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Keep it or Abort it? Also - TRS Drive

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Hello everybody,

I am sure many, if not all of us have fallen in love with a boat one time or another...

I have many things going on right now and I do not know if I will be holding on to my boat (wont be able to use it.) Unfortunately, I have only had it for 6 months as I bought it at the end of last season (it is my second boat.) It is an old Sportcraft, I love the model, and when I bought it I was ready to put a lot of work into it to get it into tip-top shape. At this moment I don't know if I should or shouldn't. I love the hull and am thinking about gutting the boat and making it a project over the next few months (or years,) piece by piece, whenever I get a chance.
I have some questions, and need some advice...

Has anybody (well, any of you readers) done this before? If you did, how did it come out? Was it worth all of the time, effort and of course $$?

Also, I have an original TRS drive on the back that is actually in pretty good shape. I know these are just about obsolete... approx what is this unit worth?

I am thinking about getting rid of the boat piece by piece until it is bare and start from scratch - (engine, painting, fiberglass repair, upholstery, etc..)I am fortunate enough to be able to store the boat for free so that is not a problem.

So which of the two choices;

1. Sell the whole boat in one piece and forget about it...
2. Do what I said above and keep the boat that I fell in love with...

Thanks for your suggestions...
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The fact that you are asking the question is not good.

If you do it, it would not be about the money because you know, with ANYTHING, you won't get the money and time back out of it if you sell it. You would be doing it for you.

I have done complete interiors in the past on my first boat. I removed and restored teak on my present boat, stripped the bottom-barriercoated-teflon painted, gutted my present boat of all fuel lines, all wiring, all plumbing, all hydraulics, my entire dashboard, all electronics, removed and sold off the old motors, on and on and is not a big deal but you do need a plan and finances in order. It should not take to do the work. I did the bulk of it in a single winter, working around my schedule and the weather. Price shop everything along the way. My boat sat for 3 years while I was saving up the money to do it. You can't get much done without the money in hand. The teak/woodwork and bottom I did at a different time. All the rest, including removing and hanging the new motors I did myself in 1 winter without help. The wiring, it is good to know what you are doing and use the right materials, wiring is a place you don't want to make shortcuts, but I can tell you I rewired my entire for half the cost West Marine wants for the same materials. An upholstery place wanted 900 bucks for 3 ****pit bolsters, I built my own through ebay for 125 bucks. The savings goes on if you are comfortable with finding things on ebay. If you are running a single motor and have a single station, the job is even easier and much cheaper. Part of what makes the job easy is we love boats. The other part will come from you being comfortable mechanically, with wiring, with plumbing, hydraulics, etc. etc. For the things you don't know, help is here on the board.

Once you start the spending though, you are committed. So be sure you want to do it. Asking on a board if you should do it or toss it tells me you might not be motivated enough for the job.

If I had a nickel for every person who says they don't have time to work on the boat. It is like everything else, an hour at a time when you have it. The hours add up and the boat gets done!
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