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Old 04-26-2016, 09:37 AM   #21
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Very Good Advice....and greatly appreciated.

I lurk a-lot here trying to pick up on things to keep me out of trouble when the time comes. I am going to Anacortes at the end of May to poke around. That show will be my first venture. I hope it will be helpful.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:46 AM   #22
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If I were looking for a liveaboard boat, I'd want the ability to use household type furniture (at least one lounge chair) in the salon.
Great point!
That's one of the main amenities that sold us on Otter.
It has a helm chair, love seat, table, and 2 other chairs that are all mobile within the Saloon.
We've already changed up the configuration a few times depending on how many (or maybe none) guests we have on board.

Incidentally, that's the same Broker in La Conner that we purchased Otter through.
Very nice people to work with.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:58 AM   #23
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Mr. I. While perusing boat listings and asking questions is a good thing, at some point you're going to have to start going aboard boats. I would suggest going aboard EVERYTHING you possibly can.

Crusiers, "trawlers", sport fish, sedans, tugs...you name it, go aboard. Do NOT limit yourself to any particular style, make, size or price range (up to a point-set an upper limit of 2X to 3X your current budget as a boat that's too expensive now, may be affordable in 4 or 5 years).

Take photos, make lists and be open minded. What you think you may want could easily change with greater exposure to what's out there, your financial situation and your lifestyle 4 or 5 years down the road.
Great advice . I'm always looking at different boats and getting ideas for our next one . When one enters the marina I always try to at least look from the outside, but not so close to bother anyone . Sometimes people will ask you to come aboard and take a look around other times they won't give you the time of day. Most cruisers we've met like to show off their boats.
To me when I look at smaller boats with a flybridge on the Internet they don't look as good as they do up close in person .
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:00 AM   #24
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Greetings,
Mr. I. While perusing boat listings and asking questions is a good thing, at some point you're going to have to start going aboard boats. I would suggest going aboard EVERYTHING you possibly can.

Crusiers, "trawlers", sport fish, sedans, tugs...you name it, go aboard. Do NOT limit yourself to any particular style, make, size or price range (up to a point-set an upper limit of 2X to 3X your current budget as a boat that's too expensive now, may be affordable in 4 or 5 years).

Take photos, make lists and be open minded. What you think you may want could easily change with greater exposure to what's out there, your financial situation and your lifestyle 4 or 5 years down the road.
Yup, sooner or later internet shopping best give way to the reality of walking the docks.
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Greetings,

Crusiers, "trawlers", sport fish, sedans, tugs...you name it, go aboard. Do NOT limit yourself to any particular style, make, size or price range (up to a point-set an upper limit of 2X to 3X your current budget as a boat that's too expensive now, may be affordable in 4 or 5 years).

Take photos, make lists and be open minded. What you think you may want could easily change with greater exposure to what's out there, your financial situation and your lifestyle 4 or 5 years down the road.


[QUOTE=Drake;436693]Great advice![/QUOTE

+1. I'll use Walts favorite .. "Can't agree more".
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:35 AM   #26
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The reason people make the wrong decision and wind up unsatisfied with their boat is they didn't actually get on and inspect enough boats before buying.


How do you know what features you will want if you don't look and see what is available. WEB surfing just wont do the job like time on boats.


Sine your plan is some time off who not charter a few boats with instruction and really see what it is all about.
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Older sportfishers in the 45 to 50 foot range are a great bang for the bucks. The engines are usually to big and to "jacked up" for what most folks here want and they are out of style and not fast enough for what the sportfisher market wants. They have huge cockpits (in general) that make great lounge areas in decent weather. The tuna door, if it has one, is at dock level normally. The salon is big enough to actually be usefull and they usually have a nice "owners" cabin and guest bunks. Most will have a 15 kw gen, or there abouts, and plenty of AirCon. The biggest detracting factor is most are just not worth a lot on the market.
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