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Old 05-20-2015, 09:16 PM   #21
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I could get my dreamboat for a lot less than a million. Unfortunately, my ex admiral cost a lot more than a $million.
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:19 PM   #22
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I could get my dreamboat for a lot less than a million. Unfortunately, my ex admiral cost a lot more than a $million.

Ouch. My condolences.
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:04 PM   #23
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A KK, though beautiful is a couple's boat.
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Whoa - I missed the memo. Oh well, I guess I'll have to be the exception.

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Old 05-21-2015, 12:26 AM   #24
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Doubt a boat with quadruple the space and price would return anything near quadruple the enjoyment for two people.





Besides, a much larger boat introduces negatives such as higher operating/maintenance costs and less likelihood of single-handed handling.
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:55 AM   #25
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While the big KKs and NH in the megabuck price range are nice boats you all should note that those with the chips are not all thrilled with the big bulky trawler types. My two cents; boats like the big KK and NH have relatively narrow use sweet spots. Perhaps if you had the $ and were used to spending on big tag items you might become more applicative of other options. Best not to lust for a boat but to try an honest match of use pattern to design and abilities of a boat. I believe it is in reality a lot easier to say that then actually do it.
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Old 05-21-2015, 02:29 AM   #26
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As the new owner of a "big bulky trawler" I should probably throw in my 2 cents.

I agree that the "sweet spot" for these boats is fairly narrow. I have no doubt that when it comes time to sell Stillwater it will take a while to find the right buyer. I am hoping that this will be a long time in the future. I read a lot about trawlers before my purchase - the common theme was "buy a boat that fits your needs now and not what you think you might possibly do one day in the future." Along similar lines I read "don't buy a boat designed to cross oceans if you're not going to cross oceans." I still think that is good advice.

In my case, I spent the last 15 years with a sailboat. I have taken her up and down the California coast, much of the time single handing. When I moved to a trawler I wanted a boat that I could do the same thing with. I wanted a boat that could take anything the California coast could throw at it. Additionally, I wanted a boat that I could comfortably live aboard long term. I have no desire to get places quickly - for me it's as much about the journey as the destination. I am already single handing my KK54 and plan to do much more unless I happen to meet someone else who wants to do it with me. This coming weekend I'll be single handing her out of the Golden Gate and up to Drakes Bay (Point Reyes). I was there on the trip down from Alaska last month - and was the only boat in the entire bay - that's a treat in itself.

I'm sure that it's not for everyone - or many people at all. If you plan to stay in protected waters then I'm sure there are better choices. However, my trip from Alaska to San Francisco reinforced that for me it's the right boat. It's not so much about "quadruple the enjoyment" or "quadruple the space," it's more about the right boat for me. Coming from a sailing background and with my usage that meant sea-keeping ability trumped all else.

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Old 05-21-2015, 02:58 AM   #27
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Sorry I would have to pass on that boat. Insufficient support for the anchor platform and too much freeboard.
To say nothing of the fact that it's an awful lot of money to pay for the privilege of creeping around like a glacier in a displacement boat.. The formula in my math book is "more money equals more speed."
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Old 05-21-2015, 05:28 AM   #28
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I'd buy you a K car, a nice Reliant automobile.
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Old 06-06-2015, 05:54 PM   #29
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Whoa - I missed the memo. Oh well, I guess I'll have to be the exception.
Point taken.

Still, in my view a boat as large as yours to be maintained, kept clean, upgraded, etc. well, I'd want help. Let me restate: "For me although wonderful, a KK is too large."

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