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Old 11-03-2011, 06:11 PM   #21
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RE: Blue Water Boat Ride ???

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My list was for newer builds. Unfortunately the great Willards made today are for government issue only. It would be great fun to tour their new build facility.
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Old 11-04-2011, 09:15 AM   #22
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It would be beneficial if you went to a Trawler Fest, actually go on different trawler and took some courses offered.* There are very few true Blue Water boats and they usually have a higher price.* Also take a walk through the commercial and pleasure yards so you can see what is under the water line which is equally/more important than what is above the water line. The looks of a boats super structure is not an indicator its a blue water boat.* **
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A fantail/trawler/rounded stern is many respects are similar to canoe stern. The wave/water passes under and around the*stern without much resistance. Viewed from below the water line they have many similarities.* The advantage of a fantail/trawler/rounded stern is having wide stern deck. So there are + asmd - for each.
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95% of the pleasure boat are not blue water boats, but 95% of boaters are not blue water boaters.* So make sure you know what your intended area and use are and then decided the kind of boat that fits the area and intended use.* We happen to own a 58 ft ugly slow Roughwater trawler designed long range coastal blue water.* However we are*not blue water boaters, but it does make a great dock condo also.*There are off brands pleasure boats out there but you have to search them out.* You might want to also*look at*commercial boats that have been converted and/or could be converted.

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Old 11-04-2011, 10:18 AM   #23
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RE: Blue Water Boat Ride ???

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If a vessel is in excellent condition it dos'nt matter if it's a "newer build". And 30 years ago they may have made vessels of a design no longer available *...perhaps a highly desirable design *..like a Willard. BUT, in your defense most people do'nt keep their boats up so ther'es a great deal of junk out there but there are many gems too. I've seen some recently on YachtWorld. And since lots of people think only newer things can be any good often these older gems can be a better buy than "newer builds". Only a very serious survey can reveal what boats are gems and each of the boat's owners need to be in the frame of mind that total maintenance is just the cost of doing business. But in view of the fact that most people just keep their heads above water maintenance wise you are probably right about excluding "older builds". I stand down.
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For those that are interested there is a thread on canoe sterns v/s transom sterns on Boat Design.net. It's in the powerboat section and has 13 posts at this time. So before you add a pointy end to your stern *.....

http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/pow...ncy-40407.html
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