Originally Posted by chrisncate
Just go buy the boat you actually want that can go now. Go sailing now, forget full refits and tank building. It kills the magic when you expose what's behind the curtain.
I'm new here and also a new boat owner who got in the back door the same way. I recently bought an OOD34 that had been essentially left to rot so got it at what seemed a steal. After gutting it completely the joy of my purchase soon disappeared as the list of parts to change continues to grow - new engine, new wiring and everything electrical, new rigging, recover all cushions etc etc. Luckily only a few panels of wood were rotten. I'm hoping the sails can last me a couple of years but even those will likely need changing soon but they haven't been tested.
My point is that you are correct in that if you can't jump on your new boat and sail, the magic vanishes. Even my kids now hate it when I say lets go down by the boat.
PPPPPP42 I wish you luck and feel your pain.