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Old 09-17-2015, 05:37 PM   #1
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Hello,
I am currently contemplating the idea of acquiring a 1983 Cheoy Lee 61ft for liveaborad purpose.
I think I will need a lot of info as I am compeltely new to trawlers (and boating for that matter...)
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Old 09-17-2015, 05:40 PM   #2
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Old 09-18-2015, 08:25 PM   #3
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From zero to 61 feet is a pretty steep learning curve. Not to mention with a 30 year old boat.

Good luck with the project.

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Old 09-18-2015, 10:34 PM   #4
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Hello,
I am currently contemplating the idea of acquiring a 1983 Cheoy Lee 61ft for liveaborad purpose.
I think I will need a lot of info as I am compeltely new to trawlers (and boating for that matter...)
I would assume then you're hiring a crew for when you want to leave the dock and to manage the boat?
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A liveaboard needn't leave the dock.
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Old 09-18-2015, 11:19 PM   #6
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A liveaboard needn't leave the dock.
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In my experience, a big boat isn't that much more difficult to run than a small one, it's just that the consequences of screwing up are more, ah, consequential. a person could wring a lot of consequences out of a 61' boat.
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I would assume then you're hiring a crew for when you want to leave the dock and to manage the boat?
Yes absolutely, as long as im not confident enough that I can be safe without
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Yes absolutely, as long as im not confident enough that I can be safe without
With zero experience, how would you be confident?
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Welcome and good luck. It will be an interesting experience.
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Old 09-21-2015, 08:03 AM   #11
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I think they are trying to tell you to start with a smaller boat. If you plan on having insurance you will either have to hire a captain or settle for something a bit smaller.
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Agree on challenge w/insurance. I had a tough time getting coverage on 25 yr old boat moving up from 20' to 37'
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After having no claims over 25 years owning a 24-foot trailered sailboat, experienced no difficulty in obtaining coverage for my current 35-footer.
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After having no claims over 25 years owning a 24-foot trailered sailboat, experienced no difficulty in obtaining coverage for my current 35-footer.

I write yacht insurance and would not question the jump from 24' sail with 25yrs experience to a 35'. Having no experience and buying a 60 footer is a different story. You can do a lot of damage with a 60 footer.
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I write yacht insurance and would not question the jump from 24' sail with 25yrs experience to a 35'. Having no experience and buying a 60 footer is a different story. You can do a lot of damage with a 60 footer.
Absolutely. Note that the OP said "I am compeltely new to trawlers (and boating for that matter...)"

Perhaps I misinterpreted, but he gave me the impression he thinks it's just buy a boat and go boating. I can't imagine any insurer covering a 60' for him without an experienced captain operating it.
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