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Aaron Norlund
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My few cents, too.

It will take longer and cost more than you expect! When we got our W32, we had a lot of stuff we wanted to change about her and we had a good idea how long it would take. The reason it worked well is I've been in college a few hours from home for the past few years, making it easy to go home and work on the boat.

Being a trumpeter studying music, I've known since we bought our boat that we couldn't practically "go cruising" as I have to have a stable schedule for playing, gigging, etc. So we made a long-term plan; spend a few years doing major projects in phases (rewiring, repowering, replace tanks, electronics, counters, cushions, covers, rigging, paint, etc, etc.) that would allow us to keep the boat usable for short trips. All of it has been working toward where we are now: a few years down the river with a boat that is cruise ready, just in time for me to move off for graduate school, leaving the boat ready to use for my folks.

Don't really know how this relates, but thinking long-term made our "project" boat a perfect reality for our family and needs.

Good luck,
Aaron

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