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24' custom built glass on ply gaff rigged sloop damage assesment
So i came across this beauty.. 24 foot gaff rigged sloop. Built 86 i hear, fort braggs CA (now in seattle WA) not sure though. She is wooden construction with ply on glass hull. Solid hull, interior framing looks solid, no rot yet. The glass on the cabin is starting to go, the **** pit needs a big overhaul. I fell for this boat even though she is low on head room and has a small cabin and needs work. Apparently was built to be a single handed salmon fisher (net).
She needs some TLC and repairs soon. She hasn't gotten to the mold and rot stage yet but is afast approaching as the external fiberglass delaminates, one more year without big TLC and she will enter into the point of unlikely return. Once that rot and mold starts getting inside it's all over.
In essence, i am posting here to get some input from more experienced people as to what they think about this project. I'm not looking to make a collectible "restored" beautiful boat, i'm looking to get her water-tight and strong, ready for adventure.
She leaks a bit from the cabin... no motor, no electronics. Would need a big systems overhaul in the electrical department. My idea was eventually to get an electric drive motor and battery bank (maybe super capacitors) and some solar panels. I also want to extend the cabin aft about 1.5 foot. There are two fuel tanks, about 40 gallons each and i was thinking of ripping those out and replacing the space with cabin space, maybe lift the cabin up a few inches also... Wondering if it's possible without sacrificing hull integrity.
Couple other things. Hasn't been surveyed... hasen't been dry docked in at least 8 years... not sure on the condition of keel bolts, ect... rudder was orginally a wheel, now a tiller.. rudder probably needs replacing.
The cockpit needs work, it's going quickly. Not really much left to say, i have attached pictures and video. Please tell me what you think.