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Old 07-18-2015, 08:07 AM   #21
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One of the big advantages we had when it came to choosing a boat to cruise and live on full time was that we rented/chartered several different shapes and sizes in the seven previous years. Then we could a genuine understanding of what living and operating comfortably would require for us. Not to mention the baseline fact that boating and cruising were for us to begin with. How the boat is going to be used is an important consideration; for instance, big difference between year-around sole residence and something for weekend/vacation use. For the latter , we would have something way way smaller.
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Old 07-18-2015, 02:29 PM   #22
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One of the big advantages we had when it came to choosing a boat to cruise and live on full time was that we rented/chartered several different shapes and sizes in the seven previous years. Then we could a genuine understanding of what living and operating comfortably would require for us. Not to mention the baseline fact that boating and cruising were for us to begin with. How the boat is going to be used is an important consideration; for instance, big difference between year-around sole residence and something for weekend/vacation use. For the latter , we would have something way way smaller.
Chartering. We did it. Glad we did it. You learn what you like and what you don't like. Not criticizing any of you who have relatively slow boats and enjoy traveling at 7 knots or 10 knots or 12. I admit we went in with a belief we wouldn't like slow but we still tried to go in with an open mind, having listened to others who are so happy with it. We did want to find out if we might be mistaken. It was an absolutely beautiful boat. We loved everything about it and it's layout. Quality outstanding. Day one, relaxed and ok. Day two, starting to feel it a bit. Day three, we found ourselves so bothered by the lack of speed. We missed getting up on top of the water and more of a breeze in our hair. We went the entire week and we loved everything about that boat when sitting still. But underway, it just wasn't for us.

Now you can't charter all the boats you wish exactly. But you can learn a lot about what you like and don't. How badly does the small galley bother you? Do you mind not having a full size refrigerator? You might find with your lifestyle and cruising style it's no big deal. What about a forward stateroom? Can you sleep with the water sounds? Some people love them, some hate them. Do narrow or no side decks bother you? The more boats you can walk the more you learn. The more you charter even better.

We have a friend who just sold his 62' Sunseeker Predator and is looking for something slightly larger with a flybridge. Most of the larger boats have nice galley's and many have them opening to the salon. His Predator had a very small one on the lower deck. He has rejected many boats over too big a galley. Well, one has to understand, he has never prepared a single real meal on the boat, only perhaps snacks. Never dinner. Always at a restaurant. Grills on the deck? Most of us must have. He's never used one. They use their boat much like a hotel room, moving from dock to dock. But then I know of a man with a 56' Hatteras who traveled with a captain and the owner never spent the night on the boat, always in a motel or hotel. Caltexflanc knows the captain and boat I'm referring to.
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Old 07-24-2015, 02:19 PM   #23
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Go for the room. Sleek and sexy means newer. Avoid any balsa coring or wood below the water line. Older means more wood and more to maintain. Look for engine room space. Bigger is more comfortable but more to clean, wax and buy for dockage and storage.
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:52 PM   #24
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She really likes the light and airy interior because she doesn't want to clean teak and the likes the dishwasher found on the motor yacht. We are interested in why a trawler design is more livable.

Lot o' boats can have dishwasher. And washer/dryer. Trawler, motor yacht, doesn't matter

I don't think a lot of motor yacht guys would agree trawlers are more livable. Lots of members in our owners club have motor yachts, wouldn't consider a trawler at all.

OTOH, these same owners go fast (a relative term) mostly all the time. Don't have to, just do. Or maybe they prefer to. Although the hull form of many motor yachts might lend themselves toward higher speeds in some sea states.

But if one drives a motor yacht at mostly trawler speeds... the differences between the two styles narrows. They could go slow, and end up with a curvy trawler. (Can't bring myself to say any boat might look "sexy." That'd be about that last thing I'd want to encounter...)

One common difference ( a gross generalization, oversimplification) is that a trawler will often have skinnier living quarters than a motor yacht of the same length. But then that same trawler would likely have wider side decks, often easier to deal with docking maneuvers.

Another common difference might be a lower helm on the trawler, with a door to the side deck. Takes up interior living space, but OTOH driving in sloppy weather may well be more comfortable... and that door might make docking maneuvers easier.

And so forth. One couple's pro is sometimes another couple's con.

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