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Old 10-16-2009, 08:54 PM   #9
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Vessel Model: 2006 42' Ocean Alexander Sedan
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RE: Trawlers 101 - Part II

Marin wrote:. But one doesn't automatically have to buy a 40-plus foot boat no matter what their budget is if they want to take longer cruises. For the same money it takes to buy a "needs work" 42-footer one can buy a really nice 32-footer and go to the same places and even take a guest or two.

-- Edited by Marin on Friday 16th of October 2009 04:42:41 PM
Amen brother!* I've had boats up to 54 feet which I liked but did not love. Marin's advice should be heeded by those who are about to put their toe in the water and buy a trawler.
I can afford a big boat but my heart is with the smaller trawlers. I cruise the same waters I did with the big boat but for a hell of a lot less money! Now, if I were a serious cruiser (hundreds or thousands of miles every year) I 'd definitely have a much bigger boat.

My boat, SeaHorse II, has a queen size bed, with a custom innerspring mattress, a nice head with a separate shower stall, TV & DVD, Propane stove, ice maker, refrigerator, excellent electronics, fuel polishing system, single diesel, etc., etc,. etc,. All in 32 feet!
It fits my mission to a tee and I've had several serious offers to sell her. At present, it's not in the cards. Bigger is not necessarily better! (In boats that is.)

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