My good old boat is 47 years old, and when I bought her, she was considered not seaworthy
. We do all work ourselves, and did enough the first spring to get her in the water
by mid June. The paint
and bright work looked old and worn, the portlights
crazed, with minimal electronics
, no working head
, and a few deck leaks
, but we sailed. I continue to do the big projects over the winter and spring, then we focus on having fun. We work on her as time and money
allow. We love the boat, and while we are well aware that the money
will never come back, we never pine away for the dollars. It is an investment in life and family
, enjoying every minute, as the whole family
works and plays together.
When to give up is a personal decision that you need to make yourself. We all have different goals, and only you can decide when the pain outweighs the gain.