Why Rehab a Used Boat? Wrap Up.

Why Rehab a Used Boat?  Wrap Up.

One word – Price.

You buy what you can afford, and you can buy something bigger than you can afford by fixing up an used boat.

What other reasons are there to spend 75 crew days fixing a boat up?

  • We like our boats 100% functional, no issues, easy to operate, built well, minimize maintenance with quality installations, so when we sail, we focus on sailing, and not on things that are not working, distracting us, or having to jury rig something underway.
  • Pride – while in today’s busy world many just use their boat ignoring the wear and tear, and don’t keep it yar, we’re a bit old world. We like our boats Bristol, shipshape and yar. After all of this work, everything on this boat looks good, with the exception of the deck which will get a coat of paint at some point.
  • The third reason is that most boaters are not aware of is a Federal Law called the “Inherent Warranty of Seaworthiness.” In a nutshell, what it says if a boat is not seaworthy (if anything is not maintained 100%) and a calamity occurs to the boat (whether or not it had anything to do with the defect), all insurance companies have the right to deny an insurance claim for damage to the boat, or injury to the crew. While this isn’t exercised very often, it is there, and all mariners ought to keep their boats in shipshape condition!

So just what was on the project list over the past 6 weeks that was completed?

  • Moved the switch panel from the face on the end of the port aft bunk up to the cabinet above so the switches aren’t hit while someone sleeps.
  • Installed lights in the main cabin.
  • Cleaned and repaired light in V-berth.
  • Cleaned all lines and whipped the ends.
  • Head tested.
  • Added lanyard to bilge pump handle.
  • Added double hose clamps to all through hull fittings.
  • Installed wall fabric.
  • Installed latches on the cockpit seats, gasket material to keep the water out & shock cord to keep them open for ventilation.
  • Wood edge trim around cabinets, ceiling, etc. was reinstalled.
  • The aft bunks were changed from hammocks to padded fixed births.  Leeboards were built and installed with padded cloth.
  • Ceiling panels installed.
  • A small water tank was installed, but there are no connections to it – no filler tube, no vent, no hose to the sink.  All installed and operational.
  • Sea Swing stove installed.
  • Paper towel holder installed.
  • Toilet paper holder repaired, made stronger, and readied.
  • Installed ceiling panels.
  • Board is installed in back starboard lazarette, with hooks for hanging lines.
  • Bilge pump rebuilt.
  • Install O-ring in inspection port for water tank.
  • Removed spare blocks from cockpit floor.
  • Installed shock cord to keep goods inside storage cabinets.
  • Added strings to hold turning blocks up in the air.
  • Taped off sharp objects (to prevent sails from being torn).|
  • VHF radio tested.
  • All lights tested.
  • Tabs on the skeg to the rudder for smooth waterflow underwater.
  • Added a coolers and straps that hold it under the back cockpit seat.
  • The head door was reinstalled.
  • The canopy over the hatch opening was reinstalled.
  • The front vents in the side of the bow were fiberglassed shut to prevent waves from filling the boat.
  • Installed a GPS.
  • Connected GPS and on-deck digital display read-out.
  • Washed the entire interior of the boat.
  • Hatchboard sanded and varnished.
  • Added second up to date fire extinguisher.
  • Add fire extinguisher port to engine cage.
  • Stepped mast, tuned it.
  • Rigged boat.
  • Found replacement knob for combination gear shift and accelerator lever and installed.
  • New compasses with lights installed.
  • New masthead, red bow, steamer lights installed.
  • Lightning bonding system tested for continuity.
  • Cleaned glue and oils off all surfaces where they don’t belong (scrape, lacquer thinner, water, etc.).
  • Install switch for ceiling light.
  • Installed AM/FM antenna.
  • Put boat battery inside its plastic box to protect the terminals from shorting out.
  • Rigger inspected damaged spinnaker halyard and it was replaced.
  • Gooseneck light added over navigators table.
  • Tested deck for leaks, found 10, sealed all of them.
  • Added screens.
  • Added GPS antenna bracket.
  • Added spinnaker cloth cover over lead corrector weights.
  • Installed wiring to have SailComp to communicate with GPS.
  • Added three new vents.
  • Oiled interior wood surfaces.
  • Outdoor speakers have new surrounds.
  • Sanded sharp wood edges of all openings.
  • Teal boot and cove stripes (made of tape) had lots of gouges and tears. Cut pieces of spare material laid over the top of the original tape.
  • Lubed all pulleys on mast and boom.
  • Painted bottom with anti-fouling paint.
  • Bought back-up navigation running lights.
  • Install a “Boom Kicker” to keep the boom from coming down onto us.
  • Took upholstery cleaner and cleaned dirt spots on all cushions, walls and ceiling.
  • Cleaned and oiled teak pieces on deck.
  • Fiberglassed a crack in the floor & paint the floor white.
  • Rubber feet on the swimming ladder needed 4 missing set screws which were installed.
  • Add new vent at bow, stern and hatchboard, plus put screens underneath.
  • Cut off tons of over-length bolts all over the place.
  • Cleaned PVC pipe on rail with lacquer thinner.
  • Drilled & tapped 3 holes on boom gooseneck fitting and put in larger screws.
  • Tested the VHF Radio.
  • Tied up dangling wires everywhere.
  • Installed steamer light wire in the mast.
  • Rebuilt the Engine & fixed engine shutoff.
  • Inspected all sails and maintained as needed.

The point of this is, to have new sailors understand that one should be wary about what you buy.  A fixer-upper isn’t for everyone.  This one was over the top when it comes to overdue maintenance.  I’ve rebuilt many boats before, and this one was the second toughest one.  The other one took a dedicated 2 years!

We’re sure everything functions, looks decent, and will allow us to focus on sailing in the Chicago Mackinac Race this weekend.  Now we’ll get to see if the boat will sail fast.

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