Just to show it really is possible to get a nice 34 foot boat
for the price
of a family vacation
, here are before and after pictures of my 1968 Cal
34. At $4300 it came with a 250 hour Yanmar diesel
, new wiring
, roller furler
, good sails
, 16K BTU AC, numerous nice modifications like Edson wheel steering
and short boom conversion but was cosmetically a disaster.
After a year of work with advice gained from reading CF, and on the shoestringiest of budgets without any unusual expenses and only a few surprises- just loads of epoxy
and sandpaper- I have a boat
I would be willing to take anywhere and which routinely goes offshore
. Under power it burns 0.5 gal of diesel
to go 8 miles. Also it went from being one of the ugliest boats in a 90 slip marina to one of the nicest.
I think my $400 inside and out paint
job (RustOleum Marine
Gloss) looks pretty decent especially since I painted the hull
from a kayak
. And since it isn't awlgrip I can repair any dings myself essentially for free. After six coats, it now only takes 4 oz of $12 per quart paint and 4 oz of mineral spirits to roll and tip another coat on.
Total investment: maybe $6000 including a 290 W solar
system and new batteries.