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We started our education at boat shows (five years of them) and originally settled on an Amel. But, at the paper signing, we realize the total lack of visibiity down below. So the new search was on. About the choice, it was everything that we had wanted, strong bones, size, excellent live aboard layout, good handling, long keel with shallow draft (but centerboard if you wanted it), skegged rudder, big tankage, easy dependable engine, big generator, new wiring and plumbing. The prior owner had done a really cool thing, he had enlarged all of the ports to about 300% larger, it makes a really profound difference in the environment down below.
Now, what we did: serviced all systems including 40gph watermaker, so we knew how to work and work on all of the stuff. We also redid the decks, all of the wood, some upholstery and definately redecorated. We eliminated a 300pound stereo system, refit electronics, redid tv's and satilite system, redid sat phone, redid driveshaft, exhausts for engine and genset, eliminated older systems and replaced with updated and less space consuming systems. That's about it. We spent 4 months refitting in Miami and off we went. We've been traveling ever since. One thing we learned, spend the money the first time, or pay the price again and again. If you can't afford the better stuff, do without until you can, because failing systems will be your downfall.