As today’s boats become more sophisticated, with more of our power-consuming shore-side comforts brought aboard, so do their power requirements. I’m not certain I want my boats to follow the path automobiles have taken, although I enjoy creature comforts.
You might do a walkthrough when you buy a house, but you should do a “crawlthrough” when you buy a boat. It’s critical to have a well-qualified surveyor examine the boat. But if you know some of the things to look for first, you can narrow your prospects so the surveyor looks at the boat you’re most likely to buy.
More builders are installing pod drives for boaters who are eager for the advantages they offer
The push to make powerboat operation easier and more efficient marches forward, with more builders and designers taking advantage of pod drives and joystick helm control.
With some DIY skills, you can set up a new electronics system for less than $12,000
The deals on used cruising boats have never been better. Look for a sound hull and a good-running engine and transmission. Sailors should inspect the rigging and sails, too. Having to replace any of these can turn an otherwise good deal upside down.
What are the major considerations consumers should weigh when thinking about upgrading their electronics?
Start by asking yourself a few questions. Will a new unit fit the helm without major surgery? Why am I updating the helm? Maybe the existing helm doesn’t meet your needs because something is defective or unreliable. Maybe the helm is more than 10 years old and the technology too old. It could be that the existing helm is not user-friendly. Any of these are good reasons to consider an upgrade.
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