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I would certainly agree with the previous posters about learning to do as much on your boat as you can. Refitting it is an excellent opportunity to learn as much about your boat as you can...and knowing your boat intimately may save your life. In Alvah Simon's book, North To The Night, he writes about how he had to work on the alternator while essentially blind. If he hadn't built alternator bracket and installed the alternator himself, he likely might not have lived to write the book.
A head can be as complex or simple as you make it. IMHO, a good marine head will have a decent head unit, like a Raritan PHII or PHC, that is plumbed to a holding tank. Ideally, the pumpout side of the tank will allow you to pumpout via a deck fitting or via a manual diaphragm pump, for when you're out past the three mile limit. It will allow you to flush the head using either salt water or freshwater via the head sink.
Even with a Lavac, which is considerably more money than a Raritan PHII, you're looking at less than $1000 for hoses, head, hose clamps, etc IF YOU DO THE INSTALLATION YOURSELF. If you hire a yard to do the installation, expect to have to fix it and expect to pay well over $2000 for the installation alone, not counting the hardware and supplies. Also, many yards will only install gear you buy from/through them.
Given the price of a decent 35-40' sailboat and the condition older ones that are in your "budget" will be in, I'd say that $10,000 is a bit low for the refitting/upgrading/repairing budget. I'd also point out that if you can get a bit more money in the budget, you'll likely end up making out far better, since a boat in better condition usually sells for far less than restoring the same make/model to the same condition would cost you.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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