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Re: 1989 Hunter 40 - A million questions.
After refitting a few sailboats to date including a Gulfstar 50 were are currently living on and making new, I've learned one sure methodology and it is this:
I usually get a cold beer, I sit down in front of the project I am contemplating, and I ask myself 'how can I possibly turn this into the most expensive ordeal imaginable?' In my head I outline the steps needed to do the job then I find ways to make last longer and do myself the most financial damage.
As an example if I were to look at your water tank that needs a quick patch I would say might as well completely disassemble it, rebuild it entirely, clean it like new, and add all new parts that I can possibly remove.
I can't tell you how many projects I've tried to just fix and move on. With boats, especially ones I take family offshore in, just fixing it usually leads to complications down the road. Nowadays if something is showing signs of disrepair then I completely rebuild it if possible. Whatever it is.
The aft stay on our boat has a small crack in the staylock right now. I can't sail her until its fixed. So instead of replacing the stay I am pulling the whole mast, stripping it to bare aluminum, replacing 100% of the rigging including the chainplates, painting everything, all new lights and wiring, new spreaders, halyards, sheaves, antennas, etc...is it going to be painful? Yep. When I am in that next squall is my rig gonna come through with no problems? I would think so. At the very least I can shake my fist at the sky with confidence and yell 'Bligh Me!'
I'm a stout believer in the Black Box Theory. But that's just me.
Nice boat. Good Luck.