I spent the day rebuilding an old Snark Sunflower sailing dinghy at a friends house today. It needed new transom plates, a new mast brace, some new hardware. The mast brace pins are reglued into the hull. The new wooden parts are all sanded and have their first coat of varnish. I know now how I'll deal with our bent mast (reverse it, put the bent end up high until I can source better tubing to fabricate a new one). An original rudder will be hung tomorrow replacing the oddball previous user fabbed part and then I'll do a dry fit of all the parts/mast/sail on the stands to make sure she'll be ready to sail for the first time come Tuesday.
I was thinking today, tonight, about working with all the parts, making the new ones from wood. This is the kind of thing that Dad would have liked.