We have a 20-foot center console with a
very soft deck. It’s more than 30 years old.
I also question the shape of below-deck
structure. Is this worth repairing?
DON CASEY: There’s no reason that a
well-built fiberglass boat cannot do exactly
what it was designed to do for way more
than 30 years, so the answer to your question is: What’s it going to cost to repair what
is really wrong with your boat? If you’re
thinking of doing the work yourself, chances
are you’ll end up with a boat worth much
more than your repair costs.
If you plan to turn the job over to the
boatyard staff, the likely outcome is less clear,
particularly if there really are structural problems. However, the tone of your question
suggests that maybe you’re just ready for a
different boat. If that’s the case, forget about
trying to justify the change with problems
your old boat could have. You’ll be more
content with a newer boat regardless of the
prognosis for the old one. A boat you really
like will get you out on the water more. That,
after all, is the real objective.
FIXED VS. COLLAPSIBLE
I have to replace the stand for my trailer and
need help deciding on fixed vs. collapsible.
What are the pros and cons? What would
you recommend? Larry Vandeyar
TED SENSENBRENNER: It comes
down to the size of the trailer. For small
boats on a single-axle trailer (maybe 21
feet and under), I prefer the stand that has
a wheel and swings up out of the way on
the trailer tongue. For larger boats with two
axles (maybe greater than 25 feet), I’d go
with a fixed stand that cranks up. If you’re
in between, it’s a preference call, but a solid
stand is just that, more solid.
Smaller boats can take advantage of having a wheel to move it around in a lot or to
help it get closer to your hitch ball. Boats
that are larger take a great deal of effort to
push around by hand so having a wheel is
almost useless anyway. The fixed stand tends
to be sturdier. I’ve seen the collapsible one
actually collapse as someone was tightening
lug nuts (usually because it wasn’t secured
in the down position). The one with a wheel
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