I think that I would restore it! It’s shameful that we are such a disposable society! Sounds like a skiff that suits your needs and it’s obviously one that you really enjoy!So first and foremost, I have to say my skiff (2005 Maverick HPX-V 17) is in great shape, particularly for its age. I’m very meticulous so it shows.
That being said, I find myself wanting to restore it and got on the books at the Skiff Shop. The work there just blows my mind, but we all know it’s big big money. Looking to do a full restoration of the gelcoat and running surface (repairing cracks, scratches, chips, and any blemishes) inside and out, new non-skid, delete the flip up push pole holders and add modern ones, delete the flip up nav light and add Livorsis, completely restore the hatches, seals, and hardware, new plumbing, full rewire, new console hatch and custom switch panel. The whole ordeal. And obviously confirm structural integrity and fuel system. It’s going to be almost as much as I have in the skiff $$ wise. Motor is a 2019 with around 500 hours (was a well cared for guide boat before I got it…I barely put 50-100/year on a boat). Just put on new electronics and trolling motor in the last year.
My friends and wife think I’m crazy and should just leave as is or buy a new skiff…but I’m kind of attached to this thing. Am I crazy? Any thoughts or suggestions?