It's a bit of an understatement to say that when we purchased Meridian we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Even though she was in "turnkey" condition, we quickly found that maintaining a boat of this size and vintage takes a lot of time and more money than I care to admit we've spent.
As we prepared her for more extended cruising on the Great Lakes we had to improve, replace, repair, add, subtract, well, you name it. Mainly, though, we had to buy.
We do most of the installations ourselves. We do that primarily to save money but also, once you get past the frustrating scraped-knuckles part, it's kind of fun and provides a feeling of satisfaction. It also means we now know Meridian much more intimately, adding to our confidence in her and our ability to do our own repairs if the situation is warranted.
We thought it would be helpful to others if we provided reviews and information about some of the products we used, including our overall satisfaction with them and how useful we have found them to be.