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Old 09-05-2016, 04:01 PM   #1
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Hey all; I'm new and my name is Dispatch ........ I'm thinking of buying a Trawler ....... you know, one of those second homes into which we pour money ...... So what brand is the best ...... which holds her value?? Dis .........
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Depends on what you want to do with it...

Where do you want to go?
Who is going with you?
What's your budget?
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Old 09-05-2016, 04:28 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum! The best brand is the one you have, want, or are buying. It will hold it's value extremely well, until the day you sell it.

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Old 09-05-2016, 04:34 PM   #5
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Want to intercostal ...... Some Maine, some Keys, Bahamas?? ..... Maybe the Grand Circle ...... cheap budget ......... Have Girl Friend that is greatly interested ...... Saw a GB classic 49 for $112,000; low hours on engines ....... Probably high hours on everything else ...... but who knows ....... ??
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Want to intercostal ...... Some Maine, some Keys, Bahamas?? ..... Maybe the Grand Circle ...... cheap budget ......... Have Girl Friend that is greatly interested ...... Saw a GB classic 49 for $112,000; low hours on engines ....... Probably high hours on everything else ...... but who knows ....... ??
Is the Grand Circle anything like the Great Loop?

Big difference between ICW capable and the Bahamas.

What's your boating experience?

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Hey Ted ....... What's ICW? And yes, maybe its the Great Loop ~~ up Hudson, Great Lakes, down Mississippi ...... I think that's it. I've done a lot of competitive sailing but age and my Girl Friend has moved us towards power ...... Just exploring ......
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ICW=IntraCoastal Waterway

What's your all-in budget for purchase and ongoing annual costs?
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The best brand is the one you have, want, or are buying. It will hold it's value extremely well, until the day you sell it.
We have a winner!
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My boat is the best brand, I forgot.

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What's your all-in budget for purchase and ongoing annual costs?
Ted, Yes, I got that - ICW ...... tried to reply but this site takes some time ...... Don't know all in budget ...... What percentage of price do you expect overall upkeep and specialized maintenance to be ........ ??
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Specialized maintenance is a factor as every year one has to upgrade ..... but general maintenance ..... 15% ...... ??
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Dispatch, maintenance costs will depend a lot on how much of it you can do yourself.


Take me, for example. I do all my own waxing, bottom painting, changing the oil and filters, changing impellers, washing, etc.


My maintenance costs run far less than 5% of the value of the boat. For me, it's a labor of love. I'm retired so I can go down to the boat (10 minutes away) any time I want, spend a few hours putzing around and if I get tired I wrap it up, go home and often take a nap. Most jobs don't have to be completed in one day. If I split a job between 2 or 3 days, who cares?


If you want to buy a boat and cut down your maintenance time and costs, buy one with a fiberglass hull and very little wood on the exterior. This weekend I oiled all the wood on my boat which consists of frames around the interior cupboard doors, wood trim, etc. Took about 2 hours and looks nice. ZERO wood on the outside of my boat and that's part of the reason why we bought this particular brand.
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Hey Ted ....... What's ICW? And yes, maybe its the Great Loop ~~ up Hudson, Great Lakes, down Mississippi ...... I think that's it. I've done a lot of competitive sailing but age and my Girl Friend has moved us towards power ...... Just exploring ......
Think you need to charter for a week. Get a feel for living aboard and how much space you need. Competitive sailing is all about the destination; cruising is about the journey.

There are several sites on looping (Great Loop). They will give you some ideas on air draft, water draft and capacities needed. Then you need to mesh that with requirements for Bahamas capable (if you're serious about going there). If budget is an issue (everyone has one), buy the smallest boat that will fit your needs.

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Old 09-06-2016, 05:12 AM   #15
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Start at the library , you need far too much information for a site to provide 20-30 books worth for you.
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Hey all; I'm new and my name is Dispatch ........ I'm thinking of buying a Trawler ....... you know, one of those second homes into which we pour money ...... So what brand is the best ...... which holds her value?? Dis .........
Definitely not mine...but I still love her for all her imperfections...
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It sounds as if you need to nail down specifically what you want to do, with a budget. As mentioned a Bahama crossing has WAY more requirement/capability than just a Loop boat.

The Loop canals have either a 16 or a 19' max height clearance. That limits how high you can be for boat size to do the loop.

If you're happy being weatherbound more it opens up more options for lesser sea keeping ability. (And price).
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FF brings up a great point. What books have you read to date about your dream? Many here might have some great suggestions for reading material that can get you started in the right direction.

The first two that come to my mind are:

Chapmans:
https://www.amazon.com/Chapman-Pilot...and+seamanship

Nigel Calder:
https://www.amazon.com/Boatowners-Me...sap_bc?ie=UTF8
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It sounds as if you need to nail down specifically what you want to do, with a budget. As mentioned a Bahama crossing has WAY more requirement/capability than just a Loop boat.
Oh horse hockey!

It's only 50 miles to Bimini from Fort Lauderdale.

On good days people have crossed on Wave Runners.

The smallest boat I've crossed in and continued on into the Bahamas with was a 24' long outboard powered boat.

Almost every "loop boat" could manage it just fine with a little basic planning and an eye on the weather.
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