I have been repairing a 32 foot marine
ply van de stadt racing
yacht for the last 12 months, all up about 1500 hours, wil need about another 300-500 to finish. If you buy a wooden boat that needs repair you are very unlikely to cover all your costs but you will have a great boat of you do the repairs
I started as a novice
and now have skills equal to or better than a professional boat repair man, infact i had to take a repair out that i paid a repair man to do and re do the whole thing to factory spec becuase he had not done it correctly. I have done major surgury on the boat, replaced the whole cockpit
floor which took me 50 hours including beefing up the underfloor stucture.
I am confident i can repair any wooden boat as well as any pro in AUS.
Repairing a wooden boat takes lots of time and its not so hard to do but you must be logical and ask lots of advice. You need to buy the best materials and not use cheap epoxy
and stainless screws. The internet
helps a lot for info.
Use the best materials, i used west system, the repairs
have cost me about 7K so far and I am yet to put any white paint
on the boat.
You will have to re-glass and replace any areas that have rot
. If you find a small spot 3 or 4 inches thats soft u will likely have to replace 3 -4 times that amount to match up with the boats beams and structure.
If the boat you are looking at shows any sign of soft spots or rot
then you will have many months of work to do. If you do not mind the work its a great way to learn skills and very satisfying. You will come home covered in epoxy
and dirt for months and months on end.
The boat must have a lot of potential if you are to invest this much time in her. The boat I got had very nice lines but as a beginer I had no idea i would need 15 months plus to get her finished.
I estimatd 2 months when i went to look at her and if i knew what i do now I would not have bought it.
The good thing is that your boat will look almost new when you have finished and you will know every inch of her.