Tom’s Tips On Restoring Old Boats

By Tom Neale, 10/3/2013

1. Many people do this and find great joy in the process, but then find they're not interested in using the boat because they've burnt themselves out or for other reasons.

2. There's nothing wrong with this ... whatever turns you on. Maybe you can sell it and do another.

3. But never underestimate this job. Even fiberglass boats may have rotten timbers that support the glass, the replacement of which can necessitate cutting out and then restoring the glass.

4. Unless you're really good at all the skills required and own or want to buy the necessary tools, consider getting a pro to help you with at least certain phases of the job. A faulty restoration could cause injury or worse, and you want to have fun.

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