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American Mariner 8, 27ft., 1978, Waterloo, Iowa, $3,500, Price reduced 8/19/15 to $2,500, SOLD 8/25/15

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American Mariner 8, 27ft., 1978

  • Location Rural Jesup Iowa, close to Waterloo, Iowa

    Reason for Sale:

  • I have had two hip replacement surgeries and cannot run around on deck like I use to be able to do. She needs a new home where some one will love her like my wife and I do, it is with considerable regret that we have come to this decision.
  • I purchased this boat in Jan 2010, from the second owner's estate sale, It had been stored in doors since the fall of 1986. When I got it I immediately changed the trailer tires to 4 new ones.
  • Once I got it home, I immediately started clean up and fixing all that was necessary.

    Changes made:

  • Interior painted painted with White EzPoxy
  • Bottom cleaned and painted with White EzPoxy
  • New Motor Mount to raise and lower motor from the water, Motor is mounted behind the tiller and stays locked forward, all steering is controlled by tiller/rudder.
  • Main Mast step reinforced.
  • Mast re wired and spreader LED lights/strobes added, new anchor mast head LED light added. LED Motoring/strobe light added. All new cruising lights added.
  • 2 way Marine radio added. Depth finder added. Heavy Duty Deep Cycle Marine Battery and battery controller and battery charger added to motor.
  • New electric bilge pump. No known hull leaks.
  • Lug-gable-Loo installed for personal convenience while overnighting on board.
  • Cockpit seat access hatches and cockpit locker hatches installed.
  • Main Mast step Halyard routing sheaves installed.
  • Deck Main Sheet and line organizer installed. Lines run to cockpit.
  • 2 #16 Winches installed on Port and Starboard cabin top for main halyards.
  • 2 #16 Winches for Jib sheet lines on cockpit edge. Boat is easy to single hand from tiller station.
  • Mast raising brake winch system. Only 15-20 minutes to raise the mast safely. Mast weight is supported by lifting gin pole and brake winch. Main Port and Starboard Shrouds support mast side to side movement.
  • 4 New Bronze Masthead sheaves for halyards to run in.
  • New Stainless Steel Fore Stay installed 2012.


  • 2 Main Sails
  • 2 Jib Sails
  • 1 Genoa
  • New Bronze bend on Hanks for 1 Jib, 1 Genoa, not installed.
  • New Red and Green Halyards.
  • Topping lift and 16:1 Block and Tackle to assist in lifting/lowering motor.

  • New Boarding Ladder:
  • New Stainless Steel Scuba Boarding ladder, folding, extends 5' into water for easy climbing.
  • Trailer Painted. New lights and new HD axles and brakes installed 2012.
  • Tongue Extension installed for deeper water launching if needed.
  • Power Tiller Motor Control System installed 2011 All motor functions can be controlled from the tiller station while standing looking forward. No reaching down and back and flailing about for the motor control as you come in and prepare to crash into the dock because you can't see. The boat can be spun 360 deg. within its own length all with perfect control. It makes it operate like a big grown up boat.

  • A BF-100 (10 hp) Honda Long Shaft (4 Stroke) is available for sale also.
  • For additional $$$
  • It was brand new in 86' but never on boat or run by the previous owner, he bought it in fall of 86' stored it with the boat and never took the boat or motor out of the garage again. He'd used an old Johnson 6 hp for the one and only sailing season he actually sailed. The Honda has less than 10 hours on it and has been completely gone through, new seals new rubber parts and freshly tuned and cleaned May 2015. Service Manual and Motor stand included.

    The Boat has been stored since 2012 when my wife could not pull the lines any more due to rotator cuff surgery and then we went on the road full time for her job as a Traveling Nurse and the boat had to be left on our property covered in winter. Boat has been freshly washed and cleaned.

    The wood tiller arm does need to be replaced. It is cracked, it was my intention to make a new one this year, but I slipped on a wet ramp and tore my Quadriceps Tendon 4 weeks ago and am house bound now for the remainder of the summer it appears.

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    American Mariner 8, 27ft., 1978 sailboat

    American Mariner 8, 27ft., 1978 sailboat

    American Mariner 8, 27ft., 1978 sailboat

    American Mariner 8, 27ft., 1978 sailboat

    American Mariner 8, 27ft., 1978 sailboat

    American Mariner 8, 27ft., 1978 sailboat

    American Mariner 8, 27ft., 1978 sailboat

    American Mariner 8, 27ft., 1978 sailboat

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