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Capital Gains / Taxes

I was reading another thread that was discussing taxes and it got me wondering...

I know that if I take a loan on a boat, I can deduct the interest as the boat is a second home (head and galley). Does that also mean that any capital expenditures I make on the boat (equipment, sails, anything really) can be used to increase my cost basis? If that's the case, I would imagine you could generate a huge capital loss over the time you own the boat as you will sell it for less than you paid (plus any expenditures).

So if I buy a boat for $25k and spend $25k on it over the time I own it and then I sell it five years later for $15k, I will have a capital loss of $35k to offset gains on a regular home.

Am I right?
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