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Old 05-26-2011, 02:00 PM   #1
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Major renovations?

Just thinking crazy here.......or maybe not........

Is it possible to take a trawler, like a grand banks, or similar with an aft cabin down and cut off the roof and build a new salon at deck level?* Something like this would likely cost $50kish?* Would the boat be too "top heavy"?
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:17 PM   #2
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RE: Major renovations?

You'd be better off buying a Grand Banks Europa. All the work is done, and all you'll have time for now is varnishing. The Europa would likely keep it's value better than a custom conversion.

But to answer your question, I don't think it would necessarily be top heavy.
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Old 05-26-2011, 05:50 PM   #3
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RE: Major renovations?

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You'd be better off buying a Grand Banks Europa.
******* Agreed!
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RE: Major renovations?

** I know of a fellow that did just that to an old wooden Grand Banks, I think it was a 42? It was a hell of a lot work but turned out nice.
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:49 AM   #5
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Resale , zero!
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:11 AM   #6
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RE: Major renovations?

Add weight up top, add ballast to counteract. Raise waterline, raise thru-hulls near waterline. More power needed, less speed, more fuel, change prop. JMHO
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RE: Major renovations?

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1991.../United-States

Sounds like you would be a good candidate for a nice custom trawler.

Take a look at this Beauty.

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Old 05-27-2011, 01:40 PM   #8
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RE: Major renovations?

Everything is possible.

The real question is does it make sense to undertake such a project when there are so many boats for sale that would fit your needs...

I always thought that messing with a boat's design was a bit like messing with mother nature: you're never sure what the end result will be and more ofter than not it bites you in the a**.
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