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Old 05-28-2018, 07:18 PM   #1
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Decisions! Decisions! What Boat to Buy

Hi Y'all my name is rebecca and i am new on here. My partner and i have been looking for the right boat to buy for the last 6 months and ant seem to make a decision. Here is a little info about us and what were looking for.

We live on the West Coast in Vancouver,BC so we get a lot of rain out here. We will be using the boat as a live a board and/or some extended overnight cruising. The boat is for 2 adults and a cat and for 2 extra guest once in awhile if that. Are budget is like $70,000ish and we are looking to buy ASAP.

Looking for opinions of what boat to buy. Right now we have are eye on 1965 Grand Banks 42 Classic in Van. For $68,000 and
1977 Ocean Alexander - $65000 (Richmond, B.C.). Which one would you pick or Neither?
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I would steer clear of the Grand Banks woodie. As a novice boat owner, you probably don't have the skill set to maintain wood.
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If you prefer more cruising and less work, a wooden boat would not be 1st choice.


I would also look for a boat with solid glass decks and Pilot House .


One of the early Gulfstars might work .
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What kind of boat do you have experience with?
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sometimes wood can be a problem
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Sometime fibreglass, steel and aluminum can also be a problem, but there many wooden boats in the lower end of the price spectrum that have sat unloved for far too long.

There are also a few good ones, where the previous owner has invested countless hours and dollars, but it takes a careful & patient buyer to choose the right one.
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Is that GB woody the one at Grand Yachts? If so Robb Butler is a stand up guy and will treat you right.

As far as a wooden boat goes, Western BC and the Pacific Northwest are about the best place in the world to own a woody. The wooden fishing fleet around here keeps the craft alive and well. As has been said in previous posts get a good survey and make sure you have them pull a fastener or two, both for your sense of security and to satisfy the insurance company requirements.

Lots of opinions on wood vs fiberglass on here. With proper maintenance both will treat you well. I like a wooden Grand Banks more than anything else.

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Told my boat would be ideal in the PNW if it had a built-in heater. Nevertheless, its newer. larger cousin, the 38-foot version, has that and much more. Has both-side access to bed in forward cabin for the owners, and washer/dryer and larger refrigerator; so targeted to liveaboards and extended cruisers. ... Their steel hulls are good protection from floating obstacles. ... Lot's of rain? Go for an enclosed helm position. Avoid open flybridges.

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Told my boat would be ideal in the PNW if it had a built-in heater. Nevertheless, its newer. larger cousin, the 38-foot version, has that and much more. Has both-side access to bed in forward cabin for the owners, and washer/dryer and larger refrigerator; so targeted to liveaboards and extended cruisers. ... Their steel hulls are good protection from floating obstacles. ... Lot's of rain? Go for an enclosed helm position. Avoid open flybridges.

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It's twice my boat.
It's also approximately $540,000 Canadian or almost 10x the boats the OP is looking at.
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"Told my boat would be ideal in the PNW if it had a built-in heater."


If you have a std 24 wide range cut out a Dickinson Pacific can easily run for 6 months if you have the diesel on board.
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Sometime fibreglass, steel and aluminum can also be a problem, but there many wooden boats in the lower end of the price spectrum that have sat unloved for far too long.

There are also a few good ones, where the previous owner has invested countless hours and dollars, but it takes a careful & patient buyer to choose the right one.
...and a committed and either talented or rich new owner to maintain that condition.
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Told my boat would be ideal in the PNW if it had a built-in heater. Nevertheless, its newer. larger cousin, the 38-foot version, has that and much more. Has both-side access to bed in forward cabin for the owners, and washer/dryer and larger refrigerator; so targeted to liveaboards and extended cruisers. ... Their steel hulls are good protection from floating obstacles. ... Lot's of rain? Go for an enclosed helm position. Avoid open flybridges.

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We all love our boats and are partial, but whenever the topic of which boat, you always have the answer - yours. And our monthly reminder to not get an open flybridge.
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I would also look for a boat with solid glass decks
What boats have sold glass decks? I didn't think that was normally done.
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It’s under your budget, and a lot of boat for the money. There, I did it again, recommend somebody look a Roughwater.

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"What boats have sold glass decks? I didn't think that was normally done."


In older low cost boats its usually US or Euro boats that are solid glass.


When resin prices went up 300% , the advanced builders started with cored construction. where WHAT ? was used for the core is key to maint.
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We all love our boats and are partial, but whenever the topic of which boat, you always have the answer - yours. And our monthly reminder to not get an open flybridge.


Thank you for saying that. The coot's predictable comments (and others like him who spotlight their own vessel) do nothing to advance the conversation...The world is a bigger place than our own little wheelhouse.
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Hello Rebecca, my name is Eldad and I live in New Jersey. I own a 1994 marine trader aft cabin with Diesel engine. Only 900 hours . Ac ,genarator , rear and bow trusters, refrigerator and new upholstery. She is in very good condition. If this something you would be interested in, you can email me : fivesails@aol. Com or call 2019145462
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