Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-08-2017, 08:45 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Acheron2010's Avatar
 
City: New Tazewell
Country: United States
Vessel Name: Saoirse
Vessel Model: 1983 Nauticat 44 Ketch
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 151
Bayliner 4788 - any of you singlehandling it?

I'm looking for a liveaboard - those of you who operate the 4788 or it's cousins - is it a one-person capable boat, or a little too much to handle?
__________________
Advertisement

Acheron2010 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2017, 01:44 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
City: Ft Lauderdale
Country: USA
Vessel Model: 120' Custom, Cat 3512's, 1750 HP ea.
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 174
Might want to try here.

Bayliner Owners Club - Home
__________________

BerettaRacer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2017, 02:00 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
ddalme's Avatar
 
City: LAFAYETTE,LA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Relenti
Vessel Model: Atlantic 30, 1983
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 446
Blue might chime in-he has one that he and the Admiral crew. It probably can be single handed but would be a handful. Blue has his for sale in Seabrook, Tx.
ddalme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2017, 02:10 PM   #4
Guru
 
BandB's Avatar
 
City: Fort Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 17,009
Quote:
Originally Posted by Acheron2010 View Post
I'm looking for a liveaboard - those of you who operate the 4788 or it's cousins - is it a one-person capable boat, or a little too much to handle?
Yes, and no. Depends on who the one person is and the conditions and whether it's always one person or just occasionally. An experienced operator can handle one by themselves, especially with thrusters. An inexperienced operator may be over their head on any boat until they get training and practice. Then, if single handing, one might choose to be more selective as to conditions.
BandB is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2017, 02:41 PM   #5
Moderator Emeritus
 
ksanders's Avatar


 
City: SEWARD ALASKA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: LISAS WAY
Vessel Model: BAYLINER 4788
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 4,357
Yes, one person can dock a 4788 themselves...

In favorable conditions.

If you are being blown into the dock, it's a easy boat to dock single handed, I do it all the time.

There is a cleat just aft of the pilothouse door, making things easy.

If you are being blown away from the dock, you can still often times do it with one person but it's tougher. It's allot of boat and can get away from you in a hurry in a wind or current.
__________________
Kevin Sanders
Bayliner 4788
Seward, Alaska
www.boatparts4less.com
ksanders is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2017, 03:21 PM   #6
Guru
 
mbevins's Avatar
 
City: Windsor
Country: Canada
Vessel Name: Keeper IV
Vessel Model: 44 Viking ACMY
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 1,305
The other part of the equation " is there a person on the dock to assist"
__________________
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

mbevins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2017, 12:45 AM   #7
Guru
 
AKDoug's Avatar
 
City: Kenai, Alaska
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Melanie Rose
Vessel Model: 1999 Willard PH
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 786
I have a new appreciation for my small boat. I can easily catch my shrimp pots at the stern after nosing up onto them on the starboard side, easily step out the pilot house door to catch a cleat at the dock, easily step out the pilot house door to raise or drop my anchor, and see my fishing rods from my helm while trolling.

I had never thought about how hard it would be to have to run from a helm station to catch my pot buoys or not being able to see my fishing rods from the helm. I am six steps from the helm to the cockpit or anchor, and two steps from the helm to the dock to tie off. I can see my bow pulpit and my cockpit by turning my head.

I think "handling" your boat single handing is more an issue what activities you plan than if you can dock it by yourself. Some activities limit themselves by needing to have both an operator and a person performing a function to complete the task. I think that is especially true on larger boats.

Even in my small boat, sometimes I stay out until the weather is better to avoid getting in over my head. Leaving the dock has always been easy, but sometimes getting back to it not so much...
AKDoug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2017, 05:05 AM   #8
Guru
 
City: Northport
Country: USA
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 1,384
Can you single hand a 4788?...


Bayliner Owners Club - Can you skipper alone? - BOC Forum
smitty477 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2017, 05:23 AM   #9
TF Site Team
 
dimer2's Avatar
 
City: Cameron, La
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Baobab
Vessel Model: Bayliner 4788
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 2,653
As Kevin says, it can be lot of boat. Michelle often naps in the pilot house and I will lock through or dock without waking her up.....but she is right there if things start to go wrong. Oh, and I have a stern thruster which helps (and normally wakes her up anyway )
dimer2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2017, 01:11 PM   #10
Moderator Emeritus
 
ksanders's Avatar


 
City: SEWARD ALASKA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: LISAS WAY
Vessel Model: BAYLINER 4788
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 4,357
Quote:
Originally Posted by AKDoug View Post
I have a new appreciation for my small boat. I can easily catch my shrimp pots at the stern after nosing up onto them on the starboard side, easily step out the pilot house door to catch a cleat at the dock, easily step out the pilot house door to raise or drop my anchor, and see my fishing rods from my helm while trolling.

I had never thought about how hard it would be to have to run from a helm station to catch my pot buoys or not being able to see my fishing rods from the helm. I am six steps from the helm to the cockpit or anchor, and two steps from the helm to the dock to tie off. I can see my bow pulpit and my cockpit by turning my head.

I think "handling" your boat single handing is more an issue what activities you plan than if you can dock it by yourself. Some activities limit themselves by needing to have both an operator and a person performing a function to complete the task. I think that is especially true on larger boats.

Even in my small boat, sometimes I stay out until the weather is better to avoid getting in over my head. Leaving the dock has always been easy, but sometimes getting back to it not so much...
I will say that If I were to be in a situation where I was single handing all the time I would want a boat more "singlehand friendly" which really means a boat that is a bit smaller, making things closer together.

You have an optimum situation where you can reach your fishing rods or your shrimp pots in a few steps.
__________________
Kevin Sanders
Bayliner 4788
Seward, Alaska
www.boatparts4less.com
ksanders is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2017, 04:09 PM   #11
Guru
 
City: Northport
Country: USA
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 1,384
"You have an optimum situation where you can reach your fishing rods or your shrimp pots in a few steps."


I have seen more than a couple if 45/47 Bayliners with a third helm station in the cockpit. For us who do not really fish or crab we have done fine by docking from the Pilothouse with both lines led back to the cockpit.
__________________

smitty477 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:38 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012