Originally Posted by Newadventure52
we are looking to buy used boat, we wanted 3 cabins , but it seems that based on our budget ( no more than 100k preferable around 60k or 70k) we would need to compromise on 2 cabins and maybe turn some area in the boat to 3rd cabin. Did anyone do it and have experience in it?
Are there specific boats/ makers that are better for beginners?
Basically any information you can please share with us regarding full time boating would be greatly appreciated and helpful. Thank you so much in advanced.
Ha! You got here before I saw your note on the other forum, good!
If it helps, if you're looking at boats in something like yachtworld.com...
Boats labeled Motor Yachts could have many of the same amenities as Trawlers... but generally have a semi-displacement or planing hull and more horsepower. Boats labeled Aft Cabin Motor Yachts are often the same as Motor Yachts. Boats labeled Cockpit Motor Yachts are generally aft-cabin models with a cockpit extension.
A 3-stateroom ACMY or CPMY could very well address your thoughts on space; an observation, not a recommendation. And even Sportfishers/Convertibles and Sedan Bridge boats can have 3 cabins. Third staterooms in many powerboats commonly tend to be relatively austere, often (but not always) bunks...
It can be semi-economical to run big engines slow; maybe not as inexpensive was typical small "trawler" engines, but usually easily manageable.
And then Trawlers are a figment of everyone's imagination... but if you read threads about "What makes a Trawler?" and similar, you'll probably conclude mostly that they are fuel efficient, often slow, and generally nifty.
Some powerboats are good for coastal cruising, some for ocean passages. This is where you have an early vote. Want to cross oceans? That'll lead you one way. Happy with coastal cruising? That'll lead you another... although passagemakers can certainly make great coastal cruisers too... but sometimes/often at higher cost.