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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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I was doing the same thing a few years ago. I spent the winter getting my boat ready for a rebuild in the spring. I gutted the whole boat down to the bare hull. Stringers and all were ripped out. I bought all the fiberglass and resin for the rebuild. I was going to make the boat a center console it was a duel console. After a weekend of grinding ( about 20hrs) I was starting to get the stringers set up and started looking around on ebay. Well I found a nice hull which needed a drive and engine. Well I had those from my current project. Long story short I ended up buying the hull from ebay (very very cheap) I will not tell the price
as some guys still have hard feelings over the price I paid
. Ended up aborting the project and replacing the engine and drive in 2 weeks and still use it to this day. I fired it up yesterday for this season. I would like to have finished my project but in the end I found it better to just get a new hull and save a whole lot of $ and time with the family. They love the bigger boat and we have a lot of fun on it. I still wish I had went through with the project it is a lot of work but I enjoyed doing it. The thing I didnt enjoy was the time away from the family working on it. The first picture is of the aborted project turned into a dumpster the second is of the boat I ended up buying. Lets just put it this way I spent more in fiberglass and resin then I did on the new boat


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