She's had several previous owners, logged a lot of river miles, and needs a little work -- well, $225,000 worth, to be precise.
But the iconic sternwheeler P.A. Denny can be yours for the price of a new, well-appointed luxury SUV -- just $75,000.
The Foundation for Ohio River Education announced Wednesday that it is putting the historic towboat up for sale because the nonprofit organization doesn't have the money needed for repairs from excessive hull wear.
"We are sad that we have to say goodbye to such a wonderful boat," said Mariann Quinn, chairwoman of FORE's board of trustees. "She has been a wonderful way for us to connect thousands of people to their river, and we hope that she'll still continue to have a presence on the river after she is sold."
When the Denny was dry-docked for generator replacement earlier this year, work crews discovered that the boat's hull had worn to the point that it would fail to meet U.S. Coast Guard excursion boat licensing requirements.
FORE, formerly the Ohio River Water Sanitation Commission Educational Foundation, acquired the sternwheeler in 2004 from the late Lawson Hamilton.
Hamilton, a Lewisburg resident, Kanawha Valley coal operator and long-time riverboat aficionado, bought the boat in 1975 from Charleston riverman Pete Denny the year after Denny piloted it to victory in the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta.
For the past six years, the Denny has served as a floating science classroom for elementary and high school students, who learned about river ecology, identified fish and tested water samples during cruises along the Ohio River and its major tributaries.