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Old 05-29-2017, 02:35 PM   #81
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Languishing? HAH! Bimini is SO bad if it weren't for the rest of my family (kids and grand kids) not being here I could quite readily "languish" right here for the rest of my days. Good food. Wonderful people both cruisers and locals. Walk pretty well everywhere and sunrises that start my days off with Zen. Life is good.
Dear Mr RTF, may you please cease immediately this happiness porn, you make me depressed!

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Old 05-29-2017, 03:49 PM   #82
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why is CO poisoning more of an issue with gas than diesel ?
A gasoline engine throttles the air, a diesel does not. Therefore, the exhaust volume for a diesel is 2 or 4 times more than a gas engine. This greater volume per mass of fuel sufficiently dilutes the CO to lower and less toxic levels. This, for instance allows diesel engines to be safely used in underground mine, with ventilation of course. NA diesels pump less air than, a turbo, with resultant higher concentrations of CO but well less than a gasser.

A gas engine burns hotter than a diesel with just enough air to permit clean combustion. With the diesel's greater air volume per unit mass, thermal efficiency is about 30% more than a gas engine per equivalent fuel mass.
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Old 06-01-2017, 01:36 PM   #83
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Hey everyone, just thought I'd update.

We are going to see the boat Saturday. We're flying a small plane tomorrow afternoon into Charleston. We've got a hotel downtown, so we're making it a little vacation. Downtown Charleston is a blast. We're meeting the broker at 9 am, and if all goes well, we're doing the river test at about 10, right around low tide.

We're excited. Should be a fun couple of days. We are completely prepared to walk away if there's something that we find during our inspection. If all is well, we'll make an offer contingent on the survey.
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Old 06-01-2017, 02:51 PM   #84
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Hey everyone, just thought I'd update.

We are going to see the boat Saturday. We're flying a small plane tomorrow afternoon into Charleston. We've got a hotel downtown, so we're making it a little vacation. Downtown Charleston is a blast. We're meeting the broker at 9 am, and if all goes well, we're doing the river test at about 10, right around low tide.

We're excited. Should be a fun couple of days. We are completely prepared to walk away if there's something that we find during our inspection. If all is well, we'll make an offer contingent on the survey.
Steve91T,

It's evident that you've learned a few things from this forum, even though yu may have disagreed a bit. I have also, but the overwhelming good knowledge from this group is priceless. And, it's also fun to debate what's best at times.

Hope this works out for you... it's your first "big" boat. It's a great beginner boat that you can beat up and sink and it won't cost you a fortune. Enjoy it and learn with it. I'm betting a few years down the road you'll be stepping up. That's exactly what many of us did.

I beat the heck out of my first "big" boat, and knew it was going to be a lesson. Loved the boat and had many good times, but from all the little mistakes I made, I learned so when I got the next one I was a better captain. Worked well.
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Old 06-01-2017, 03:33 PM   #85
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Thanks Seevee. I absolutely did learn a lot. No doubt about that.

Yeah I think it will be a good starter boat. And we'll get a good idea of how we like boating life (we're going to love it).
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Old 06-01-2017, 03:47 PM   #86
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Would it make sense to ask the broker to show you a few other boats while you are meeting with him ? That might give the appearance that you are not already in love with this boat ( even though you are ) That might help when it comes to the haggling portion of the buying process.
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Old 06-01-2017, 04:31 PM   #87
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Hey everyone, just thought I'd update.

We are going to see the boat Saturday. We're flying a small plane tomorrow afternoon into Charleston. We've got a hotel downtown, so we're making it a little vacation. Downtown Charleston is a blast. We're meeting the broker at 9 am, and if all goes well, we're doing the river test at about 10, right around low tide.

We're excited. Should be a fun couple of days. We are completely prepared to walk away if there's something that we find during our inspection. If all is well, we'll make an offer contingent on the survey.
It sounds like you're going to have a great time no matter what. Charleston is a great city. I wish you a great trip and the best of luck looking at this boat. Hopefully it's everything you want and more.

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Old 06-01-2017, 06:59 PM   #88
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Hope it all works out . Charleston is a fun city . Love the architecture there .
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Old 06-01-2017, 07:14 PM   #89
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Good luck, hope it works out for you.
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Old 06-01-2017, 08:21 PM   #90
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I urge you to get a survey. I did and knew exactly what I was getting into.

I used to own a 24ft, Sea Ray 454 single gas engine. WAY too expensive. I do not know what the fuel capacity is on the boat you are looking at but hope it would be quite large. You will need it to get to the Bahamas. My current boat just got back from the Bahamas and I averaged 3 miles per gallon. (diesel) I personally would never own a gas engine again.

