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Any boat that you are on in the middle of the ocean that suddenly breaks is worth restoring. Especially if it starts letting water in!

What are you pretending not to know ?

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Like others have said I think it's a personal decision whether something is "worth" restoring. Given your parameters an inexpensive, small boat that was going to take a lot of man hours might not qualify but might still be a good candidate for restoration if someone can put sweat equity into it and have a nice boat that they wouldn't otherwise be able to afford. I've restored three boats from the brink of death and none of them have been classics, but all have filled a need for me personally so they were "worth" it. Surprisingly I haven't been hurt financially too much by them, unless you count the man hours of labor . Our latest restoration involved settling for a boat that needed a lot of work when we were really looking for something that was in excellent shape and didn't need much. But due to my fixation on a particular model by a certain designer and not many to choose from we decided to take the plunge once more. I'm happy we did, but won't be doing another.

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An S&S Swan... specifically a 44.
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Did Olin Stephens ever design a bad boat? Any of the early Swans would be candidates for a proper restoration.

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I think the question also depends on your skills, your tool collection and the amount of time you can devote to the project.

If you're very handy, have lots of room, lots of tools and lots of time, then most of your investment is sweat equity.

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By far the big issue is being able to insure your master piece for anything remotly close to its "illusive" value

In general a 1975 boat has value X and i have found i can insure new parts above that BUT NOT labor

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I would say my Catalina 30 (85) was and is a good resto project....but then again I am biased! BUT after all new rigging, sails, electric, plumbing, interior refinishing etc I will only be in it for about 15k and that is a good deal!. I am putting a value of ZERO on my labor but I will keep her for some time so the illusionary 50k in labor dont matter now does it? They do seem to hold their resale though.

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Now If I could only stay away from working on the damn things I could sail more!
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Hello,

Good thread.

I can't imagine someone letting a Hinkley or Herreshof get that bad in the first place.

Personally, I would think Tartan or Sabre. I think that some Sabres had problems with leaking chainplates resulting in wet decks. One of those could be a good choice to restore.

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I'd want to restore that old shoe of a hinkley because why?!?!?!?!

Any way, reality is, as mentioned, "in the eye of the beholder"!

If some folks did not want to restore an old model T, there would be none! or cobra charlie and his old woody! I would not do it, but Charlie would! Some would say what I did not my 85 Jeanneau was not worth it. to me it was and still is.

So, the real answer is, "it depends" on whether you need them or not after you get the bill for the fix up/repairs to make the restoration shine!

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