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Re: Full refit or Partial
The only way to achieve a perfect boat, is to either buy a new boat or throw a ton of money at an older boat to upgrade all systems simultaneously.
Some folks won't leave the dock without aerospace-grade systems and an accompanying level of QA (Quality Assurance).
I say that it kind of depends on the type of sailing you want to do.
I race in the Chesapeake Bay, and I intend to coastal sail. No ocean crossings.
For the kind of sailing I do, I prefer the "rolling refit".
The rolling refit entails buying an older boat with good "bones".
(Dry deck, cabin top, hull and appendages, through-hulls)
Next, inspect and repair "critical systems"
(Rigging, engine, electrical, minimally functional sails)
As I sail, I roll through "secondary systems" as I can afford them:
Re-bed all deck hardware to keep the boat's "good bones".
Electronics: (GPS/chartplotter, tiller pilot, speed, depth, wind)
Liveability items: (stove, toilet, freshwater systems, heat/AC)
Hull form: (Sanding, fairing, templating)
Running rigging: (Customize the running rigging layout to suit my sailing style)
Cosmetics: (Brightwork, upholstery, ventilation, entertainment systems)
Some people want to sail. Some people think they want to sail, but what they really relish is the experience of boat rehabilitation. I'm a little of both. I love bringing my Pearson 30 back to fighting trim, but I enjoy sailing her even more.
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168