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Old 06-07-2013, 19:48   #1
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I recently purchased a 25' sailboat and it wasn't in the worst condition but certainly not the best. I need advice on what to do first, what tools and things to use. I do have all the sails as well as an extra main sail. Also have the cushions and carpet. Just out for the restoration. I need to refinish the wood and paint the top of the ship and sand down the old paint. Need info asap, I start work on it Monday. Here's the pics.
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Old 06-07-2013, 19:54   #2
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Re: Help me restore this boat!?!?!??!?!?!?!?

it also has a soft spot right on top of the cabin how would I go about fixing that?
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Old 06-07-2013, 20:00   #3
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Re: Help me restore this boat!?!?!??!?!?!?!?

Not bad. I think she's got some potential.

I'm sure some of the pros will be along with some advice soon.

Congrats on the new boat!
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Old 06-07-2013, 20:03   #4
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yeah that was what I was thinking when I bought it. I actually traded something for it.
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I love the smaller boats.

If you don't have a copy of This Old Boat, by Don Casey, I would highly recommend it.

I also like Fix It And Sail, by Brian Gilbert.

They're both really good, and will give you some helpful advice and ideas.
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I will read both of those thanks!
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Re: Help me restore this boat!?!?!??!?!?!?!?

If you sand anything below deck it is probably veneer and VERY thin.
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Re: Help me restore this boat!?!?!??!?!?!?!?

I would first make the deck water tight so rain wont get in and ruin the interior. After that its hard to say without seeing the boat and knowing about your circumstances.
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you might find a few pointers here on a boat i did up last year

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I started and basically gutted the inside. It looks awesome now! I sanded down everything in the bedroom hard except the wood. Then I stained the wood back and put finish on it and painted the whole room with white primer two coats. Then I painted the top half a carolina blue. Two coats with that as well and it looks great now! keep in mind I bleached and cleaned everything before I did this. Now where the kitchen is I bleached and clorox everything. Then I stained and redid the wood finishing. I fixed the sink pump and faucets. It has shelves and I repainted and Cut carpet from lowes and put it on there. I also put carpet in the very back where the anchor is, with a cut slit so I can access the things when I need it. I also got a new battery and it turned out everything worked, but I am going to put in new cabin light fixings. The stereo worked but is being replaced with a new sony marine package. The old speakers were outside on deck and were busted but worked, they are being replaced with west marine waterproof speakers. The sony packaged stereo comes with 2 water resistant speakers but I do not want them to be in the weather so I am putting them in the cabin. I really want to put a grill and some fans in there as well as a tv and gaming console. I really do not know what battery I need to run all this separate from my original battery. Someone help. Thanks
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BTW It is a 1967 24.78' Bristol Corsair. I figured out what it was. Originally the company was named sailstar but then changed to bristol yachts. It came with plenty of life jackets and accessories. A honda motor that runs awesome and sails that look brand new. All for $680, I think it was a great deal.
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