In honor of the launch and successful test drive of my 7 1/2 year boat project
I wonder how many others have seen through a long term boat project
and what was involved. I guess I'm thinking about project boats and not building from scratch. I've read about a couple of those that lasted 20-30 years.
I already know 7 1/2 years isn't close to a record
on a project. Met a couple at the marina when I launched who had a friend that just launched after a ten year overhaul
The main things done on the boat.
and drive train. Original engine
but stripped down to the bare block, cleaned and painted, both pumps new, cleaned and repainted all heat exchangers (oil, transmission
and engine), new brackets for some of the accessories, new alternator
, all new wiring
. New cutlass bearing. Rebuild
2. Fridge. The biggest single
project in terms of time. Involved cutting apart the old box to get it out of the boat, taking apart the cabinets in the galley
, sealing, lining and insulating the cabinet. Glassing the old box back together but a bit smaller to allow for more insulation
. This had to happen inside the boat since it wouldn't fit in the companionway
whole. Then rebuilding the cabinets and making a new lid.
. Lots of new wiring
, new inverter/charger, new LED lights
. 135 W solar
panel (probably more to come). Overhauled windlass
. New tricolor and anchor
lights. New mast
wiring including installation
of a wiring conduit in the mast
. New VHF
, used SSB
, new plotter.
. Three new bilge
pumps; two 4000 gph Rules for emergency
pumps, Whale for everyday. New pressure pump, new sump pump, new washdown pump. Rebuilt the two manual bilge
pumps. New drinking water
filtration, new hot water
heater. Replaced all the hoses.
. New main, new 135 genoa
. All new rigging
including chainplates and turnbuckles. Strong track system for the main. New Harket roller furling
. All new running rigging.
6. Peal and seal on the bottom.
. New overhead in main cabin
. About 2/3 of the paneling replaced. Seven new SS ports
installed (three more to go). New upholstery.
8. Miscellaneous. Countless hours cleaning
30 years of oil
, crud and sludge from then bilges. Remove old foam backed vinyl siding from cabinets. New SS backing plates
and rebedded all stanchions and davits
. Rebedded all other deck hardware
(which included a little core
drying and replacement here and there).
Of course dozens and dozens of other small projects to go along and some of these aren't totally finished.
So, who else has gone through a multiyear boat overhaul
? Or who has started one and abandoned the job as too much?