I wish you the best of luck with your project
. Before I can offer any advice, my first question is have you ever done boat repair before? Although you mention that you are good with your hands, the learning
curve on do it yourself projects can be expensive both in time and money
. Depending upon where you are and where you are going, the wood will be affected differently. The type of wood you use and how you prepare it will also make a difference. (I have seen a few people have success using Wood preservation, rot repair, and restoration using epoxy resin on boats and homes.
to prep the wood.)
If you have never owned a boat, you will also need to learn the mechanics of a diesel engine
and above all, electronics
and in particular wiring
. I used to race
Alpha Romeos in the SCCA and IMSA and work on a cars and although there are many similarities there are also important differences. You do not want to have a problem when you are entering a strange port for the first time or trying to get out of the way of heavy weather
. Sail repair too is important, especially if you are on a budget
If you have never rebuilt a boat before, I recommend that in addition to these helpful forums
, you also join a sailing or yacht club or find someone who is rebuilding a boat and donate some time. You will learn an awful lot of useful information. The experience isn't so much to improve your skills although any refresher is certainly helpful. You will gain a lot of insight into what sort of things typically need work, what sort of budgets are required, what works and what to look out for, etc. When it is your turn to look for a boat you'll have a better idea of what to look out for.
I wish you the greatest of success and mention these items so that you are better prepared and have as little trouble as possible. If necessary, spend a few extra months on the hard
so that your vessel is capable of handling the rigors of the sea.
Good luck and Godspeed.