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Old 08-12-2018, 11:56 AM   #21
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Y’all... this thing has an on demand water heater!

I crawled in a hole. Couldn’t stand it.
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Old 08-12-2018, 12:08 PM   #22
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What in sam hell have I done?

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Yíall... this thing has an on demand water heater!

I crawled in a hole. Couldnít stand it.


On demand water heater is great. Only use power when you need water. OTOH, you donít get hot water simply when the engine is running...
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Wifey B: I find it hilarious that you now think of the Chris Craft as so simple...after it took you a year to learn it. Think back to day one. Yes, you're there again, but you'll be amazed how the year of learning the other boat helps. Might just take you nine months this time. Then six the next time. The Chris Craft was the huge scary step. Now this one is a small easy move because you've already been through learning a new boat.

I remember going from lake to ocean. At first it felt like I know nothing, but then I realized how much I did know from the lake. I didn't know using a chart, because didn't require one on the lake. However, all the other people worried about docking and that came to me with no effort. Docking a 30' bowrider or a 60' performance boat, no real difference except thrusters to help and didn't have them before.

Now, the teacher in me comes out. Also being a learner. I find learning new things to be invigorating and inspiring and some of the greatest pleasure of it all. We all need to be lifetime learners. Sometimes our jobs become routine or our lives do. That's when it's time for something new, whether on the job or as a hobby. Embrace the challenge. Oh, and the next boat, you'll then look back on the Mainship as being so simple.
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Old 08-12-2018, 02:50 PM   #24
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Ainít that the truth! There enough room for me to place about three fingers between the tops of the engines and the roof of the engine space - because it sure isnít an engine ďroomĒ.

Probably there are liftable hatches over the engines... even if maybe covered over by carpet...

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Old 08-12-2018, 03:32 PM   #25
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Probably there are liftable hatches over the engines... even if maybe covered over by carpet...

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Old 08-12-2018, 05:03 PM   #26
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You are not alone. Very similar feelings having gone from a simple 26í to a 39í trawler. One thing that might help is put your projects on paper or a spreadsheet and prioritize and schedule what to do first. My previous occupation was as a project manager involved with multi year and multi millions of $$$. First thing we did was have a plan and schedule. Kept everything in order instead of trying to remember whatís next. Itís very satisfying and motivating when you cross off a item and see what is next on the list.
Good luck and keep searching this forum for help.
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Old 08-12-2018, 05:19 PM   #27
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You are not alone. Very similar feelings having gone from a simple 26í to a 39í trawler. One thing that might help is put your projects on paper or a spreadsheet and prioritize and schedule what to do first. My previous occupation was as a project manager involved with multi year and multi millions of $$$. First thing we did was have a plan and schedule. Kept everything in order instead of trying to remember whatís next. Itís very satisfying and motivating when you cross off a item and see what is next on the list.
Good luck and keep searching this forum for help.
A list is on my list of things to do! Lol

Thankfully this boat was owned by someone who cared for it greatly. Though she didnít do any of her maintenance, sheís had a yacht service do bi-weekly maintenance and checks on all the systems. I have a folder full of detailed inventory of things theyíve repaired, adjusted, or installed since 2016.

Iím going to have them out once or twice more to have them show me what theyíve done and where everything is located and then Iíll discontinue their service since Iíll be maintaining it.

I feel a lot better today. I sat on the boat alone for a while today and crawled in a few holes to check things out. Thereís way more wire and hoses and such but I feel better about identifying them all in time.

I think the initial shock just kicked in yesterday. It was all fun and games before, now itís real!
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toocoys, you'll be fine. Already did all this once. Experience is a great teacher.

We did the exact same thing last year. 1983 Chris Craft Catalina to a 85 Mainship Trawler.
Bigger boat, more systems. Slowly working to make her ours... Electronics, added a water tank. figuring out what goes where...What works, what doesn't. Why there are so many snipped off wires everywhere.. The usual....

It's going to be a great boat...Next year !!!
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toocoys, you'll be fine. Already did all this once. Experience is a great teacher.

We did the exact same thing last year. 1983 Chris Craft Catalina to a 85 Mainship Trawler.
Bigger boat, more systems. Slowly working to make her ours... Electronics, added a water tank. figuring out what goes where...What works, what doesn't. Why there are so many snipped off wires everywhere.. The usual....

