Hello all! I have had sailboats for over 30 years. My current one is a 26 foot Catalina Capri with an 11 hp inboard diesel auxiliary. I have redone the shore power, 12 volt, and plumbing systems, done some gel coat repairs, and totally redone the interior adding a lot of woodwork in this boat. I am a licensed civil engineer that retired several years ago and have built several houses so am pretty handy and enjoy building things. My significant other and I moved up to Whidbey Island in Washington from California a year and a half ago.
I was looking for a winter project thinking I might make some wood geared clocks when my local marina had an auction for some boats, one of which was a Taiwanese Universal 36 foot trawler that appeared in decent shape and that had twin 120 hp lehmans. My SO and I ended up getting it for $1700. Hired a diver to inspect and clean the bottom and a mechanic/licensed captain to help me get the engines going. Had to replace the packing as a PO had compressed them down really tight, and had to buy some new house and starting batteries, but everything else from the engine standpoint was good and so now runs fine. Took it 30 miles up the coast to Anacortes a few weeks ago and pulled it out of the water, and so now the fun really begins! A lot of rot, especially around the windows. And think we will be re-doing the decks removing the teak, and also replacing much of the woodwork inside. Anyway, I do now have my winter project! I have enjoyed and learned a lot reading posts on this forum the past month, and look forward to getting advice, hearing others opinions, and getting some questions answered as we continue with this project. Thanks in advance for everyone's help, and wish us luck!
- Ted and Elaine