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Old 11-07-2011, 09:01 PM   #101
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RE: What would you do?

put the same amount of money toward a different boat?

If "different" = "bigger" then yes.
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:52 AM   #102
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"I think there's a much bigger difference in hull design than quality of build."

The real difference is weather the boat is safe off soundings .And "quality of build" SCANTLINGS count.

Most plaining or SD boats never qualify as the glass areas are too large and too thin, and the hull not stressed for sea work.

I can't imagine the consequences of falling (or being tossed) off a 15 ft wave in most TT of ANY build.

My usual question , on a brown water boat , is why the trawler configuration?

The std motor yacht house frequently has even more room.
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Old 11-08-2011, 05:31 AM   #103
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My usual question , on a brown water boat , is why the trawler configuration?
***For*brown water boating, it is a matter of design preference that draws people to trawlers.

*********If you like a contemporary clean look--get a motoryacht

******** If you like a ultramodern space ship-- get a bloatboat roomarian

*********If you like a salty character boat-- get a Lobsta boat or Trawler.

******** If you have a multimillion dollar boating buget you could get a trawler built for blue water service, but if you want to cross oceans on a shoe string you better get a solid well built Sailboat!

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Old 11-09-2011, 04:04 AM   #104
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" If you like a salty character boat-- get a Lobsta boat or Trawler."

So the "Salty" look is the reason so many will spend years replacing "Chinese Composite" (a layer of GRP over house plywood) on decks and deck structures?

Shades of the "Greek Fisherman's Cap" , from 4-5 decades ago!!!

Strutting the dock is more important than how the vessel does its job ???

No wonder so few untie these boats from the dock!
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:43 AM   #105
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" If you like a salty character boat-- get a Lobsta boat or Trawler."

So the "Salty" look is the reason so many will spend years replacing "Chinese Composite" (a layer of GRP over house plywood) on decks and deck structures?

Shades of the "Greek Fisherman's Cap" , from 4-5 decades ago!!!

Strutting the dock is more important than how the vessel does its job ???

No wonder so few untie these boats from the dock!
Luckily no deck or house repairs needed here that I can tell. But yes. I suppose I bought what I liked. Is that wrong???:smile: I do like the "Brown Water" term. Where did it come from?
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:45 AM   #106
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"I do like the "Brown Water" term. Where did it come from? "

It is commercial slang by/for the many folks that work the waterways , and along the coast.

Blue Water is its companion term for the folks that head off the Continental shelf, and beyond.

"I suppose I bought what I liked. Is that wrong???"

NEVER!!! Boats are the real "Adult Toys" , so your Desirements are #1!
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:31 AM   #107
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I think "brown water" is an east coast slang term. I've never heard it out here on the west coast. Too bad their water is brown. And Steve Fred will always use slang if there is any available and if not he frequently make stuff up. Lets just say he adds color to the page * ......when it's understandable and much of the time it is.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:36 AM   #108
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The term "brown water" is said to have originated during the American Civil War to describe the growing fleet of gunboats and monitors that operated on the rivers during the last years of the war. It became a Navy term at about that time. There was the "blue water" fleet that operated in the open ocean for sustained periods of time, the "green water" fleet, which operated in coastal areas on shorter missions, and the "brown water" fleet that operated on inland waterways and rivers. These terms were used in publications at that time.

The term was also widely used in the Viet Nam war. The first time I ever heard the term was in Hawaii when as a college kid I was involved on the fringes of the testing of an experimental riverine gunboat. The civilians and Navy people involved in the project used the term "brown water" all the time to describe the environment where these types of boats operated. There are several books about the riverine forces in Viet Nam: "Brown Water, Red Blood, "Brown Water, Black Berets," "The Brownwater Navy."
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:47 PM   #109
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brown,brown go aground,green green keeps the botton clean,blue blue go on thru???
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:18 PM   #110
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RE: What would you do?

Man has this thread ever morphed.

So Marin. What would you do?
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:35 PM   #111
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Man has this thread ever morphed.* So Marin. What would you do?
*Don't know and won't until/unless we're in a position to make a decision.* Both options have their appeals and both have their negatives.

I can tell you what we won't do.* We won't exhange our boat for the same basic type of boat.* It makes no sense to buy someone else's problems simply for the sake of getting a "different" boat.

We aren't going to buy a brand new boat.

We aren't interested in getting bigger for bigger's sake.* The two boats we are considering as a replacement for our own boat are on the list because we simply really like the boats, particularly the FL55.* There are a couple of other boats we really like as well and are not as big as the FL55, but they are not on the list because they are both single engine boats.

