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Old 07-27-2018, 12:56 PM   #1
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Want to know how to find a trawler owner who will rent us a berth for a few days on their live-aboard. We want to evaluate that lifestyle before buying 50-66ft boat

Cheers Robert and Wendy
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Old 07-27-2018, 02:14 PM   #2
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Might try renting a trawler for the weekend or a week. There are charter companies that rent them and have someone walk you through all the systems. It's also possible to charter with a captain if that makes you more comfortable

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Old 07-27-2018, 02:49 PM   #3
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Is your plan to buy a 50 - 60 foot as your first trawler?
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Old 07-27-2018, 03:11 PM   #4
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I’d rent mine to you but we are on opposite coasts!
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Barebones charter in the Carribean over the winter. That should give you a good idea. How much boating experience do you currently have?
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Old 07-29-2018, 05:53 PM   #6
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I don't mean to be rude, but thinking that borrowing, renting, leasing, or visiting, someone else's boat for a short time will give you a taste of ownership is a silly notion. I wish you the best and hope you find an experience that guides you, but buying and owning a boat can't be simulated.
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Old 07-29-2018, 05:57 PM   #7
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but buying and owning a boat can't be simulated.

No, but he could get a little practice by writing a check or two every day.
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Old 07-29-2018, 06:43 PM   #8
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We're pretty new to this forum but are also looking for our first real cruising boat, leaning towards a trawler style. We just finished a fantastic, week long bareboat rental of a trawler through Southwest Florida Yachts. It was a great way to get a taste of the live-aboard experience as well as piloting a boat like this. It was a great learning experience and helped us understand what we like & don't like on the cruising boat we'll eventually buy. We've owned many boats but mostly mid-size center consoles but we understand the care and feeding of these toys!
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If you just want the experience of the living space, I have seen boats on AirBNB. Saw one in Friday Harbor last year.

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Old 07-30-2018, 07:45 AM   #10
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Want to know how to find a trawler owner who will rent us a berth for a few days on their live-aboard. We want to evaluate that lifestyle before buying 50-66ft boat

Cheers Robert and Wendy
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There are lots of charter companies up in Anacortes and Bellingham WA who can put you on a wide variety of boats with a captain. Highly recommended for getting oriented to the whole experience.

Down in the Bay Area, try calling Club Nautique in Alameda and see what they have in the fleet. They have a great training program as well.

I note the Sea Ranch address; we have a little place down the coast across the river from Jenner.
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