Donation of Sea-going Vessel - Forwarded
Bruce C Johnson (email@example.com)
Thu, 07 Aug 1997 08:14:03 -0400
Fellow Sea Scouters:
The following message was sent to me during my absence. Anyone
interested should feel free to respond directly to Mrs. Tippit
Subj: Donation of Sea-going Vessel
Date: 97-07-27 02:39:22 EDT
I am not personally familiar with your organization but friends have
suggested that I contact the Sea Scouts or Sea Explorers and find out if
boats may be donated to the organization.
I am a widow of 14 months and have a 39' 8" vessel powered by twin 150hp
marine diesel engines. The vessel sleeps 4 comfortably, and 5 if
The boat has the capacity to carry 1200 gallons of fuel (300 gallons each
in 4 separate tanks). The tanks are linked together so that balance can be
easily and efficiently maintained. There is a full head and galley and an
array of electronic gear.
The boat was designed and built by my husband, who was a creative and
practical test and mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry for over
30 years. He spent many years building his boat; the building was as much
fun as the actual using of it. The boat, "Last Gasp", was launched in
February of 1993 and was used almost constantly as a live-aboard fishing
boat by my husband. Once I retired, we were to travel almost anywhere,
given the range and the stoutness of the vessel.
Unfortunately, my husband passed away quite unexpectedly in May of 1996. I
have no interest in keeping the boat now; the fun has gone away. Since May
of '96, Last Gasp has been taken out on a few occasions to show to a few
who expressed an interest in purchasing her; no sale has materialized.
Because the boat does not carry a name brand and is not "pretty", a broker
would not be interested in this particular vessel. I would welcome the
opportunity to donate this sea-worthy vessel to such an organization such
as yours...if you are interested.
Last Gasp is berthed at Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay in California,
just south of San Francisco. The boat needs to be hauled and the bottom
needs to be painted. This was to have happened in the summer of '96, but
it has not happened. I have had the bottom scraped and will have new zincs
installed. The boat needs paint topsides; inside it needs to be cleaned,
but the paint is in excellent condition. In short, it needs some elbow
grease and sorely needed maintenance.
I have a licensed marine surveyors report if you are interested.
I would appreciate hearing from you.
Celia L. Tippit
4131 Excelsior Road
Eureka, CA 95503
Please note that I have moved considerably North from where Last Gasp is
berthed; this adds to the difficulty of getting in touch with prospective
purchasers. For a short time I rented out Last Gasp, but that proved to be
even more difficult to deal with than leaving her empty. I hope to hear