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Old 12-10-2015, 05:49 PM   #21
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You may want to narrow down to a sun deck, Taiwanese build boat. Many options out there and some have a aft master and lots of room in the 40 ft range. Our first boat was a 40 ft Labelle, which would be a good loop boat and coastal cruiser.


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Old 12-10-2015, 07:36 PM   #22
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I may want to check out "Jenny", another Bristol trawler that was repowered and updated. It is owned by a TF member and it is in Jacksonville, Fl area (if still available). I saw it on the hard when the present owner had it hauled when he first bought it a couple of years ago. I believe he had it listed on TF classified ads.
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:01 PM   #23
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Lots of good advice above as always. I was in the same boat as you are, but further along. I retire in 21 days and have been a livaboard since Oct 2013.


Fist get to know what options you and the admiral want. It would appear you have started this. Make a list. Go and no-go. As stated visit YW A LOT! Visit brokers in your area and get an idea what works and doesn't work. Attend boat shows and walk boats that fit your list. When you are ready to buy, the hardest urge is not to get too emotional about any boat. Be willing to WALK AWAY! When you and the Admiral look at a specific boat and you both look at each other and say "WOW" then you have just found your boat. Then process took us two years. We are very happy with our boat and it fulfilled every item on our list except one. No davit crane. Go forth, and look and look some more, but most of all have some fun......
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:28 PM   #24
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Honestly, that's not the same at all. You had a lower helm if you needed it. You had walk around decks with rails. You probably had twins. You were probably on a "Classic" with two easy sets of steps rather than ladder. And planning to call for help if there's wind - that's not a plan in my book.


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I had twins and singles. I had classics and motor yachts. Yes I had walk arounds. At least on the GBs. Other boats, no. Really only used the lower helm if there was something wrong with the upper.

Calling for dock help is not a plan!?

I agree the boat in question might be a bit tough to dock single handed at a side tie slip but it wouldn't be bad in a back situation.
Would other styles be easier? Sure. Could this boat be made to work pretty easily with modifications? Absolutely.
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Old 12-10-2015, 10:21 PM   #25
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We don't need no stinkin' "flybridge." (Flying bridges were traditionally a place for observation and not where the helmsman was located.) ... Having the helmsman's position a step from deck-level, close to dock-level, makes single-handed docking easiest.



Flybridge? We ain't got no flybridge. We don't need no flybridge! I don't have to show you any stinkin' flybridge!
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Old 12-11-2015, 01:12 AM   #26
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A boat with out a flybridge, is like a day without sunshine.

I mean really, who the heck wants to drive around in their living room all the time!?
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This one looks perfect, might have to bump the budget up a little. I am not ready to make the jump yet but this sure hits on all points !
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A boat with out a flybridge, is like a day without sunshine.

I mean really, who the heck wants to drive around in their living room all the time!?
With temperatures in the fifties, it was much more comfortable today to be in a fully-enclosed pilothouse instead of a flying bridge.

Besides, my saloon (living room) is separate, and three feet below, from the pilothouse.
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Old 12-12-2015, 10:57 PM   #29
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A boat with out a flybridge, is like a day without sunshine.

I mean really, who the heck wants to drive around in their living room all the time!?
Me too It's cold up here and all that extra height and weight up top is just additional windage and a heavier roll in a beam sea. If I was in a warm and sunny climate I would probably feel different about it though...
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With temperatures in the fifties, it was much more comfortable today to be in a fully-enclosed pilothouse instead of a flying bridge.

Besides, my saloon (living room) is separate, and three feet below, from the pilothouse.
OK, so you're riding around in your den.
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OK, so you're riding around in your den.
That's ideal.

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