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Best Upgrade for the buck?

What is the best upgrade you have done to your Irwin? What has gotten you the most bang for your buck? If money was no option what/how would you upgrade your boat?
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Best upgrade for my Irwin...Purchasing it from the yo yo that owned it before me.

Money was no object... Totally rebuild it.
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Best upgrade, new sails.
Money no object, new boat.
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Money no object, new boat.
I was going to say that but it would be nice to sail it a few times first..
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yeah, new boat kind of screws up the idea
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New port windows. Working on the windows first, then everything else, Auto pilot, Radar, re-enforce rudder post, paint, complete new interior, running rigging. As for bang for the buck, paint has to be the tops. $500 and it looks like a new boat. Right after that, re-plumbing the head tight so your pretty boat smells nice too, or even your not-so-pretty boat smells nice.
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best upgrade

upgraded to:
7 yrs. ago-rope halyards from wire- $250 for main and spinaker
ran lines to cockpit -no more going to mast.

3 yrs. ago -tiller auto pilot simrad tp-32 from tillermaster $350 (maybe more) nema 2000 allows steering to waypoints vs. compass heading interfaces with c.p

2 yrs. ago- lowrance 7" color gps chartplotter nema 2000 $700 from handheld garmin gps 48 -Big screen allows me to view while I'm at the tiller.

This spring- L.E.D. navigational sidelights from originals $84
uses less power, brighter and no heat

Welded 1 " s.s. stanchions from screw fastened chrome plated bronze base type 3/4"
Uncoated lifelines from coated
1" s.s. bow pulpit and s.s. bases

These last three are this year and about $990 altogether. The coated lifelines were showing chafe -stanchions were very difficult to keep tightened and bases were peeling. Since I single hand so often, I feel much safer with upgraded equip.

Plenty of other improvements but these have made big difference in safety or convenience.
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