Originally Posted by Brent Swain
Wish I had realized the wisdom of a wheelhouse, and inside steering. Wish I had realized how easy it is to build a far better anchorwinch, blocks , aluminium hatches, etc, than commercially made ones. Wish I had understod the importance of good insulation and a good, airtight woodstove .
It took me a while, too, to realize that I could often fabricate items for my boat, that were better, and more durable, than what I could buy commercially.
I wouldn't say being handy with a tool, and liking using them is a necessity for a boat, but it sure makes it a lot more fun if you are.