Back to the Wellcraft. Wellcraft was not designed for staying in the water. The two deck boxes and cuddy step down will collect rain water like crazy and eventually sink the boat. So one part of the project will be to convert the Wellcraft to a self bailing cockpit. That just means making some spiffy looking hatch covers with good gaskets to seal things up properly and installing a dam under the splash well to reduce water flow into the bilge. There will also need to be deck drains or scuppers installed which will require a little research before I commit to any design. I may end up designing my own.
Before investing too much time and money I washed the boat which is about the only way to really get familiar with one. Since the boat is an antique, born in 1976, the gelcoat has a lot of oxidation. There are plenty of products on the market that help shine an old boat back up.
One is 303 Aerospace Protectant. At $16 bucks or more as quart, it is pretty pricy
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