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Old 08-24-2016, 04:11 PM   #61
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Greetings from Ohio. My wife and I have a history of pleasure boating in the Midwest, although we have not used our boat for the last few years. It's a 1965 Chris craft custom skier, mahogany ski boat that has just been taking up space in our garage for some time. My immediate plan is to fix the boat up and sell it to add to our cruiser fund.

Our long-term interest is to buy a trawler style cruiser with which to cruise the East Coast, Florida, and the Bahamas. This plan probably won't take place for about five years, as we are both working full-time currently.

My thoughts are that the appropriate boat for us is going to be a trawler style cruiser in the 34 to 36 foot range. A Grand Banks 36 would be perfect.

Other than generating the money to buy such boat, what should I be doing over the next few years to prepare myself for the cruising lifestyle? Should I rent cruisers in Florida a few times? I would intend on taking some Coast Guard classes on boat handling and navigation at some point, not sure what is available in my area.

Anyone's thoughts on the first steps toward owning and living (at least part-time) by cruiser would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-24-2016, 04:20 PM   #62
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Greetings from Ohio. My wife and I have a history of pleasure boating in the Midwest, although we have not used our boat for the last few years. It's a 1965 Chris craft custom skier, mahogany ski boat that has just been taking up space in our garage for some time. My immediate plan is to fix the boat up and sell it to add to our cruiser fund.

Our long-term interest is to buy a trawler style cruiser with which to cruise the East Coast, Florida, and the Bahamas. This plan probably won't take place for about five years, as we are both working full-time currently.

My thoughts are that the appropriate boat for us is going to be a trawler style cruiser in the 34 to 36 foot range. A Grand Banks 36 would be perfect.

Other than generating the money to buy such boat, what should I be doing over the next few years to prepare myself for the cruising lifestyle? Should I rent cruisers in Florida a few times? I would intend on taking some Coast Guard classes on boat handling and navigation at some point, not sure what is available in my area.

Anyone's thoughts on the first steps toward owning and living (at least part-time) by cruiser would be greatly appreciated.
I'd suggest two things. One is chartering as you mention in FL.

The other is to purchase the boat in advance if possible. You could gain a lot of experience using it on the Great Lakes on weekends and vacations. You could also get any refurbishing and upgrades done. If you picked up two weeks plus 20 weekend days per year for two years in advance, that's 70 days of boating experience before you head off for new lands. If you purchased the boat and it was located elsewhere, then use those brief periods to fly to it and/or move it to where you want it. You may have schedules too busy to allow even this but offering it as a thought in case you could do it. Plus it can take you a long time to find your perfect boat.
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Old 08-24-2016, 04:28 PM   #63
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Welcome aboard. Yup, buy it sooner rather than later.
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Old 09-04-2016, 09:15 PM   #64
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Hello, We are interested in a Mainship 43 Pilot or similar boat. We would like to travel from Florida up the East Coast. I just finished "Honey let's buy a boat". What a great story! No fly bridge for me. Thanks. Len
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Hi folks, I'm new to the forum and have been lurking for a few days now. We live in St Augustine, FL and are considering spending a significant amount of time living aboard a trawler in the near future. We also think it would be a great experience to make the great loop in the next few years.

We are scheduled with a trawler charter captain for a few days living aboard and learning more about choosing and operating the right vessel for us. We have lots of on the water experience in smaller coastal fishing boats and are certified bareboat on sailboats, but think at this stage in our lives we would be more comfortable on a power boat. I look forward to learning a lot from reading posts on the forum.
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