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You said, "It's missing a few odds and ends that we'll be adding - a small propane heater, wind instruments, radar, rudder angle indicator and most importantly - an electric windlass since we will be hauling 250'-300' of chain or rode up when we anchor in Lake Champlain."
Hey, I'd consider most of that a plus, since you'll be able to choose your own radar, wind instruments, windlass, etc. :-))
However, the "small propane heater" and "Lake Champlain" raised a flag with me. I don't know what kind of heater you're thinking about, but propane is dangerous stuff from several aspects. In northern climes, I'd strongly suggest a diesel-fired furnace such as the Espar or Webasto models. I've had an Espar on my boat for many years, and it's a joy. Clean, reliable, safe, efficient forced air heating throughout the boat, fueled from your main diesel tank.
If you do decide to go this route after investigation, I can recommend Ocean Options in Edgewater, MD (near Annapolis) for sales and installation. They're dealers for the Espar, and did a good job installing a new heater for me a few years ago.