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Old 11-05-2013, 07:29 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Swabby View Post
Plan on doing the loop, the keys and the Chesapeake Bay in the summers. Basically a "Snowbird", on the Bay in the summers and down South in the winter.........Brad

Assuming you can time your movements to match sea states, pretty much most "trawlers" will work for that, then. The Chesapeake can beat you up a little if you have to travel in a chop, but otherwise it's reasonably benign... and the Keys ditto except for those pesky occasional hurricane things (at which point the brand of boat won't usually matter as much as other things).

Defever, CHB, Marine Trader, Island Gypsy, Sabreline, Monk... Just grab whatever brand names come up from a "trawler" search on Yachtworld, if you haven't done that already.

In the meantime, the Mainship boats have been decent (I think there's still an owners group on Yahoo or somewhere). Can't speak first-hand to Albin, but I see others have... and it sounds like a credible option.


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Old 11-06-2013, 06:49 AM   #22
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Wow! The feedback has been awesome. Its nice the old salts share their knowledge with the new guys. Hopefully in a few months I will have my new home, probably run it thru this forum first. Baker, thanks for the Cat soft block issue, hadn't heard of it. Don, signed up for your blog, looks interesting. Knowledge is power..................................Brad

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Old 11-06-2013, 07:58 AM   #23
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Don, signed up for your blog, looks interesting...................................Brad
Nice to have you aboard, Brad. We are in the middle of some upgrades, but will try and work in some local cruising around Vero Beach to Stuart and Jupiter. A couple of longer cruises are in the works to Biscayne Bay and the
Abacos. Then we are heading North with the first stop at Hilton Head for a few months. Then who knows? We will try to work our way to Maine over a couple of seasons. The stops along the way are just too interesting. We usually stay longer than planned.

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