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Old 02-10-2013, 09:15 AM   #41
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We were making the big move from always owning sailboats.
Our wish list:
a trawler we didn't mind looking at
one we didn't mind working on
plenty of outside shaded lounging area
economical
shower
pressure hot and cold water
no fly bridge
ready for change
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:15 AM   #42
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:15 AM   #43
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We bought our boat to cross oceans in luxury...
The N62 seems to fit the bill for serious passage-making.
We'll let you know how we get on!
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:21 PM   #44
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We decided to step up in comfort from sea kayaking.

Last summer we drove 1,200 km and almost bought a sensibly sized first boat; a 23' trailerable diesel pocket trawler. The deal fell through at the last second because while on the hoist we discovered it weighed almost twice as much as was stated in a Pacific Yachting magazine article written in the early 80's. (The surveyor figured it was a combination of the writer using the hull weight, plus somebody putting extra weight in the keel.)

We had bought a better trailer for it, but it wasn't strong enough. We hit the slope of rationalization at full speed and started crunching the numbers...selling new trailer for a loss...buying a stronger trailer...buying a stronger truck...plus the cost to bring the boat up to snuff. We ended up walking away from the deal, but the sting was lessened by a feeling that the Karmic Forces had a better boat waiting for us that we didn't know about yet.

When we got home we went and finally looked at a Sundowner Tug which had been for sale locally for three years. We'd never gone to see it because it was a much bigger boat than we felt comfortable getting, and it was a slam-dunk the price would have been way out of our league...until that trip down the slippery slope of rationalization!

We got along with the PO's son and PO's wife really well. The sea trial was perfect. We settled on a partnership where the son, who's a millwright and knows the boat inside and out, will stay on through the years and teach us everything we need to know from the batteries on up.

So, now we have our retirement boat 13 years early
Murray M,

After reading your post, it sounded like a carbon copy of what I am considering. I found a 26' wooden pocket trawler with twin Mercury 50 hp. outboards with a trailer. I am coming over to the dark side from a 30' Nonsuch Cat Rig sailboat that I have loved for 18 years.

Since the woody is near you in Everett, WA, could you comment on taking this vessel through the San Juans and up the inside passage to southern Alaska? I hope I have executed this reply correctly since I just joined this forum.

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Old 02-12-2013, 01:39 PM   #45
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Pinapple Girl,

I am condidering coming to the 'Dark Side' from a 30 Nonsuch Cat Rig. Since I am looking to keep my cost down to less than I sell/trade my Nonsuch for. I have 2 questions. 1. What is a PT 35? 2. I found a Willard in the classified section that is in your marina, can you comment on it's condition, seaworthyness and value?

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Old 02-12-2013, 04:18 PM   #46
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Murray M,

After reading your post, it sounded like a carbon copy of what I am considering. I found a 26' wooden pocket trawler with twin Mercury 50 hp. outboards with a trailer. I am coming over to the dark side from a 30' Nonsuch Cat Rig sailboat that I have loved for 18 years.

Since the woody is near you in Everett, WA, could you comment on taking this vessel through the San Juans and up the inside passage to southern Alaska? I hope I have executed this reply correctly since I just joined this forum.
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Hi Ken,

I'm nudged up near Alaska's panhandle so can be of little help about the San Juans, I'm afraid.

Without knowing much about the boat you're talking about, it's also hard to give any kind of opinion. All I can say is that having done the coast of BC by sea kayak, the most important decisions were knowing when to wait for favourable conditions for a particular run (even if it took days) or when to duck into a protected cove before a storm arrived. This would hold true for any kind of boat.
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If you watch the weather and don't have a timetable you can do the Inside Passage sitting on a log. People have taken all manner of boats up the Passage. We know people who have gone up and back in a 22' C-Dory, a 26' Tollycraft, a little Ranger Tug, twenty-something foot SeaSports, Grady-Whites, and a San Juan 24 sloop.
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Ken I sent you a private message.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:03 PM   #49
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Single, keel protected prop and rudder.
Walk around island berth.
Two state rooms.
Covered aft deck (back porch).
Pilothouse, additional flybridge a plus.
Galley up.
Air conditioning--we are in Florida.
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Single, keel protected prop and rudder.
Walk around island berth.
Two state rooms.
Covered aft deck (back porch).
Pilothouse, additional flybridge a plus.
Galley up.
Air conditioning--we are in Florida.
All good reasons. I checked the listing out on your new boat. It looks like you got a good one.
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