Whitmar, the sailboat that belonged to Dallas contractor Jim Benge is being auctioned off according to a CultureMap Dallas article from July 27 which reports,
“One of Dallas’ most famous boats is on the auction block: Named the Whitmar, it’s a sailboat belonging to Dallas contractor James Allen “Jim” Benge, and it’s being auctioned off in a bankruptcy settlement, with bidding beginning on July 28.
Benge is a contractor who has been sued by at least two dozen subcontractors whom he hired, then did not pay after they did the work.
The boat has been Benge’s passion project, as well as the subject of two fawning profiles by D magazine. He built it himself, with no expense spared — expenses perhaps easy for him to come by, after having stiffed so many electricians, flooring companies, drywall installers, steel fabricators, cement pourers, and HVAC firms.”
The boat is being auctioned off in a bankruptcy settlement according to a D Magazine article from August 3. They say,
“Well, now you can buy the boat. Benge has run into some trouble, and had to declare Chapter 7. The Whitmar is being auctioned off to help square things away
Benge was there to show some of them around the boat that he’d worked on for two decades. I asked him how that felt.
“It was pretty sad,” he said. “It was a tough deal.”.
As of August 4, there were 61 bids, and the winner got the sailboat for $28,500.