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Old 03-17-2013
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Construction questions for a Ranger 26

Morning all,

I looked at a Ranger 26 project yesterday and I have many questions!

(If this thread needs to be moved or split, please let me know.)

Good:
The lines on the boat are very nice and the majority of the deck was in surprisingly good condition from an visual standpoint, the rubber moved freely, the standing rigging was in fair shape, and the main sail was in fair to good shape.

Bad:
1.All the lockers had water
2.the winch was frozen
3.the head was straight piped to a through-hull
4.the main hatch didn't seal
5.the port lights were plastic
6.the interior bulk-heads were previously removed and replaced incorrectly (there's a two inch gap around the entire perimeter of both bulk-heads, and 7.the mast appears to be flexing the deck due to no support
8.keel bolts were corroded and in need of replacement
9.a stanchion was pushed through the deck and glassed over with no deck support
10. interior lining was stripped out to the fiberglass and the glass was translucent in places
11.the finish was peeling inside all the lockers

I'm thinking that this is more of a project than I'm willing to undertake, but in the spirit of informed decisions and learning for future projects....

Questions:
Is it possible to add a holding tank to this boat?
Are main hatches usually/supposed to be weather-tight?
Can you put a port light that will open on a Ranger 26?
Is it reasonable to replace bulkheads on a Ranger 26 and add a steel mast plate? If so, how would you do it?
What do you do to restore a boat that is stripped down to the interior glass?
How do you replace keel bolts on a bolt-on keel? (They actually look more like they are integral studs in the keel.)
Is there a DIY fix for restoring locker interiors so that they are smooth and able to be cleaned?
Are cockpit lockers usually weather-tight?
If a rectangle has been cut out around a stanchion plate, what needs to be done to restore the deck to where it will support the loads placed on a stanchion?

Thanks in advance!
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