Hello jet boat community, this is a lengthy post but I really appreciate any and all feedback from this.
My name is Dan. I am new to this boating community. I have inherited a 71’ Schuster Tahiti. My Grand father originally owned this Boat. It is not clear how he acquired it, but they lived in Baldwin Park CA, very close to where these boats were manufactured. My grand father also worked at a local Race/Auto parts shop so there may be a connection there. They also had a camp trailer at Lake Elsinore where these types of boats were raced. They spent A LOT of time there. They were avid avid water skiers. In the early 90’s this boat was passed to my father brought this boat up to Oregon. The first season that we had it a valve stuck open. Over the next winter I helped him over haul the original 455 olds. In late summer of 99’ it began to not run very well and my dad parked it. Some time in 00’ or 01’ I helped him pull the engine out to find water had found its way into one of the cylinders and it took A LOT of persuasion to get the piston out. Over the next year my father began to have some health issues and the boat fell to the wayside. It was kept outside and every year he would put a new tarp on it. 2012 my father past away, and almost a year later my Stepmother called me up and asked me if I would take the boat. OF COURSE I said. I have always loved this boat. It gave me some great memories! It was the last boat that my grandmother skied behind at the age of 79! So now I have it. It’s currently sitting covered on the side of a barn until I can figure out what to do with it. Its in bad shape. The seats are completely rotted out. The floor is rotten and sags when I step on it. The motor was left outside by my stepmom after my dad passed away and the crank has rust on it, and the Edlebrock intake manifold and Holley 850 carb is missing.
I know if I keep this boat, and for sentimental reasons I would like to, it would be a big and costly project. I am a DIY kind of guy, and I am handy around all things automotive, although by no means professional. I have rebuilt a few engines before and do all of my own vehicle stuff. I have never worked with boats before but I have been reading and watching Frisco boaters blog on how he restored a Glastron and it does look very time consuming but doesn’t look all that difficult.
So my question is, Should I try to repair this boat? This may take me two to three years to do. Is it beyond repair? Am I crazy by wanting to do this? Hopefully I can get my pictures up with this post.
Thank you all for reading. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated