I have been through this before, and believe me, restoring a boat is a far cry from restoring a car. I know it seems like they are both just mechanical machines, but it will take you a long time to find out that there are some things that will not work on your new boat that would in a car. You'll go shopping for a part, the auto one is $50, the marine one is $650, and you'll look over the two parts and go the cheaper route because you can't tell the difference. GET A SEATOW MEMBERSHIP, because 15 miles off the coast you'll find out what the difference is! Anytime you want to restore a boat, strip it down to nothing but fiberglass, and add new EVERYTHING. If you don't, you'll be needing a tow more often than not, and if you do you'll realize buying a new boat would've been more cost efficient! Good Luck!!!