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Re: New owner of a Parker Dawson 26 Ketch
The cost in time and money? I keep that a secret from myself, since it would be bad for moral if the facts got out.
Here is my take on it (as well as a guesstimate)
The time is as much as you put into it. As an example of time needed. The interior is mostly made from the fiberglass liner. There are some plywood bulkheads, the cabinet doors, the kitchen drawers, and most aggravating the locker lids under the cushions. I am not a cabinetry maker and we managed to make things work, so skill is not the limiting factor.
You could very easily replace the area under the kitchen counter with shelves and doorless openings (which would increase storage space tremendously) and for the want of some wood trim have a very functional boat.
Your time to do enough woodworking to be sailing would be a few weekends of work and ready to go in this regards.... heck you will spend more time scrubbing the slime off the fiberglass than doing this minimal woodwork.
There is of course a whole list of things that also need doing.
As for money? I have spent thousands, and have been pretty frugal too.
The question is what do you want the final product to look like?
This is the short answer: If you want a nice PD-26 as seen in the brochures then buy as nice of a PD-26 that you can afford.
If you can not afford a nice one now, save your money and buy one a couple of months from now. The amount of time you will save working on projects, and the amount of boat/sails/motor you can get by buying a complete boat is hard to beat!
I have restored (with very generous help) several old houses, vehicles, and now boats, and can safely say that the purchase price of a nice boat/car/house is very close to the overall COST of restoring a junker. The difference is your time and the final result.
The reality is that buying the boat/trailer for $1000 and then spending another 5-6 thousand on all the tiny junk needed to finish it, would be a lot easier to just buy a nice sail-able boat up front.
I have as of this writing restored my Midship-25 to nicer than stock condition in most regards. It needs some finish work, and paint, but is very capable.
It was a complete blast to challenge Lake Superior for two weeks this summer, and I trust the boat.
These boats make for a very doable project.
Why did I go this route?
-Being broke, but determined to start sailing (meaning fixing boat stuff).
-But the real reason. I wanted something different from the original! and I knew it from the very beginning. Why buy a nice boat, and then tear it up to remodel it?
And even then...... it probably would have been cheaper to buy a nice, maintained boat.
Last edited by stagg; 09-04-2017 at 11:21 PM.