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Old 12-14-2015, 05:01 PM   #21
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I know you said trawler but I think your budget is probably a limiting factor here. Have you considered a production express cruiser? Sea Rays, Rinkers, Cruisers, Bayliners from the early 90s and late 80s would approach your price range and the gas I/Os would generally be easier and cheaper to work on provided they are in decent condition. There is a reason these boats depreciate like they do but if you are looking to take the kids out occasionally it will do the trick - not a live aboard or long distance cruising boat though. If live aboard is a necessity than a houseboat would be the best as said above but again would not be a cruising boat other than around the bay/lake.

The other thing to consider - I spent more cash one summer in maintenance and fuel on an old woody chris craft than it would have sold for (and approaching your desired purchase price). Fuel is a variable expense but maintenance is not nor is slip rent (which for liveaboards can approach decent apartment kind of money). If you drop 25-35k on a boat tomorrow do you have 10k coming in over the next 6-12 months to keep it up.
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Old 12-14-2015, 05:38 PM   #22
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Greetings,
Mr. n. Post #18 was in direct response to post #16, NOT a comment on your quest at all. You will soon find that any boat is a compromise. How much and in what areas you will have to compromise is really up to you. I feel confident that if you search enough, a boat will find you (that's usually how it works).
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Old 12-14-2015, 05:42 PM   #23
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Old 12-14-2015, 05:46 PM   #24
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more than likely will be in port isabel tx and loved the video of days gone by
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Old 12-14-2015, 06:14 PM   #25
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Good. Lots and lots of good info on this forum, as well as some very knowledgeable people. You got some very mild hazing, but it was all good humored, and should not deter you from continuing to both look for your boat, and to ask questions.
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Old 12-14-2015, 06:26 PM   #26
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i am thick skin dont let much get to me except for the wife then my skin is awful thin and hers is thinner when i talk about a boat so it all evens out
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:07 PM   #27
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the deck -fluff girls was the most important part of that post were can they be had
In my dreams! lol Good luck to you on your search.
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Old 12-14-2015, 07:31 PM   #28
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Mr. n. "...hers is thinner when i talk about a boat..." Hmmmm....Well, the only constructive suggestion I can give you is she had better be on board regarding a boat purchase or you'll have to fit all the grand kids into a canoe.

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Old 12-15-2015, 10:36 AM   #29
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as far as the wife i tell her i will be her captain and you will be my beautiful sea hag
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Old 12-15-2015, 10:52 AM   #30
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as far as the wife i tell her i will be her captain and you will be my beautiful sea hag
You do like to live life on the edge don't you
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Old 12-15-2015, 11:44 AM   #31
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You got some very mild hazing, but it was all good humored, and should not deter you from continuing to both look for your boat, and to ask questions.
Remind me not to tick this crowd off.......
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as far as the wife i tell her i will be her captain and you will be my beautiful sea hag
Oh, I get it now. This is a boat for just YOU to live on. Got it!

For your money, buy a houseboat off of craigslist. You can find them under your price range with plenty of room. I have a friend who is considering the same thing. She's single and likes boats, so she figures she could live on one. Doesn't want to go anywhere, so really it just needs to float. You can find those real cheap.
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Old 12-15-2015, 11:23 PM   #33
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Old 12-18-2015, 01:21 AM   #34
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hello when a ad says boat has been refitted for x amount of dollars what does that excatly mean
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Old 12-18-2015, 06:36 AM   #35
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hello when a ad says boat has been refitted for x amount of dollars what does that excatly mean
Exactly? It doesn't mean much. Could mean the seller was catching up on deferred maintenance. Could also be modernization. In some cases, an owner has turned his boat into a hobby shop. Some boats on YW with statements like that were the refits of 15 years or more ago. When you see statements like that, the seller is often trying to justify a higher price than market for his boat. IMHO, the ad should be ignored as far as the past refit expenditures go. What is more important is the current condition of the boat and what additional refits are required and how the boat is priced in terms of similar boats in similar conditions. A buyers broker should be able to tell you what similar boats sell for and your surveyor will also give you an estimate of value if you get that far.
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hello when a ad says boat has been refitted for x amount of dollars what does that excatly mean
It usually means they scooped the oil sludge out of the bilge and added some colour coordinated throw cushions.
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The boat Newbie is looking for may be found on the rivers. Whether St. Louis, Louisville or Nashville. Or the large TX inland lakes. Something like a Trojan 44 gasser.
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It means nothing. Maybe they spent money on quality refurbishments, maybe they went to Home Depot and got a pile of masonite and a can of paint, maybe they spent it on a certified inferior decorator to pick the aforementioned throw cushions.

Now if it says "Engine(s) rebuilt in 20XX with XXX hours since, detailed receipts available", that could mean the engine(s) may actually be in decent shape. Only a survey will tell though, because there are numerous stories where the certified mechanic used the wrong parts during said rebuild and at XXXX the thing blew up, again.
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hello once again are wooden hulls as bad some people write about seems like lot of nice ones out there from reading seems like you have to pull them once a year to do what erver to them but they are some nice ones out there also is the fiber over the wood hulls ok thanks sam
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@newbe. Where are you thinking about boating? What body of water? River, lake, sounds, inter coastal, oceans?

It makes a HUGE difference in what type of boat would work to satisfy you.
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