New Projects for the Boat

Published On October 15, 2015 | By Mark Baese | Boat Projects

In typical end-of-season fashion, I did list the boat for sale. If I get a good offer, cool. However, we’re not anxious to sell. Especially after we just put so much money and work into it.

This is the time of year when I start planning what we’re going to do next year with the boat – in terms of larger projects. This year was the canvas, next year will likely be several things.

I think the top of the list is replacing the carpet. All of it. It’s 20 years old, and likely to contain a small colony of a special?species?science has yet to discover. I did manage to take a peak under the cabin carpet this year, and it seems pretty doable. Pull up the old, roll in the new. It’s a fairly simple and straightforward project I’ll likely do myself.

The carpet in the cockpit is a bit different however. It needs to have binding around the edges, and a special rubber backing to help with moisture. I’ve looked at a lot of different options instead of just laying down carpet in the cockpit. That fake-teak tops the list of desirables (you know, the plastic type), but I can’t help but think it would look tacky in a 20 year old boat. It would almost look like the boat was trying too hard. Plus, you know, cash. It’s expensive stuff.

Uniden VHF Radio

The new VHF radio is just slightly larger than the old one.

The VHF radio also needs replacing. I have the replacement radio, I just need to put it in. The current hole is too small, and after my adventures putting in the new transom shower, I’ve just been putting it off. Cutting fibreglass isn’t fun. It’s dirty and annoying. I’ll tackle it soon, the first step is admitting it here.

The Rub Rail. It’s old. It’s cracking. It needs to go. I can probably get through another couple seasons by re-caulking (I hope). I think stainless steel is the classy way to upgrade, but I don’t know much about this yet. I really haven’t looked into any options or costs associated with this project. I’m hoping it’s just pull the old one off, put the new one on. That sounds way too easy though, so we’ll see. I’m guessing I’ll also need to do it when it’s on land, so unless something dramatic happens this year, we’re staying in the water all winter and this won’t get done.

Another project I likely won’t tackle next year is reupholstering the vinyl seats. They’re in rough shape, but it’s mostly cosmetic. This is a pretty expensive undertaking – and also involves ripping the boat apart. It’ll need to be done eventually, but I’m in no hurry.

Vinyl Repair

Julie trying to squeeze every last little bit out of our current vinyl.

So that’s the short list. Some things I’d rather do before others, but as always, budget dictates what’s possible here. As always, keep checking back for updates on the above upgrades, follow us on Facebook, and subscribe to our newsletter!

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