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Boat shop­ping can seem a lot like look­ing for a new au­to­mo­bile. For both you may head to deal­er­ships to eval­u­ate the choices. Boats can take you to boat shows, not much dif­fer­ent than head­ing out on an auto dealer’s lot. If you buy from an in­di­vid­ual you still prob­a­bly use the re­sources above or sim­i­lar on­line in­for­ma­tion. Boats and cars how­ever, are very dif­fer­ent an­i­mals. Both are com­plex ma­chines fea­tur­ing di­verse sys­tems, com­po­nents, and tech­nolo­gies but with a car, parts and sys­tems are tightly in­te­grated into the whole. They can only be re­placed with ex­act copies of them­selves. They may come from the orig­i­nal man­u­fac­turer or be third party clones, but when no longer avail­able, or when too many fail, the ve­hi­cle it­self be­comes vir­tu­ally use­less.

A boat, on the other hand, may have sim­i­lar com­plex sys­tems but they are more loosely in­te­grated. The parts come from a host of man­u­fac­tur­ers re­sult­ing in a range of qual­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity. That va­ri­ety of­fers many more op­tions if one part or sys­tem dies. On top of that, con­sider the dura­bil­ity and life span of the hull, deck and ba­sic struc­tures. They are the main rea­son that it’s not un­com­mon to see boats ten, twenty, thirty or more years old at mari­nas next to their newer coun­ter­parts. The dura­bil­ity of the ba­sic struc­tures is an ex­cep­tional ad­van­tage

In that sense I think boats are much more like houses than cars. So if look­ing at a boat here’s some­thing to re­mem­ber. A boat with a few things you don’t like is no dif­fer­ent than a house with a re­frig­er­a­tor or stove you don’t like. It shouldn’t be a deal breaker. There is lit­tle that can’t be re­placed, or up­graded, and if done over time it shouldn’t break the bank.

But then that’s just my opin­ion.

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