OK, I have put this off as long as I can but this is my next big project. I have talked about it for years but I am a little intimidated by this one. First a little history.
I bought this as an ugly ducking 20 years ago, refinished and did a few repairs to it. Used it several years and then it developed some problems that I did not feel like I could fix. Problem was no competent boat builder will give you a firm price for repairs because till you open the boat up you never know what your getting into.
Here is the original story about finding her. Makin Waves
Fast forward; Not having a ton of money I was afraid of getting into something I could not afford. So she has sat on the trailer under cover for the last 7-8 years now. I have the skills now to fix it but it still scares me a little, but most important I have the shop space so I am not out in the weather! So I am about to pull her in the shop and start the restoration.
Storage has obviously taken its tole on the paint. But it has been covered so while the interior is a mess, it 95% dirt and just needs a major cleaning. There is at least one and maybe two strafes in the hull that have to removed and partially replaced. 3 or 4 ribs that need to be replaced or sister framed. But while I am at it I plan on replacing some of the bright work that I didn't feel comfortable doing the first time. Previous owner did some stupid things and badly stained the wood by stapling upholstery to the wood, and it that wasn't bad enough he use steel staples which rusted and blacked the wood.. Some of brightwork has been painted and obviously want that to go back to a varnished finish.
Other than the hull, it's pretty straight forward work, but I really wonder what I am getting into on the hull!
Oh yea. And the trailer needs some work too.
Here are some photos I shot this morning. Wanted to get some before it came in and I started tearing it apart.