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

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Our 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.

More Articles From Lessons From Three Refits:

  1. A Trans-Atlantic Boat For Less Than US$100,000
  2. Refitting a Wauquiez Hood 38
  3. Giving a Tough Old Ocean Greyhound a New Purpose
  4. Things I’ve Learned From Three Refits That Will Help You