Fair enough Michael, but I do have options if the work required is more time consuming than I hope it is. For one thing, I can afford to hire out some of the work. After I spend 7-9 days working on it in May I should have a better idea of what is needed.
Here are some assumptions I am making (and I know what assuming is
Since the boat was launched in 2007, the rigging
dates from that time period and will need inspection
but not replacement.
and hull paint
is still good for at least a few more years. I will hire out the bottom paint
The hatches and port lights are still good (hatches covered with canvas
and entire deck
protected somewhat with screen
There is minimal bright work on the exterior.
and running rigging
are in good shape in storage
needs a lot of work but I'm not planning to do the cosmetic work yet, I want to do that type of stuff after I get to cruise
for a while.
I'm assuming the Perkins
is still good. If not there is a place in Jacksonville
that rebuilds them for a reasonable price
I am a licensed electrician and I have spent all my life building stuff and fixing my own stuff. I have built my own sustainable house and always worked on my cars, trucks and backhoes. I am studying boat systems now so that I will have a better understanding of them when I start working on the boat and I will hire professionals and or general help as needed. My wife ran a cleaning service
for many years and is an expert on cleaning
The bottom line is it will take X number of hours of labor to get the boat to where I am comfortable using it, while postponing some of the cosmetic work. I can schedule to have some of the work done while I am back in Afghanistan finishing my contract