I think we have pretty much established to everyone's satisfaction that refitting old boats, while possible, is difficult and time consuming to do, sometimes financially disastrous, and fraught with the risk of finding serious things wrong that were missed in the survey.
But the biggest problem with refits is that doing one well requires a lot of knowledge that is best gained by owning a voyaging boat—Catch 22. Even Poor Stupid Bob (alias John) has since done a not too painful refit using what he learned the hard way the first time.
But how do you get your first boat and get out there? What about buying a brand new boat? That should be great if you have the money, right?
Let me tell you a story about my friends Paul and Pam (not their real names).