RH, best of luck to you friend. I too have enjoyed your posts, both helpful and merely observational.
I don't have a family
, just a lady friend I've got to keep safe, so my advice may be completely useless.
I bought a boat three months ago. I've just arrived in FL with the task of getting her up to snuff for a circumnav and would like to do it in no longer than four weeks. While the stress can be huge, I keep telling myself that for a majority of things, if it breaks and I can't fix it I'll do without.
If the engine
or mizzen sail, etc. etc. etc. goes I'll either be able to repair or figure out a way to keep going without. I do not have endless money
. In fact my kitty is quite finite as I am only 32 and doing this on savings alone so no residual income
coming in. Should I replace all the thru-hulls? Sure. But I'm only going to replace the one the surveyor
recommended and hope for the best.
As many have already suggested, wants and needs are often comingled to the point of being indistinguishable. I know you're just ranting, but facing the inevitable gear
failure whether I buy it now or don't and only buying
true needs not wants is what has lessened my stress (and expenditures) significantly.
Hope you and your family
have a wonderful time.