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Re: What do you wish you had known before buying your first boat?

Originally Posted by Brent Swain View Post
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.

On the northern Gulf of Mexico.

"Best thing to do is get her out on the ocean. If anything's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there." Captain Ron Rico
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