Project Boats -- Where Do You Find Them?
Glen, a couple of add''l comments:
1. Wood? Oh, gosh NO! For multiple reasons, your instincts are IMO on target - stick to glass and you''ll find it easy, affordable and quick to fix/modify and later capitalize on your work by finding it easy/quick to sell.
2. You sound like someone who''s come to the conclusion he must suffer to the max in order to benefit from the experience the max. If you''re after ending up with a sailboat - and in the interim, a place to live while at school - and not into Survival Living while impersonating a starving artist, why not ratchet down the size of the boat (I''ve seen you reference 32'', 35'' and 35-40'' boats) and allow yourself less work and more fun, sooner? Given the variables, you seem the ideal candidate for a 27-32'' boat that isn''t a basket case and still meets your budget restraints.
3. Your reservations about finding a boat that must be moved any significant distance of course make sense. You need to find someone''s orphan very close to where you''ll be aboard her. So...in a way, that makes everything easier. The way Jeff describes how he found some of his fixer-uppers, basically by sniffing around, talking to everyone, and rubber-necking whenever possible in nearby areas is the key. Word of mouth needs to be put in motion on your behalf. Docks at old marinas and especially yards and open fields should be your hunting grounds. What great sport!
Good luck. Getting all this helpful info requires of you that we all get a final report when you''ve found your new home...or a story on the highlights of what got in the way.