Thanks all- we had a blast and love our new ride! I agree about going at the work bit by bit. In fact, we agree so much that we are keeping the boat name as-is and not changing it. Her name, "Poco A Poco," is spanish for "Little by Little" and we decided it was appropriate as we would be fixing her up little by little, one project at a time.
We have a lot of projects planned for her, including right now but not limited to:
1) Recore bridge deck and small area @ foredeck.
2) Rough glass back in the bridge deck and install synthetic teak on the bridge.
3) Considering removing existing built in bridge seating and replacing on starboard side with built in L-shaped seating and a straight run built in on port side and mount a free standing/rotating centerline captain's helm chair at bridge helm (gotta make sure all that won't add too much weight to the bridge???)
4) Paint topsides and bottom paint too.
5) replumb water system or at least replace all the fittings as lines appear relatively new but seller has a bunch of hose clamp fittings everywhere that i don't trust. Also clear out vent line blockage so that the tanks will vent properly. Hopfeully all of that will stop the mystery slight water leak that we seem to have right now that continues to hide from me despite contorting myself all over the bilge to locate it.
6) remodel forward berth to either bunk beds or a vberth configuration for the 2 kids.
7) Install either new gas stove or an electric cooktop. My wife wants electric- I want gas. I need to convince her that gas can be safe if monitored and done properly.
8) Confirm status of fuel tanks and whether or not they are leaking or not when full. Seller thought they were leaking. I see no valid evidence of any fuel leak beyond the forwardmost injector and the injector pump on the engine. I think that is the real source of his fuel leak unless of course there is a pinhole leak higher than current fuel levels. If leaking though then fuel tank replacement moves to top of the list.
9) New canvas and eisenglass @ bridge.
10) Decide on electronics for upper and lower helm. Leaning towards laptop GPS down below and route a flatscreen from it to the bridge helm. We're not doing offshore passages- just inland lake right now and eventually probably the TN River, maybe looping in stages as time permits.
So really, only 10 items to deal with at the moment (I know, I know, a few items in the list had 2 items in them as one but if I keep it under 10 then it looks like it's not much to do!). Easy, right? hahaha. Well, it will certainly be educational and in the end of it I am sure I will know MUCH more about boat systems, etc. than I do right now and that is worth something, eh?
Good news is that both HVAC units are less than a year old, as is the water heater and seller installed dripless shaft seal about 2 years ago. I may redirect some duct work on the HVAC to adjust flow and output...who knows, maybe even add a unit just for the forward berth/head.
I am sure i will think of other fun things to do on the boat once we are rolling.