Three holes in the boat! NOT really big ones but a hole is a hole. Hauled it. Ground out the holes. ‘Glassed it. Probably not fixed quite right. Not really. When you have a four hour window (tides in and out), it limits your working time, your f’iber-glassing set-up time, etc.
I used rapid set epoxy but adhesion is a problem.
And the whole damn schmozzle is a long way from your tools and supplies so all that has to be schlepped to the site first…down a cliff….along mud…over rocks. Gensets weigh a helluva lot and they get heavier with elevation change. NOT fun. Necessary, but not optional and NOT fun.
But, it is done.
For awhile, anyway. Wasabi is an old $500 boat (came with trailer, too) and it has seen it’s better days. We are now seeing it’s worst. It will have to go soon. Too bad, really, the design is right. Seventeen feet, walk-thru windshield, powered nicely by my Honda 50. It is ideal and would be even more ideal if it were in ‘restored’ condition but it is hard to restore something you are still using all the time.
So, I bought Aubergine, Wasabi’s twin sister almost a year ago. She is still not here yet but stored nearby in the forest on the other island. No one will steal it. Aubergine was only $300 (included trailer) and it is in worse shape but, if Wasabi can keep on keeping on for say, another year (at my pace), I can haul Aubergine, do a little marine surgery and then retire Wasabi to that great boat graveyard that, actually, does not exist.
That’s why there are so many old boats sitting in yards. No real dump for them.
In the US, they just abandon them somewhere. In increasing numbers, too. And some of the abandoned vessels are huge. Seventy five footers laying in the swamps of Louisiana after Katrina, other boats just littering areas, sinking in shallow waters. Florida is awash with them. There is a lot of marina junk out there.
We have a similar problem in the Gulf of Georgia but not as bad. Still, there are committees all over the coast clucking and fretting over it. Meetings being held. Money being spent doing nothing. We’ll eventually get enough of a problem that a grant will be issued and some guys with chainsaws will do the work. But not before huge wastes of time in meetings first.
What a system!
I may….may…perhaps…..unlikely but there is a remote possibility…..actually ‘spring’ for a good boat…..maybe…….I doubt it….but, maybe. Someday. Ideally, I will find a 17 or 18 foot boat, mostly ‘open’ that has some driver protection like a console that has a great hull…..
I doubt it.