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Old 11-07-2018, 08:19 PM   #1
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Hello from San Diego - Looking for a trawler

Hello Everyone
First, what a fabulous forum. My wife and I are in our late 50's, our 5 kids are out of the house and we have decided to buy a trawler, live aboard until retirement and then cruise the coast. I know you're all thinking this is my idea but my wife is actually 100% supportive and actually pushing me to make it happen. We own a share of a 46 foot sailboat right now and we're ready to do our own thing.

We've looked at a Defever 49, Defever 48, Hershine 48, CHB 45, Diesel Duck 41, and a Yachtfisher 48. I'm looking forward to getting your feedback and learning as much as I can so I screw up as little as possible.
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:33 PM   #2
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Go look at a Bayliner 4788 or Meridian 490

Also look at a Navigator of the same size range.

That way you have covered your bases in what appears to be your bujdget range and can have a comaprison.

Picture yourself actually living life. Getting on and off the boat with groceries. Making dinner, watching a movie. Doing laundry.
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Good advice

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Go look at a Bayliner 4788 or Meridian 490

Also look at a Navigator of the same size range.

That way you have covered your bases in what appears to be your bujdget range and can have a comaprison.

Picture yourself actually living life. Getting on and off the boat with groceries. Making dinner, watching a movie. Doing laundry.
Thanks that is good advice. Fortunately we've been living on our Hunter 466 for about a week a month for the last 7 years. That has given us a very realistic view of living aboard. Although, after a week we would move back home so there a lot of little things that we need to think through such as the fact that we have two dogs that need to be walked.
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:44 AM   #6
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Jayzona, I am also in San Diego (Poway) area and have been thinking about purchasing a trawler. Right now I am just in the research stage. I am thinking more of a weekend destination as opposed to a full time live aboard. I'll PM you my number, I would mind talking to someone that is "kind of" in my same situation.
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I own a DeFever 40ft Downeast model built right there in Costa Mesa designed by the late Art DeFever who invented the Trawler so only in my opinion they are ďgreat bones boatĒ I love mine
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:04 PM   #9
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Hi!
I’ve been searching hard in San Diego for the last month. It’s my first boat at 56 and not far from my first time ON a boat. I just had my offer accepted on a ‘79 34 Californian LRC and it is beautiful! It’s the boat that got me like my Cadillac CTS-V did when I test drove her. Looks like I’m a trawler man. Condo, bay cruising, deep sea fishing when I get a bigger live bat tank according to my friend who says 50 to small. True anyone? Anyhoo I know of some boats maybe if you haven’t found yours yet. TTFN
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Iíve been searching hard in San Diego for the last month. Itís my first boat at 56 and not far from my first time ON a boat. I just had my offer accepted on a Ď79 34 Californian LRC and it is beautiful! Itís the boat that got me like my Cadillac CTS-V did when I test drove her. Looks like Iím a trawler man. Condo, bay cruising, deep sea fishing when I get a bigger live bat tank according to my friend who says 50 to small. True anyone? Anyhoo I know of some boats maybe if you havenít found yours yet. TTFN
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