So many wonderful and worthy old boats out there that still have many good sailing years left would end up in the chopper if everyone listened to you guys. There are boats that are good candidates for a simple interior refit
, and there are people who are up to the task. Removing and refitting an interior
doesn't necessarily mean a redesign. It's possible to just upgrade what is already there, restore to original but better.
I had only basic woodworking and fiberglassing skills and a modest inventory of tools when I did our Bristol interior. No barn or huge workshop. I did most of it by myself while my husband worked on the exterior replacing rotten decks, moving the chainplates outboard
, redoing the hull/deck joint and on and on. We also removed the old fixed windows, glassed up the cabin
sides and installed stainless steel
. It took less than 2 years. We both worked full time. And we sold it for a good price
to the first serious buyer that looked at it because it was beautiful. You can't assume that because it's something YOU wouldn't want to do that it can't or shouldn't be done.
I would caution this OP for one reason only, and that is because he felt the need to come here to the forum to ask whether or not he should do it. A person who is serious about it, who is committed to the idea (which you definitely need to be to undertake this type of project), and who is confident in his ability to do it wouldn't need to come ask you guys and wouldn't pay any attention to you if you told them they were crazy. They'd be too focused and busy working on their boat to give a rat what any of you think.