A Tale Of Three Refits

IMG_2226When I think back on over a decade of publishing this site and discussing our articles with you, our readers, it is clear to me that the subject of refits, including how to do them well and, even more importantly, whether to do them at all, is one of the most important things we write about in our continuing effort to help more people get out there offshore voyaging.

That’s a pretty sweeping statement, but I stick by it. A refit done well can make it possible to get out there cruising for a fraction of what a new, or even newer boat, would cost.

But a refit that goes wrong can destroy enough of the owner’s hard-earned savings to adversely affect their financial situation for life. I kid you not, unless you are crazy-rich, a bad refit can be a life-altering event, and not in a good way, particularly these days when investment returns are low, and employment returns more tenuous, so that financial recovery is way harder than it was when I made my refit mistake.

So I’m really excited to announce that in a few days we will publish the first of five new chapters devoted wholly and solely to refits, in our How To Buy an Offshore Boat Online Book.

In the first three chapters, new-to-AAC writer Andy Schell will share the stories of his and Mia’s three refits—these two are even crazier than Phyllis and me, in that I was 58 by the time I completed my third refit, he’s done three before 33!

Crazy or not, Andy has done a superb job of telling the story of each refit in detail:

  • The state of the boat at the start.
  • The new gear they chose.
  • The things they fixed and changed.
  • The things they didn’t.
  • And, most important of all, what it all cost and how long it all took.

This is solid-gold information that well help anyone get out there and stay out there, refit or not.

In the fourth chapter Andy will summarize what he has leaned from his three refits, and then I will wind it up with a chapter on what I have learned from Andy’s chapters.

And through it all, we will be answering your questions and asking you to share your refit experiences in the comments.

Clip on, this is going to be an incredibly valuable, although sometimes rough, voyage through the refit sea.

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Meet the Author

John Harries

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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