- So, since a lot of you guys are coming towards the end of
your season, I did a little reflecting today and realize that
the Tequila Sunrise has come a long way. And, always true to
the self-promoter in me, I thought I would share some updated
Since I don't remember which pic is which, I'll just say that
what you're seeing are
a)New hatchboards made from inexpensive pine. Although, the
narrow one at the bottom is teak as it's designed to stay
in while sailing in order to keep water out, just in case.
b)New cushion covering. Again, I took the 'cheap' route and
purchased outdoor vinyl from the mighty Wal Mart. Reused
the existing foam and added a 'bottom board' to each for
both shape and to make it even simpler.
c)Renewed brightwork in hand rails and top guide. Just sanded
and applied a coat of polyurethane.
d)My inexpensive cockpit cushions made from 'camp mats' bought
for $7.00 each also at Wal Mart
e)Donated life ring for asthetics.
f)Front sail bag purchased on Ebay for $19.00
g)Changed the table color by using a $2.00 can of outdoor
spray paint (hey, it'll last a season at least)
h)The piece de resistance-faux wood flooring. Purchased
cheap 'plank' vinyl from Lowes for $24.96 for entire box
and I have 5 pieces left over!
In essence, the Tequila Sunrise went from a neglected, and rather
ugly old sailboat to a relatively respectful weekend cruiser that
I'm no longer ashamed to be seen on. All in all, not counting the
major purchases like the outboard & the new rudder, I don't have
over $200.00 invested counting the topside paint and the no-slip.
All-in-all, not a bad little sailboat and counting everything, I
only have less than $1600.00 invested. So, if you're staring at
a bleak looking project in the backyard or at the dock/marina,
and you don't have enough money (you think), rest assured there's
a way everywhere there's a will!
Who else has a "cheap" idea to share with the rest of us?