Just a few insights based on painful experience......
1. Any refit
or work on a vessel will cost MUCH more than anticipated.
2. "Do it yourself" is great, for about the first three months... then it turns into a hard job with a steep learning
curve... and you are paying tuition.
3. Even buying a brand-smacking new boat (I know, I have done new deliveries) does not exempt you for the need to fix stuff. You are just fixing newer stuff!!!!
4. When buying a used vessel, you are purchasing
a boatload of hidden problems.... I don't care how good the surveyor
or previous owner is... it is the nature of boats in a marine environment
5. And lastly (I can hear the howls in response to this one!!!), there are very few marine
craftsman among the vast sewer of marine tradesman..... it is obvious you have deep pockets (as do I) and it can become very discouraging to pay huge bills only to find the work was sub-par. For us it has boiled down to "do-it-ourself" because of experiences with shoddy work..... at least we know it has been done right and we can fix it. We have cherished the skilled guys we have hired, but they are few and far between...
These thoughts are coming after 14 months of complete refit
on a 52' Kanter, very systems-intense vessel, getting ready for a circumnavigation
. Also, we are in Florida
, where marine resources abound. We have been sailing for over 30 years and this is our sixth large vessel... and this refit was like getting an advanced degree in marine sciences.... Just thought I would let you know how steep and painful the learning
curve is to help you in your decision. All the advice you have gotten here is excellent; you may want to start on a smaller scale before jumping into the deep ocean.
Regards and fair winds.