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Buying and Refinishing a Damaged Boat

Gemini 3400 The ad must be a misprint; the price is too good to be true! By Gary Dickinson

The 1994 completely rebuilt Gemini—after a year of rebuilding.

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his past hurricane season has produced the opportunity for handymen out there to put their skills to work on a damaged boat, possibly allowing someone to buy their “dream boat.” I did that exact thing just over a year ago and wrote about it in the March 2017 issue (read the article in Back Issues at www.southwindsmagazine.com). Readers might be wondering how my “project” turned out. I would like to pass on some advice based on what I learned during the process of restoring Latitudes, the 1994 Gemini 3400 catamaran I purchased in Naples, FL, at the bargain price of $9000. I know it is hard to be objective when you are excited and standing in front of your dreamboat. Obviously, the most important step is to really look at the condition the boat is in. I was lucky enough to have my neighbor Dave go 34

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with me the first time I looked at mine. We spent an entire day getting dirty and writing down everything we discovered as to the current condition of the boat. Taking on a Boat Rebuild There are several things that you need to consider before taking on a project like this. The list we made helped me determine just what needed to be done and helped me estimate how long the project would take. Before you even consider taking on such a project, ask yourself if you have the time and drive to finish what you start? In this case I figured that it would take a year to restore my “new” boat. It took all of that, working nearly full time. From my list, I tried to determine what the cost would www.southwindsmagazine.com

Southwinds March 2018  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...

Southwinds March 2018  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...