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Old 02-13-2016, 09:24 PM   #21
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My wife and I have been thru Okee, loved it. The only part of the east/gulf coast that we havent seen is S.FL. and the keys. Oh, and we havent been north of LongIsland NY.
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Old 02-14-2016, 01:31 AM   #22
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Go to the Bahamas for sure. So much more to offer than the Keys or any part of Florida. Much prettier, better fishing, better diving, more beaches, nicer people, fewer lawyers and their associated stupidity, much, much less crowded. It's more expensive but worth it.
Dougcole,

Woud you find your 40T safe and comfortable for 4 winter months at a time in the Bahamas?

Where do you go for shelter in a storm?

What conditions are the comfortable operating envelope for that vessel?

If a 20 knot blow kicks up while you are on a cruise far from home do you generally seek a marina for an overnight stay or anchor in sheltered water?

What conditions have you encountered that gave you a gut check in the Mainship 40T?

What are the pros and cons of that vessel for a 4-6 month a year snowbird's liveaboard?

Any mechanical or structural systems that are particularly troublesome or give you pause?

Inquiring minds want to know.

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Old 04-06-2016, 10:11 PM   #23
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Dougcole,

Woud you find your 40T safe and comfortable for 4 winter months at a time in the Bahamas?

Where do you go for shelter in a storm?

What conditions are the comfortable operating envelope for that vessel?

If a 20 knot blow kicks up while you are on a cruise far from home do you generally seek a marina for an overnight stay or anchor in sheltered water?

What conditions have you encountered that gave you a gut check in the Mainship 40T?

What are the pros and cons of that vessel for a 4-6 month a year snowbird's liveaboard?

Any mechanical or structural systems that are particularly troublesome or give you pause?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Many Thanks,
Gary
I have the same questions, I really like that vessel.
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:51 PM   #24
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I have the same questions, I really like that vessel.
It hits the sweet spot for us as window shoppers.

Like the creature comforts, practical layout and apparent ability to cross in decent weather.

Still dreaming, planning and preparing to make it a reality.

"If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep becomes your downfall."
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Old 04-09-2016, 11:51 AM   #25
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"Fast boat?"

Taxes are high in the Islands ,

The fuel bill will be at least 2x stateside .
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Old 04-09-2016, 12:57 PM   #26
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Wifey B: I love the Bahamas....love love love.

From the Casino and fancy restaurants at Atlantis to the uninhabited island in the Berry Islands to the Exumas. It's endless. We've been about a dozen times over the last 3+ years since it's like in our backyard. I think of it and like a kid just given a bazillion toys for Christmas. You'll never run out of a new place to see there. There are over 700 islands. It will take forever to see all 700. Don't laugh. We want to. All. They're all unique, the vast majority uninhabited. Anchor off it, dinghy to shore, enjoy your own private beach.

Sorry Southern Californians, Catalina is nice and I understand the attraction, but it's just one....we have 700. 700 tops 1! Now the PNW has a few more to explore than you.

Now don't know when we'll get back to the Bahamas and you've made me lust for them. We were there mid March but not long. Just an over and back thing. Maybe early July next for a few days. We need like a month there. Got to plan it for next winter. Maybe December. I need it. I want it.
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"Fast boat?"

Taxes are high in the Islands ,

The fuel bill will be at least 2x stateside .
I'm not sure about taxes but fuel and food are expensive. This week diesel was $3.95/gallon and gas was $4.19/gallon at Great Harbour. The mail boat arrived with fresh veggies from Nassau on Wednesday. We paid pretty much double the US price across the board. We also paid $300 for our cruising permit when we arrived.

Yesterday we caught 3 grouper, a 5 lb red snapper and six conch. Being here, Priceless. Even the manatees are friendly.
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It hits the sweet spot for us as window shoppers.



Like the creature comforts, practical layout and apparent ability to cross in decent weather.



Still dreaming, planning and preparing to make it a reality.



"If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep becomes your downfall."

