Originally Posted by Mattz
He says it's too far gone to repair, and we need to scrap her.
I'm with a64pilot - she probably can be saved, the question is if you're willing (and able) to invest enough money
to do that.
Our last family
boat was a 100 yr old, half sunken steel hull
waiting to be scrapped when my father bought her. Nobody believed that hull
could be saved. Turns out, she outlived my father and is good to go for another 100 yrs or so.
We evicted the ducks living in there, found a company willing to tow her (while pumping for dear live ... not
recommended. We all aged years in those few hours, can't insure a job like that (looking at Atoll here
)) and what would have been my inheritance went into fixing her up, haha!
So yeah -- it can be done, provided you know your steel
and find the right professionals to help you. And you will need a LOT of time & money
... (He did everything he could himself; having 2 adult kids
work for you for free helps a lot too
This was a 82' hull
which was shortened to 65' and just getting the steel hull
back afloat and in a seaworthy
state cost about €80k (including the deck
and shortening, excluding the steering
house). Bottom left pic shows a lot of the original hull (looks black in pic) - for that money, she was restored, not rebuild
Probably not worth all the work and costs, but since you love your boat ... who knows. As you can see from the pics, people have done crazier things and loved doing it too ...