At the start of this post, all I’d done on this project of mine is a little rewiring for a few things that didn’t work at all or weren’t safe (cable splices that needed waterproofing, loose wires, etc), installed a new stereo, replaced the two cabin speakers and rewired the other two in the cockpit, gutted some unnecessary/old wiring, broke and fixed the automatic bilge (long story), started sanding cabinets for repainting later, drilled a few holes to improve drainage in the back for when it takes on waves (this proved to be a small problem the first time I took it out, because water would just build up in the back and never drain to the bilge), replaced some of the wood and all of the bunk carpeting on the trailer, and bought materials for some of the work to come. I did a little more last week, but I’ll save that for the next update.
I also took the boat to a mechanic to get the transom rebuilt. It was too big a job for me, and the mechanic gave me a great deal for it. I think he actually lost a little money on it in the end, because it took him a few attempts to get it just right, but he honored his original quote (plus a small amount extra to cover some additional materials he found needed to be replaced, but I believe this was short of his cost too). I’ll probably post a separate entry about this, as it was quite a job in itself. In short, though, it’s much safer now.
I need to pick a good name for the boat so I can stop calling it “it” or “the boat.” Feel free to comment with suggestions, serious or otherwise.