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Re: Spend my money
I definitely agree with not moving from boat to boat if you have a good feeling for where you want to end up. You just lose a lot of time and money fitting out and learning a boat only to sell it and start the process over.
So how do you find the so called "last boat"? I suppose you need to produce a wish list of what you want to have, ignore the budget at first. The look for boats that meet your wish list. I would expect to do an "electronics" upgrade for almost any boat you buy used that's not had an electronics upgrade for a decade or more. N2K allows you to insert new gear onto the back bone in the same locations... which presumably are correct. Other aged equipment can be replaced as needed over time if it is serviceable.. things such as AP, hatches and ports, head, pumps, batteries, lighting, windlass and ground tackle, running rigging, (even standing rigging), sails, canvas, cushions, deck hardware, winches and so on. If the hull, keel and rudder, engine, and spars are in good shape the boat has good bones and you can renew it successfully.
LOA, LWL, draft, accommodation plan, stowage, tankage, deck layout, you are stuck with so these need to work for you. And of course "style". There are boats of all ages and designs which are suitable and have done the job. But not every sailor will have the same needs.
I knew nothing about this in any practical way from experience. I was fortunate to but a boat which lent itself to fitting out for living aboard and offshore passages and I spend 5 years doing the fitting out which was mostly ADDING gear not changing or upgrading. Over the 3 decade plus period I have owned the boat I have upgraded and replaced almost everything not unexpected of course. But the bones remained and were excellent and experience proved that to be the case. For me it meant single and short handed sailing. I don't know if fit myself to the boat or I made it fit to me... or a little of both. But I know that the Contest36s worked out great for me and how I sail. At times I wax about having a larger boat with more of everything... and then think... that comes with a price literally and figuratively.
You'll find the right boat if you understand what you are looking for and what you need.
Google and see if you find the boat you're interested in having done a similar "duty". This is something you may be able to do now with so many people having boat blogs and YT channels. I do know of one Contest36s out there right now and I saw Scott do all manner of upgrades and refits. He's a member here and his experience would be valuable for someone consider a 36s.
You should definitely reach out to owners of model you are thinking about who have done the type of sailing you are contemplating. Most owner love to talk about their boats and what they have to say beats any broker's pitch or listing they publish.
pay attention... someone's life depends on it
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