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Old 06-18-2011, 08:40 AM   #41
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RE: Coaster 23 by Lovett/Chudley

For Bob,

And any other Coaster 23 owners out there who may be interested, I'm attaching a sketch of our design for reworking the interior. This was only feasible due to the fact that I had a stripped hull to work with. Stripping out an already finished interior would be a huge amount of work, so you'd have to be really wanting a change to go through all that effort. I also added two feet to the cabin length, which still gives us about a 5' cockpit.*

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Old 06-24-2014, 05:50 PM   #42
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my coaster cruiser

We have owned our 23 ft coaster for 14 years now. Great for 2 persons. I have added a diesel stove, radar, outboard bracket, holding tank, anchor roller, bench seat in stern just to name a few. It has a Perkins 4108 which was rebuilt by the previous owner. I see in this thread a picture of our boat bow and anchor roller at Comox. I,m always looking to see if I can make it more comfortable without getting elaborate.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:32 PM   #43
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Welcome to TF, Rutheva. I have never heard of a Coaster. You have my curiosity up. How about some pictures?
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:41 PM   #44
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Welcome as well, I too have never heard of or seen a Coaster. It sounds like an interesting vessel.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:49 PM   #45
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Welcome to the forum, cool looking boat



As to this thread. Next time someone mentions thread drift or creep they are getting a link to this one. Eric, Jack and Mark my hats off to you 3. Collectively drifting threads since 2010
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:30 PM   #46
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I was on TF for 3 years before I learned how to creep?

I must have been a slow learner.

The Coaster is a lobster type boat more easily driven than most. Great boat that's seen every so often on YW.
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:53 PM   #47
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Spiffy little vessel. Love to see pics also!
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:03 PM   #48
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Way back in 1983 we were in the market for a 25-30' slow powerboat (the term pocket trawler hadn't been coined yet) and we narrowed the search down to the Albin 25, Yar 26, a Beaverglass Hull design (forget the name) and the Coaster 23. Was very impressed with the Coaster, although by that time it was out of production and only used examples were available. We did go for a seatrial up Indian Arm and were very impressed with the Coaster, but in the end the seller wasn't really interested in parting with his baby. We ended up with an Albin 25.
As I recall, the Coaster came about due to the west coast dealer of Albins looking for a replacement for the Albin 25, which had gone out of production in the late 1970's. Dick Chudley commissioned the design and production of the Coaster; I don't think many were produced but it certainly had a charm to it. No relation to the Maple Bay boats other than they shared the same designer, John Lovett.
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We were very seriously looking at a Maple Bay 27 at one time and now that you mention they (Albin/Coaster) were designed by the same person I can see the similarities. Wish I could find a Coaster hull. I want a SD hull for my 60hp Suzuki OB.
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:14 AM   #50
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Hey Eric...
Our tastes seem to be quite similar. I've always been a fan of the Maple Bay 27, but wasn't in a position to take advantage of the product when it was on the market. Have watched their evolution through the 30 and ultimately the 32' version. The latter was my favourite from an overall design perspective, but it didn't last very long on the market.
Dallas Sellman, the original developer and builder of the MB 27, morphed into a marine surveyor, and I had the opportunity to avail myself of his services for a survey not too long ago. 14 Maple Bays were built, including, I believe, one 30' version, which Dallas was involved with. He wasn't happy with the product, and departed before the 32' versions were built.
I still believe that if the 32' was built today it would be a great boat. But it is/was a pure displacement boat so would have a very limited market.
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And in fact the Maple Bay 30 happens to be on the market...

1998 Maple Bay 30 Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

Sorry about the thread creep, but I think there is a relationship.
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I really should just go buy that maple bay...
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TOO much money.

How could it possibly be worth that much?

But I want a ride if you deal well and buy it.

You like the Maple Bay more than your Nordic Tug? There are some advantages now that I think of it.
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This is a photo of the MV Ruth Eva in the Courtenay River ,BC. The Commodore was watching for deadheads. We used to berth at a small marina up the river and now we trailer her. John & Marilyn, Comox
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The Maple Bay 32 is far more appealing to my eye - overall a larger boat and the stern platform makes it far more useable. The 30 was basically an extended cockpit 27.

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This is a photo of the MV Ruth Eva in the Courtenay River ,BC. The Commodore was watching for deadheads. We used to berth at a small marina up the river and now we trailer her. John & Marilyn, Comox
What a gorgeous looking vessel!
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Ruth Eva is pretty, and she's got radar. Plus, she's the same size as my girl.

I like the height of her antenna. Much better than my small ones....
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Looking back through the pages these are some really nice looking trollers.
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I really should just go buy that maple bay...

You have good taste Spy. Catch myself gazing at her too.
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Thank you for the welcome and compliments. Although she is a boat size and price that fits our needs we always look with admiration at the Maple Bays, Nordic Tugs and Ranger Tugs and other power boats similar in design. We console ourselves with the fact she is paid for. 2 years ago we were in Gorge Harbour on Cortez Island in the midst of a Ranger Tug Rendezvous. 54 of them and 1 of us . Loved it!
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