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  1. #1
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    Default Will Someone Please Talk Me Out Of This Expensive Refit Lunacy?

    I've owned my Contessa 32 for 16 years and absolutely love her. She's taken us safely on many long cruises and my daughters grew up with her. To me, she is the perfect small yacht - fast, seaworthy, safe and beautiful. She's going to be 40 next year and I have found myself planning a major £40k birthday refit. I'm 54 and plan to keep her for as long as I am able to sail her. Re-wire, new rudder, new cabin sole, water tank, teak cockpit, re-spray decks and coachroof, solar power, shore power, partial new galley etc. Surely it's bonkers to spend this amount on a little yacht that's probably only worth £20k? Isn't it? So why am I even considering it? Help!

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Will Someone Please Talk Me Out Of This Expensive Refit Lunacy?

    Sailing is never about investment, economics and justification, its about having fun and creating memories which you and your family will treasure. To hell with the money, get on with it!

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Will Someone Please Talk Me Out Of This Expensive Refit Lunacy?

    Do it... you can't take it with you so you might as well enjoy it.

    I'm quite happy wasting money on my similar sort of boat because it's everything I need.
    A good Contessa will always be desirable.
    Tom, Sundance
    2wheels1keel.com

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Will Someone Please Talk Me Out Of This Expensive Refit Lunacy?

    If you sold her and added your refit money you'd have £60k. You'd probably have to spend at least £10k to get your new purchase to a suitable standard, so you'd actually have to buy at £50k - could you buy something you'd love as much for that? ( If you're going to sail for the next 30 years or more and the Contessa is osmosis free, give her her birthday present and sail on.

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    Default Re: Will Someone Please Talk Me Out Of This Expensive Refit Lunacy?

    "Will Someone Please Talk Me Out Of This Expensive Refit Lunacy? "

    Not I! It's the sort of thing I'd be tempted to do, if I had the wonga.

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    Default Re: Will Someone Please Talk Me Out Of This Expensive Refit Lunacy?

    Life is unpredictable. Eat your desert first. Get on with it.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Will Someone Please Talk Me Out Of This Expensive Refit Lunacy?

    You have already decided to waste your money so why ask?
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

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    Default Re: Will Someone Please Talk Me Out Of This Expensive Refit Lunacy?

    It's better than spending it on the horses.
    Cynical Scots engineer.

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    Default Re: Will Someone Please Talk Me Out Of This Expensive Refit Lunacy?

    "He who would keep himself busy let him equip these two: a ship and a woman. For no two things involve more business once you start to fit them out, nor are these two ever sufficiently adorned, nor is any excess of adornment enough for them." - Titus Maccius Platus 254-184 BC
    It will not be difficult Mein Fuhrer! Nuclear reactors could.... heh, I'm sorry, Mr. President.

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    Default Re: Will Someone Please Talk Me Out Of This Expensive Refit Lunacy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    It's better than spending it on the horses.
    I met a nice couple in Trebeurden a few years ago who had a beautiful wooden yawl called "Gimcrack " which they inherited from his father, who had backed a horse of that name and won enough to be able to have the yacht built.
    Last edited by parsifal; 13-10-17 at 14:47.

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