Originally Posted by Shinook
You'll pay more in the long run, but the way I see it, I'm getting a lot of experience and intimate knowledge of those systems that I wouldn't have otherwise.
Also, consider that most of the components on our boat (a 1977) are over 35 years old at this point. I really don't want 35 year old wire and tubing going through something that I'm gonna be sleeping on, so the fact those systems needed stripped out and replaced with new didn't bother me. In other words, sure you'll pay more to finish it, but everything will be new vs very aged.
I agree. If it was all old stuff (like wiring) I would want it replaced, but most decent boats that age went through all the likely upgrades and renovations. I don't mind spending money to get the boat in good shape, I just want to do it wisely (as if buying a sailboat had anything to do with spending money wisely).