Bama Belle riverboat for sale on Craigslist

Published: May. 29, 2015 at 10:29 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2015 at 12:52 AM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - The owner of the Bama Belle says his son, who lives in Mobile, put the riverboat up for sale on Craigslist without his knowledge.

But now Thad Garner is on board with the idea and hopes a buyer or operator will bring the old riverboat back to life on the Black Warrior River.

"My idea was to not advertise it until we got it repaired and he jumped the gun a little but and when ahead and put it in," Thad Garner said.

The Bama Belle is listed for $35,000 but Garner says its worth a lot more than that.

The riverfront icon is no longer moored at the city dock off Greensboro Avenue. It's tied off in a nearby slough after city leaders gave Garner a choice to move it or the City would move it.

Over the past year, the riverboat has been the center of contention between the city and Garner since the boat has been unable to move. Garner tells us he was able to fix the paddle-wheels and motor to move the boat. He says there are a few of things left to complete before it gets inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard.

"You don't know what you're going to run into until you get into it. The city has been more than fair in letting us work on the boat as long as we have. I'm putting all the money in. I'm thinking it's going to be a good investment once its fixed," Garner added.

Garner is hoping to have the repairs made by July 4. Link to CraigsList ad:

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