Lots of good comments and information. I'd had the dream of building a boat for more than 20 years. (then married .. no divorced) I found my boat, some ones abandon project
sitting in a boat yard in Oceanside, CA. It has been there for 25 years. I bought it from the yard owner for really cheap
to settle up past yard fees
. She's a late 60s vintage so no core
... heavy, solid fiberglass
. I'm a builder
by nature but I'm learning
way more than I had ever dreamed. It's taking my way longer than I expected. ... but in the end I will have a great boat for a little less than had I gone out and bought one ready to sail. ... but that's not the end of it. The interior
layout is mine. I know first hand all the systems and why they are there or not there. I've completely rebuilt the engine
and this winter will rebuild
. Spencer yachts my have initially built her but she's all my workmanship now. If I had to do it all over would I re-consider???? ... of course, I'd do things a little differently, but I'd still do the project. I don't regret one day of working on her.
The only thing I'd do differently is to totally strip her out and grind the inside before putting anything back inside. Except for the very bow and stern I've replaced everything inside her anyway.
Good luck on your search. What ever you decide remember that you still have to love her 6 months down the road.
Just one personal note of caution: stay away from cored fiberglass
. I know, it's probably much lighter but at what cost? That's why I went with an older boat. Even an early 60s boat because they didn't really know the strength of fiberglass and they tended to lay them up much thicker than they needed to.
Anyway ... just my 3 cents on the subject.
Ok ... back to the boat to build up the stbd side cabin