Hello, I had a friend sell me a boat for 200 bucks yesterday. I got home from the gun show and my friend and his brother came over with a 14foot boat they had been telling me about. His brother was given the boat by a friend of his who was moving (state trooper owned it so it sounds legit) and told him he could just have it. Well They already have like 3 boats sitting in his yard atm and his wife told him that if he brought it home she would kill him lol. So he told me If I want it that He would sell it to me for 200 and to pay him back later since I told him I dont have the cash atm. The boat... Its a 13.5 foot long 5.5 foot wide fiber glass shallow v hull. It use to be set up with a stearing wheel and hand throttle towards the front but had most of that stuff removed. Eventually I would like to set it back up that way but for now My plans are just to sand the hull down to get all the old paint off and check for any spots that need to be fixed (they said that the trooper told them it didnt have any leaks, I just want to check to be sure) and try to re-enforce the hull since I plan on taking this in some rivers as well as lakes. They said that they think it would hold up to a 25hp engine easy since the hull is so stout and wide. Im hoping to find a 20-25 hp engine for it next spring. Im mostly want a boat that I can take up some rivers and lakes for fishing and hunting. Im looking mostly to use it in the Little SU and possibly the Susitna and Fish Creek (put in down by Point Mac launch and drive up to the creek) for dipnetting when and if they open it back up next year for Dipnetting. I have never done Fiberglass work before so this is mainly why Im posting this. The boat has a covered nose and the cover right where the wheel was attatched is cracked and needs to be repaired. Plus I want to re-enforce the whole bottem side of the hull to strengthen it up just in case It does have a run in with something like a log or what ever (I hope it never happens.) just to be safe. Any things I should be aware of working with fiber glass (other than wearing a mask ) and how to go about it properly. This is MY first boat, My dad had a small boat when I was a kid but I have never owned a boat before till now. Its going to be an all winter project aiming to have it done by next spring.