RE: Trawler vs. Sea Ray Sundancer
It's been interesting reading where all this thread has gone..
Regarding the initial topic of sea Ray's ..
I have bashed them as much as anyone.. who among us hasn't had evil thoughts when you have been slogging along for hours and some schmuck with his muscle shirt and gold chains flapping in the breeze... with his skinny,long blond hair, barely clad bikini wearing girlfriend ( trawler guys never have those kind of wives ) passes you with a casual wave.. then makes you wish just for a moment that you didn't have that kind of speed?
We have all been there... most won't admit it though.
We have lived the trawler life for over fifteen years and then last year moved to a 45' sea ray express. It has a lot of limitations.. lack of range and water capacity, not too much extra on deck lounging areas.. the long pointy bow doesn't hardly even have a flat spot to lay and read a book for any length of time and the main cabin is a cave.
But the speed it like a drug ( and it costs about as much as a good addiction ). When we moved from the big boat to the fast boat we knew it would more than likely be a interim step... we have had it about 16 months and I am looking into selling the Sea Ray and starting to look for the next boat.
Has it been a good experience?, absolutely. The sea ray has added a different element to my seamanship experience.* Ironically my two high school age girls dislike the sea ray more than I do. I thought the glossy go fast boat would be right to their liking... but I guess I raised a couple of trawler girls... who would of thought that would be the case. Attached is a picture of both boats on the day the sale went through.
On a side note... the one surprise is that the build quality of the Sea Ray is in my mind excellent... Sea Ray didn't cut corners on anything that I have found so far.. and the glass work is flawless