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Re: Just curious if anyone still makes a living fixing up old sailboats
If I were trying to make money fixing up and flipping sailboats, I would stick with boats less than 23' with an active, established one design racing class. Avoid any boat with electronics or an engine. Stick to detailing, gel coat repair, sandblasting and painting the trailer, and getting the trailer lights working. Running rigging and hardware should be fully functional. The new owner should be able to tow it away and start racing Sunday. A high-energy friend with good skills did four per year. He probably cleared $9,000.