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Old 13-03-2011, 13:41   #31
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Best: Hiring an expert to guide us when we were buying and didn't know enough about boats (I know that's going to be controversial but I've given it a lot of thought).
Worst: Buying a nav program. We actually really like ours but I wish I had looked into the free option first (OpenCPN).

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Best: Our Lavac head Second: Our anchor (Manson)
Worst: Our outboard. We had to buy it in a hurry and so bought new.

We did ours separately and afterwards both agreed with the other person.
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Old 13-03-2011, 14:06   #32
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Humm... the best money I ever spent....

That would have to be on the divorce lawyer. I got rid of my nagging pain in the ass, found a truly wonderful woman, and bought a sailboat.

The worse money ever spent.... hummm....... probably on the engagement ring for that nagging pain in the ass, and a 12 volt coffee pot. Neither one was worth a damm, or worked out very well.
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Old 13-03-2011, 14:26   #33
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Well there are a few things that worked out real well. But, the one that sticks out is the conversion to electric propulsion from diesel on my 30 foot Nonsuch:
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: Going electric: Part 1: The why and how
It was either going to be a good idea or a very expensive mistake. About to start my fourth year with it and am very glad I made the switch.
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Old 13-03-2011, 15:04   #34
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Best:
Autopilot with low amp draw
Worst:
My ex-wife... high cash draw, high agro', couldn't cook
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Old 14-04-2011, 11:20   #35
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Best: My Jeep 4x4 (despite the fact that it ate back axles).

Worst: Lehman Brothers.
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Old 18-04-2011, 07:50   #36
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Best: Yamaha 115hp outboard (extremely quiet and super reliable).

Worst: Ex-wife (didn't like boating).
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Old 18-04-2011, 08:23   #37
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Best: Super efficient refrigeration upgrade, after years with just an icebox!

Worst: ("CopperPoxy" copper loaded gelcoat). AKA CopperCrapsky... Between the thousands $ originally spent, months to apply "perfectly", and years to sufficiently remove & paint over, it was my biggest mistake ever.
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Old 18-04-2011, 08:47   #38
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Best: Manson Supreme Anchor, with way more chain then anyone would use for a boat our size... slept soundly many nights... held through hurricane. Hands down best.

- Engel fridge.
- Xantrex (Link 10) battery monitor
- Solar panel
- Honda 1000 gen
- Oversized cleats fore, mid, and aft.
- Brita water filter (saved hundreds, and trouble over stowing water)

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- The accursed ATN Topclimber! Oh how I hate that thing!
- West Marine brand batter charger... caught fire while in normal use.
- Tohatsu (mercury, Nissan) 4 stroke 6hp outboard.. vibrates, and tiny zinc lasts about 3 days.
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Old 27-04-2011, 14:34   #39
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

I've read so much of the "flip side" that I'll have to claim the reverse. The best money ever spent: $16 for a total wedding cost in 1970 that left me with a woman ready to live aboard and cruise 41 years next month.
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Best: Plans and Parts to build my own Bimini Top for about $100.

Worst: Aft stay legs I measured wrong and bought from West Marine. That might still turn out well, I need to replace the aft stay in a year, so... I'll just shorten it up a bit.
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Old 27-04-2011, 15:52   #41
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Best:-
Yamaha 15hp 2 stroke outboard
Macbook laptop
Engil fridge
Worst:-
A delivery skipper whom I flew halfway round the world then said it was all too hard and went home after having a 3 week holiday in the Caribbean at my expense.
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best money i spent-- 10k for a form0sa 41
2500 for the replacement engine
200 dollars for the 30 kg bruce anchor
free---unisolar panel 3amp rated puts out 3+ amps.>LOL...

worst-----still thinking...LOL
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Old 27-04-2011, 16:14   #43
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The best money I spent was on buying my boat.

I paid for itself when I met up with her before Christmas. Sailing was never
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

Best $$ I have ever spent,

Honda BF2 hp, $150.
Achilles dinghy $100.
"make my own" stern perch seats $113.
Dingy Davits for 400.
Man I could add allot more...

Dont really have a worst $ spent lol, I just wish I had spent the extra$$ to properly coat my prop before we launched. Gods I have to scrape it monthly....
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Re: Best Money You Spent...

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I've read so much of the "flip side" that I'll have to claim the reverse. The best money ever spent: $16 for a total wedding cost in 1970 that left me with a woman ready to live aboard and cruise 41 years next month.
Congratulations and thanks for an uplifting post.
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