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Old 05-22-2013, 12:38 AM   #2
av8r
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City: Gig Harbor
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Selah
Vessel Model: Ocean Alexander 40
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 237
We spent almost three years seriously looking for the boat we now have, a 40' Europa-style sedan cruiser.
We had a small planing-hull cabin cruiser that we had spent years cruising in the San Francisco Bay area and then the Pacific Northwest. Spending 72 nights on the 28' prompted us to start looking for a bigger boat, and by that time we had pretty strong ideas about what we wanted. We spent a lot of time looking at Yachtworld (boat porn, a friend calls it) and many weekends looking at and crawling around on boats of several different styles and interior layouts. There are lots of boats out there and you have to spend some time to see what you like and what you don't.

A long-term member of the forum has recommended chartering as a way to try out the boat or the style you might be interested in, in the areas you might cruise. The PNW has lots of boats, lots of charter operators, and lots of brokers and is a pretty good place to start. Anacortes has a lot to offer with good charter operators and brokers. If you haven't found them alrea!dy, look at Anacortes Yacht Charters and Banana-Belt Boats on the web.

Look at lots of boats, and have fun!
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