Okay, if anybody cares, here's how it all turned out for this rookie boat owner this winter:
- The "overall sailboat guy" finally refused to work on my boat any more, since I gave most of the work we had discussed to other people when he refused to provide even rough quotes on most items, lied to me about the cost of shrink wrapping, and tossed out an off-the-cuff estimate of $3,500 to replace my old stuffing box with a dripless connector.
- I found a reliable, quality diesel mechanic
who basically brought my engine
up to snuff, including boiling out the heat exchanger
and exhaust elbow
, replacing hoses, filters and impeller, painting the engine, adding the dripless connector, new cutlass bearing and zincs, and reconfiguring the prop shaft through-hull, all for $2500.
- The fiberglass
guy fixed my lazarette door, redid my cockpit
sole, rebedded my wheel pedestal
, replaced my teak
stern cap plate and companionway
cover, varnished all external teak
, bonded the smile in the front of the keel
and painted my spreaders. He will also wash and wax hull
and topsides, all for $3,150. The new piece of plexiglass for the companionway
cover cost $1,500 that I paid to a custom glass place.
- I finally mustered the courage to begin some marine maintenance
and upgrading myself, after getting past the idea that it had to be done perfectly. Once I could live with the fact that I might not do it right, and might have to do it over, I got out my tools and rebedded a port light, installed a different type of float switch in the bilge
, rewired my stern light, rebedded all hardware
and stanchions onto the new stern plate, lubricated and adjusted my steering
linkage, installed a new mast
step plate, and a whole list of smaller things that I'm still working on while I'm waiting to get launched.
The bizarre thing is that I'm really enjoying all the learning
and the work. I look forward to being able to do more. Maybe some day I'll even be somewhat competent, if I keep practicing.
goes up next week, and I'm looking forward to working with the rigging
guy to learn more about that process. And then I'm having someone install an asymm. I can't wait to go out and play with that chute.
to Castine, ME, and maybe Nova Scotia
Thank you again, one and all, for all the help and advice on this thread!