Restoration and refit are two ways to modernize older cruising designs so that they have modern equipment advantages not available when those boats were originally built. A restoration typically mirrors the lines and layout of the original design, while incorporating more modern operating systems. A refit usually involves replacing the engines, operating systems, marine electronics, or even modifying the accomodations.
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Featured in the May/June 2016 Issue, Splinters is a classic Grand Banks aged past her years. With a heavy restoration project underway, take a look at some of the thinking behind restoring wooden boats.
Meet the November/December cover boat, a restored Fisher Trawlers 38 named Salty Dog. Resisting the draws of all that is shiney and new, Dave Abrams found an uncommon English cruiser loaded with potential.
David Hoar and Noreen Rudd craft their culinary creations aboard their 1988 Krogen 42, Pacific Sapphire, all while cruising throughout the Pacific Northwest.
This article is dedicated to all the couples who have gone through the refit of a boator, for that matter, the refit of anythingand managed to come out the other end in one piece. It seems to me that most stories I have read about boat projects are written by the man in the equation, and for all intents and purposes, his other half is not an active participant in the process. My guess, though, is that for every man on a nautical mission, theres an angst-ridden woman behind the scenes.