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Old 10-25-2017, 11:55 AM   #1
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New to us 4788

I've been mostly lurking on TF the past few months, participating in a few threads that spurned my interest, but for the most part quiet.

But today we have a fairly large announcement to make: We just completed the purchase of a 2002 Bayliner 4788!

This is the end of a 2-year process for us, as we looked for our next boat. We required at least 2 full-time staterooms, a comfortable salon and galley, a large dinghy I can fish off of, solid hull and engines. and all the comforts of home as we want to treat this boat as our 2nd home. Our wish-list included a pilothouse, canvas enclosures to expand our living space, modern electronics, and turn-key condition. The 4788 checked most of the boxes, and those that it didn't have are easy additions (notably modern electronics and canvas).

Last week we took ownership, and on Sunday we delivered her to her new home in Tacoma. The weather wasn't ideal for our first time taking her out, as it was a bit breezy with lots of debris in the water from the flooding that had occurred due to rain the week prior. But the boat handled herself perfectly in the conditions, and was comfortable enough that everyone was able to take at least a short nap on the cruise.

There's a ton of stuff for us to learn, and a few projects that we have planned, but the vast majority of them are cosmetic and there's no specific time-frame; the only major issue that needs to be resolved is that the lead-acid batteries are basically toast and need to be replaced, as well as a bit of deferred maintenance on the engines. Nothing major as both surveys (mechanical and condition) came back very clean.

I'll have a bigger write-up on my blog later, but for now here are a few more pictures:

Matt B.
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Old 10-25-2017, 12:05 PM   #2
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Congratulations - I think you picked a great boat. But then again I may be a bit biased. Have a great time with it.
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Old 10-25-2017, 12:11 PM   #3
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Congratulations on your purchase! As someone who purchased less than a year ago, I still vividly remember how exciting a time it was to take delivery. Enjoy!
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Old 10-25-2017, 02:04 PM   #4
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Congratulations. You picked a great boat for cruising. Wishing you many years of great times onboard. Yes, the learning curve can be pretty steep, but it’s also great fun.


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Old 10-26-2017, 07:24 AM   #5
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Awesome boats. Enjoy! If you have questions, there are several 4788 owners here that are very knowledgeable.
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Old 10-26-2017, 11:53 AM   #6
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Congrats on the new boat purchase and welcome to TF. I once chartered a 4588 for 8 days in the San Juans and loved it. I suspect you will enjoy many wonderful days and nights on board.
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Old 10-26-2017, 01:45 PM   #7
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Congrats on the nice, new boat, Matt! The 4788 is a great boat for the buck. Lots of space for people and stuff!

Hope you enjoy her as much as we enjoy our 'lil Californian.
My boat is my ark. It's my mobile treehouse and my floating fishing cabin. It's my retreat and my respite. Everyday I thank God I have a boat! -Al FJB

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Old 10-26-2017, 01:58 PM   #8
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Congratulations on great taste in boats, if I ever buy a boat larger than my 3870 Bayliner the 47 is at the top of the list, enjoy.
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Old 10-26-2017, 02:23 PM   #9
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Great boat congratulations.
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Old 10-26-2017, 10:38 PM   #10
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I like it, you’ll love it.
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Old 10-27-2017, 12:58 AM   #11
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Congrats! This always seemed like a really good Loop boat. 14-11" beam, under 4' draft...
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Old 10-27-2017, 11:26 AM   #12
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Really nice choice.
I have admired these for a long time.
Enjoy the adventure
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Old 10-27-2017, 09:52 PM   #13
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Had a 4788 next door to me for a couple of months in Orange Beach. Very impressed with it. Owner an experienced big push boat skipper. Liveaboard and had it all over the Gulf. Sweet boat.
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