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Old 11-02-2015, 06:37 PM   #41
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KM, your old boat is a beaut. I've done a lot of looking, as well, but I enjoy that part.

To return to Mainships, what about the 43 Sedan? It looks like even more boat for the money than the 400.

2006 Mainship 43 Trawler Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

I read in a review that the 43 cruised at a mighty bow high attitude, and I've seen a couple of pics that seem to confirm that. I've ridden in some older Carolina sportfishers that stuck their noses way up in the air, and I find that tiring on a long trip, though it does make for a drier ride offshore.
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:57 PM   #42
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KM, your old boat is a beaut. I've done a lot of looking, as well, but I enjoy that part.

To return to Mainships, what about the 43 Sedan? It looks like even more boat for the money than the 400.

2006 Mainship 43 Trawler Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

I read in a review that the 43 cruised at a mighty bow high attitude, and I've seen a couple of pics that seem to confirm that. I've ridden in some older Carolina sportfishers that stuck their noses way up in the air, and I find that tiring on a long trip, though it does make for a drier ride offshore.
I think that is an excellent boat at an excellent price...I know you weren't asking me. But the only potential drawback is those engines. That is almost 1100hp. And those are pretty big engines in a relatively small space. So I guess what I am saying, fuel burn and engine access would be a concern....engine access being the bigger concern(for me) of the two.
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:46 PM   #43
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We looked at Nordic Tug a little bit. They make a really great boat and I like them, but my wife felt that they were "sterile" down below. They just didn't give her the warm fuzzies, especially for the price.
If I were not a person of great maturity, I would attempt to make a joke of "warm fuzzies" and "sterile down below"....
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:49 PM   #44
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If I were not a person of great maturity, I would attempt to make a joke of "warm fuzzies" and "sterile down below"....
And I'd deserve to be the "butt" of that joke :-).
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:56 PM   #45
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I've never seen a 43 in person, there don't seem to be a lot of them around. I'd love a little more floor space in the two cabins, but I'm not so sold on the galley down set up.

I wouldn't mind a little more speed as well (I sometimes day dream about fitting 200 more HP in the same space) but that is a lot of engine, 1080 hp. No specs on cruise speed/top end. I'm guessing fast cruise is low to mid 20 knots?
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:04 AM   #46
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The 43 Sedan seems to be about 12" wider on the beam, so there might be adequate ER space. When I first looked at this listing, I thought it a misprint, not knowing MS even made the 43 Sedan. With the galley down, it looks like a MS34/40 hybrid. That's a lot of power for that boat.

Sorry about the wall of text yesterday. I got to waxing philosophical
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:11 AM   #47
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"No specs on cruise speed/top end. I'm guessing fast cruise is low to mid 20 knots?"
We cruised along side one for half a week a few seasons back....


- 27 mph with 1,080 hp utilized.


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Old 11-04-2015, 07:00 AM   #48
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Here's a Mainship 40 Sedan Bridge, definitely not trawler-like in looks, but it provides most of the features of the MS400. It has v-drives, which are accessed through the cockpit sole. And it has a walk-through access from the flybridge to the foredeck. If you're considering a Meridian or the like, it would be worth a look-

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Old 11-04-2015, 11:10 AM   #49
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The Mainship 400 will fit those specs very well. If you want to see more about the boat from a very knowledgeable owner, check out Steve Cyr's website for Stella Blue, his Mainship 400: Steven Cyr's Stella Blue Site

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Although I certainly am not in the market for another boat, (yet) My curiosity to read David's post peaked and I read the link on Stella Blue. Extremely well done & super informative.

David helped me and a friend of mine on the purchase of an Ocean Alexander and we won't soon forget it. It helped us make an informed decision on the purchase.
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Old 11-04-2015, 11:18 AM   #50
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We looked at Nordic Tug a little bit. They make a really great boat and I like them, but my wife felt that they were "sterile" down below. They just didn't give her the warm fuzzies, especially for the price.
INTERESTING! My wife loves our OA for exactly the same reason! It's warm & fuzzy and has the performance that I was looking for.
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Old 11-04-2015, 08:01 PM   #51
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the 430 sedan is a much larger boat than the 34T or the 400T. I parked my 390 next to one once. When I pulled into the marina and got my slip assignment I saw the 430 down the fairway. Thought it was a 400 from a distance and was going to do some 390/400 comparisons with the owner. When I pulled in next to it i was amazed at the size.
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Old 12-17-2015, 07:44 PM   #52
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I sincerely appreciate all of the feedback on this thread. The discussion here led me to look outside of my original checklist, and in the end I decided that a faster boat with twin engines would better meet my needs. I rarely take more than a three-day weekend, and I realized that a 15 to 20 knot cruising speed would open up a lot more options.

I closed on the boat today, only a bit above my original budget, and here's what I ended up with:

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Old 12-17-2015, 07:56 PM   #53
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That's a really nice looking boat. Congrats!
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:05 PM   #54
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Here's a review of the actual boat (not a sister ship). They only made one:

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Old 12-17-2015, 08:27 PM   #56
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You are going to be very happy, Mikelson builds popular west coast sport fish boats to a high standard and are still in business turning out several boats per year.
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:50 PM   #57
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That's a great looking boat - The enclosed bridge should treat you well in NC.
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Old 12-17-2015, 10:17 PM   #58
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What a great find! Well done.
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