In the July issue I examined how to choose the right boat for a refit. Let’s assume you’ve gone ahead and bought a boat. The next step is to determine where the project will be carried out.
If you are refitting the boat yourself, you will need an appropriate space. I can’t emphasize enough how important a controlled atmosphere is to the success of the project.
Four-stroke outboards are more fuel-efficient, quieter and cleaner than ever. Manufacturers are also reducing the weight of these engines with their second-generation models.
Suzuki and Yamaha have added 4-cylinder 4-strokes to their offerings to complement their V-6 counterparts. The new Suzuki DF200A weighs 498 pounds, about 12 percent less than the company’s V-6 200 models. Yamaha’s new 487-pound F200 weighs 119 pounds less than its V-6 F200 and only 14 pounds more than its 2-stroke Z200 HPDI outboard.
As an adolescent and young adult, I had grown up with powerboats, including a 17-foot Boston Whaler Montauk and a 23-foot Mako 232. In my early 30s I got very lucky when I married a woman who shared my love for the sea.
Here are some recommendations when considering a purchase-and-refit boat.
• Attend the prepurchase survey for insight into whether the boat has “good bones” and is capable of accommodating your changes.
• Check out as many designs in person and online as possible to broaden your frame of reference.
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