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Old 05-09-2013, 05:19 PM   #1
aronhk_md
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City: New Castle, Delaware
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Belladonna
Vessel Model: Monark 58 custom
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 132
new member, new boat: Monark 58

Hi everyone!

Belladonna is a pretty (to me. lol) 1969 58 ft trawler I fell in love with while pursuing something in the 40 ft range. She is 52 ft on deck, with a 4'10" bow pulpit and a 3 ft swim platform, so overall she's 60' and is listed as a 17' beam but I've been over her carefully and can only find 16 feet of beam max at the hull extrusions on the sides. Cabin is only 11' wide with catwalks 2' wide on either side. She is aluminum hulled and doesnt really have a "waist" to speak of since aluminum is hard to shape.

She was called a trawler in her sale ad, and I would agree, though I'm not sure the average head boat in the fishing fleets would be described as a trawler, and she definitely resembles them. Not surprising when you consider Monark built work, crew and patrol boats for 50 years.

Interior common area living spaces are nice and reasonably spacious, but the master cabin and guest cabin with twin bunks are quite small for a boat this size. Layout has been changed over the years and I will likely change back closer to original, but I'd like to live with it a while before making major changes. Right now there is a single large head.

Upper deck is large at 30x11, and covered with an aluminum framed and arched fiberglass top forward, and aft...with a canvas retractable 12 ft section in the middle near the davits. It has occurred to me that I may wish to extend the upper deck over the catwalks as many yachts are laid out....this would give me an enormous 30x15 ft upper deck and wouldnt be a very difficult enhancement. But again, I'll live with it a while before changing anything.

For power I had hoped to have something more fuel efficient, but I will live with the 6-71 diesels since I do not plan to be making long distance trips with her. Mostly local day trips in the upper chesapeake are what I envision. Evenings out on the water with friends. I have even considered moving aboard and seeing how I like it.

I havent made the final decision yet, but most likely home will be Summit North Marina in the C&D canal.
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