I’m finally selling my boat. Purchased in 2000 by Carl Lipo and myself, the Free Spirit has given us immense pleasure. But given Carl’s departure to teach at California State University, Long Beach, and my involvement with a startup company, I can’t give the Free Spirit the time and attention she deserves.
So I’ll be advertising the boat in a number of localities, including probably eBay in the very near future. But you, dear reader, have a chance to buy her first!
The Free Spirit is a 33′ Chris Craft El Capitan Express Cruiser from 1952. During our ownership, the boat was mostly used on Lake Washington and Lake Union, with occasional trips through Puget Sound. During its lifetime, the Free Spirit has journeyed to Desolation Sound and throughout the inland waters.
Moorage is covered and in the fresh water of Lake Union; we “inherited” the slip from the previous owner and a new Seattle-based owner would be well served by simply assuming the moorage from me. Insurance is sometimes difficult with older boats, but we have been lucky to have Hagerty Boat Insurance assume coverage of the Free Spirit, and I’ll be happy to give the new owner details on the policy, etc. The new owner assumes ownership on site; shipment to a new location or new moorage will be your responsibility.
The boat is ideal for Chris Craft or wooden boat enthusiasts. Free Spirit has never been a show boat, with the careful restoration and constant attention that requires, but neither has the boat been neglected. Minor work on engine batteries and ignition is usually required after periods of non-use, but the boat and engines are otherwise reliable. We have greatly enjoyed owning Free Spirit, and hope to find new owners that will enjoy her as much as we have.
I’ll discuss price and arrangements with any seriously interested parties. Here’s a photo album with detailed photographs, taken Aug. 14th of this year.