Originally Posted by Jeff F
That illustrates the value of using any new-to-you old boat before undertaking major change. Put aside the money for a year or two.
I bought my current boat thinking I knew exactly what I wanted, and made fairly extensive revisions to electrics. Now I'm realizing that some of the things that I thought were important are not, and vice versa.
Extremely true, fortunately we didn't regret it and by luck and a lot of sweat equity, they actually came out even on their upgrades when they sold the boat, which is unheard of.
What is really sad to see and happens pretty frequently is when a new owner makes a major upgrade or customization and then finds the boat springs a major need within the first year of ownership and now the new owner has dumped far more into this new endeavor than they planned. Nothing like treating yourself to a new electonics package and then finding out that your fuel tanks are shot.