Odduck: Adventures in Boat Restoration
As I stand back and evaluate the specific steps of my rebuilding project, I keep thinking, "What do I do about...." There are so many facets of this project that I don't really know how to do, fix, rebuild or modify that I spend a lot of time just pondering options. Deciding what to do is probably not a great problem for an experienced boat builder/rebuilder, but for me, it is a big part of trying to go forward. The kinds of questions that keep me awake at night are ones like: What do I do about...an engine and outdrive; designing, fabricating and covering an engine box and jump seats where there were none; designing, fabricating and covering a mid-cabin and mounting seats on top, again, where there were none; providing for lighting and ventilation there;...
It's hard to figure out where to begin this tale of adventure, or what is probably more accurately described as a misadventure. There's the project itself, and there's the background of how I came to it. In a nutshell, I recently bought a 1987, 24-foot, aluminum Crestliner Sabre day cruiser in horrible condition for the purpose of re-building it into a usable trailerable, cruising boat. It has a stand-up cabin, separate head, deep cockpit, 8-foot beam, 4.3L MerCruiser I/O and weighs less than 4,000 pounds. The light weight is important to me. The trailer it sits on brought it 500 miles from Michigan but is in sad shape. Although the boat is basically a wreck, it has features that led me to believe in its potential. Most noticeable is a weird looking front...
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