I’m the proud new owner of ’06 Beneteau 373 project boat. She’s sustained some significant fire damage from a boat that burned to a crisp just one slip over. (Link below). I expect I’ll hear a lot of “you’re in over your head kid” over the course of these next few months. That being said, I would have never taken on this project had I not known how many knowledgeable sailors follow these forums willing to share information.
Lets set aside the cosmetic/fiberglass repairs because I found someone that I’m confident will be able to handle that. Next, because the flames were primarily in the cockpit/stern, all off the electronics need to be replaced. I believe that includes: radar, gps, depth sounder, speed/rpm gauge, compass, winder indicators and autopilot system. Have I missed anything major? I spent a bit of time speaking with the Raymarine reps at Strictly Sail Chicago last week and they were able to cross reference their current compatible units based on the owners manuals I have from the old ones. Also met guys form a company that manufactures mounts for electronics.
My biggest concern might be with the thru-hulls/vents on the stern.
(1) Identifying what’s what back there (exhaust, bilge drain, shore power, breaker, air vents, fuel vent, shower).
(2) Finding all of the corresponding parts. I have not contacted anyone from Beneteau yet but I’m certain I will have to.
I will be entrusting most of this work to a very experienced auto mechanic. Though I will be the one doing all of the research and ordering all the parts.
All of my rigging equipment seems to be intact. I don’t think the fire lasted long enough to do any damage there.
I am sure there are a million other things I need to address but I better limit it to the above for now.