I wish you well on your search.
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Old 06-01-2017, 08:37 PM   #91
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I urge you to get a survey. I did and knew exactly what I was getting into.

I used to own a 24ft, Sea Ray 454 single gas engine. WAY too expensive. I do not know what the fuel capacity is on the boat you are looking at but hope it would be quite large. You will need it to get to the Bahamas. My current boat just got back from the Bahamas and I averaged 3 miles per gallon. (diesel) I personally would never own a gas engine again.

I wish you well on your search.
Thanks Donna. I would a absolutely love diesel but they are hard to find in this size. That and our plan is to eventually bring it back to our lake, which doesn't have diesel on it.

Even if this thing gets 1 mpg, going to the Bahamas is about 50 miles, which means I'm going to burn 50 gallons. I'm sure a boat this size with twin 454's will have at least that.

We are getting a survey. Our offer will be contingient on the survey.
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Old 06-01-2017, 09:27 PM   #92
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I agree. Certainly the diesels will be more efficient, but I just cruised for two days in my 29' with a single 8.1 liter gasser
We got 1.5 nmpg at 8 knots. Sure it's half as efficient as some are reporting, but half of what? If you're not going hundreds of miles, big deal. It's a couple hundred bucks.
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Old 06-01-2017, 09:52 PM   #93
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First off, your insurance company may require a survey. So, you might as well get it BEFORE you buy.
Now for a short story: When I was looking for my last sailboat I was on many sailing sites. I ended up in a Hunter sailboat forum. There was a guy there that was like the ultimate guru. He had made many, many modifications over the years. He was like the forums ultimate hero. While I was looking for a boat, his boat came up for sale. Coincidentally, his boat was less than an hours drive away. After seeing tons of his posts and photos I was so excited to get to see his boat in person> I drove over to the boat. I was in awe but not like you think. It was one big POS. The quality was really bad. Also, his 'inovations' were more of a detriment than an asset. PHOTOS DO LIE.
Just thought that I might relay this first person story. Anyway, it's your life and your money. Best of luck in whatever you decide
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Old 06-01-2017, 10:00 PM   #94
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First off, your insurance company may require a survey. So, you might as well get it BEFORE you buy.
Now for a short story: When I was looking for my last sailboat I was on many sailing sites. I ended up in a Hunter sailboat forum. There was a guy there that was like the ultimate guru. He had made many, many modifications over the years. He was like the forums ultimate hero. While I was looking for a boat, his boat came up for sale. Coincidentally, his boat was less than an hours drive away. After seeing tons of his posts and photos I was so excited to get to see his boat in person> I drove over to the boat. I was in awe but not like you think. It was one big POS. The quality was really bad. Also, his 'inovations' were more of a detriment than an asset. PHOTOS DO LIE.
Just thought that I might relay this first person story. Anyway, it's your life and your money. Best of luck in whatever you decide

Thanks for your story. Honestly that's a really good one, on any forum. Every forum has that guy and that drives home the point the internet is one big story. There's tons of amazing information but there just as much bad.

I know this thread is long and I'm sure you missed it....I'm getting a survey.
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I know this thread is long and I'm sure you missed it....I'm getting a survey.[/QUOTE]


Yes, I missed it and glad you are getting a survey.

That saved me from writing about a news article about this guy that was getting married to someone his family had promised him to. After the wedding when she took off her head and facial covering he immediately wanted a divorce.

Anyway, wish you the best of luck.
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Old 06-07-2017, 07:15 PM   #97
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It went great! If it passes the survey it'll be ours next Thursday!

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ransporting your 31 Mainship Sedan Bridge

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I saw your post on Transporting your 31 Mainship Sedan Bridge. I was wondering how removing the radar arch went for you. Was it pretty straight forward? Did you have to cut the wire connections or did they have disconnects? I am purchasing a 1999 ship it has a fiberglass arch instead of the metal. I am shipping it up to NY And will need to remove the arch. I appreciate any information you may have.
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Great boat for the Great South Bay. I did my boating there for more years than I care to remember. I came out of Sayville, Browns River. Now I am in Punta Gorda Fl and just picked up a Mainship 34 Trawler. Charlotte Harbor is just like the Great South Bay. Shallow water and plenty of places to go. Just a longer season. Good luck with your boat. I would use caution with the arch. Make sure you have some pully's hooked up, you don't know how heavy it is. If it doesn't have a disconnect, this would be the time to add one.
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