Sorry if this is in the wrong thread-category... This is my first thread, but I have been reading through others quite extensively for awhile now (thanks for the entertainment and endless knowledge!)
Now I am reaching out to this wonderful community to get some advice. I have a 1979 Cal
34 that I am restoring with the help of my uncle (boat owner) and my dad (Mr Can-Fix-Anything). I don't have a ton of money
(I work for a nonprofit organization, aka no-paycheck organization) so I'm looking to be as resourceful as possible to keep costs to a minimum. And yes, I've been told that it would be cheaper to buy a new boat than to restore this one, but I'm actually really looking forward to the restoration
Here's the background info:
The boat has been on a mooring
in Newport Beach
, CA for 10 years, and hasn't left the harbor in 8. There is a LOT of work that needs to be done, and having it on a mooring
makes it very impractical to do repairs
(it took 3 trips to and from the boat just to get all of the trash, sails
and upholstery/cushions off).
I live in North County San Diego
, so I have thought of a few possibilities for getting this boat in a position/location/situation that makes this process easier:
1. Find a boat yard (either in San Diego
or near Newport) that will haul it out and offers either long term dry dock storage
or a slip for doing active work/repairs, but won't cost me a fortune.
2. Find a company that will haul the boat to my Dad's workshop (near Temecula, CA) where we have access to all the tools needed for repairs
, and a lot of space to work in.
So my big questions for you all are:
1. Would you recommend finding a boat yard to keep it in, or haul it to the workshop?
2. Can you recommend boat yards, either near Newport Beach
or San Diego, that offer long term storage/dry dock
3. Can you recommend boat hauling/shipping companies (the only one I have found is San Diego Boat Haulers)?
Sorry this thread is so long... Any and all advice is very much appreciated!!! A big Thank You in advance.