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Old 07-08-2017, 05:45 PM   #161
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We are on the hunt for that small trawler. Agree with the guy who said buy as small as you can live on. We have watched people for years buy larger only to spend less time traveling for various reasons usually somehow related to going bigger. But it a personal choice too.
After buying other boats, I can say that making out a list of needs, must haves, wants (but not deal breakers) and sticking to that list helped us tremendously. Sticking to that list also requires not getting emotional like someone else said. It is a lot easier to love a boat after you have bought it, if it met your list.
So all of that said, anyone know of a small trawler for sale anywhere close to Florida? We have our list ready to check ! ( smile)
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Old 07-08-2017, 06:21 PM   #162
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I'm pondering selling my Atlantic 30 and going to a 36 twin cabin. Wife has trouble with ladders. Has galley down, volvo tamd40b with around 1500 hrs, westerbeke genny-1600 hrs, 30 amp service, a/c, navcom a/p, windless, flybridge, older Garmins, lower helm, 30 holding with Y valve, VHF radios, 50 gal water, 200 gal diesel. 6 to 8 knot cruise with 600 mile range. Good bones-needs paint. 35K. Located in South Louisiana-delivery possible(I love to cruise). PM me if interested, I'm a computer dummy.
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:45 PM   #163
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We are on the hunt for that small trawler. Agree with the guy who said buy as small as you can live on. We have watched people for years buy larger only to spend less time traveling for various reasons usually somehow related to going bigger. But it a personal choice too.
After buying other boats, I can say that making out a list of needs, must haves, wants (but not deal breakers) and sticking to that list helped us tremendously. Sticking to that list also requires not getting emotional like someone else said. It is a lot easier to love a boat after you have bought it, if it met your list.
So all of that said, anyone know of a small trawler for sale anywhere close to Florida? We have our list ready to check ! ( smile)
To me deciding on a boat is much like a major systems or consulting project and the place one always starts is by defining requirements as you describe. If you don't define your requirements clearly and separate wants from must haves and don't like from deal killers, then you have nothing against which to compare boats. To do requirements also requires you determining how you intend to use the boat. The businessman side of me led to developing spreadsheets on which we compared against our requirements and actually gave each board a score. When looking at major software in business we considered an 85 to 90% a good score and 95% almost miraculous. However, we knew at 85 to 90% match to our requirements and no serious drop dead misses, we could find ways to work on the other 10 to 15%.

Also when doing serious looking, I've found the first phase after defining your requirements is eliminating a lot of boats. You find those that just have a serious shortcoming. Some things are very important to some people and not to others.
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Old 07-11-2017, 07:52 PM   #164
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In my search for a boat, would a Toyota 4Runner pull an R23? Or will this be search for a ICW boat and a tow vehicle? Dry weight is 5,000 and 4Runner's limit is 5,000. I have electric breaks. Is this just wishful thinking?
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Better have really good trailer brakes as well as a vehicle that can easily pull the load. I'd prefer electric brakes... surge brakes at the least
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:03 PM   #166
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In my search for a boat, would a Toyota 4Runner pull an R23? Or will this be search for a ICW boat and a tow vehicle? Dry weight is 5,000 and 4Runner's limit is 5,000. I have electric breaks. Is this just wishful thinking?
Please don't even consider towing a boat who's dry weight equals your vehicles rated tow capacity!

To the dry weight you need to add the weight of fuel, water, options (anchor, inboard adds another 300 lbs to the R23, etc.), personal stuff and about 900 lbs for the trailer. Add this all up and your dry weight of 5,000 lbs can easily become 7,000 - 7,500 lbs!

If you haven't been there yet, there is a great Ranger Tugs community at tugnuts.com

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Old 08-17-2017, 12:42 PM   #167
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Currently looking for a boat to cruise Bahamas and Keys plus do a little fishing. Have seen an '87 President 37 Convertible that looks interesting. Has twin Lehmans. Anyone familiar with these boats?
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:58 PM   #168
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Currently looking for a boat to cruise Bahamas and Keys plus do a little fishing. Have seen an '87 President 37 Convertible that looks interesting. Has twin Lehmans. Anyone familiar with these boats?
Welcome aboard!!! You might get a better response if you start a new thread instead piggybacking onto another.

I am familiar with the Presidents. Typical Taiwanese built boat. Nothing particularly wrong with them. But like any boat of that age, it is all a matter of how well it was cared for and you doing your due diligence to determine that. Good luck!!!
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