Posted by: gjurrens1 | February 24, 2011

Sojourn Still Available For Sale by Owner

Several of you have asked, so here ‘tis. Sojourn is still available, but if you’re interested, you might not want to wait too long. Lots of lookers, and one of them (you?) is going to end up with a beautiful yacht for a great price.

But if I can’t sell her myself, I’ll need to list her with a broker (not yet, folks!), and  I can absolutely guarantee that you won’t get her for under a hundred thousand then!

The boat’s listing summary, as well as more detail than you could possibly want is listed below. Scroll down to view price, photos & description of boat & equipment.

I’ve also edited this post to include answers to questions some of you have asked concerning recent surveys, liens and the condition of her sexy bottom. See below…

On a lighter note, last week, we spent an outstanding day on the water aboard Sojourn with six lovely ladies and one distinguished officer & gentleman. No wind? No problem! What a wonderful day! Girls, you made this a great day (Captain Doug, you were fun too)!

View February 23rd in Florida on the Water!


Recent surveys, her bottom and liens…

The last survey was performed in May 2008 for insurance purposes. So, for example, this insurance survey (unlike a pre-purchase survey that you’ll certainly want to have performed) did not include a test of her mechanical and electrical systems.
This 2008 insurance survey was performed out of the water while the boat was in storage in Minnesota. I contacted the surveyor and asked his policy about providing copies of that survey to perspective buyers. He considers this protected intellectual property (how he feeds his kids) and that report is meant to only be between him and me, his client (for a fee – this one was $560). Additionally, that’s only a boat’s condition at a point in time (a week after a survey, you could run her on the rocks, and now you’re talking a different boat with a different value). As Sojourn’s purchaser, you’ll likely want your own pre-purchase survey in any event. Having said that, he had no problem with me sharing informally his findings (rather like describing a movie instead of illegally copying and distributing it).
His assessment was that the boat was in “Good” overall condition at that time which is a formal definition of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS). To them, “Good” means, “Ready for sale requiring little additional work and normally equipped for her size.” In spite of that very acceptable assessment, since then, as noted elsewhere I have spent over $50,000 to achieve what SAMS would almost certainly now consider “Excellent” condition (“maintained in mint condition – usually better than factory new–and loaded with extras.”).  This investment addressed what SAMS considered relatively minor issues for a boat of this size and age in this condition, but does impact overall value. And even if I’m not completely objective in my assessment of her current condition, even SAMS’ “Very Good” condition is still, “Has had above average care and equipped with additional options, electrical and electronic gear.” at an absolute minimum. Even that assessment would more than justify her asking price, even if you added a 10% brokerage fee (which I have not – yet).
Net: she’s in great shape, and is a great value at my (firm) asking price of $99,900.
Her bottom was inspected at that time and found to be in excellent condition. Irregardless, subsequent to that survey, I had her bottom completely stripped and redone, anticipating that she would no longer be out of the water every winter for maintenance once I took her south. I also refreshed the bottom paint again when I had her out of the water down here in September 2009. A big boat bottom should be a critical purchasing factor for anyone, folks, even though it seldom is. A bottom (hull) that is good and dry is a big deal, in case you don’t know that. Repairing a bad bottom, which is wet, or in poor shape (lots of growth, paint too old to be effective, or having blisters that must be repaired before further eroding hull quality or even its waterproof integrity, etc.) can easily cost $10,000-20,000 or much more to repair, potentially including months to dry out – that means loss of use. Sojourn’s bottom is dry.
She sat out of the water for 6 months a year during winters from 1995 to 2008 – that’s a great history for a boat’s bottom to have. She enjoys top quality coatings, including a 10 mil West System epoxy moisture barrier topped with aNOTHER 10 mil (generous) Interlux 2000/3000 micro-platelet (VERY moisture-proof) technology, topped with Interlux Micron CSC-Extra copper-based (the best) multi-season anti-fouling paint that was new in August 2008 and refreshed again September 2009 while I had her out of the water, even though it wasn’t really necessary (again, prevention!). The bottom has been (and continues to be) maintained by a professional diver monthly while in the water since 2008, and all underwater running gear (shaft, propeller, etc.) is protected by zinc anodes and a first-rate bonding system (guards against electrolysis) that are also inspected monthly and replaced by the diver if needed. She also has an integrated galvanic isolator (think “zinc saver”, which minimizes electrolysis, and the insidious damage that form of corrosion can cause). Net: she has a beautiful well-protected bottom. Bottoms on a boat are often neglected and underrated in importance because you can’t see them. Not on Sojourn!
