PROJECT HAS ENDED|
|I'm done rebuilding|
After a second bout with a scalpel wielding surgeon at the local hospital, removing more moldy stringer splinters. My bride (the checkbook captain) said I was finished with that project. "Park it and Sell" she commanded. Weakened from medication and not willing to become the subject of more serious spouse abuse, I complied to the admiral's commands.
Trying to save a few bucks on the initial purchase of a boat, may not have been the best thing you did or can do. I came across this hapless craft in need of repair, for a mere few pocket dubloons. I just couldn't resist the temptation. I could restore it myself. After all, I built a few custom rods, I am very electro-mechanically inclined, rebuilt a few homes and am handy in the garage. "I can do this!"
Labor intensive, dirty, ichy work, I spent the hot summer in the driveway, instead of on the water. Additionally I spent a few $K's on medical bills. Learned alot, thanks to many knowledgeable people on the various boating forums. My hat is off to you that have finished a total restoration. 20 years ago I would not have quit on a project like this. But at my age (60), I prefer to enjoy life, cruising & fishing, being on a boat, on the water, instead of in it working on one in the driveway.
|Pissed away a beautiful summer !!|
|End of story.|
Synopsis of a boat restoration: or IMHO|
I don't know much, made some bad descisions, and I am certainly NOT a seasoned boat building expert but, I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express once ..........
You are reading this because you believe there are structural problems with your boat and are planning or doing a re-build.
I won't say all older small boats with foam floatation are wet under the floor. But, it's probably a sure bet. The amount of saturation is the question.
The object of boating is to NOT ever having to use the floatation. But, things happen. (hopefully to some one else)
IMHO, there is no use building a 100 year boat.
Re-build it reliable, structurally sound and safe enough for your personal use. Any boat that needs stringer/floor & transom rebuild is most likely already off the "trade-in" charts and reached a flat level in re-sale dollars. It's "real" dollar value, with or without rebuilding, is going to be about the same. After all, you bought it! So, the only thing of any real value is the enjoyment you get from working on it and then reaping the benefits of your hard work on the water. Resurrecting an old scow will bring alot of self-satisfaction, kuddo's, an education and flatten your checkbook. Doubtfully will your Love Boat bring you any more dollars then it cost you to begin with. (save a few true classics) Think ROI when you do your rebuild. Build a 10 year boat, enjoy the water and give the next generation a project boat....
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