I've just purchased a project
. It has a strong hull
, good engine
(that just needs an overhaul), and good rigging
It definitely is going to need some work -- initially several months worth just to get it sailing again, and over the next year or two quite a bit more to make her a liveaboard
So here's my plan, tell me if this sounds logical or not:
1. Clean-up -- the boat sat for quite a while and was in fact a Katrina salvage
, but it didn't sink and what little water
got inside dried out quickly. But, it was some guys project
for many years, and as such is filled with crap. So first step is to get rid of the junk, strip out some of the stuff I just don't need, and get it down to simple mechanicals and such on the inside and a clean deck
and drive -- it has a Chrysler-nissan 4cyl marine diesel
. The guy I bought it from motored it from Gulfport, MS to New Orleans
with no probs, but has let it sit for the past several months. I just want to give it an overall tune up/overhaul, and replace any hoses that sort of thing.
-- the masts and rigging where removed after the storm. They are in great shape and most of the rigging is also fine. Some of the lines look a little rough, but usable. Eventually I'll have it re-rigged to be sure, but first step will be paying the 3 hours labor to get everythign off the deck
and back in place.
4. Make cement repairs
and lay a new deck.
5. Repair / replace remaining deck hardware
and get the boat in sailing condition.
Now, the interior
of the boat is a mess. It's not in bad shape, it's just an absolute crap layout and I have no idea what the builder
was thinking, although my theory is that he eventually just ran out of time and money
and got stupid or desperate to be on the water
The wood on the topside is also eaten up termites, rot
, you name it. It's usable with some minor patches, but not worth restoring as-is. The center cockpit
is also in a weird layout and possibly a bit too far forward.
So I am planning on sailing the boat locally for a year or so while I save up for the various mechanicals and electronics
I'll need. At the same time I want to build the new interior
and topside in a workshop and then once it's finished install it onto the boat.
So basically, have everything ready to go so that I could:
Rip off the top
Rip out the interior
Rip out existing mechanicals
Install new mechanicals, plumbing
Install new interior
Install new top
The idea would be to limit the changeover time by having everything done in advance and to thus not have to work so much below deck.
OK, I know that's a super long post, but how does this sound?