SailNet Community - View Single Post - Just curious if anyone still makes a living fixing up old sailboats
View Single Post
post #6 of Old 08-11-2016
titustiger27's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,816
Thanks: 119
Thanked 69 Times in 68 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Re: Just curious if anyone still makes a living fixing up old sailboats

Seems to me.. you can't do it by flipping the boat (awkward pun). Like buying a cheap, fixer upper and fixing it.

My thought is it is because the labor cost is more than say a house... I don't know, and maybe if you need new sails, there is probably not many people who will make the sails themselves

I have a Designer's Choice 15 (I am sure most people are thinking 30 ft boats) an I paid $1,027.. I think someone w ho is more talented than I could said off the bad paint job.. fix the gel coat.. fix the bad fiberglass underneath where the self-bailer is and maybe sell it for twice what I paid.

But my guess is, if I had to buy sails... I would lose money.

On bigger boats I wonder who could do all the things.. well....

In the end, isn't it just a job. The work you do to make the boat worth something.. was your labor.. are you worth $10 an hour or $100?

And like a house, when you have to sub out the electrical.. then you are moving backwards.

I know guys who have made it a career of fixing up boats, but they don't work for themselves, they work for some rich guy...

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Vector X Y
titustiger27 is offline  
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome