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Old 06-22-2014, 07:25 PM   #41
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Thanks for the comments and suggestions: First off, Hi to Bay Pelican; we met in Rodney Bay in '10 and I think the wives got together for one of their liquid lunches.

Yes, coming from a LH, I like the idea of somewhat overbuilt. Last time we crossed the Mona, we waited a week for a decent window and still got slammed around. Bad enough in a LH, not sure what it would have been like in one of the boats we are discussing here. Traveling between Caribbean islands, our go-no go for the LH was 6' seas or higher, and sometimes I even got that wrong by a few feet. (never in my favor)

As to KK's, been on a 48, and it would do well, but for headroom. I could live with it, but uncomfortable. Few 3SR KK48's. My LH has more headroom in the saloon. Forget about the LH engine "room" however. Will check out the O.A's on line.

And N47 suggests the N55, which can do everything, but looks quite tall. And draws more than I would care for... Just the same, I could probably live with the N55 negatives. Some friends of mine recently sold their N55, so I will see what they have to say about it.

Greg the 55 draws about the same as your LH but the rudder is skeg hung and the prop is well protected. The 57 and 62 draw a little less. Headroom won't be a problem except for the stairways on any of these boats. The 57 has a big engine room, the 62 does not. The 55 can vary. The 57/62 are long legged passage makers straight out of the beebe mold. The 55 is a better condo. Hydraulics were an option on the 55 and added around ten percent to the cost. There are a lot of stairs on a 55 and the stairwells are on the narrow side (good in a seaway). The 57/62 will remind you more of the LH, the 55 has incredible space and volume for her waterline. As you know all boats are a compromise.


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Old 06-22-2014, 10:07 PM   #42
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No one mentioned the Ducks... Full displacement, fuel sipper, tough. Steel, with today's coatings and anti-corrosion systems is a whole new ball game than 20yrs ago. For the money mentioned, that would buy one hell of a Duck, huge with every bell and whistle imaginable. Semi-indestructible.
You beat me to mentioning Diesel Ducks. Seahorse's website is, SEAHORSE MARINE

The 462 model has a sedan version as well as the pilot house only model.

Seahorse and George Buehler, the Diesel Duck designer, are working on a new Duck, a 492, that is three feet longer than the 462 model. The 462 is 51 LOA feet and the 492 will be 53 LOA. The 492 will have two state rooms, one aft and one forward with queen size beds.

The 492 is not mentioned on the Seahorse website but it was being discussed at the May Trawler Fest and the keel for hull #1 is being laid now/soon.

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Old 06-23-2014, 12:31 PM   #43
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Side note: I am 6'5"+.
I forgot to mention that a design point on some of the larger Diesel Ducks is to try to keep 80 inches of height in the boat. Being 6.5 is going to be pushing 80 inches that is for sure.

One person getting a Duck is 6.2 and I think the only place he has a problem with height is the aft shower on the 462. I have heard that the aft shower height had been improved in the 492 model which also has a stand alone shower forward. Not sure of the height in that forward shower.

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Would it be frowned upon to subvert this thread using a witty quip in the neighborhood of converting from the sophistication of a snooty white wine drunk from plastic cups poured out of a box?

After all, there is a huge social jump, even into a trawler. Are you prepared to change your registered party? What about having to learn the navigation rules? Truly, there is a lot to prepare for, the least of which is the choice of vessel.

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Will have to lose the hat and shave the beard too. And start tipping.


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thanks,
I think both the 57 and the 62 came with a bulbous bow, but PAI has moved away. mixed reviews on them.
sounds like you are less enamored w the 55, despite the living space. I am not fond of stairs.
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