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Old 01-05-2019, 01:10 PM   #1
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Hi new member here!

Hey, new member here, long time boater new to cruising
we currently have a 27 express cruiser but are going to upgrade to a larger boat to travel from are home in eastern ontario to the bahamas . looking forward to your insight on what and where to buy.
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Old 01-05-2019, 01:12 PM   #2
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Welcome! Be sure to check out Boat Search 101 and one of several articles like this one on doing your own initial survey before paying someone else to disqualify (or qualify) the boat for you.


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Agree w both of GreB's suggestion... off to a good start.
Do some searching and reading there are many that have joined w similar goals and questions.
Having boated and bought boat(s) before is an advantage.
A good place to start is for You and Yours? To write down your goals & objectives, what you consider Musts, Wants and Don't Wants
Compare notes and compromise (consider strongly doing it her way)
Then you have a list of criterion to evaluate different boats, layouts and features.

Tell us some more about prior experience and existing boat.

Good luck w the search
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Welcome from a one time resident of your area. Love the Ottawa valley and the people. Enjoy the forum, it's a great group of like minded people. Be careful about asking any questions on anchors
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Welcome aboard TF
Agree w both of GreB's suggestion... off to a good start.
Do some searching and reading there are many that have joined w similar goals and questions.
Having boated and bought boat(s) before is an advantage.
A good place to start is for You and Yours? To write down your goals & objectives, what you consider Musts, Wants and Don't Wants
Compare notes and compromise (consider strongly doing it her way)
Then you have a list of criterion to evaluate different boats, layouts and features.

Tell us some more about prior experience and existing boat.

Good luck w the search
Thanks all for the warm welcome,
i grew up n a lake as a kid and got my first boat at 7! was a yellow sea flee as the years went by i switched over to the ottawa river , then we got a 25 cuddie and started traveling to the rideau canal and out to thousand islands. we met a lot of long distance cruisers and got the bug. Now we have a 2765 regal and we love to see new places and people.
So now that i retired this summer the plan is to sell everything and go full time cruising. Canada in the summer and bahama in the winter.
The boat we are looking for is diesel bout 40 ft and hopefully an aft cabin. Would like to have a Tolly but there hard to find around here (east coast).
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Welcome. It might be better to find examples of boats you like and ask for others experiences or opinions.
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Welcome. It might be better to find examples of boats you like and ask for others experiences or opinions.
From what i have been reading , I am thinking a tollycraft 44. It has to be diesel as I am a diesel mechanic /millwright. Not sure if 44 is going to be to much boat for me . I have never coastal cruised, little worried about not getting enough boat to be offshore. It will only be be my wife and I 95% of the time.
Feel free to weigh in with suggestions or thoughts
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44' is a handful for one but if your wife is spry and wants to learn a few simple skills it shouldn't be too difficult. Size isn't always the determining factor in a safe offshore vessel, I'd suggest you look for accommodations that fit your lifestyle in a boat that's design fits your intended area of operation. You may find that 32' or 36' works well for you. I presently have only a 26' boat but it's an able boat offshore and I like the simplicity and don't mind the camp like accommodations. Plus I'm cheap.
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44' is a handful for one but if your wife is spry and wants to learn a few simple skills it shouldn't be too difficult. Size isn't always the determining factor in a safe offshore vessel, I'd suggest you look for accommodations that fit your lifestyle in a boat that's design fits your intended area of operation. You may find that 32' or 36' works well for you. I presently have only a 26' boat but it's an able boat offshore and I like the simplicity and don't mind the camp like accommodations. Plus I'm cheap.
The off shore thing intimidates me, and wifey more, but im sure we will get the hang of it.
We are downsizing the house, which will pay for the boat.
We are also on a budget as it has to be affordable on my pension.
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There's nothing wrong with having an offshore capable boat and not going offshore, there is a problem having a boat that isn't safe offshore and going there anyway. Keep in mind that the bigger half of boating safety is you. Like we used to say on fishing boats "it's better to have the horsepower in the pilothouse than the engine room.
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Old 01-06-2019, 12:47 PM   #16
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Its not that im new to boating, just new to big boating, I have a lot to learn and don't want to do it the hard way. Buying the wong boat would be an expensive lesson for me. I am comfortable on the water, but water and open water are not the same (I think)
This is why I came to the ppl who know. All advice is good advise, It just depends on how you use it.
The more i learn the more I realize I dont know.
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Welcome kizif;
From another whos initial foray into boating was the freshwater lakes and rivers of Canada.
Heading offshore can be daunting, but the rewards are worth it. Plan for it and take in all the available information. Having the love of boating in your blood makes the learning experience easier and quicker.
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From what i have been reading , I am thinking a tollycraft 44. It has to be diesel as I am a diesel mechanic /millwright. Not sure if 44 is going to be to much boat for me . I have never coastal cruised, little worried about not getting enough boat to be offshore. It will only be be my wife and I 95% of the time.
Feel free to weigh in with suggestions or thoughts
Prior to our 43, the biggest boat I had handled was our 25 bay boat. I was shocked how easy it is to handle the big boat, especially in close quarters...twin diesels with big wheels are like magic. The Admiral is completely unmechanical, and not particularly spry, but with equipment correctly arranged, she has no problem deploying the anchor, managing fenders, handling dock lines. We love the space we have, and a bonus is the shallower shaft angle on the Hatt 43 gives a draft of 35, letting us get into some tight anchorages. Enjoy the search.
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The Hatt 43 is a beauty ! Is yours an aft? That's one that's on the wish list.
Wifey is good on the boat, she handles the lines and fenders like a champ, that is when I dont screw up too bad
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