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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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Q&A with Dave Laska, electronics expert

Determine if a new unit will fit your helm without major surgery.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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Raymarine e7

From the plotter to the iPad

If you’re a worrywart, Raymarine’s e7 series multifunction displays might appeal to you. The e7’s Wi-Fi connectivity allows live video streaming to an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. You can see the e7 display — thermal video, navigation charts, radar, and sonar — on your mobile iOS device anywhere on board.

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