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Old 10-26-2015, 07:01 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Pack Mule View Post
Nice boat . Congratulations . Like the Europa style .
The Europa style fits. My wife liked the single level cockpit/salon layout of a sportfisher, I like the TT style, so it was a great compromise. Coming from a sailing background, this one handles like a really wide sailboat. It even has a monster keel down the centerline to make me feel at home.

I'll have to get used to a wheel again. I've been sailing a 28,000 lbs. boat with a tiller lately. This one has hydraulic steering. My first thoughts on taking the wheel for the first time was disappointment that I couldn't feel the rudder at all. Then I realized that I don't have to, because I'm not sailing. That transitioned to how awesome hydraulic steering was because I didn't have to worry about getting launched overboard when backing up.

It will be an interesting transition. I was talking to my wife last night about installing a navigation computer similar to the low power version I have in the sailboat. I realized that I can put a nice big 19" or 21" monitor up, because I don't have to worry about power draw. The alternator will be working anytime I'm moving. That started a whole train of thought about how stringent I had to be with my power budget for offshore passage making, and how I don't have to worry much about that for coastal powerboating. I hate to think I'm going soft, but I don't think it's going to be hard for me to get used to.

I tried to attach a pic of the prop and rudder from the survey, but it was inverted. I'll have to figure out how to change the photo on my phone first.
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