So, USCGC Acushnet is for sale for only 135k, what can a private individual do with it?


Hypothetically, say a private individual wanted to buy the ship, retrofit it for comfortable living and go any where in the world. How would you go about it? What would be required?

What is the minimum number of people that would need to operate such large and old vessel? How much would it cost to modernize it? How much crew would you take?

How expensive is it to operate it? It fills up with 95,960 gallons of diesel and its range of 13,700 nautical miles. To fill it up will cost as much as the ship itself.

What is the yearly upkeep?

It looks like it was sold in 2004 for 66k and now going for 135k is it a good investment?

So 1,750 tons, probably mostly steel, price of scrap steel is $96.00 per ton, so the scrap value if it is $168k which is more then the asking price of $135k. Is it just a very heavy, very old, very expensive to move scrap heap?

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3 thoughts on “So, USCGC Acushnet is for sale for only 135k, what can a private individual do with it?

  • July 22, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    You can spend tens of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars. Only to have it continuously fail in new and exciting ways you never expected it to.

  • July 22, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Your commercial options would be to turn it into a bulker, a la coastal Transportation out of Seattle, or to turn it into a cruise vessel or a yacht.

    I don’t know what her daily fuel consumption would be, but I would estimate at cruising speed 5-6k gallons a day. So that’s your daily fuel cost, + crew.

    If you’re doing something commercial maritime, a standard crew would be 3 mates + a captain, 3 engineers + a chief, minimum 6 Deckhands, assorted wipers cooks and stewards. Crewing American that’s ~ 1.5 million annual crew salary.

    Or you could skimp and go light on crew, like a tug, obviously your maintenance starts to degrade, but you could halve your crewing cost.

    If you’re doing something passenger related your crew costs go up.

    Add in your annual maintenance + upkeep, every thing from lube oil and pilotage fees to paint and needle guns.

    Scrapping isn’t a bad idea.

    The ship doesn’t have a viable way to make money without a massive investment to convert her to something else.

    Also I would add that she will be much smaller in real life than you would think.

    *Edit* please excuse spelling errors, typing on a phone

  • July 22, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Forgo fuel! Rig sails, Shanghai a crew, and bring the age of piracy back in full swing!
    Edit, if you need a shanty man…


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