When George Voorhees had a problem with his boat’s fuel system, he turned to the new-boat market but couldn’t quite find what he was looking for.
“Buying a new boat is not as simple as it used to be,” says Voorhees, who has twice taken his 1997 SeaCraft 23 to Metan Marine Restoration for repairs.
“The dealers have really cut back on their inventory. It’s not like it was back in 2006 and 2007, when you could go to a dealer and didn’t have to do any waiting. You had instant gratification.”
Last summer, water was getting in the fuel tank on his boat. “I couldn’t find out where the water was getting into the tank,” says Voorhees, 53, who lives in Easton, Mass., and moors his SeaCraft in Chatham, Mass. “The final straw was, my son took it out fishing with his friend and had problems, and I had to go tow him in. I wanted to get the reliability back so I felt safe offshore. It became time to do something.”
He began looking into buying a new boat. “I never really found anything that fits my bill,” he says. “In Chatham, there’s a combination of shallow water and rough water. I have to go through some pretty rough water between the two cuts getting in and out of the Pleasant Bay inlet.”
His SeaCraft has excellent rough-water capabilities, and new-boat prices were out of his reach. Voorhees decided to stick with his boat and find the problem in the fuel system.
He brought the boat to Metan last November. Metan removed the T-top, console and leaning post, then cut the deck open. The foam encasing the 150-gallon aluminum fuel tank was saturated with water, and the water was getting into the tank. Metan replaced the tank without encapsulating it with foam and refinished the deck. Voorhees picked up the boat in early May.
“I made a good decision,” he says.
In 2007, he hired Metan to Awlgrip the boat’s faded gelcoat. “When I bought the boat, I said, ‘This is my last boat.’ And I think it still will be.”
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This article originally appeared in the July 2011 issue.