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Old 07-02-2014, 02:47 PM   #21
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8kw generator, basically not a large one, as the eastern Caribbean does not require air conditioning.

Master stateroom that gets ventilation at anchor, either a bow stateroom with a hatch or a Grand Banks type trawler with a hatch over the aft cabin.
Not sure I'd agree with those. While it's breezy down there. It's also hot often. So while some could live without A/C, many could not.

Plus there is as you mention the issue of good ventilation. While many trawlers may have it, there is the issue of security while getting it.

Many trawlers have windows and hatches you can open to get good cross ventilation. But then you have to deal with the issue of how do you go about keeping some one out of your boat, especially at night, while having everything open to the breeze?

An 8kw genset can handle 2 or even 3 A/C units plus some other light A/C loads as well. So you don't need a large Genset to be able to have on board A/C. Especially at night when you A/C loads would lower.
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:10 PM   #22
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You may want to consider a Hatteras 42 Long Range Cruiser. Typically powered by twin Detroit 4-53's. Tough, beautiful, great resale. May be initially higher than you are looking for as far as initial investment is concerned. Great boats.
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To add more info.....if you are good with mechanical work and also handy in general there are some great deals on Grand Banks 42 Classics out there. A great boat with the Ford 120 engine. They will take you to the Caribbean and back. Reasonable fuel consumption considering the benefits of twin engines. Also a fine Bahamas/ICW/Keys cruiser with comfortable bed, good shower, excellent original quality. Since they are getting old now how they have been taken care of is of great importance. And if you can find one with a single, jump on it!
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:40 PM   #24
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Plus there is as you mention the issue of good ventilation. While many trawlers may have it, there is the issue of security while getting it.

Many trawlers have windows and hatches you can open to get good cross ventilation. But then you have to deal with the issue of how do you go about keeping some one out of your boat, especially at night, while having everything open to the breeze?
On Bay Pelican we installed removable bars (1" stainless tubing") on the salon windows so that we can leave the windows open when we sleep. This allows us to open the sliding windows approximately 14". The hatch over our bed has a bar that we can leave in place - padlocked- to cool off the boat during the day. At night for sleeping we remove the bar.

Running the generator for air conditioning is out of our price range. Diesel is $5 US per US gallon or approximately $5 per hour to sleep. Only trawler I am aware of that did this at anchor in the eastern Caribbean was a Hatteras with the lower level main cabin aft of the engines. No choice in that case.

With a hatch over our berth and on hot nights and a 12 volt fan we are fine, although we do not even need a sheet over us while sleeping. Temperature in the stateroom is approximately 78 degrees Fahrenheit (25.5C).
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