The COVID-19 pandemic may have you scrambling for pastime ideas. Indoor entertainment venues are basically off-limits. Many amusement parks and zoos are closed or have restricted capacity. You can only go on so many hikes in a nature preserve before this previously relaxing activity starts generating anxiety. Even the backyard pool and trampoline that used to drive relaxation and excitement elicit a doldrum feeling.
Maybe you have an old boat sitting undercover in your driveway or garage. Perhaps you’ve driven past an older boat for sale on your trip to the grocery store, triggering a yearning for a break from the monotony of your current situation of restricted entertainment. Buying a brand-new boat may not be a possibility, but fixing up an older boat may be both a welcome distraction and a path to freedom on the water. You have the extra time, the woodworking and engine restoration know-how and access to marine engine room parts.
Get started. Take a look around and see what tools you have. If you are lacking, see if your friends or family can help. In these days of social distancing, your loved ones may even want to bring their tools and join you, properly distanced of course. Begin with a good solid cleaning of your old boat, and then take inventory of anything that is broken. Figure out if it can be fixed or will need to be replaced. Make sure to pay close attention to old belts and hoses and other critical engine parts. Ensure any old wood is properly stripped and replaced and the hull is properly sealed. YouTube is a great resource for DIY videos for any questions you may have.
You’ve always worked to turn challenges into opportunities, and this current challenge is no different. In fact, adopting this new pastime could result in many delightful water adventures long after your favorite amusement park opens back up.