There’s a saying that life’s too short to own an ugly boat. That may be true, but a boat with beautiful lines can lead to a potential owner ignoring its flaws and purchasing a nightmare.
“When looking at a boat that you may want to buy, always think with your head and not your heart,” says marine surveyor George Gallup (www.gallupyachtsurveying.com).
Headed to any of the winter shows — perhaps the Miami International Boat Show or the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach? Keep an eye out for what I call “boat show blunders.”
In general, boats require more service than automobiles. The engines are far more advanced than they were 15 or 20 years ago, but they still require routine maintenance.
Say goodbye to multiple gauges at the helm. Glass bridge systems for everyone are on the way.There was a time, not too long ago, when being able to manipulate a digital chart that showed your boat’s progress with a couple of push buttons seemed almost miraculous. That was before the proliferation of touch technology devices and slick smartphones, tablets and computers that respond to the swipe of a finger to turn a page, or a pinch to zoom in and out.
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