I still have to figure out what year this thing is, the exact model, and if I'm due to purchase any significantly expensive parts to get it functional. That could be an issue since it's the little nit-nats that end up costing you.
Before I get too deep in this thing, there are several aspects to this project that I'm more than a bit concerned about:
1) Kick-down dagger boards. I've never dealt with them before, so I have no idea how to service or fix them. The control rope for one already popped off and its stuck in the down position.
2) Composite mast - its got a crush spot a few feet from the top. I don't know if this a deal-killer or not.
3) Trailer - It's a mess. I'll have to rebuild much of it from scratch.
4) Control Bar and rudder connectors are wrecked and will have to be replaced.
5) Stress cracks along the top of each hull. This may be the worst problem of them all since it implies structural issues that can not be easily resolved.
6) Tracks & cars - none of them move easily. At least one, the ball bearings are rusted out => money
7) Block and tackle are toasted due to them being run over my an 18-wheeler some time back....at least that is what I was told.
On the positive side, a number of items I expected to be bad are really good to include the shrouds, the trampoline, swivel locks, fabric on the wings, and mast hardware & pulleys.
With any project of this sort, first comes a survey of the various problems and issues with the boat.
|Port pontoon crushed from a tree falling on the boat|
|Tiller bar - beyond repair - The connector snapped some time in the past|
|Besides the handles, the wings are in great shape|
|Front Cross beam - Trampoline is in good condition|
|Port Pontoon, Previous owner repaired some sort of major failure.||Will require it to be torn down and checked out.|
|Mast Base - everything looks to be there....along with a lot of algae|
|Not sure if these port are new or add-ons.|
|Hulls are highly oxidized. but have never been painted.|
|It's hard to see here, but there are hairline cracks along the lengths of both pontoons|
|Port Pontoon, unrepaired cracks around wing mount.||This wing was repaired at some time in the past|