One item found during that 2008 survey that I found unacceptable was some moisture in the foredeck core just forward of the pilothouse (on either side of the mast tabernacle) and in the side decks. While her hull is of solid fiberglass construction, her decks and superstructure comprise a stout outer fiberglass shell and inner shell with thicker structural stringers (think ‘beams’), which sandwich a mahogany plywood core, a common larger boat construction (and ship-building) technique–very strong indeed. This moisture largely came from two leaky pilothouse windows. Also subsquent to that survey, I have addressed that moisture problem in no uncertain terms. Between May and September of 2009, Sojourn was out of the water, her outer shell on the foredeck, side decks and pilothouse bulkheads were cut off, the moist pieces of core removed, and replaced with new dense high tech closed-cell structural foam core. Her outer skin was then expertly glassed back into place, and I stress professionally & beautifully (you absolutely can’t tell). I had seven high-end custom pilothouse windows manufactured by Freeman Marine, Inc. (from the Northwest, near Seattle, I believe), also professionally installed, all the chain plates inspected and rebedded, all (the oversized) rigging inspected and found to be sound, and essentially the entire boat’s exterior repainted (AwlGrip and AwlCraft premium yacht finish).
Also subsequent to that 2008 survey, even though all of this was purely preventative since we were about to start a long voyage, I had a mechanic go through the engine and the generator, replacing everything that might become problematic in the next several years, including all belts, hoses, fuel lines, jump tubes, oil and transmission coolers, heat exchangers, zincs, valves adjusted, transmission inspected and engine oil analyzed with excellent results, etc. I then put 2,100 trouble-free nautical miles (over 2,400 statute miles) on the vessel, mostly under power on Mid-America’s river systems. All ship’s systems performed flawlessly as we moved the boat from Minnesota to SW Florida. We also cruised the Florida Keys for almost two months earlier in 2010 under sail or power. Again, flawless functionally, and now also cosmetically drawing compliments by everyone who gets close to her (“Beautiful! Is she new?” – oh yeah–almost!). Even so, the engine still has less than 1,300 hours on it – very low hours for what many would consider a 25,000 hour engine before the need for a rebuild, but not so low hours that it has suffered from lack of use, a common problem in used boats as you all likely well know. Same with the generator – used it regularly, but still only just over 300 hours (the break-in tune up was performed at 50 hours).
Sadly, we’ve used her little since the Spring of 2010, and is the reason we’re now selling her. I still run the engine and generator for at least 30 minutes once a month, as well as the outboard motor on the dinghy. I run water through the sinks and flush the toilet weekly to prevent seals from drying out. And of course, the diver keeps diving on her bottom monthly.
Now to the other question on liens. While I will tell you the boat is indeed free and clear, no liens, etc (we used my wife’s small pension to pay her off many years ago), this would be confirmed for you in the most unambiguous terms possible. This is because the boat is federally documented with the US Coast Guard. If you’re not familiar with this form of “registration”, there is an unbroken chain of ownership and ownership status on such a vessel from the time she was new. Not unlike a ‘deed search’ on a piece of real estate. If you want assurances of the legitimacy of title on a yacht, this is the type you want to purchase (my humble opinion). It is the ultimate legitimate proof of ownership in the United States. She’s also registered with the state of Florida, and there is a rigorous transfer of ownership process that makes transfer of a vehicle title simple by comparison. So buying such a vessel ensures you know exactly what her indebtedness status is.

Later, ‘gators! Gene


  1. We Love the Boat. Do you have an email address that is not part of the Blog to discuss a possible sale?


  2. I am in the market for a sale boat, I am looking for a serious cruiser, and in that regard the Hans Christian 38T was a favorite, however your boat sounds very well maintained and resonably priced, I am impressed with the Bristol condition and the attention to detail, I am a marine engineer and appreciate good, clean layouts in the enginroom.

    Trevor Vickery

  3. Hi, I’ve been trying to contact you .. your “Contact seller” on the listing page, does not work. I’d like to know if moorage is available where the boat is. Maybe even at the same Marina. I’d like to leave the boat where it is, and commute down to where the boat is now
    Al Bradley

  4. Al, I’m glad we were able to connect via email. Keep in touch. Cheers. G

  5. Where is the boat located……still for sale?

  6. Hi Robert. Sale pending, not off the market completely yet. Should know within a few days. Status change will be posted on this site. She’s located in Punta Gorda, SW Florida.
    Thanks Robert.

  7. Still available as of today 3/14/11?
    Have interest is so. Thanks.

  8. Hi, I am interested to buy
    i am leaving in france . are you interesting to across Atlantic?
    Thanks alain

  9. read blog – its sold

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