Marine Trader - Tradewinds
Hello, and thank you for the opportunity to be part of this forum. I have always used the experience of others (good and bad) as part of my decision making process. I the aviation community, "lessons learned" was a forum posted by pilots who found themselves in trying situations, and talked about how they got there, what they did, and if faced with the same issue, how they would do it differently. Forums like this allow us as users to take advantage of others successes and mistakes, in order to make our nautical experience the best it can be.
That said, I am considering a 47 Marine Trader, (Tradewinds), with a pair of 210 HP Cummins for power. At this point I am trying to ascertain operational cost, in particular, fuel use at ~80% of max power. All thoughts on this vessel are absolutely welcome.
I am reluctantly moving away from a 36' glass over wood boat, with a 4cyl Ford Senator. Very tough decision, as loosing her will be like loosing a watch that has been on my arm for years!
Thanks in advance, and I look forward to remaining involved in this forum.