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Things I’ve Learned From Three Refits That Will Help You

DSCN9656Our beautiful boat Isbjorn is hauled out at Antigua Slipway getting her steering system re-built. The whole project, which is probably going to cost north of $10,000 (update: it’s complete, and the final bill is $14,000), inspired me to write about my refit experiences.

Isbjorn is the third old boat I’ve had the “pleasure” of refitting and I’ve learned the hard way what it takes to buy and refit an old boat for long-distance ocean sailing.

(For the details on all three refits see my previous chapters in this Online Book.)

To be clear, I love the concept—refits have elements of history, creativity and recycling, all things I value in life—but there are unexpected realities that I will explain in this post to help those considering refitting an old boat.

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Andy Schell

Andy grew up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay (literally from the time he was in diapers). As a boy he sailed south with his family and spent the winter cruising the Bahamas. He met Mia on a backpacking trip in New Zealand in 2006, and the two have been seeking adventures together ever since. They've logged almost 50,000 bluewater miles and have crossed the Atlantic a combined seven times. Andy and Mia share the joys of offshore sailing with others on their Swan 48 "Isbjorn" and through Andy's phenomenally popular On The Wind Podcast.

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