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Old 02-06-2016, 01:54 PM   #1
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Ocean Alexander 423/456 Questions

My wife and I are thinking of purchasing an OA 423/456, or a Defever 44. A couple of questions for owners:

Have you ever missed not having stabilizers, or if you have stabilizers do you think they were necessary?

These boats (the OAs) are trunk cabin trawlers. I have never spent time on one, but wonder if those that do, miss having a sun deck. The flybridge is large enough to use as a sundeck, but am wondering what those with experience are thinking.

I spent a couple of weeks on a KK48 and enjoyed the verandah. I am wondering if the fly bridge will be a suitable replacement.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts/responses.

Gordon
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Old 02-08-2016, 01:52 PM   #2
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I had a 49' Albin (trunk cabin style) and a 43' Marine Trader (sun deck). It is just my opinion, but to me, the flybridge does not = the sun deck or veranda.

There was always something just very comfortable about stepping out from the salon into a second living area from which you can easily view the marina (anchorage), sunsets and nature.

The flybridge gave us a similar view, but it was not quite so accessible, nor did the flybridge offer the same comforts.
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Old 02-08-2016, 01:55 PM   #3
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Cuttyhunk,

Thanks for the reply. This was my thinking as well. However, recently on a yacht club trip, friends entertained on the flybridge of their OA 423. It was roomy and comfortable, but visiting and living aboard both is a different thing.

Again, thanks for taking the time to write.

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