Welcome to the club! We are glad you have joined us.
This is such an exciting story of how Pepe is sharing his love of boating with you and has chosen you to take on this legacy. It is obvious by your willingness to reach out to this community that he picked the right person.
I too am an amateur in this hobby and tell you that because I feel it is important to know what source your information is coming from.
One of the very first things I would encourage you to do it read an article written by one of our long time members, Steve Bunda, on WoodyBoater. This will help you realize that there are many different kinds of people in this hobby with very different intentions for their boats. This means there are many different "correct" answers to many questions and very few hard fast answers. http://www.woodyboater.com/blog/2013/05 ... rspective/
Joanroy makes a good point in saying "Take it slow and don't take on more than you can handle all at once. Do what needs to be done, but if it ain't broke don't fix it." I like to use my boats every summer and repair/refinish some part every year. This allows me time to enjoy the fruits of my labor without getting discouraged.
On the other hand Toubanur took many years of dedicated time to restore his boat without being able to run it at all. He is very dedicated and has a beautiful boat to show for it.
It sounds like you have been given some great contacts and good advice here. I would through out one more name that is a little further away from you by about 3 hours. That is Mike Mayer at Lake Oswego Boat Co. near Portland. He would be another great source for you to talk with. http://www.loboat.com/home.html