It's going to be a great boat...Next year !!!

This Mainship is a very comfortable boat.

But I envision myself on an older Taiwanese made trawler. Something around 40-50 feet with lots of wood and a couple Lehman 120ís.

The likelihood of that actually happening is slim to none because the Mainship is more of the significant others style.
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Comfort counts !! And when the SO is happy everybody is happy !!!
I'm all for the smallest boat that works for the way you use it.
Everybody has boat envy but bigger isn't always better.. Usually just more work.
I think more bigger boats are sold on the idea that maybe the grandkids will visit, or it'd be nice to invite friends to overnight, or maybe a long trip, then what we use them for 95 % of the time..
Still whatever floats YOUR boat is good !!
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You can loose and probably do without 90% of the systems on a boat. Plenty of time to learn and repair, on your schedule. In most cases if it breaks, no one gets hurt and life goes on.Thats the way I slow those gears in my head that would create stress from worrying. Whats the worse that could happen.

Preventive maintenance is always a lot cheaper and easier than repair/replace...plus you get to do it on YOUR terms at YOUR convenience. Things only break at the most INconvenient times. Try telling your wife or your guests that no one got hurt and life will go on when they can't flush the toilet or no water comes out of the faucet or the generator won't start so you have no heat/ac when it's cold/hot & humid.



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Old 08-13-2018, 07:47 PM   #32
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This Mainship is a very comfortable boat.

But I envision myself on an older Taiwanese made trawler. Something around 40-50 feet with lots of wood and a couple Lehman 120ís.

The likelihood of that actually happening is slim to none because the Mainship is more of the significant others style.
Did you shop these? I wonder about avoiding leaky teak decks and rotted tanks and a host of problems I've never even heard of? I'd be ok with a single engine too. How to get the most and avoid the worst? Food for another thread I guess.
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Stop worrying. You will have plenty of time to learn each system after it quits working.

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Thatís the way I see it. I was overwhelmed when we first moved aboard too. End of the day though, there really isnít that much thatís critical to the mission. Just figure that stuff out and fix and learn the other stuff when it quits working
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Did you shop these? I wonder about avoiding leaky teak decks and rotted tanks and a host of problems I've never even heard of? I'd be ok with a single engine too. How to get the most and avoid the worst? Food for another thread I guess.

I "shop" these all the time! I've only actually been on a few though.
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I was wondering who's boat that was. I'm the Prarie right across from you. Not a live aboard yet but I've been going through and learning the systems too. You'll get the hang of it just as I am.

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I was wondering who's boat that was. I'm the Prarie right across from you. Not a live aboard yet but I've been going through and learning the systems too. You'll get the hang of it just as I am.

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Howdy neighbor! Come introduce yourself next time you're around. I'd love to see your boat!

I've seen your boat for a while though. I used to work harbor patrol part time at the marina.
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Congratulations on the new boat!

Looking at the video, it looks like she is in fantastic shape and was very well cared after by her previous owner.

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Other than maybe two engines instead of one, buying tires, and the possibility it might sink, what's the big difference between a good sized RV and a similar sized boat?

They both have heating/cooling systems, similar plumbing systems, electrical systems, engines and generators, the list goes on. If you can handle living in an RV for extended periods and managing those systems, a boat should not be that much different.

Provided you're not one of those people who take took your RV to a shop for every little thing and said "Here's my credit card. Call me when it's fixed."
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Other than maybe two engines instead of one, buying tires, and the possibility it might sink, what's the big difference between a good sized RV and a similar sized boat?

They both have heating/cooling systems, similar plumbing systems, electrical systems, engines and generators, the list goes on. If you can handle living in an RV for extended periods and managing those systems, a boat should not be that much different.

Provided you're not one of those people who take took your RV to a shop for every little thing and said "Here's my credit card. Call me when it's fixed."

Well, you got me there. I've never thought about it like that.
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Well, you got me there. I've never thought about it like that.
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If you think that the care needs for an RV and a boat run parallel to one another. I've got a bridge to sell you!

Used boat is 2 to 3X as compared to a used RV... for care required over the long run... not to mention $$$$$ expenses of many differing sorts, pressing needs and extents.

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