Been a slave at the hospital for the last couple of days...so forgive my slow return.
Seriously, I am blinded by the love of what she was and could be again. I am known on this forum as an older guy...calm...honest...reasonable...but this boat really got under my skin. I turned to the forum because there is a huge knowledge base here. I was a racer
30 years ago. As I have aged I have become more cautious ....want to know what I am signing up before I jump in. I have never taken on a project like this. Thank you everyone for your advice
. Every reply was painful and honest....and much needed.
I bought a 30 foot Sharpie that Steady Hand found when he was doing his cheap boats articles. I was smitten ...gob smacked...I am prone this way to a pretty visage. I am not joking about Penelope Cruz....smile.
I bought her for 5k. I said to myself...she needs some sprucing up. I could see some of the deck
glassing was bubbling up. She was sitting on a trailer
and I could see some of the glass on the chines as it turned from vertical to horizontal had come loose in some spots...."no problem, I can learn fiberglassing." Got her to the boatyard and they flipped her bottom side up and I began. No rot
to be found. But the bottom was only fiber glassed on the turns, centerboard
trunk, and motor
well. The rest was paint
and bottom paint
. It was a mess. So, I sanded it down to bare plywood
. I got a fellow there to help me glass the bottom and about 6 inches above the old water
line. Fairing it all in took some effort but turned out beautifully. The big problem is that I bought the boat in late November and it rained from December until late April. Heaviest rainy season in over 50 years. I am blessed that way. If there are 10 lines open at the grocery store and I pick the shortest one...it will immediately stop because some grandma/grandpa is trying to find that nickle he saw last week.
I can't use a 4hp 2stroke in Lake Tahoe. So, I decided to repower
with a 10hp 4 stroke
. I paid almost 6k to redo the motor
well and glass it. There is no way I could work
in such a small space for all the cuts and angles presented. My wife gave me one of those looks men
dread...not undeservingly...but "are you freaking out of your mind"....looks.
When the boat was built back in the mid to late 80's they used a product called Yellow Jacket for something to sheath the plywood
. The threads are yellow and it has a very thin matrix of fiber. Couple of the tradesmen who have been around forever said they barely remember this product. I decided it had to go as there were areas that were bubbled and some areas where it was stuck well. No, Mr. Daddy Warbucks can't have that on his boat....no, sir.... I sanded and peeled and scrapped...and cussed for over a month. Now it is mid October and I know the rains are coming. I told my sweetie that I had to get the Sharpie resheathed in a hurry and I needed professional help. She gave me that all knowing look...you know the one? So, Kelly...the pro glasser and I over two weeks 3-4 hours a day glassed her up very nicely. That yard bill was only a 4500 dollars. Gee, i'm getting better...the amounts are getting smaller, right?
I haven't done the actual accounting yet how much I have sunk into her. I feel it is safe to say over 20k. I promise the forum I will break it all down one of these days when I can sit and pull out all the receipts.
So, now I am infected with this other boat...even when I still have to fair and paint
my little Sharpie. I knew from what I had gone through that this racer
conversion was just some of my pipe dreams bull shirts. Thank you for all of your honesty and sharing your experience. When my wife and I talked about it she asked what I thought it would cost. I told her easily 100k and 3 years of intense labor. I have less than 20 months before retiring. My hands hurt and feel arthritic and one shoulder gives me problems from time to time.
So, what I have learned is what you've all reaffirmed....find a boat that is ready to go...or easily modified. I probably only have another 10 years of sailing life so don't waste them ....there really is a sickness in my mind where I see damaged things...and I want to fix them. U guys and gals ....really gave me what I needed.