A good go inside and out with a pressure washer (1700 psi+/-) will give a new perspective! I looked at a few sister ships and the interior photos. The joinery is not overly complicated. Basic wood shop skills. Do a bit of photo
investigation of similar boats to find anything that may be structurally necessary and replace those items first. Check chain plates and rigging
. It does not have to be perfect to go for a sail...just safe. Go for a sail!
It would be wise to find a knowledgable sailor, in your area to have a look at things...pictures often do not tell the whole story. You will find most sailors quite congenial, willing to go out of their way to help out....although generally somewhat opinionated.
It would be satisfying to see this project through as your father started it. It would be great, if you could take him sailing!
Don't get too fancy...if you wish to paint
that was already sanded, a one part paint
such as Interlux
Topside or Pettit Ez-Epoxy will be fine for the Midwest. That is if the gelcoat
can't be buffed out.
It is too easy to become emotionally attached to boats...why we refer to them as she/girls...you have been bit...enjoy!
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