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Dreams and Deferrals

When it comes time to select a refit project for your boat, you can go in any number of directions. Make your short list: The projects that fit your boating style and budget will rise to the top. In the interest of simplifying the process, we offer some alternatives if it just isn’t the right time…

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Project Advantage Alternative Advantage Result
FLIR Thermal-Imaging SystemFLIR M-Series
M324xp starts at $8,995
See in the dark with a video feed of thermal images to your helm display. www.flir.com FlashlightFlashlight Point-and-shoot operation mastered by cub scouts on camping trips everywhere. The flashlight has very limited range—say 12 feet off the bow—and short battery life.

Seakeeper Gyrostabilization SystemSeakeeperStarts at $49,000

Gyrostabilizer uses torque from heavy, rapidly spinning gyroscope to counteract effects of rough seas. seakeeper.com wunderground.comWunderground.com weather service for boaters This Web site provides current conditions for boaters. If the waves are too big, you don’t use the boat. Don’t use the boat?!? While we recommend all mariners stay up to date on weather conditions, this sounds like a deal breaker.

Freedom LiftFreedom Liftstarts at $20,000 Launch and retrieve the tender on a stern-mounted hydraulic davit system. www
.freedomlift.com
ropeTowline Dragging that tender aft ensures your boat maintains her sleek profile, plus the tender is ready to go when you get on the hook.

That tender may grow a beard of algae sitting in the water all the time, and if your knots aren’t what they should be, you may be shopping for a new boat as well.


Xenta JMA Plus Joystick SystemXenta JMA Plus Joystick System - click to enlargestarts around $20,000 installed The Xenta system can add joystick maneuvering to nearly any boat with twin diesels and a bow thruster. www.xentausa.com Chapman’s Piloting and SeamanshipChapman’s Piloting and Seamanship Some good book-learnin’ should cure those docking ills. Plus it stays onboard for a handy reference. At around 900 pages, cracking this musty old tome is about the last thing on your mind when the current is ripping through the marina.

KVH TracVision HD7 satellite TV systemKVH TracVision HD7 satellite TV systemMSRP $12,995 Tune in to Ku- and Ka-band programming throughout the Western Hemisphere with a single antenna. www.kvh.com Deck of cards When the conversation runs out, you’re going to need something to pass the time. Cheating and disputes about whether a flush beats a straight make for long, silent cruising legs.

 

This article originally appeared in the October 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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