I have bought a boat that is going to need a lot of sweat equity to bring it back from where it is right now. One of the first cosmetic things I want to tackle is the deck. The previous owners have neglected the deck and used really bad fixer up's to problems and now I am trying to figure out what my options are. First is obviously a thorough cleaning!
Looking aft from the bow. After cleaning I would like to reset the non skid sections.
Port side of the cabin roof, in need of a good scrubbing.
Bow with some gel coat flaked off or is this paint flaking off of the gel coat?
Starboard side, crazing along the inside edge of the toe rail.
Crazing along the starboard cabin roof.
I don't even know what is coating the top of this chain plate... I need to strip off this half assed fix, seal it properly before finishing the deck.
Stress cracks around the stanchion poles.
Crazing and flaking where the cabin roof comes aft into the cockpit.
Crazing around the instruments.
Problems around the starboard cockpit locker.
More problems around the cockpit floor.
I don't even know what this is....
So what are my options? The boat is from 1971 and I understand that there is a thick gel coat. But with the level of issues is it worth trying to take the boat back down to a nice gel coat finish or would it be better to sand down past the cracks and paint?
Thanks for any insight from the more seasoned members,