Underwater Basket Weaver
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I'm in the process of restoring a project boat and agree with catamount -
When I initially got the boat I had a massive list of "to-do's".. Seemed overwhelming until I broke it down into two sections:
What do I need to do to go sailing?
What's a nice-to-have?
In my case, things like bulkheads, standing/running rigging examination and replacement, bottom paint, fixing a couple of leaks and basic electrical are all on the "must-do".
Cabinetry, topside paint, new tiller, etc are all to be done later for two reasons - one, a project boat is a lot easier to deal with if you can sail it in between jobs.. and two, I figure I need at least a season of sailing with it to figure out if the stock locations/parts are good enough, or if I want to modify something. There's nothing worse than spending hours and dollars on replacing or refinishing cabinetry or electronics only to figure out after that you'd wished you'd done something different.
As for the order of things, once the boat is in basic sailing condition I work from inside to outside.. By "inside", i mean the guts and systems of the boat.. For example the following jobs I'd do in this order -
Electrical and plumbing, deck hardware replacement/re-bed (except cockpit), interior cabinetry, interior appointments and finishing, cockpit refinishing, topside paint..
The point, like you originally mentioned, is to reduce the effect the next job may have on the previous. As an example, deck hardware may require removing a liner, or cabinetry to get to the underside which is why I'd do that before doing any interior work. Or refinishing the cockpit area when you still have to lug materials in and out for interior work is just asking to redo the job..
1976 Northstar Farr 727
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