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: