Fantasy Finds Friday: A New Home… For Any Port

FFF tug
Today I’m going big… much bigger than the random assortment of cars and trucks I posted in this series. I want a boat, but I want to find a boat big enough that I could live on it. That sounds expensive, and it is but relative to the cost of a house or condo (especially where I live now), it’s dirt cheap.
At least, the initial purchase price isn’t terrible.
I have found a 72-foot tug boat that would allow me to live out my ocean-going fantasies but also provide me a place to live (and live comfortably) while I’m tied to a dock. You might expect some insane number for a boat like this, but what if I told you the asking price was just under $140,000?
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FFF interior office
Just look at that library/office room! Yes, I’d replace the terrier pillow (with a dachshund pillow), but the rest is pretty damn near perfect. This ocean-ready tug is being offered up with all of its existing furniture (minus personal stuff like photos and the aforementioned terrier pillow, I assume). It’s a turn-key setup, and it’s packing ocean-going power.
Under the hood In the engine room, sits a Detroit 8V92 Diesel engine, which most likely produces around 1,200 pound-feet of torque at 1,300 rpm. That’s enough to move the seven foot propeller and get the tug going at its seven knot cruising speed. Fast? No, but efficient and it gives you a cruising range of over 8,000 miles. It has a massive steel hull, 50-ton deck winches, and three staterooms with full air conditioning.
I want this boat to be my home.
Yes, it will cost about $27,000 each time I need to fill it up. I’m still figuring out how I’d make that work. For right now though, I’m firmly planted in Fantasy Land and this is both my new chariot and my new palace.
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Now sound off with your own Fantasy Finds for this Friday in the comments below.

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  1. PotbellyJoe★★★★★ Avatar

    Sure it costs $27,000 to fill up, but the best trick then is to just avoid filling up by limiting your trips and to always charter any longer trips you plan to make. There’s got to be other saps people like you who would love to cruise on a boat from one city to the next rather than take a train/car/plane.

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Chartering! Brilliant idea

      1. dukeisduke Avatar

        Yes, brilliant! You could go on a three-hour tour, carrying a first mate, a millionaire and his wife, a movie star, a professor, and Mary Ann.

        1. Tanshanomi Avatar

          Skip the others. Just end up by yourself with Mary Ann.

          1. dukeisduke Avatar


      2. Vairship Avatar

        I’d be a little worried about those boxes seemingly slapped onto the sides of the hull. They weren’t there originally when a professional designed he ship, so why are they there now? Stability problems? Failed conversion to paddle wheel steamer? Needed more room in the cabin bedroom down below?

  2. Tanshanomi Avatar

    Buy a motorsailer. A mast does you no harm in port or when you’re under power, and can save you a bundle when you happen to be traveling leeward.

    1. roguetoaster Avatar

      They sure are less expensive, and many can essentially sail themselves. I read somewhere that just keeping things like this tug running before you tack on maintenance/port fees/human considerations is around $5/nautical mile.
      On the other hand, nothing pulls more birds than a boat.

    2. nanoop Avatar

      Are you saying, there is a way to save money when owning yacht?

      1. Troggy Avatar

        When it comes down to it, a yacht may save you some on fuel bills but that’s offset by the cost of maintaining and replacing the sails and rigging. It depends slightly, but most insurers require you to have the standing rigging to be inspected every year, and replaced every three.
        A yacht v.s motorboat decision is led more by personal preference rather than budget.

  3. stigshift Avatar

    Don’t forget your pony!

    1. irishzombieman Avatar

      Was going to just post “Kiss my ass” and see how many people got it.

  4. Tanshanomi Avatar

    If you can’t swing the boat, you can probably pick up a warbird cheap in Santa Monica.

    1. steve lyon Avatar
      steve lyon

      Speaking of cheap warbirds, I was out running errands over my lunch hour today, and that wreck crossed my path ( I work about 2 miles from SMO).

      1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
        Jeff Glucker

        That was a damn good looking plane… wonder if it can be rebuilt?

        1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
          Wayne Moyer

          It’s a trainer. Judging by the damaging I’m thinking it will get rebuilt. I don’t think it’s back got broken on that landing. The ground wasn’t dug in that badly either when it crashed.
          – I feel i should add a signature since it’s using my name.
          The artist formerly known as Fodder650

  5. englishcarguy Avatar

    Do it. Who else can say their house had radar.

    1. stigshift Avatar

      Gary Burghoff can.

  6. Tamerlane's Thoughts Avatar
    Tamerlane’s Thoughts

    Testing 1-2-3. This is Maxichamp/Jim Yu. Do you read me, over?

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker


  7. Krautwursten Avatar

    But Jeff, where will your car-go?!

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      He can tow a floating garage.

  8. Matt Kuerth Avatar
    Matt Kuerth

    What I really want to know is… are the really creepy chimpanzee paintings included??

  9. barney fife Avatar
    barney fife

    It’s been said that the 2 happiest days in a boat owner’s life are the day he takes delivery and the day he sells it.
    An ocean going tug like that would suit me just fine, were I to buy a boat. Nice man cave.

    1. Troggy Avatar

      It’s also said that if you’re ever thinking about buying a boat, you should first see what it’s like by standing in a bucket of water under a cold shower while tearing up $50 notes.

  10. ConstantReader Avatar

    Are the National Geographics there for ballast?

  11. Mike England Avatar
    Mike England

    funny this should come up right now. Just today, I was having a conversation about converting a commuter airplane to a weekend cabin. Seems it would be easy to use the tube part with plywood on the end for a weekender; the really expensive thing is when you want to make an old plane look like a plane. All the useless bits like the wings and the tail and the cockpit are just extravagances. But I think I have a more unique idea; long ago, I wanted to convert a tank to an extra room. I think an old M48 would be great; if I could get my hands on one. What could go wrong?

  12. njhoon Avatar

    I like your thinking but wrong boat. When I was a kid, there was one of these in the Marian my dad had his boat
    I’ve wanted one ever since.

    1. stigshift Avatar

      I grew up between Annapolis and Baltimore, on the Magothy River. I have always preferred sailboats, but you do get lots more cubic living space on a big old cruiser, for comparatively less purchase price. That Connie is a sweet old tub…