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Re: Project Phasing Help Needed
It depends on short term and long term objectives.
The best looking boat may sail just as well as the boat that looks not so attractive.
If you want the best looking boat and do all the work right the first time then don't read any further in my post.
An alternate approach is to do just what is needed to stay afloat, safe and keep the rig up to go sailing now, then work on major projects at the next haul-out.
Survey all hull openings; prop shaft, through hulls, cockpit drains and replace, repair or service as needed.
Remove loose anti fouling paint on the hull and check for damage that must be repaired now. Repair as needed and paint a few coats of anti-fouling. At the next haulout remove all paint to gel-coat, repair, fair, barrier coat as needed.
Top sides and deck; do a good cleaning and check for leaking fixtures, rub-rail and port lights, fix leaks as needed. Hold off on how far you want to go with a perfect topside and deck finish until the next haul-out.
Check rig now and make repairs as needed, but hold off on major component replacement until you have at least one season with the boat and a better feel for how well the current rig performs.
Check the sails and running rigging; replace the running rigging if needed but only replace one mainsail and one heads sail if needed. After one sailing season you will have a better feel for additional sails or roller furler.
Check the motor and service and repair as needed. Hold off on replacement of the motor or major components until the next haul out.
Go sailing and dream about the work that makes a better boat, or do the work and dream about sailing. Your choice.
1970 Havsfidra 20 by Fisksatra
On the Delaware River at Fox Grove Marina Essington PA