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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...
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