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Old 09-16-2016, 03:35 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by FootballFan View Post
As someone who has chartered quite a bit over the years, my observation is that there are not that many options for charters on the East coast. Not nearly as many as 5 years ago.

Have heard several different factors have driven this. Plenty of small run abouts, under 25'. Not that many that you would charter and spend a few days on.

Just my experience.

You're right.

But without looking.......

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Old 09-16-2016, 04:19 PM   #22
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There are actually a few charters in the Charleston area. Only one I know of that has a boat similar to what he's looking for. Might be one of the boat swapping and renting things would have something.

Several on Maybe for the first season, before you ship it. However, doesn't take many rentals to more than equal cost of shipping.

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Old 09-18-2016, 12:43 AM   #23
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Yeah I looked into that and it just doesn't interest us. It's expensive, we'd have to book a long ways out, and it's we wouldn't have the freedom that we want. Once we got the boat to Charleston, we may like it so much that we leave it down there for years and who knows where we would end up. We could do numerous small 3 day trips.

Maybe after a couple of years we would want a break and we'd then ship the boat back to the lake. Moving the boat once every couple of years seems to make more sense.
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Old 09-18-2016, 01:22 AM   #24
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Steve, I've read all the posts, and I hear what you are saying, but can't help thinking that now while your children are young and quite small, the trailer boat solution is one not to be overlooked, as one or two others have mentioned. They are quite roomy, and the ability to take them anywhere you want is a real boon, especially as they can be used as a camper trailer on the way, and the kids love that. When ours were little we solved you same dilemma with the boat in this picture, but if sailing is not your gig, the Ranger Tug series, as one poster mentioned could also be an excellent option. Then later on, when the kids are older, (read also bigger), and privacy more important, one could buy the bigger moored type of boat when you are more sure where you really want it.
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Old 09-18-2016, 06:43 AM   #25
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Well Steve, it would seem like you have your minds made up already on an aft cabin and therefore the only option is to remove the bridge to transport. As you can see on my avatar I have a very small bridge station with a railing, bimini, seats and helm station and had to remove everything on the top when I bought it and transported it to get to just over 13ft. It took a day at each end for disassembly and assembly and with me helping the shipwright it still cost over $2,000 when all was done. A large aft cabin would be much more difficult and more expensive. I would personally find a solution in a boat that is on one level or a raised pilothouse at best but good luck with whatever you decide to do. BTW, I boat with a lot of people with young kids and aft cabins and some find it a PITA climbing up and down the ladder to get to the swim platform for the kids, and even worse for pets. Just a thought.
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Old 09-18-2016, 08:02 AM   #26
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Aft Cabin Carver 32

Given your desire and just as importantly budget, you only have two options.

1 Get a trailerable boat like a four winns Vista 278 aft cabin with closed cooling system for salt water.

2 Get Carver 32 aft cabin with closed cooling system and leave it in charleston. You do not want to deal with bridge take down and reinstall. It will cost more than the boat with transportation cost, stuff will be damaged and wont work.

Ive owned 18 starcraft, 20 crest, 21 Ebbtide, 22 Renken, 23 Stingray, 27 Four Winns Vista Aft Cabin, 3207 Carver and now 4207 Carver Aft Cabin.

Or 2 boats

Option 1 fits all your needs.

Let us know what you do!

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