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Old 03-14-2013, 12:34 PM   #81
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.... with a bug free...
Bug free? We don't have no stinking bugs down here!
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:28 PM   #82
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Yes, there are bugs as big as a dog up here. And high prices, crowded marinas and anchorages....iceburgs, tornados, and uncharted underwater rocks as big as your house. Then there's all those non-"trawlers"...swarms of Carvers, Cruisers and Sea Rays....lampray eels, zebra mussels, Gobe's, and Fibs....and the Asian Carp...the ones that jump in your boat and kill you if they hit you...are next. The Great Lakes are definitely a place to be avoided....definitely....
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:36 PM   #83
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....or stepping on the swim platform, entering your cockpit through the transom door, parking your bikes in the handy storage area, and climbing a few short steps to the spacious sundeck with a bug free, panoramic view..

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Old 03-14-2013, 06:10 PM   #84
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Yep a fixed dock at low water changes the dynamic for swim platform entry boats or low freeboard side gates... makes it quite interesting. To give you some perspective, we have been at several docks where we stepped straight across or UP slightly from our side gates. You low slung guys, bring a ladder of watch the SO climbing up the wet slimy ladder attached to the dock!
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:18 PM   #85
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Fortunately, virtually all public and private docks for recreational boats out my way float.


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Old 03-14-2013, 06:19 PM   #86
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Yes, there are bugs as big as a dog up here. And high prices, crowded marinas and anchorages....iceburgs, tornados, and uncharted underwater rocks as big as your house. Then there's all those non-"trawlers"...swarms of Carvers, Cruisers and Sea Rays....lampray eels, zebra mussels, Gobe's, and Fibs....and the Asian Carp...the ones that jump in your boat and kill you if they hit you...are next. The Great Lakes are definitely a place to be avoided....definitely....
You left out polar bears, Sasquatch and storms that could sink the Edmund Fitzgerald.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:23 PM   #87
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Fortunately, virtually all public and private docks for recreational boats out my way float.
Mark: That boat on your port side with the "big stern", is it a woody? I can't quite make it out in the photo.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:35 PM   #88
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Mark: That boat on your port side with the "big stern", is it a woody? I can't quite make it out in the photo.
No, the steel Coot is amidst two fiberglass boats. The "wrong way" GB42 is Ray's Mahalo Moi. So, you're saying FlyWright's butt is larger?
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:50 PM   #89
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The Coot's swim platform (pictured here in the up/traveling position) isn't wide enough for boarding from the side. Boarding is done through the mid-ship gates.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:07 PM   #90
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After looking at many different styles of boats, the Admiral has decided she likes the aft cabin the best because of all of the extra space.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:37 PM   #91
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What I learned is I need to get off the computer and look at some real boats. I will start this summer. Thanks again.
Pluto, if you can do the ride from GA, there is an in-water boat show in Oriental NC on the weekend of April 12.it is a great little town for a weekend getaway and the boat show features pre-owned trawlers and sailers. We got hooked about 6 years ago at the first show and it keeps growing every year. Some nice B&Bs in Oriental, and some good food around. Worth a look if you have time.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:56 PM   #92
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We like the aft cabin though getting our big dog aboard is tricky.

The forward cabin has an off-center queen which we like if we have guests (pardon the kid). We also liked bunks but it worked out that we got the Marine Trader and we like the forward cabin because you can shut it off. Good when we have teens aboard!

Aft cabin is as much like home as any house. As I learn the boat more, we upgrade more stuff. For me, it's a matter of building confidence as I try new skills and get them done. We might look for some kind of large dog carrier to get the big fella from the swim platform to the deck. At his age now he just jumps off whenever we anchor. You might be able to tell he likes the water.
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Living aboard on the hard means climbing a 10 foot ladder to get on board. I keep telling the First Mate to imagine we're eloping and going out the second story window. She is not amused. Two or three steps to the dock will be a piece of cake when we get in the water.
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