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Old 05-10-2014, 09:41 AM   #1
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Just joined the site today. A few months ago my wife said: "I think we need a bigger boat." Got to love that in a woman. We have a 19' CC fishing boat but we want something to spend days and nights on the ICW and cruse for a few weeks now and then. Budget is around $50K. Have operated boats up to 27 feet before. Thinking of something around 32 to 34 feet. Is this doable? Boat suggestions please. Just moved to the NC/SC area long the coast. Thanks for any help. Looking forward to this forum.
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:53 AM   #2
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:59 AM   #3
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Old 05-10-2014, 01:04 PM   #4
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We have a 19' CC fishing boat but we want something to spend days and nights on the ICW and cruse for a few weeks now and then. Budget is around $50K. Have operated boats up to 27 feet before. Thinking of something around 32 to 34 feet. Is this doable? Boat suggestions please.
Yes, that's doable. That length is about the dividing line between gas and diesel, so you'll find many powered with one or the other engine type. If you're looking at diesels only, the choices narrow but they're still out there. Californian, Gulfstar, CHB, Mainship, Bayliner, Silverton, Carver, Wellcraft are all options. I started my search on Yachtworld and using the PowerBoat Guide, Volume 3 Express and Sedan Cruisers. From there I transitioned into looking at trawlers before finding my 34 Californian LRC.

Plan to spend $10-15,000 per year on operation, maintenance, improvements, insurance, slip, etc. on a turnkey boat...more for one needing attention right off the bat. Happy hunting and welcome to TF!
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Yes, that's doable. That length is about the dividing line between gas and diesel, so you'll find many powered with one or the other engine type. If you're looking at diesels only, the choices narrow but they're still out there. Californian, Gulfstar, CHB, Mainship, Bayliner, Silverton, Carver, Wellcraft are all options. I started my search on Yachtworld and using the PowerBoat Guide, Volume 3 Express and Sedan Cruisers. From there I transitioned into looking at trawlers before finding my 34 Californian LRC.

Plan to spend $10-15,000 per year on operation, maintenance, improvements, insurance, slip, etc. on a turnkey boat...more for one needing attention right off the bat. Happy hunting and welcome to TF!

There are many choices in the 30-36 foot range. If you have the skills to repair or renovate, real bargains can be found. But it takes time. Other more "turn key" boats are available if you look for them. Good luck in the search!
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