I just sold our 2004 Mainship 400T. It was a single engine w bow and stern thrusters. Good value for the money in my opinion. We spent winters on it as live aboard and spent 2 winters in the Bahamas. The fly bridge is awesome and really expands the live able space. The second stateroom is too small for anything but storage and small children.
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Dougcole,



Woud you find your 40T safe and comfortable for 4 winter months at a time in the Bahamas?



Where do you go for shelter in a storm?



What conditions are the comfortable operating envelope for that vessel?



If a 20 knot blow kicks up while you are on a cruise far from home do you generally seek a marina for an overnight stay or anchor in sheltered water?



What conditions have you encountered that gave you a gut check in the Mainship 40T?



What are the pros and cons of that vessel for a 4-6 month a year snowbird's liveaboard?



Any mechanical or structural systems that are particularly troublesome or give you pause?



Inquiring minds want to know.



Many Thanks,

Gary

Sorry for the second post. The 400T is comfortable as a live aboard for 4 to 6 months.We stayed on it for 4 months at a time. We spent 2 winters in the Berry Islands where there are many decent anchorages. IMO, It is not a very good boat in a choppy anchorage because of the wave slap noise you get in the forward berth on the hard chine. So we stayed in marinas a lot, including the Bahamas. We had no critical mechanical or structural issues. The gen set is hard to access for maintenance of the cooling system. They also have some paint blistering issues on the window frames and doors. But overall, nothing that should dissuade you from considering this boat for a snowbird get away. We have had the boat out in 3 to 6 foot seas in the Gulf Stream. It did fine although we prefer less than 2'😀.
At the end of the day for the price point, you get a boat with decent fit and finish that is less than 12 years old. For a similar price you might get a Defever 44 or a KK42 that is a lot older. But they will be more comfortable live aboards. So like all things boat it's a trade off. If you were going full time, I would steer you away from the Mainship, but for 4 to 6 months, it might just be good enough
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Thanks, we are planning to visit Trawlerfest Chesapeake this year to learn more.

Every boat seems to be compromise and suitability hemmed in a budget.
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"Every boat seems to be compromise and suitability hemmed in a budget."

The best thing you can do is to create a list of Desirements , and try to match the boat to the list.

Plan on an extra 300% boat cost if ocean voyaging is part of your list.

On a used boat try to purchase one the PO outfitted for the service you desire.

Big tanks , big water maker ,HD windlass , hand holds,storm ports and other cruising delights do zero for a weekend cruiser , so there is no need to pay for them.

Sadly they take big time , bucks and effort to add to a Dock Queen.

Remember for most ICW cruising or doing the loop almost any boat you can be comfortable in for 3 days of rain will do just fine. For most that's 25ft and up.

Take a vacation to FL "Gods Waiting Room" and you may find prices very interesting.

Place a WANTED add in FL Mariner to shake loose a low priced fixer-up-er if that is a desire.
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Thanks FF, your reply could be put on a wallet card for a refresher course every time I walk into sight of a brokerage.

The thread is about the Bahamas from people who have been there.

Our vessel needs to be adequately equipped for up to 5 seasonal trips there and 3 to 4 month accommodations for a happily wed couple planning to stay that way. Our range is coastal Ocracoke to Sanibel and weatherwise crossing to Bimini as gateway.

We both like comfort, ease of mobility within the spaces and flybridge+salon bridge configurations with strong AC available. She is into aesthetics and naturally envisions beautiful spaces, good smells, sounds and coordinated fabrics. I'm into maintenance histories, reliability and ease of cruising couple anchoring and docking. Unfortunately for fuel burn, displacement hull speeds not adequate so we are only considering semi-d (or cats....pricey it seems).

Flybridge, livable salon, island queen bed, dink, robust electrical system, shower enclosure and survey essential. Two heads and berths desirable.

$200k purchase budget is stretch but always willing to spend less and meet specs.

I'd list "seaworthy" for gulf stream crossing but acknowledge that the biggest limitations there are skill, judgement and patience for weather windows.
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