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Old 07-14-2016, 03:02 PM   #21
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Our boat carries two kayaks, which we have found are ideal for exploring and fishing the skinny water. We ride to the fishing grounds in air conditioned comfort, anchor, and sneak up on the snook in the Kayaks.
Wifey B: All the talk about Kayaks on here, got us curious. We rented some one day when we were cruising. Had to buy two when we got home. Not on our boat, but they are fun. You all contributed to my kayak delinquency of must try one.
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Old 07-14-2016, 03:18 PM   #22
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A good boat for you might be a Camano Troll. About thirty feet long.
I think they do about 15 knots.

Big Flying Bridge for entertaining. I bet you could entertain six guests and yourselves on this boat for a few hours. Some on the bridge some down below.

Double bed in the cabin. I'm sure something in the Salon converts to a bed as well.

Nice galley. Less than 4 foot draft.

I don't know if it will fit your hoist. It is a lot of boat for it's size.
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Old 07-14-2016, 08:26 PM   #23
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You might want to talk to an insurance agent or two. I've heard some companies wont touch new owners of large boats without experience.
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Old 07-14-2016, 10:56 PM   #24
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We're at Esplanade. You may want to check out the Marco Bay Yacht Club. Nice folks with tons of local knowledge and experience. Very active club! Marco Bay Yacht Club
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Old 07-15-2016, 06:52 AM   #25
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Here is a Camano Troll, our previous boat Spirit 10' beam, on our 16,000#
hoist. It worked out fine, they are very well made boats.
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:24 AM   #26
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Our boat carries two kayaks, which we have found are ideal for exploring and fishing the skinny water. We ride to the fishing grounds in air conditioned comfort, anchor, and sneak up on the snook in the Kayaks.
Agreed - currently we have a two-man kayak which is perfect for cruising the canals and local bay. You do need good shoulders.
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:32 AM   #27
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A good boat for you might be a Camano Troll. About thirty feet long.
I think they do about 15 knots.

Big Flying Bridge for entertaining. I bet you could entertain six guests and yourselves on this boat for a few hours. Some on the bridge some down below.

Double bed in the cabin. I'm sure something in the Salon converts to a bed as well.

Nice galley. Less than 4 foot draft.

I don't know if it will fit your hoist. It is a lot of boat for it's size.
Thanks for the suggestion. This is a nice looking boat! With a 10' 6" beam, this boat would fit our hosts. I'll keep it on our watch list.
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:35 AM   #28
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You might want to talk to an insurance agent or two. I've heard some companies wont touch new owners of large boats without experience.
I will look into this. May need to get something smaller to build experience anyway. I don't think our two-man kayak would cut it.
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:14 AM   #29
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You might want to talk to an insurance agent or two. I've heard some companies wont touch new owners of large boats without experience.
One thing that might help is taking some Sail & Power Squadron Courses.
Some insurance Co's look positively on those that take the initiative to learn before heading out with a "new" boat...also they usually offer discounts for courses and USPS membership
USPS is a great resource for those getting started as well as those wanting to expand their horizons Knowledge + experience builds confidence.
You will also gain a network of people with similar interests.
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:30 AM   #30
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Since we are on the topic of Kayaks, we labored for a few months about the various carrying systems for kayaks on cruising boats.

Here is a pic of us on our Memorial Day cruise that illustrates the system we finally settled on:

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Old 07-15-2016, 01:05 PM   #31
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One thing that might help is taking some Sail & Power Squadron Courses.
Some insurance Co's look positively on those that take the initiative to learn before heading out with a "new" boat...also they usually offer discounts for courses and USPS membership
USPS is a great resource for those getting started as well as those wanting to expand their horizons Knowledge + experience builds confidence.
You will also gain a network of people with similar interests.
I've also known insurers to require one to use a captain initially and/or to have a captain certify they believe you're adequately knowledgeable to start on your own. I knew one person for whom that was one day out with a good training captain.
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Old 07-22-2016, 08:39 PM   #32
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Mainship 34 Pilothouse, for the win.... 14,000 pounds, and low air draft. : )

Second 👍 the Mainship 34. Diesel engine, protected propeller, shallow water draft and room for a small crowd in the cockpit.
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Agreed - there is a good selection of Mainships.
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