Re: Beach Cats in Rehab!
Nice job SmackDaddy.
I hear you on the cost + hours <> sail time if you'd bought in sailing condition, but you left out one important thing that you did in fact mention in the OP and elsewhere.
You know how to fix fiberglass, use epoxy, paint and even do a little redesign as needed. All essential to boat ownership - and learning to do it a community college or on a larger boat is costly. Having the boys learn patience and sanding is priceless.
Take it out to the lake on a non-windy day - and then tip it and practice righting it in water you can stand in. Remember when pointing that rudders are your lift - and if you slide forward your hull will balance and provide lift too - forward when into the wind, move aft when downwind. On a beam run - just hang on wherever you can.
Lessons learned are opportunities earned.