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Old 03-21-2014, 10:40 PM   #21
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Fly bridge in good weather. Mid (poop?) deck above rear cabin also in nice weather (we call it the back porch) Lower helm / saloon otherwise, in the swivel rocker/foot stool. First Mate likes the couch/settee I built for lounging.
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:46 PM   #22
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So many answers, so little time! In order of preference....Anywhere Chair on the sundeck hardtop collecting vitamin D, Flybridge, Sundeck in a comfy deck chair, Anywhere chair on the bow, barrel chair in salon with the ottoman watching tv, galley settee with a book listening to rain on the deck, sleeping soundly in the bed.

Anywhere that isn't "at work" is comfy and relaxing.
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:29 AM   #23
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People enjoy the foredeck, afterdeck, saloon, and pilothouse. Depends on people's moods, activities, and weather conditions. (No flying bridge here.)







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Old 03-22-2014, 01:47 AM   #24
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While on the go - Fly Bridge... hands down!

On the hook... in comfy chairs with iced cooler next to table on sun deck.

In eves and if bad weather... inside salon on real cushy semi rocking arm chairs with seperate foot stools; reading, eating or watching movies.

For beddie-by, long naps, or "private fun-time"... Master Stateroom on big bed.

Other than that... swim, swim, swim.

Or... gunkholen all over the place in our quick tow behind runabout!

Ain't boat time grand... Happy Boaten Daze!! - Art
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Old 03-22-2014, 10:10 AM   #25
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OneofSix, Unless you plan on buying a 50'er, be aware that comfort on the boat isn't the same as home. Remember, boating is a compromise. On our boat, the only seating option in the saloon is the settee/dinette. Not very comfy but when I look outside the window, the view is always better than at home.

You ask a very good question. Something that I didn't worry too much about when I bought our boat, but will certainly be a big factor for the next one.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a couple of recliners in the saloon.
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oneofsix, unless you plan on buying a 50'er, be aware that comfort on the boat isn't the same as home. Remember, boating is a compromise. On our boat, the only seating option in the saloon is the settee/dinette. Not very comfy but when i look outside the window, the view is always better than at home. You ask a very good question. Something that i didn't worry too much about when i bought our boat, but will certainly be a big factor for the next one. Wouldn't it be nice to have a couple of recliners in the saloon.
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OneofSix, Unless you plan on buying a 50'er, be aware that comfort on the boat isn't the same as home. Remember, boating is a compromise. On our boat, the only seating option in the saloon is the settee/dinette. Not very comfy but when I look outside the window, the view is always better than at home.

You ask a very good question. Something that I didn't worry too much about when I bought our boat, but will certainly be a big factor for the next one.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a couple of recliners in the saloon.
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Mahal - Although that surely is a comfy salon pict you have on post 25, it looks caveish; like resting in a well outfitted cellar... I recommend that you have LARGE expansive windows. Along with comfy seating and other boat appendages...It's the view baby, that counts strongly for boating enjoyment. You already know that by what you say above! Best luck on locating your "next" boat!
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Old 03-22-2014, 10:55 AM   #29
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Hey Mystic, will you tell me about your hammock? Davit to mast? Any pictures?
We hook it between the dinghy crane and mast. And, if we want some sun shade, which is most of the time, we open the bimini. I don't have any pictures, but I'll try and take one in the next day or two and attach it our photo album.
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Mahal - Although that surely is a comfy salon pict you have on post 25, it looks caveish; like resting in a well outfitted cellar... I recommend that you have LARGE expansive windows. Along with comfy seating and other boat appendages...It's the view baby, that counts strongly for boating enjoyment. You already know that by what you say above! Best luck on locating your "next" boat!
Uh, Art, that pic was taken at night. There are large windows in the left background...
I've been on an N55 and while not for me, the salon has nice views to the outside.
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Old 03-22-2014, 02:19 PM   #31
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Uh, Art, that pic was taken at night. There are large windows in the left background...
I've been on an N55 and while not for me, the salon has nice views to the outside.
Ohhh - I see em now that I spend a second more looking! At first, upon quick glance, I thought the walls blank and lighted cabinets as thin windows for some light. duh!!
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Right here on the aft deck in the shade
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:59 AM   #34
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Bridge to start with, catch the last breezes of the day, cockpit, or bridge, for cocktails/snacks, salon for dinner & reading. Bow/foredeck for evening viewing of the stars & moon. As long as we are on the water, it's erelaxing
You said in part…

We have been aboard boats 37 - 53 feet. The smaller boats have a salon large enough for a table and walkway. No room for really sitting and relaxing other than the built in settee. The boats with sun decks have lawn/patio furniture on them. Good enough for daytime, but not really at night time.

