From your posts the boat is a labor of love and an object you've been after for a long time. You live what is arguably a spartan lifestyle and your main intent is to "save" this boat and create a place to live.
Today, you don't know what you don't know. I cannot reconcile a large wooden boat restoration
with a spartan lifestyle. As pointed out to you ,you are going to need lots of power tools unless of course you are Amish and are going to use traditional boat building methods. You say you will live in a tent which is fine. My brother has sort of lived off the grid for 20 years with minimal conveniences so I am not judging in any way.
However, where will you store all the things needed for a boat restoration
? Even non powered drills, planers, clamps, tools, paint
, thinners etc. gotta be stored somewhere.
In regards to electricity, don't get hung up on a gps
. If you have an engine you are pretty much gonna have a 12 volt battery
, an alternator
and a starter. Yes you can "insist" on sourcing a hand pulled diesel
but odds are you won't, if and when you get to that stage.
You are obviously "connected" to the net. You have a computer of some kind. At some point you can add nav charts
and a gps puck
to your computer. The issue is, after this 5 year rebuild
do you plan to unplug from the net? If not you will want to charge or power your pc. Once again you will have some sort of power on the boat.
The truth is, minimalist 12vdc power on a boat is dirt cheap
and a no brainer. DC power gets expensive and complicated when you add fridge, watermaker
and aircon. Lights, pc power and nav instrument power is a pretty low load. It is also a decision you can make in about 2 years. Today's questions would seem to be around the physical process of rebuiilding the hull
but they are not.
I don't want to be a negative Nellie but I suspect you have a romance going with this boat that is going to end in tears. I know this is what you want to do but you are underestimating what is involved and based on what you have said I don't think you have the resources to do it.
Others have suggested and I agree that you should find something that while in crap condition cosmetically, at least floats and you can live on. A rolling rrefit is a better idea than a ground up restoration for you in my sincere and humble opinion.
Good luck however and I hope it works out.