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Also, most boat projects cost about 2-3 times what you estimate they will. I wouldn't go with an electric head on a boat that is 26' long. It would probably require you to upgrade your house battery bank, and that often involves upgrading the charging system to handle the larger bank and so on.
How long are you planning on keeping the boat, and what kind of work needs to be done to the deck.
Switching from an alcohol stove, particularly an non-pressurized stove, to propane, requires a bit of an investment, since doing the job properly requires running hose, getting the stove (which isn't particularly cheap), and setting up a propane locker and adding a propane sniffer, if not a full propane sniffer/solenoid valve setup.
Lights—led-based navigation and anchor lights are nice to have, but not necessary. If the current lights work, why replace them, unless you have longer term cruising plans for this boat, which it doesn't sound to be the case.
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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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