anyone is interested in investing in a 35 with new engines, let me know. Once repowered, the boat will run, though I will continue to refit it and modernize it a bit. I am looking for a silent partner, someone who can enjoy the boat on weekend outings, but not to make decisions about paint or looks. You can either be a local South Floridian or just invest on the boat to use whenever you come down here on holidays. Contact me if you're interested. 

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Hey Rudy.  Sorry to hear you've been dealing with family issues.  Right now your own health and wellness must come first.  You need to make a common sense decision that gives your breathing room and keeps your business going.  Have you considered just selling the boat for whatever it's currently worth and moving on?  Or come up with a price with the new engines installed?  Forget the romance. Once you get over the hump, there are always other 35 Commanders out there when you get back on your feet.. 

Thanks Paul,

So right you are. There was a time when I would buy boats and refit them, keep them for a while, and then sell them and I became perhaps too comfortable with that model. It worked then but it is risky and, whenever something requires you to tie up finances, the boats start piling up, unused and demanding more money for refits with every passing month. I have let go of several ones, in fact, I am only left with a 31 Commander and this 35 Commander. I am trying desperately not to let it go but I don't see a way to keep it around much longer without a partner. So likely I'll have to just let it go and, as you say, there'll be others around the corner.

Thanks again for your words. 

Paul Cavenaugh said:

Hey Rudy.  Sorry to hear you've been dealing with family issues.  Right now your own health and wellness must come first.  You need to make a common sense decision that gives your breathing room and keeps your business going.  Have you considered just selling the boat for whatever it's currently worth and moving on?  Or come up with a price with the new engines installed?  Forget the romance. Once you get over the hump, there are always other 35 Commanders out there when you get back on your feet.. 

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