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Old 10-14-2015, 05:09 PM   #21
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Anything you can trailer will likely feel like camping. Sounds like she won't be happy with that scenario.
Well actually another option is to buy a camper and do the Good sam club type camping.

I was pleasantly surprised last year, when I rented a camper. The wife, myself and the two dogs took a little weekend trip and She had a lot of fun. I took her shopping at some thrift stores, her favorite kind.

We plan to visit the Houston Boat show in January, and try some trawlers on for size
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Old 10-14-2015, 05:56 PM   #22
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I have thought of just chucking it all. Leaving her and getting on the potter and sailing off, but the fact that I'd miss her and all she does for me and the pleasures of doing for her, is what keeps me here.
Then there is the little matter of the wedding vow.

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Old 10-18-2015, 07:11 PM   #23
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Then there is the little matter of the wedding vow.

"... for better or worse, unless it proves inconvenient..."
We didn't take that vow, since we wrote our own vows, which I have forgotten. I'm sticking with her as I am a romantic. I need her and she seems to want me around.
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Old 10-18-2015, 08:02 PM   #24
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I'm not going to suggest a particular brand, but maybe a change in your tactics. Take her to marinas and boat shows and look at a LOT of boats. Have her tell you what she likes and dislikes about each one. Pretty soon she'll realize that if she really wants a boat with more "likes" than "dislikes", she's probably going to have to step up with her $50K spending limit.


At least at that point it will be HER decision not yours. Remember......


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Old 10-21-2015, 08:41 PM   #25
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We tow an Albin-25 (no sail rig) with an old 1993 Dodge 250 Diesel. It cost $7000 7 years ago. The Cummins engine is bullet proof. The rest of the truck does cost significant $$$ for maintenance, but that is to be expected. A newer truck chassis with essentially the same motor would cost several times $7000.


I love that Dutch barge with leeboards (most of my sailboats had leeboards) however, you ain't going to tow that vessel anywhere on a truck/trailer you can afford.


Regarding between the lines about your wife, I don't believe there exists a trailerable trawler in which she would be comfortable. Sorry; just being frank.
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Old 10-22-2015, 07:34 AM   #26
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There just happens to be an Albin 25 for sail near me

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Regarding between the lines about your wife, I don't believe there exists a trailerable trawler in which she would be comfortable. Sorry; just being frank.
We went camping in one of these

, we had fun.

Frank, we'll see if she'll do what she says.
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Old 10-22-2015, 08:15 AM   #27
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First off, welcome aboard.

You do sound like an incurable romantic, for which your wife should be grateful. Not many of us left around.

Next, top me it sounds more like an "the right tool for the job" equation.

Not that it can't or hasn't been done, but the Great Loop and Cruising the Caribe, seems like two different kinds of cruising with differing requirements for each boat.

If you want to do the loop first, do the loop.
See how well the bride acclimates to longer periods underway in a smaller vessel?

Once that's done, if you want to head to the Caribbean or ????, find something that suits your needs (size, comfort, safety, range, etc.) and upgrade.

As far as the truck, you really don't "need" a diesel to pull most things under 28'. Most big block gassers will do just fine. The problem is, the fuel efficiency. While nothing will be "efficient" in this situation, the gasser will probably double the consumption or close to it, to do the same job. Now you have to factor in the cost of fuel in your area and see where it ends up.

The diesel will do the job with less effort than the gasser, and engine life will likely be double that of most gassers and then some. That said, there is more maintenance on a diesel than a gas engine, so additional cost.

In the end, it's all a trade off.

How often and how far are you going to tow?
What weight will you be towing?
Flat land or mountains?

If you can round up an older 7.3 diesel or the dodge as mentioned above, the price tag "should" be more reasonable, and both will do the job admirably. May not be the best looking things on the road, but you never know, and if you're handy, body work isn't all that bad.

My buddy bought a 7.3 Ford quad cab in very nice condition, with less than 160k on the clock, for 9k and change.
The guy used it to tow their travel trailer and that was it.
The last tow he made was to Florida to stay. Said he wasn't leaving again, and if he did, would not be taking the trailer, and no longer needed or wanted the truck.

That rig is probably good for at least 250-300k before even starting to think of doing more than general maintenance. 160k is barely broken in for most diesels. That on most gassers is a much different story.

My buddy's still using it today to pull his boats around and as a DD.
So look around, the deals are out there.

All the best

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We went to the boat show in Kemah. Now the wife suggests that I cruise with out her. She'll meet up with me from time to time in which ever port I'm in.

Now to find a boat she'll want to visit and I want to sail.
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Maybe someone can find the link to the Youtube vids made by Sackman1. He uploaded a series of 10 vids of his solo trip down the ICW without his wife. My wife and adult son think they are the most boring vids ever. I loved them.
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Buy her a silk hammock and just go...
Buy mine and hang the hammock from the roof in the shade with the ceiling fan above . Forget towing it though . It's already on the loop and ready to go .
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