Much of the work includes automobile trips to suppliers, phone calls, coordination, planning, searching records for the right parts, and finding hardware on ebay, etc.
Yes, I found some perfect lifting hooks on ebay a few days ago, after I had some others chromed for $50 apiece! Parts are out there, and you have to be patient, but you can find the stuff if you're patient.
You never seem to have the right stainless steel screws, or enough of them. You run out of bilge paint, epoxy, 3M 5200, etc. It's tough to maintain progress, but the one good thing about spending time working on this project........every time I spend time I get SOMETHING done. The only problem, many of these tasks are not visible, some of them take lots of planning and trips to various support businesses, etc.
The steering, for instance. Has my steering not been frozen beyone all reason, I could probably be on the water now. I had to find a replacement that would fit the dash, finally found the right product, ordered it, but then the rudder assembly wouldn't match up well, and the darn steering wheel wouldn't fit the hub. Its been one small battle at a time, but the good news is........."I love working on a boat". This has been a lot of fun for me, and I'm anxious to get the boat on the water for a shakedown run. This week will have lots of trips to various suppliers getting ready for next week-end. We hope to install the side panels and hook up the final attachment to the rudder this week-end. During the evening this week, I'll be working on the wiring.