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Boats for Sale

Sternwheeler: M/V KANAWHA
$125,000 (Nitro, WV)
Built as a single screw towboat in 1937 by Eddie Erlbacker of Girardeau, MO. Her original name was Shawnee. She sold in 1961 to Waxler towing company of Memphis and renamed Delane Waxler. She was sold to Scioto Docking Inc. of Portsmouth, OH and renamed the Carolyn Sue. She was bought by R.C. Heckert of Parkersburg, WV in 1985, converted to a sternwheeler and named Sheila D. In 1998, she sold to Frank and Pam Fink of Charleston, WV and renamed the Pamela D. She was then sold to Jeremy Tardy in 2008 and renamed Miss Lona. Bought by Duke and Christy Grant and renamed Kanawha.

  • Length is 84'; Width is 16.5'; Draft 30"
  • Powered by a 6-71 Detroit
  • Power is delivered via Twin Disc Marine 1.51:1, #160 chain to 12' diameter x 9' width wheel
  • Generator
  • Much more
  • Pictures

    Duke Grant: 304-395-2900

  • Sternwheeler: M/V GAMBLER
    $79,900 (Rayland, OH)
    Her hull is 3/16 A-36 steel except the bow which is 1/4 inch with an additional 1/4 inch overlaid 'skid plate' for parking along riverbanks.
    A 16 foot 'stage' will be included. The superstructure is framed with southern yellow pine with tongue and groove pine siding outside and tongue and groove white pine and cedar inside.
    She is fully insulated with 3 1/2 inch fiberglass in the walls and 6 inches in the ceilings and comes with storm windows for winter use.

  • Length is 45'; LOA 56'; Width is 14'
  • Powered by a 225 Slant Six Chrysler
  • 6 KW Generator
  • Water capacity is 210 gallons. Fuel capacity is 160 gallons
  • Power is delivered mechanically to an 8 foot by 8 foot paddlewheel
  • Weighs 27 tons, Drafts 24 inches and Cruises at 7 mph
  • Pictures

    Gary Morton email: gemort@wirefire.com

  • Sternwheeler: M/V LAKIE MARIE
    $18,000 (Nitro, WV)
    Sleeps four. Has a fold down table to bed and two under the pilot house.

    Has a bathroom with sink

  • Length is 42'; width is 10'
  • Powered by a 4 cylinder Westerbeke diesel
  • Aux. power 3000-watt inverter
  • Water capacity is 35 gallons. Fuel capacity is 80 gallons
  • Kitchen is all electric with a glass top range.
  • Picture

    Cory Fagan 304-741-0396 oe email: corkster8284@gmail.com

  • Sternwheeler: M/V PORT EXPLORER
    $95,000 (So. Point, OH)
    The hull is steel with a model bow and has five separate watertight compartments.

    The lower level includes a kitchen/dining area forward, the main salon and bath with shower, a queen guestroom, and engine room aft.

    The upper level includes an elevated pilothouse, a half bath, the owner's queen stateroom, and a 15' x 20' outdoor "rec room" aft.

  • Length is 74'; width is 16.5'; draft is less than 2'
  • Powered by a Cummins 5.9 diesel
  • Aux. power is an 8-kw. Generac
  • Water capacity is 300 gallons. Fuel capacity is 230 gallons
  • Kitchen is all electric with a glass top range.
  • Picture

    Steve Hutchison 304-360-8174

  • Sternwheeler: M/V IVA RUBY
    $79,000 (Buffington Island Portland, OH)
    The IvaRuby was originally the DonRobt. The DonRobt was designed and built by the Dubuque Boat & Boiler Company in 1970 for Don & Kay Klein of Rock Valley, Iowa. In an effort to replicate the packet boats of the 1800's, the Kleins' paid great attention to detail when designing their vessel. They patterned their vessel after Captain Fred Way's vessel, the Betsy Ann and was complete with a gingerbread trimmed pilothouse and eight leaded stained glass windows. It was renamed the IvaRuby by Captain Mel Lawrence.


  • It is 22ft x 62ft x 4ft with a 14ft x 50ft x 4ft steel hull with an offset stern wheel 11ft x11ft
  • GM 4-53 Diesel engine
  • 4 watertight compartments
  • 2 alternators
  • built in air compressor, 2ft x 6ft air tank and 3 brass whistles
  • 380 gal fuel compartment
  • Power steering and four rudders
  • 16ft x 2ft landing stage
  • Two 850 gal. fresh water tanks

    Pilot house equipped with engine instruments, depth meter, 2 marine radio, air pressure gauges, Garmin GPS with Radar. Galley has built-in cabinets, pantry, 4-burner stove, double sink, refrigerator, and microwave. Head has standard tub w/shower, cabinet lavatory, fan and vent.

    She was dry dock and the bottom painted Oct. 2015

    For more information contact Melvin Lawrence at cmel70@hotmail.com or phone 740-416-8706

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  • Sternwheeler: M/V COLUMBIA
    $349,000 (Luku, MS)
    The Columbia is for sale by Sam Evans. You can contact Capt. Cheryl Clason at 662-423-5080. Check www.captainschoiceusa.com for some photos.

  • 1986 By: Tucker Marine
  • Sternwheel propulsion
  • Engine: 6 cylinder 6-354 Perkins Turbo Diesel w/ Chain Drive
  • Length: 84' Width: 20'5" Draft 20"
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    Sternwheeler: M/V MORNING GLORY
    $89,500 NEW PRICE (New Martinsville, WV)
    The Morning Glory is for sale by Earl Yost and listed below are some of the amenities and links to view for interested parties. Earl’s email address is: estanleyyost@yahoo.com or call 304-455-6396

    Youtube: Making The Sternwheel Morning Glory

  • 2014 Marine Survey upon request
  • Custom built and launched May, 2013
  • Sternwheel propulsion, wheel is 8’wide by 10’ tall and 20 buckets
  • Max bridge clearance 22 ft.
  • 2 main and 2 monkey rudders
  • 4 watertight compartments
  • 8 bilge pumps (2 each compartment)
  • Depth sounder
  • Hull is 1/4” steel Weight, approximately 30 ton
  • LOA is 56’, including ramp 72’, beam 14’, deck 16’, hull 47”, drafts 24 inches
  • Engine: 4BT Cummins Diesel, 400
  • Turbo Hydromatic transmission, water cooled
  • Equipped with 4 - 6” X 6” X 12’ spuds, winch driven
  • 30 to 1 gear reduction
  • Cruise speed 6 mph, max 8 mph
  • 24 Gallon day tank
  • 250 gals fuel in 2 steel tanks 3/16”
  • 2 - 100 gallon fresh water tanks
  • Raratan Electroscan sewage system, no holding tank needed
  • Champion 3500 – 4000 w generator
  • Furnished with beds, tables, chairs and more
  • Any member wishing to sell their boat and have it listed in the Newsletter and/or on this web site please email us at:

    Newsletter Listing: editor@americansternwheel.org
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