Whether you already own a boat in need of repair, or are considering buying a “fixer upper” boat in order to get more boat for your money, repairing a boat can be a challenge. There is more to boat repair than what meets the eye. Slapping a new coat of paint and a more powerful engine on a boat with numerous hidden defects could cost you everything you have and put your life and the lives of your friends and loved ones at risk.Take your time, evaluate the entire boat inside and out, make a plan, and get started.
Repair the most important systems first. Electrical, safety, engine and fuel storage issues should be addressed before cosmetic repairs are made. Fuel storage problems can cause loss of life and health as well as potentially damaging the environment. Leaky fuel storage tanks should be repaired right away by a licensed professional.Electrical and guidance systems should be repaired next. If the electrical system is already jury rigged and unreliable, it should be replaced in its entirety. Replace running lights and any other safety devices such as radios, radar systems and GPS systems. The cost of replacement should be factored into the price you intend to offer in order to purchase the boat.
Have the boat professionally inspected after you have made repairs, being sure to effect any changes recommended. Enjoy your boat!