So we'll see what happens.
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:53 PM   #112
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Man has this thread ever morphed.* So Marin. What would you do?
*Don't know and won't until/unless we're in a position to make a decision.* Both options have their appeals and both have their negatives.

I can tell you what we won't do.* We won't exhange our boat for the same basic type of boat.* It makes no sense to buy someone else's problems simply for the sake of getting a "different" boat.

We aren't going to buy a brand new boat.

We aren't interested in getting bigger for bigger's sake.* The two boats we are considering as a replacement for our own boat are on the list because we simply really like the boats, particularly the FL55.* There are a couple of other boats we really like as well and are not as big as the FL55, but they are not on the list because they are both single engine boats.

So we'll see what happens.

*Not possible to add a get home/wing engine on those other models?
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:15 PM   #113
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You mentioned that you intend to change engines and that you have only 2,000 or so hours on yours, why change?

That's a REALLY good question and one that will take some wrestling with if we should end up refitting our boat.* I don't like Lehmans.* Never have, never will.* They're heavy, noisy, inefficient, and polluting.* Big engine, not much power.* All that said, they work and work well and reliably.* They're easy to work on.* They're also 38 years old right now.

So the dilema is to keep them or replace them with something brand new, *lighter, quieter, more efficient, and cleaner.* Given the other things we would want to do with the boat, the engines have to come out anyway.* Installing new engines gets us zero time engines that have every advantage over the Lehmans.* Keeping the Lehmans reduces the refit cost by quite a bit.

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*Not possible to add a get home/wing engine on those other models?

Probably, if you threw enough money at the boats.* But we're not interested in that.* We want two real engines, two full-size*props, two rudders, etc..* Not one engine and a crutch to limp home on.
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:06 PM   #115
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You are playing us like a cheap drum in a high school marching band Marin. Have you changed your mind about any thing since your first post on this subject? ...just askin' of course. :-)
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Have you changed your mind about any thing since your first post on this subject? ...just askin' of course. :-)
*No, but as I said in the original post, I'm using what we may be facing decision-wise simply as an example of the question.* I said from the outset I wasn't looking for input or advice--- we have long since determined our two options and those are the only two options we are considering.* I thought I made that all pretty clear right off the bat in post #1.

I posed the question because I'm*curious about what other people might do if faced with the same situation simply because I'm curious and because it can be a rather interesting excercise. It also makes you think about how one's own boat could be improved and*if it would be worth improving.

Most responders focused on our already-cast-in-concrete options instead of talking about what they might do in a similar situation with regards to their own boats.

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Old 11-09-2011, 07:46 PM   #117
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Remember that any NEW engine will NOT BE A NATURAL, that is a HUGE factor for me. I turned down two boats when I was shopping in 1985 because they had turbos.
Unless they have discontinued it (and I have not been tracking their engine offerings for the last few years) Northern Lights (aka Alaska Diesel Electric) offers a 150hp NA six-cylinder Lugger*engine that was an ideal repower for boats like GBs that were built with the Lehman.* That is what we would use if it's still available.

I don't have an inherent dislike of turbocharged engines.* It's not like it's brand new technology, and I think an intelligently designed turbo powerplant can be as reliable as anything else assuming it's operated and maintained properly, which*should be the practice with any engine anyway regardless of age or type.

But your basic "keep the Lehmans"*statement makes a lot of sense.* Our Lehmans definitely have some advantages, two of them being their*relatively low time and the fact*they're already paid for.* A very*good case can be made for keeping them.* How much my inherent dislike of these engines would factor in the decision*would depend on what our research into available new engines uncovered.
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:25 AM   #118
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Just one question Marin...If you can trust your very life to one engine in the air, as you do all the time in you float plane, how come you can't trust one engine on the water...especially as you have said many times it is not for the manoeuvring advantage..?
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:50 AM   #119
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How did this thread turn into ANOTHER debate about single versus dual engines? ;-) Might-as-well start an anchor debate next. :-D

As a late-comer to this party, place my vote in the column of taking the money and making the nicest specimen of a '73 Grand Banks you have ever seen. Make a punch-list of every project you have EVER dreamed of and get started. You love your current boat, it's a proven winner, and you could be the envy of all the Grand Bankers. Bigger and newer is nice, but I just think that it's a lot of work to relearn everything that it takes to keep such a big boat up-to-snuff from scratch.

If you want idea what to do this extra cash... Build a wing at your local animal shelter :-D
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:24 AM   #120
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How did this thread turn into ANOTHER debate about single versus dual engines? ;-) Might-as-well start an anchor debate next. :-D
*Have you ever been out with someone that says "That port engine is giving me a little trouble."

If you only have one engine that doesn't happen . You don't go out.

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