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.
Refitting a boat can be an enjoyable and rewarding task if you undertake it with the proper attitude and planning. For the purposes of this article, I’ll limit the discussion to smaller boats, as refits on larger yachts generally include project managers, interior designers and naval architects.
Sterndrive, outboard, diesel, electric — you name it, we’ve seen it in the new product releases from engine companies over the past year.
Outboard manufacturers have been pushing out second-generation 4-strokes, several new sterndrives have hit the market, and diesels continue to improve, with better fuel efficiency, lower emissions and increased performance.
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