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Re: What's that going to cost

I think I have determined through trial and error, the cheapest way to get a boat ship shape, is to buy one that is already in good shape, whether that be a newer model or a well cared for older model, the same guideline seems to apply.

Not sure why so many new boat owners seem to be attracted to beat up boats.

To me, a restoration could be something you do for the pleasure of bringing an old boat back to new life, but not necessarily a great way to get an affordable boat.

Currently restoring my Dads old 17' Cedar Strip Canoe that he built in the 80s. Looks like new Gunwales are going to cost me about $700. You can buy a brand new 17 ft canoe for $1300...
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Maybe look into making a steam box if you want to bend it yourself
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I didn't make $100./hr during my career. But after 35 years, I have a decent pension +SS + savings. It wasn't until after I retired that people started offering me nice money to do some consulting. I don't have to work, I choose to. I enjoy what I do. I make my own schedule and I try to keep it to 2 days a week. I'm selective about when I pay the yard to do work and it's usually when I know that they'll do a better job than I would, or it's a job, I'd just rather not do.

I.E. My water heater gave up the ghost two falls ago after 33 years. I still had some season left, so I removed it, cleaned all the plumbing fittings and marked them, and T'ed up the hoses to bypass the heater and run the engine. ( why have to winterize a brand new heater with only a few weeks left ) In the Spring, I ordered a new heater, which was the big ticket item. I would have paid for the heater whether I did the install myself or had the yard do it. So basically the difference came down to Labor cost. I let the yard install it, and as I recall, they billed me for less than 2 hours of labor: while, I worked for 2 days in a clean shirt and Khakis in a class room. The client buys my coffee and lunch and after 2 days, I go sailing again, with a new water heater.
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. I don't have to work, I choose to. I enjoy what I do. I make my own schedule and I try to keep it to 2 days a week.
Reminds of something I heard in a movie......Now what was it......

I race cars, play tennis, and fondle women, BUT! I have weekends off, and I am my own boss!
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Reminds of something I heard in a movie......Now what was it......

I race cars, play tennis, and fondle women, BUT! I have weekends off, and I am my own boss!
Exactly ;-) If you love what you do, it ain't work
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Maybe look into making a steam box if you want to bend it yourself
This is definitely the most time and cost efficient way to complete the task.

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Cost of "boat in appropriate condition"< the cost of a "candidate boat" + the cost of bringing the boat to "appropriate condition". Therefore, get the best bang for your buck by buying and sailing a boat that is ready to go. Any prospective boater should seriously consider, "If this doesn't work out, how will I get out?" Unloading "candidate boats" can be daunting.

If a prospective buyer with sound basic skills and the grit and time required insists on buying a fixer upper, proceed only after accompanying a surveyor inspecting the prospect. Over the years I have found honest skilled boatwrights, sailmakers, and mechanics, whose work is fairly priced. The chance of new boater stumbling upon these skilled tradesmen are slim. Therefore, the "new to boating" buyer will likely pay to effect repairs than a more experienced boater.
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The cost I hate about DIY projects on my boat, is the little stuff. Sandpaper, gloves, brushes, fasteners, connectors, sealer, tape... they always seem to add up quickly. Oh yeah and replacing tools that were given to Neptune.

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Re: What's that going to cost

It seems someone on this board thinks sailors are rich folks . . . . In the past 20 minutes I have seen a banner advert for a Maserati and another for a Bentley Continental GT!

Either one of those is worth more than my boat.
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It seems someone on this board thinks sailors are rich folks . . . . In the past 20 minutes I have seen a banner advert for a Maserati and another for a Bentley Continental GT!

Either one of those is worth more than my boat.
I think the banner ads are targeted at your recent internet searches. my ads are for shirts and Ties, ( I have a wedding to attend) and Masonry products, I need to repair some brick.

You been dreaming about sports cars lately?
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