Invest In Space
If you set out to buy a boat with a fixed amount of money, put those dollars into the largest one you can afford. Room is the hardest commodity to come by on a boat. Don’t buy a slightly smaller boat and put the dollars into accessories. You can always buy the gadgets later as money becomes available.Remember, a small jump in length can often mean a big jump in volume. If you stretched a 24-footer to 30 feet, with the same proportions as the 24, the new boat’s overall volume, its living space, would have almost doubled.
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The best-kept secret in boating is that you don’t need too many add-ons to have a good time in perfect safety. Here are a few items builders leave off but you must have.
To tie up properly, keeping the boat from shifting back and forth, you need spring lines made fast amidships.
Two anchors let you beach stern-to and give real security when the wind blows. A standard Danforth 16-pounder is good for boats up to 30 feet and costs about $85. Add in 10 feet of chain and 150 feet of three-eighth-inch line.
Remote Fuel Filter/Water Separator
Most of our gasoline has 10 percent ethanol, which attracts moisture and loosens sediment. Stop both from reaching the engine with a $75 Racor remote filter/separator with a 10-micron element.
Many builders don’t supply one. A good economical model is the 3¾-inch Ritchie Helmsman with a dual-reading card for about $170.
One problem with GPS is its illusion of absolute accuracy. For planning and getting perspective, you need charts. They also force you to look around