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I only bought one boat that didn't float. A 35' Dickerson ketch at auction for $500. Having another boat, (that needed attention to keep sailing) a job and a girlfriend, I never did much to her. In the end I broke her up.
There are some neglected classic motorboats that I admire.
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xort, I never get to see yours until you are halfway into the project and can't find the setscrews.
You REALLY want to see mine? Would you like me to post pictures?
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I bought a Grampian 23 last year for $300. My purpose was that I had taken up drinking rum and thought the sailboat would add a certain ambiance. It works perfectly well, thank you. So, see? There are perfectly logical reasons for buying forlorn, old boats.

As an unexpected bonus, after investing many, many pounds of elbow grease the boat sails very well.
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Bought my '69 Coronado 25. Passed up an '80-ish Hunter 22 for it. (I must be sick). Anyway, the Co25 was swinging from a mooring ball, obviously neglected for many months. The cockpit was FULL of water. The bilge was full to the cabin sole. The scuppers were clogged with bird crap and seeds. The boom cover was ragged and torn, barely covering the 40 year old, original main and the electrical system was pure spaghetti.

Now?

A clean, new main. The deck and sole are scrubbed clean, the wood work oiled and clean, the electrical system completely re-worked and the boat is dry as a bone.

Good times.

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Bought my '69 Coronado 25. Passed up an '80-ish Hunter 22 for it. (I must be sick). Anyway, the Co25 was swinging from a mooring ball, obviously neglected for many months. The cockpit was FULL of water. The bilge was full to the cabin sole. The scuppers were clogged with bird crap and seeds. The boom cover was ragged and torn, barely covering the 40 year old, original main and the electrical system was pure spaghetti.

Now?

A clean, new main. The deck and sole are scrubbed clean, the wood work oiled and clean, the electrical system completely re-worked and the boat is dry as a bone.

Good times.

Just a curiousity question. How many hours did it take you to get it to the state that it is in now?
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Not long, and not much compared to most "contemplation boats".

$1k for the new main
$200 for a used Avon Redcrest inflatable dinghy
$170 for the boom cover I'll be buying today.
$50 for a set of brand-new genoa cars that my neighbor can't use.
$150 for the USBoat unlimited towing service.

Some hundreds for:

New fuse block and sundry electrical items, switches, etc.
New bilge pump(s) and associated discharge hose
New VHF antenna
New running rigging and mooring lines, various shackles
Harnesses and tethers
PFD's

Most of it was just sweat equity. I'm am vividly aware that my situation isn't typical and that I was extremely lucky considering that I didn't know some of the key problem areas to inspect until AFTER I bought the boat. (Duh)

Also, the previous owner left me with a nearly new outboard and piles of spares, tools and hardware which has definitely reduced my expenses. I also own a full complement of tools, my boat is kept 5 minutes' walking distance from my house and berthing for it is dirt-cheap. Only a perfect convergence of circumstances has enabled me to enter the world of sailing so relatively painlessly.

How long?

Fuse block and re-wire: One weekend
Bilge pump and discharge: One weekend
Srubbing/cleaning: Two afternoons
VHF antenna: One morning
Rigging inspection/Running rigging replacement: About 3 days
An indeterminate amount of time driving around for parts.

I still have plenty of work to do and money to spend though!

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The work and the money thing seems to be a never ending process. I found that out the hard way this spring. I revarnished the tiller and bought a new mainsail cover. Which led me to think I needed a new cove strip to match the color of the mainsail cover, which also led to a new tiller cover to protect the new varnish job on the tiller. Of course the new varnish on the tiller led me to construct new hatch boards out of wood instead of plexiglass because it looks prettier. Then all my other brightwork started to look tired because of the how nice the tiller and hatchboards looked, so its in the process of being redone. Hopefully I am at a stopping point once I am done.

I wonder if anyone ever gets to the point where they are completely happy with the way things are.
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I wonder if anyone ever gets to the point where they are completely happy with the way things are.
Completely happy, as in "There, I'm done!"? Uh, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say probably not -- unless they've got very deep pockets and can pay a crew to do it all for them. At least for us and our gal, the To-Do list is self-generating, and never seems to shorten. Let's face it, if you use it (and that's the point, right?) things are gonna break. You'll also find stuff that you KNOW you can improve on, awaiting only your investment of time and money.
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