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Old 02-14-2016, 12:52 PM   #61
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1. Aluminum
2. Easy solo
3. Old school engine (bullet proof so far) Perkins 4-236
4. Engine room easy access and enough room.
5. Sea chest
I could go on but suffice to say the Spartans of old would like her.
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Old 02-14-2016, 01:07 PM   #62
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Boredom.

I needed to either find another boat to resurrect or I would likely drink myself dead on this job.

So now I'm still drinking myself dead, but I'm not bored doing it.
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Old 02-14-2016, 01:11 PM   #63
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...Men buy boats that make them feel manly...
Yes, yes we do. (Insert Tim Allen's arr-arr-arr cave man noise here from "Home Improvement.")
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Old 02-14-2016, 01:17 PM   #64
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best compromise of everything I want in a boat.
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Old 02-14-2016, 01:39 PM   #65
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Tired

I was tired of shopping for boats in PNW for 2-3 years.
Yachtworld, emails & calls to broker I was working with.
Multiple trips to Seattle, Anacortes, Nanaimo, Sidney, Port Orchard, Bellingham, etc, etc from Galveston, Texas

Saw lots of great boats that I would have been happy with...BUT...I was looking for the "Perfect" boat that fit ALL my projected (dreamed up) needs.

Finally I got tired and realized I "needed" a boat by this spring or it was going to be another year before I could start my adventure and I'm getting to the age that you just don't say "wait until next year" lightly.
Choosing a Good boat which will get me going rather than waiting for the perfect boat became the main idea.

Actually realize that this may be the perfect boat once I start using it or it may be the totally wrong boat...we'll see but I needed a boat to get where I want to be. I think I got a pretty good one.

Ironically...still "shopping" for boats...just not looking to buy one right now.
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Old 02-14-2016, 02:09 PM   #66
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Old 02-14-2016, 02:11 PM   #67
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Old 02-14-2016, 02:50 PM   #68
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I should add that Ann's requirements and mine were in complete alignment, we shopped for, selected, and bought the boat together. We never argued once in the process; after years of bareboat chartering, we knew what we were looking for as a team.

I suppose I could have just as easily said "quality" because virtually every aspect of the boat exuded it, but that's a bit too vague. We were buying a boat to both cruise extensively inshore and off, and to serve as our only residence for several years; so "boat as boat" and "boat as house", thus the term "ergonomics" applied to both as well.
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Old 02-14-2016, 03:54 PM   #69
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Ironically...still "shopping" for boats...just not looking to buy one right now.
We will always be "shopping", at least observing and looking. We like boats and like looking at new ones. Was just checking out on their facebook and web pages the new OA 70 (actually should be called a 65). They've got it at the Miami Yacht Show. Built at the Merritt Island plant. Their previous smallest boat was 72'. Could perhaps a 60 be in their plans?
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Old 02-14-2016, 04:01 PM   #70
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Yes!

The boat needs to meet all your other criteria, but the single most important thing is that it needs to make you smile when you look at it. Every time I leave the boat, I stop and look back and think "YES!" If you're considering a boat and it doesn't make you want to turn around for one last look, keep walking.

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Very nice said. I like the YES ! every time you leave your boat.
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Old 02-14-2016, 05:47 PM   #71
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Old 02-14-2016, 05:51 PM   #72
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Oh no! Everyone knows "it's not how big it is, but what you do with it" that counts, ask any woman :-) Sorry, couldn't help myself...
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Old 02-14-2016, 05:59 PM   #73
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Oh no! Everyone knows "it's not how big it is, but what you do with it" that counts, ask any woman :-) Sorry, couldn't help myself...
Wifey B: Ummm...
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Old 02-14-2016, 06:06 PM   #74
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Old 02-14-2016, 07:33 PM   #75
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Right one. That was after 20 or so that were not.
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High quality systems, some misses on minor things, no fancy woodwork. A lot thoughtful engineering and design. Not perfect, but what is?
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Wifey B: Ummm...
It ain't the meet its the motion....

that makes my baby wanta rock!!!!
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It ain't the meet its the motion....

that makes my baby wanta rock!!!!
Wifey B: Actually the way I heard it was:

It's not the size of the ship.
It's the motion of the ocean.
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It's not the size of the ship.
It's the motion of the ocean.

"... it's the one that jumps on the top!"
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