Originally Posted by Wckoek
Thanks for all the replies.
It is one of the few boat that meets my criteria within my region, and I need one that is under 30 feet because the place I intend to keep the boat have limitation.
I can have hired yard to work on it, I'll see what I can do.
The only things wrong with having a yard do it are
1) expen$ive, but can sometimes work out okay, however, much yard work comes out not okay, and not on schedule. Advise very specific work contracts, if you choose this.
2) if you do as Trente Pieds did with his wiring
, you will learn how to do wiring
, gain better understanding for dealing with something when it quits working, and ultimately be more comfortable on the boat. Hiring it done only teaches you about spending money
. Wherever possible, doing your own work is a learning
experience, and makes going forward easier.
Doing things like varnishing can be done at home on a weekend during winter. Take the nav station table outside, and sand it there. Or, you can use citrus stripper, if you want to take it all the way back and start over. Only take off the varnish, sometimes all the timber you have is a thin veneer on plywood
, so deep sanding
will get you into trouble. Then use about 240 grit, to lightly sand all the surfaces to a hazy appearance. Clean with a rag moistened with turpentine. Wipe with a tack cloth. Apply the first coat of good quality varnish [ask around the low end yacht clubs or marinas]. Let dry. Sand lightly and clean and tack cloth. Go for six coats. It will look lovely. It is not rocket science, nor tradesman's secrets; patience and time sees you right. (But is costly if you buy it.) You may experience it as sort of meditative, and satisfaction as it comes right. Gloss varnish is more durable than matte. Yes, I would varnish that one item. But no more cosmetics till you've sailed the boat for a few months.
With a new boat
, it works out better for folks who use it a lot before they start modifying it.
Ann, cruising with Jim full time since 1989