Restoring a classic boat is a big job, but is ultimately one of the most rewarding things you can do. But, where to start can be overwhelming. Let’s go over where to start on your vintage boat restoration.
First of all, the boat must be waterproof. The entire boat must be inspected for leaks and wood rot. Take out any rotted wood and replace it with cored composite or marine-grade plywood. In the case of a fiberglass boat, check for any cracks or crazing on the hull. On both wood and fiberglass boats, check all through-hull fittings to ensure that they’re still sealed. You may need to repaint the wood or refinish the fiberglass.
Second of all, your boat’s deck likely needs an overhaul. That’s especially true with a wooden boat. You should definitely consider a custom-made non slip boat flooring made of PE/EVA foam. This type of boat decking not only provides a long-lasting skid-proof surface, but it also looks great. It’s available in a wide variety of colors, and can even be customized with your logo.
Finally, you’ll need to go over the engine. At a minimum, drain out all of the old fuel and oil and change the belts and hoses. Marine engines tend to be reliable, and refreshing things could be all you need to do.
Boat restoration can be complicated, but the end result will be well worth the time, money, and effort.