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There are principles to consider, pathways to follow. Used boats are cheap these days and there are a million boats for sale. So shopping for the boat of your dreams can be a mess if you haven’t thought clearly about what you really want and what you intend to do with it. Don’t be like the guy who started out looking for a day sailor and ended up with a tugboat just because, by the pound, it seemed like a wicked good deal. The more clarity you can bring to the specifics of actual boat ownership, the happier you’ll be with the boat you buy.

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