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Having lived through quite a few of these project boats either of my own or riding shotgun, I can tell you that a boat like a Seidelmann 25 with no interior, a bad rudder, original and therefore probably blown out sails, and a dubious engine starts out with a negative value, meaning it will take more to put it in shape than it will be worth when you are done. These boats in good cosmetic, with a working outboard engine, and in sailable condition typically have a actual sale value less than $5,500 and are hard boats to sell since they well known to sail so poorly in anything other than their ideal conditions. And when you talk about taking an inboard version and making it an outboard, and you talk about a non-factory interior, you have further reduced its inherent market value.
By the time you price the costs of materials for new upholstery, a minimal electrical system, an operational used outboard, beefing up the transom to add an outboard bracket, the materials for the interior components, the fiberglass and epoxy resin to rebuild the rudder and glass in the components, plus any aesthetic issues that you chose to tackle, you will easily blow your $4,000 budget and will probably exceed it several times over.
I would suggest that at the beginning of this project, you need to define what it is that you want to accomplish with this boat. If you plan to sell the boat at some point, then the closer you come to the original design and a professional job of it, the less money you will lose when you sell her.
If you like working on boats and expect to keep the boat for a long time, then you can decide to do whatever you want, assuming it works with the naval architecture of the boat (i.e. does not change weight distribution or reduce the structural integrity of the boat).
As you plan the project, you need to remember that boats of this era typically used their interior components as part of the structure. Bunk risers and flats, case work and shelves typically were used to reduce panel dimensions and dirstribute loads. Before you decide to leave things out you need to try to understand what was there and how it functioned structurally.
Lastly, set priorities and make a time line. Certain tasks need to be done before others and so should be considered as a part of your timeline.
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