Originally Posted by casey1999
Sure would consider. Figure all I need to to is remove the lead keel (keel would still be good), could reuse rudder and maybe even the entire deck, or at least the core. For maybe $25,000 in materials and providing my own labor I could have a new boat. Beats buying a new one at $250K and up. But from what others have said, the boat may be good for another two lifetimes, I'll let my greatgrand kids deal with the rebuild. I don't like throwing things away, if they can be reused or rebuilt.
I dont know if you are talking about one of the special cases like posted here above that is worth 3 times its initial value now (although i doubt that could still be the case with a self rebuilt hull) Else wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to just buy another 30yr old boat, replace the stuff that you have that is better than on the other boat your buying and sell what is left over? Or just buy one of the many boats that has a good hull but nothing else that is good and go from there?
I mean the hull is the one part that usually lasts, so why build a new hull when there are 1000s of project boats on the market where the hull is the only good thing about them?
Agreed, that has to be one of the more harebrained ideas I've heard of in quite some time... (grin)
And, a price tag of $25K seems wildly optimistic, to me, and one could easily waste YEARS of potential sailing/cruising time on a project of such magnitude...
Not to mention, would a design whose hull is "shot" at this point in the era of fiberglass boatbuilding even be worth replicating?
When production boatbuilders go bust, one of their most valuable assets to be sold off are their existing molds... To use your boat as a plug, and then go through all the time and expense to create a female mold which would have no value - legally, at any rate - after such a one-off project, well... it's hard to imagine a greater waste of money on the resurrection of an old GRP boat from the dead... More effort and expense might well be expended on the creation of the mold itself, rather than the hull... Doesn't seem to make much sense, especially for someone who "doesn't like throwing things away"...
Here's the mold from which my hull was the very first one to pop out of... A couple of decades ago, after the Allied Boat Company went bust, some dreamer bought the molds... They're still sitting in some field up in the hills outside of Amsterdam, NY...
At least I know where I might find a spare deck, if the need should ever arise... Although, I would hope someone would have the good sense to convince me to just shoot myself, instead... (grin)