“This Old Boat” is a Weblog that will support the issues that are related to the ownership and maintenance of an older boat, hence “This Old Boat”. While it is wonderful to be able to buy a new quality boat, like a Bertram, Tiara, Hatteras, Egg Harbor, Black Fin, or Chris Craft, many times the only realistic entry into a quality boat is to purchase an older boat that is at the bottom of it’s depression curve. Many times these Old Boats are in need of TLC. With this Blog, I’m am going to document my past and present experience, as well as, share the silly and sometime dumb things that I have done wrong.
I currently own 2 boats, a 1985 Bertram 30 with twin Crusader 454s and a 1983 17 foot Formula / Formula 1 with a 170 hp Mercruiser 470. Like me, my friends also are owners of older boats. I will also be sharing with you our experiences in maintaining a 1965 Chris Craft Commander with twin Ford 427s, Chris Craft 21 foot Center Console with a 1989 200hp Mercury Outboard, 1999 Tiara 40 Express Cruiser, just to name a few.
Some of the issues we will address will be
- Repowering Options
- Used Boat Reviews
- How to deal with Ethanol
- Fiberglass Fuel tanks and Ethanol
- Converting from points to Electronic Ignition
- Fresh Water Systems
- Places to Cruise on Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound, and Buzzards Bay
- Mercruiser, Crusader, Chris Craft Engine Maintenance
- And much much more……
With over 20 years of owning my own boats, coupled with the experiences of my friends, I have a wealth of information that can be used as resources to keep “This Old Boat” running!