Hello! My neighbors have been getting me into boating
over the course of the past 5 years. Until now I have been slowly working on a 1953 Chinook, a wooden powerboat that they sold me a few years ago.
Now that project
is off to the side because they found and gave me a 1979 American Mariner 26' sailboat. I am excited but have no clue what to do! So far I can see I need to do some fiberglass repairs
where the Stanchions are located. There is also a tiny bit of water
in the bottom of the hull
mixed with pieces of brush and leaves. I think this is because it came with the hatch
broken. I have since repaired the hatch
. However, there are little areas here and there (stanchions, etc.) where little drops of water
are coming in. The boat
seems solid but is more or less empty inside and out. My neighbors have 50 years experience and say this is a solid boat
. I just don't know what to do!
The plan is to equip this with the bare minimum to get it in the water for starters. I am putting the money
together to buy an engine
(brand new 10 horse Tohatsu). I need to get the front and rear lights wired (wires are there but the components are gone). I am also working on getting my Wash. State boaters license
I am a single
Dad with twin 8 year olds. I know this is a long shot but I am determined to do this so that they can have the experience. There are no other options! Currently the boat is sitting in my backyard and I keep crawling in there only to crawl back out not knowing what in the world to do! I have to change that so please, any suggestions would be helpful!