Have just had another look at the pictures..........you appear to have a fridge! For me that is called posh
If it doesn't work, just use it as a cool box
.........if it doesn't work as a coolbox stick it in a skip and you have instant extra storage........the same approach to everything else.
In any event that Main hatch looks easy / cheap
enough to sort out.
The forehatch and the binnacle compass
both look worthwhile sticking on E-Bay (if push comes to shove). I am sure you have a few more goodies that someone somewhere would love to have..........
If you need cheap "wall coverings" for the hull / cabin sides particularly for the forecabin..........in the past I found carpet tiles work very well in covering up a few sins as well as tidying things up no end. The advantage over using a whole piece of material is that they are easier to fit. You mess up one - just use another. Carpet tape is all you need to hold them in place. And the good news is that the really cheap and nasty ones made of 100% plastix (Nylon ??) work / last best.
Wherever possible AVOID anything sold with the word "Marine" attached to it...as it will be a lot more expensive. The same quality can often be sourced elsewhere, in any event many things do not have
to be "Marine", for fitting out an interior
/ soft furnishings etc you may well find that a Caravan / Motorhome shop / website sells acceptable stuff for far less.
That headlining however looks a real cosmetic disaster. Not economic to get a proffessional in, doable by DIY but a real PITA to do yourself. Before you decide to rip it down and put it the skip, try and use it to make a pattern for a replacement - hopefully the headling material will be glued / fixed to panels
, which I suggest you keep if at all possible. Plenty has been written about replacing headlinings, you don't have to repalce exactly like the original. In fact no need to replace them at all (or at least not immediately) apart from mainly cosmetic reasons. (I only mention this now cos it is easy to end up going "skip crazy"
and afterwards think to yerself "I wish I had kept that"
Oh, I "did" a small boat once! - hence my enthusiasm
. Actually she came back on the market twice last year. Once for Free and then flipped for £1k after someone had walked away for a couple of years - unfortunately after taking the forehatch home..........I was really gutted that I missed her by a week, I would have been quite happy to have had her back and started all over again...............mainly cos on a small plastic boat their can be relatively little that needs
doing - even if quite a few things that would be "Nice" to do............
If you take this project on (even if you walk away after a month and then E-bay her bits) you will have learnt a lot which will stand you in good stead later - and WILL later save you far more than $250 from first hand experiance. If you keep her this will also be true, plus you will learn far far more from refurbishment and then from ownership
than from any books
)..........and of course it is fun to own a boat!
Whilst I am not going to say that the circumstances of the sale
are "good", possibly the owner will be happy that someone with enthusiasm will be taking her on, especially if the boat has good memories - and depending on his knowledge / experiance he may be someone who would be willing to help / advise on things / or just talk through stuff as the refurbishment progress - in any event if you can keep on good terms with him you may well be surprised how often useful things later "get discovered" in the back of the Garage...........
Not meant as a criticism and whilst pricing things up IS essential, I get the feeling that you may have the same tendency as yours truly, to kinda anaylse some things carefully - and sometimes this translates into a bit too much thinking and not quite enough "doing"..............of course it is always easier to spend someone else's money!