Just got home from picking my first boat - a 1969 SRV 185 with a 120 Mercruiser. Got it for a couple hundred bucks... I originally started shopping around for a fishing boat, stumbled across this, and decided it could be an interesting project! Going to need a LOT of work, but only cost will be parts/materials, and my retired father (who lives upstairs in our house) finally finished the frame up restoration of his 1949 Willys so he needs a new project to work on. The hull looks/feels solid, is filthy from sitting under a tree for the past year. The seats are gone, the carpeting needs to be replaced, but all of the teak, gauges, steering wheel can be restored. Will pull up part of the floor to check for rot - I have enough fibreglass/hull repair from being part of a boat racing team years ago, so that doesn't concern me at all (I hope it's solid, but if it isn't I'll just replace what needs replacing). The engine runs. That's about all I can say. Apparently it was installed a year ago from another boat, but the electrical, etc. was never completed - which is just as well as I would prefer to install all new wiring myself. If the engine needs a rebuild, I'll just rebuild it... The gelcoat is filthy, but I'll see how it cleans up tomorrow. The boat will then go into my heated shop for the winter, and hopefully emerge sometime next summer. Yes, it's the first boat I have personally owned, but I have had loads of experience doing all kinds of strange things with raceboats, have rebuilt dozens of engines (two and four stroke), so I'm crazy enough to tackle something like this. Since the original interior is gone, I think I will try to come up with something that suits how I want to use the boat. Already started browsing this forum for some inspiration!