Well, settle back, this'll take time. Lets see. Nothing sharp around with which to hurt myself . Ok. here goes.
1991 buy early '70s Cascade. Have surveyor
go over boat before hand to check it out. He passes it. I sign papers on boat, make a trailer to bring it home because all thats wrong with boat is cosmectic, I think ! Wrong. I am on deck
one day and drop a tool on the deck
near chainplates. It goes " Soft thud". Not "Hard thud". I think, " Oh no". Take the butt of my clasp knife and sound entire deck. Get soft thuds on about 40 percent of deck. I drive a chisel down through the fiberglass
and hit wet wood. I am able to push chisel through the wood with no problem. Heart sinks.
I go below and get to deck shelf. I am able to push a knife blade through the deck shelf across the grain no problem in a lot of areas. I am crest fallen . Then I get angry at surveyor
. I think of sueing, but the cost of the lawyer would not be worth the amount I would get back. So, I decide that I will take my time and repair it and get the boat paid off. At least I have it at home so it isn't running up storage fees
To make a long story short, I have replaced forty percent of the deck and supporting members. I will be replacing all the wiring
because the last fella decided that twist and tape was sufficient. I have replaced one bulkhead and the bottom of another because of rot
. This will also entail replacing the heads sole and supporting members because of rot
Oh ! I forgot that I had to replace the deck an support area under the stem head
fitting. One day I grabbed ahold of it and was able to move it around easily by hand. That was bad news.
All in all, it has been an experience. Trying to do this, plus the normal job, plus restore a 100 year old house and bring it more or less up to date, means a lot of years have gone by. I have thought of selling it, but , in its' present condition, I would get about $49.95 US. So000, I do repairs
on it by dedicating a month or two during the summer to work on it.
I will stop here. I will go get another six pack and swill beer
, and scratch my belly. I would scratch my head, but I did so much of that last summer working on this boat, I now have a sore spot.
The only thing that keeps me going is that just about retirement
time, I will be done.