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Re: How to proceed? New boat questions.
Which is the priority? Learn to sail? or learn boat maintenance and upkeep/upgrading?
Unless you go full tilt, re fair and repaint there's not likely going to be a great gain on resale vs effort given the unsightliness of the gel coat condition. If you're mainly wanting to learn the ins and outs of core replacement, rebedding fittings etc then I suppose you've got an inexpensive platform for that, with a potential bonus if it all works out, and minimal loss if it doesn't.
You may find the damage more widespread than it appears once you dive into it.. tough to stop once you start if that's the case. So it's difficult to say at this early stage just what you're getting yourself into.
If you want to work on the sailing aspect then make it sound enough, forget the aesthetics, and go sailing. Then let some other soul reap the same benefits when you let it go for the next one!
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Last edited by Faster; 03-09-2012 at 11:13 AM.