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Old 02-02-2014
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Re: Full refit or Partial

From my experience, it seems the majority of boat owners who plan to sail over the horizon, actually don't. Most seem to get caught up in making sure everything is perfect before they go and of course, that's just not realistic. By the time some of the initial projects are finished, new ones appear and departure is delayed and so on.
With a good survey and a bit of prioritizing, I believe that one should bite the bullet and just go. So many things that need doing, but aren't critical to safety or sailing can be done in a beautiful anchorage far from the home dock. Sure, parts may be a bit more expensive, but now a days, nearly everything one needs for general repairs and maintenance are available in most places or somewhere near.
But time is not something that one gets back and every second lost is lost forever.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.

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