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Old 10-11-2015, 01:21 AM   #12
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City: Cruising East Coast US
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Originally Posted by SaltyDawg86 View Post
So after much looking, my wife has decided she likes the Grand Banks 42s. I understand GB is the benchmark for trawlers, but I was wondering if there are any other brands I should be looking at.
I want twin engines, at least 2 staterooms, 2 heads, fiberglass decks, can handle the Chesapeake Bay or ocean should I choose to skip some of the ICW, and be in the $85k range. She thinks we can go as high as $125k, but I don't know about pulling that trigger. I still look at the Albin North Sea Cutter that's a couple hours north of me, but I hear the horror stories.
GBs are not ocean boats. Their lack of bow flair means no reserve boyancy forward plus their sliding trunk cabin windows is a combination you do not want when the seas turn on you offshore. The idea that they are of a higher build quality I think many here might disagree. As with all of these boats it is a boat by boat issue and not manufacturer.
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