There are lots of books written about marine repairs. A couple of rules of thumb that I learned the hardway is that nearly any job on a boat will take about four times the time you originally thought it would. Another lesson learned is that vessels are full of compound curves and carpenters tools based on the straight line often don't work. Spiling blocks are magic. And last but not least " A boat is a hole in the water into which you pour money" Its very wise to read about repairs before trying them yourselves. No sense in doing a repair that only lasts a few weeks or isn't good enough. I had one boat sink on me because (in part) the previous owner placed a thru hull with no valve near the waterline and then placed a hose on the thru hull without a clamp. I guess he was in a hurry. His "good enough" repair ended up costing me several thousand dollars. But am I bitter? Yes I guess I am!
RUNABOUT RENOVATION by Jim Anderson
1992, 152 pages, perfect bound, index ISBN 0-87742-295-8 used, good condition first edition
The most common vessel in North America is the runabout 14-24 Feet.. There are zillions of them. As the boats age they begin to break down both cosmetically and structurally. At some point they become a great potential "bargain" as the owner trys to get rid of them. Enter the unsuspecting buyer who looks at the boat and sees themselves out on the water on it with a fishing rod and a six pack and a friend or two on a sunny bright day living like kings. Before you get to that stage you need this excellent book.
- How to survey a boat
- Make cosmetic repairs and paint your boat
- Replace the floor
- Reupolster and carpet the interior
- Build a new transom
- Upgrade mechanical and electrical systems
- and much more!
I can speak with some experience having rebuilt a 14 foot runabout and finding to my horror that everything in it other than the (thin) fiberglass hull was rotten. The stringers were bad, the floor needed replacing and just about every piece of wood on it had gone bad. The boat soaked up more materials than it was worth and I ended up giving it away a few years later. If I had read Jim's book I would have saved myself hundreds of dollars and lots of wasted time.