Oneofsix, chc summed it up pretty well there, the answer to where does one relax is wherever the mood and weather/time of day dictates.

However, I would add, looking at the length of his boat and mine…don't dismiss the smaller vessels in the 32-40 foot range quite so quickly. It is all in how they are set out.
Whenever my wife and I are summing up a boat the thing we feel is a must is there has to be two full length lounging places in the saloon, where we can both comfortably grab that afternoon nap or read stretched out. We don't want to have to retire to the bedroom to do that in the daytime. (There's no view down there).
That is one reason I don't like galleys that take up all one side, or dinettes like those in cafes, where all you can do is sit up at them, and the space is lost to lounging. If you have two lounge length settees, (and a few cushions), then you don't need recliner chairs to be comfortable, and when I see boats with those free-standing recliners, (like in Mahal's pic of a Nordhavn 55 saloon), I often wonder what happens to those in a seaway..?
A pic of our saloon will give you a better idea of what I mean.
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On the aft sundeck 99.9 % of the time, underway the guys are on the bridge and the girls hang on the sundeck, one item for us was buying a boat with furniture, not fixed setees and such.
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Anywhere except the bilge.
Ron, that brings back some (now) pretty funny thoughts to me!

At first... I thought that is soooo damn true; it immediately brought back memories of my childhood working in LI, NY boatyards on old wooden boats.

Due to size in young teens I was consistently elected to be the “Bilge Cleaner” guy while restoring or repowering some boats.

In the early 60’s, working on 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s woody boats, the bilges would often be a sodden, mucky, smelly mess of old engine and trany lubrication (even fuel mixed in too) gunk that had over many years to decades become up to inches thick... all stirred up with the then dirtiest seawater you could imagine. Back when, it was not considered chic to have clean bilges. Also, old power trains readily leaked their fluids into bilges. Dented, galvanized metal buckets (ya know – before the now plethora of plastic ones) carrying gallons of sludge-crap would be filled by me using army surplus metal coffee cans, mason’s pointing trowels, big kitchen spoons, putty knives and other Rube Goldberg tool-methods.

After most sludge was removed, then bilge planks, stringers, and ribs would be scrubbed clean using stiff brushes, sponges, or rags saturated with ammonia and other grease cutting products. Sometimes a 50/50 solution of kerosene and gasoline was brushed into crevices and joints to help liquefy deeply embedded/solidified crap that had accumulated for years to decades. I scrapped the wood junctions clean with tips of pointy pocket knives.

Then, suddenly... my mind cleared! Realizing I now live in 2014... when bilges are supposed to be kept clean. And, I also realized that I now spend a lot of enjoyable very early morning hours “In Da Bilge” (so to say) playing with, checking up on, performing actions upon, or adding items to our Tolly’s mechanical units in my wide open, CLEAN, and good smelling double hatched salon engine compartment!

Heck, some of the engine rooms (bilge areas) I’ve seen on larger boats are simply spectacularly clean and even ornate. See Boydski’s “art room” post # 42 in this page: http://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/s3/old-fat-men-engine-rooms-14125-3.html I could spend a LOT of relaxing time in that bilge! LOL

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Standing in the bilge between 2 purring diesels is very relaxing!
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Standing in the bilge between 2 purring diesels is very relaxing!
Huh????? My hearing isn't what it used to be before I became a diesel guy...
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We are not live aboards, but relax in several places on the boat. There is a side stateroom that is wonderful for privacy and reading. The bow stateroom for private TV viewing. The saloon for TV. The helm deck for shade and relaxing. The cockpit for sun and now shade. We are blessed with 8 overhead hatches for bringing in the breezes at anchor. Here are some pics from Moonstruck.
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