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Old 12-23-2017, 07:01 AM   #21
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Another possibility is the C Dory 25. It won't make your 25 mph requirement, but it will do 15 easily with a single 150 hp O/B. And it will be much more comfortable than some of the others to hang out at anchor.

A C Dory Tom Cat will also do it in comfort and cruise at your desired 25 mph with twin 150s, but they are a newer design and I don't think you can find one for $50K. A 2007 just sold for about $60K though.

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Old 12-23-2017, 07:16 AM   #22
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Wifey B: Fast is good. Faster is better. CC's are great for speed, but.....sleeping, staying out of the weather...

We looked at some CC's several years ago, and starting at about 30' or so the amenities open up a bit, so to speak. Two we looked at were by Boston Whaler and Grady White, but I forget the model names/numbers.

Decent head, galley, sleeping berths, AC, decent entryway into the area below. All minimal, cave-like interior, but maybe OK for storms or occasional sleep-overs. Looked to us like a decent alternative if the destination has hotels and that's the target.

I suspect we wouldn't mind a diesel version of something like that, if our boating style changed to make one of those viable. Still would want decent above-decks shade source over the helm (and a hardtop also makes a decent platform for mounting a radar) and maybe some removable side enclosure panels at least... if not a more complete canvas package.

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Old 12-23-2017, 08:56 AM   #23
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Since you like steadying sails, consider this one:

1993 Rosborough RF-246 Sedan Cruiser Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
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Old 12-23-2017, 09:58 AM   #24
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I think you are asking two questions; one is about a boat's capabilities, the other about the comfort level.

As far as capabilities go, this forum is the best as you get opinions from 100's of folks- much better than a yacht broker. Also I find that those that own and use a particular design are honest about the short comings.

As to comfort, that's a personal judgement thing. I know a couple who used to put a family of 4 on a 24 foot catboat for a week every year. Worked for them. You should just charter an appropriately sized boat for a week and take notes about what works for you and what doesn't.

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Old 12-23-2017, 12:54 PM   #25
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We looked at some CC's several years ago, and starting at about 30' or so the amenities open up a bit, so to speak. Two we looked at were by Boston Whaler and Grady White, but I forget the model names/numbers.
Some of the newer 42's and even 39's have decent accommodation but still nothing like an express cruiser. As to diesel, which you mentioned, Seavee was offering multiple propulsion options but seem to have dropped the inboard and the pod options and back to all outboard.

The CC's with decent accommodations are newer and out of his stated price range. Meanwhile plenty of Sea Rays of all ages.
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Some years ago we had a 1995 SeaRay 300DA. It had, duo props, twin 350s with TBFI. The highlight of the vessel was at 3100 RPM it was doing 28 MPH and getting around 1.3 nmpg. With its 200 gallons of fuel, genset and two individual sleeping areas it would be a great fast cost effective off shore good weather vessel.
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Old 12-23-2017, 02:07 PM   #27
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I think the compromise and budget are in too much conflict to deliver what you want. For the price with dual engines and big enough to have a small cave is going to be senior equipment that doesn't do anything well.

I hear your dilemma, its something us working peeps deal with all the time because we just don't have the time to go slow and bring all the creature comforts along. The crossing is no big deal in a fast boat. Miami to Bimini is 50 miles, I've done it in a Hobie 16 and many times in a 20-25' outboard. I knew a guy that ran over in his 17 Mako all the time. Some peeps may say that's crazy, but you look at the radar at the marina, listen to the forecast, look out the door, use common sense, and 3 hours later you're clearing Customs in Bimini. In the summer a good crossing window is more the rule than the exception, in the winter it may take a few days.

Think about a 25'ish OB, could be a single with later model engine, and just dock to dock hotel it like mentioned. Maybe rent a cottage in Abaco's, I know friends that does that and have a real good time. If you need your sleep at anchor fix, charter a trawler and drag your CC and leave the dingy upgrade off.

Run the numbers, cottage rental rates, hotel rates, charter rates, or dragging a less that acceptable accommodation with you that doesn't meet the mission criteria well in any category

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Old 12-23-2017, 02:12 PM   #28
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Guys run 60 miles offshore or at angles all up and down the coast in all sorts of small vessels.

To Bimini, you are never mire than 25 miles offshore
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Old 12-23-2017, 02:25 PM   #29
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A Grady White Sailfish for under 20k is one possibility. Generally gets one nmpg with twin old 2 smokes. 200 gal fuel. They are all over the East coast.
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Or how about this 1998 Bounty 26-footer? Diesel power, cruises at 18 knots, getting ~1.8 nmpg heavily loaded. Also cruises happily at 6-6.5 knots, getting ~4 nmpg. Sleeps 2-3 adults. Very well equipped for extended cruising - even has a watermaker. Right now, I'd let her go for $50K. Lots more pics and detail available if you're interested.

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Hmm. That Bounty is interesting. Thatís an outdrive I guess? Does it have a trailer?
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Yes, sterndrive. Trailer is galvanized triple axle.

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Fast Bahamas cruiser

Wow. Your boat looks really nice and seems to have lots of room, but it sure looks BIG on the trailer. Is your Ram 4x4?

I was hoping to get something I could tow with my Tahoeó maybe 7000-8000 LBs. But itís just a 2WD so would struggle and spin on a steep launch ramp.
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How about a Rosborough 25? Probably more than 50K used, but could be best of both worlds.
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It's a heavy rig - more than 11.5K lbs on the trailer, when we have it loaded up for a summer on the water in SE Alaska. Lots of clothes, food, fishing gear, tools, etc. The truck is a 3/4 ton diesel 4x4, and it works very well. We tow it 1,900 miles from Utah up to Prince Rupert BC to launch, and head north on the water.

Pros and cons of being that heavily built - it's very stout, and rides softly and quietly through the chop, but takes a big tow vehicle. Here it is in the "boathouse" garage, where it lives when not out cruising:

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Thatís a really cool boat IMO. I do like the mast , as long as I can fold it down.

I see itís been repowered with new 70hp Yamahas. Is that sufficiently powered?
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Thatís a really cool boat IMO. I do like the mast , as long as I can fold it down.

I see itís been repowered with new 70hp Yamahas. Is that sufficiently powered?
Might make it to 20-25 but probably won't make it to 25-30 MPH.
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I would take a good look at the Grady White line of boats.
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I would take a good look at the Grady White line of boats.
Their express models could work well. I don't know about older models. Today they go to 37'.
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We go to the Bahamas often with friends on their 52' Ocean Yacht. Although its sportfish hull will take lots of punishment we still watch our weather. Once there we seldom get over 10mph ..He used to own a 32' Proline cuddy with twins that he took there several times. His gas bill was more than the diesel bill on the 52'!
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