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A cockpit enclosure does give you a lot more living space on a sailboat. A quote of $2000 is pretty low, given the cost of decent canvas work in my experience. If you don't think you'll get your money's worth out of it, then don't get it. It would help if you said where you were located. If you're up in the Pacific Northwest, it is probably less useful than if you were located in Maine, or down in Florida or Southern California, where the more extreme climate can make a full cockpit enclosure very worthwhile.
As for the $550, is that for just adding a sacrificial UV protection strip to a roller furling headsail? If so, that sounds pretty high. Of course, if the sail is fairly new and in fairly good condition, and you're located in a sunnier clime, then you'll probably be wise to get a good UV strip added.
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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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