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August 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM
Seattle’s 1927-vintage fireboat Alki has been put up for auction a second time – this time with a marine survey report pegging the vessel’s estimated value at $76,000.
The 123-foot Alki, once billed as the “world’s largest fireboat,” was replaced in the Seattle Fire Department’s fleet by newer, more maneuverable boats as part of a $167 million levy passed in 2003 to upgrade equipment and facilities the city would need in a major emergency.
In a weeklong online auction in March, the Alki attracted a high bid of $71,100, but the seller backed out before a contract could be finalized. One obstacle to the sale, city officials said, was the lack of a recent survey report on the condition and worth of the vessel.
The city then authorized a cleaning and inspection that together were expected to cost about $11,000.
The 28-page survey report, and other information about the Alki, can be seen on the auction site, www.bidadoo.com. Click on “Live Auctions – Bid Now.”
The new auction began at 7 p.m. Thursday and will continue for a week.
June 24, 2013 at 11:57 AM
In a second attempt to sell Seattle’s 1927-vintage fireboat Alki, the city is having the 123-foot boat dry-docked, cleaned and examined by a marine surveyor.
Work could begin as early as Tuesday and is expected to take about a week and a half, said Katherine Schubert-Knapp of the city’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services.
The Alki, replaced by newer and more maneuverable fireboats, failed to draw a viable bidder in a 10-day online auction earlier this year. The lack of a survey of the boat was an obstacle for some bidders, because such an inspection is required before insurance can be obtained.
A second auction is possible, but Schubert-Knapp said the city won’t make a decision about the next step until completion of the survey, which will help determine what shape the vessel is in.
The city has hired the Magnolia-based Fishing Vessel Owners Marine Ways Inc. to dry dock the Alki, and clean its surfaces in preparation for the survey, to cost $8,979. The marine survey, to cost $1,700, will be performed by Bowditch Marine Inc.
April 15, 2013 at 11:55 AM
The high bidder for the 1927-vintage Seattle fireboat Alki has backed out of the sale, leaving city administrators looking for a different buyer for the 123-foot piece of Seattle history.
The high bidder, whom city officials have not identified, bid $71,100 for the Alki in a 10-day online auction last month.
But today, Katherine Schubert-Knapp of the city’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services said the buyer “wanted to transport the boat a long distance and ultimately decided that would cost too much.”
At the time of the auction, Schubert-Knapp said the boat wouldn’t automatically go to the highest bidder, because the city would need to make sure a potential buyer met certain requirements, including having the appropriate insurance and a viable plan to move and moor the boat.
Schubert-Knapp said other bidders in the auction are being contacted to see if they are still interested. The city is not identifying bidders until a purchase is complete she said.
An online history of the bidding shows that the next-highest bidder bid $71,000 for the boat, and a third bid $67,287.
March 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM
In its first of 10 days on the auction block, the City of Seattle’s 1927-vintage Fireboat Alki has attracted some 30 bids, with a high bid of $23,800 as of 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Bidding on the 123-foot fireboat began Monday evening and will continue until 7 p.m. March 14 at bidadoo.com. Photos, a spec sheet on the boat and more information about the vessel can be seen on the auction site.
Katherine Schubert-Knapp, spokeswoman for the city’s Department Finance & Administrative Services, said the city has no particular price in mind.
Schubert-Knapp said, “Our primary interests are 1) Seeing the boat go to an owner who has the resources and experience to take care of it; and 2) getting a good price.”
The boat is for sale because the city has three other, more modern firefighting vessels.
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