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DIYers: You’re going to need some epoxy

Soundings asked three of the owners who completed restorations to identify a few tools and materials they used.

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The electrical system: your boat’s lifeline

The electrical system is relied on to power more technology than ever, even on small boats.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.

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The smart buyer: performing a sailboat 'crawlthrough'

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.

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Power play: pods

More builders are installing pod drives for boaters who are eager for the advantages they offer

A Hunt 52 with Volvo Penta IPS propulsion and joystick control.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.

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Hands-on helm upgrade

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.

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