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Old 05-03-2018, 02:43 PM   #21
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Yeah don’t go anywhere, David. Just get yourself another something that floats and put a mast on it. I could see you in one of these. Congrats, BTW.
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"Have you looked at Rosboroughs?"

Yes I have. The older diesel models are too heavy to tow with our SUV and the newer outboard powered models are too expensive.

" Your Pilot 34 single screw was a perfect boat for the SW Florida cruising area."

I agree, but the Pilot just got to be too much of a pain to maintain and I always said if I couldn't do it myself I would sell it, so I sold it.

The C-Dorys are vary simple. Just an outboard, starting battery and a few helm instruments. No potable water, head, genset, A/C... to go wrong.

But flash!!! I am now seriously considering a C-Dory 16 that is for sale up in the Florida panhandle. I got to thinking that since my wife won't go out with me overnight anyway (another story) and I wouldn't go out that many times by myself, why not get the smallest C-Dory. I do love the looks of these boats.

Most of our use will be day cruises down the bay somewhere for lunch with an occasional overnighter with me only. Overnighting will be like very rustic camping, but I can live with that.

It has a very truncated pilot house with no back, so it is wide open to the cockpit but you do have protection from sun and spray. The v-berth is probably only big enough for one person sleeping diagonally but that is ok. There is no galley and no head but hey all I want to do is grill a steak on the aft cockpit for dinner and I can pee overboard and hold the other until I get back the next morning (y'all didn't want to hear about that I know).

I may drive up to look at one next week. Here is a pic of a sister ship:



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Old 05-03-2018, 03:44 PM   #23
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"Have you looked at Rosboroughs?"

Yes I have. The older diesel models are too heavy to tow with our SUV and the newer outboard powered models are too expensive.

But flash!!! I am now seriously considering a C-Dory 16 that is for sale up in the Florida panhandle. I got to thinking that since my wife won't go out with me overnight anyway (another story) and I wouldn't go out that many times by myself, why not get the smallest C-Dory. I do love the looks of these boats.

Most of our use will be day cruises down the bay somewhere for lunch with an occasional overnighter with me only. Overnighting will be like very rustic camping, but I can live with that.

It has a very truncated pilot house with no back, so it is wide open to the cockpit but you do have protection from sun and spray. The v-berth is probably only big enough for one person sleeping diagonally but that is ok. There is no galley and no head but hey all I want to do is grill a steak on the aft cockpit for dinner and I can pee overboard and hold the other until I get back the next morning (y'all didn't want to hear about that I know).

I may drive up to look at one next week. Here is a pic of a sister ship:



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Another option is to bring that aboard with you:



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Old 05-03-2018, 03:52 PM   #24
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Lou: What do you call those? I will order one on Amazon right now if you can tell me what they are called.

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Lou: What do you call those? I will order one on Amazon right now if you can tell me what they are called.

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In french this is called "Pot de Chambre", litteral traduction would be a chamber (bedroom) pot?



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Lou: What do you call those? I will order one on Amazon right now if you can tell me what they are called.

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A Homer bucket? LOL

Hey David congrats.
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Congrats David. It is always a relief when a decision has been made and things go as planned. Always enjoyed your posts, hope to see more.
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Re: Chamber pot. Also known as a Thunder Mug....
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I will always remember the young lad that was touring a nicely equiped cruiser commented....
Grampas boat has a head... he calls it a bucket!
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Old 05-03-2018, 05:34 PM   #30
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"Have you looked at Rosboroughs?"

Yes I have. The older diesel models are too heavy to tow with our SUV and the newer outboard powered models are too expensive.

" Your Pilot 34 single screw was a perfect boat for the SW Florida cruising area."

I agree, but the Pilot just got to be too much of a pain to maintain and I always said if I couldn't do it myself I would sell it, so I sold it.

The C-Dorys are vary simple. Just an outboard, starting battery and a few helm instruments. No potable water, head, genset, A/C... to go wrong.

But flash!!! I am now seriously considering a C-Dory 16 that is for sale up in the Florida panhandle. I got to thinking that since my wife won't go out with me overnight anyway (another story) and I wouldn't go out that many times by myself, why not get the smallest C-Dory. I do love the looks of these boats.

Most of our use will be day cruises down the bay somewhere for lunch with an occasional overnighter with me only. Overnighting will be like very rustic camping, but I can live with that.

It has a very truncated pilot house with no back, so it is wide open to the cockpit but you do have protection from sun and spray. The v-berth is probably only big enough for one person sleeping diagonally but that is ok. There is no galley and no head but hey all I want to do is grill a steak on the aft cockpit for dinner and I can pee overboard and hold the other until I get back the next morning (y'all didn't want to hear about that I know).

I may drive up to look at one next week. Here is a pic of a sister ship:



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Due mostly to your posts I have been looking at C-dorys and similar style boats. We have recently been looking at 29' SeaSwirls and similar boats and they may be the ticket for us anyway.
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Punta Gorda is really nice. Does your condo have a dock? If so think about keeping the boat in the water when you’re there and rack storage when you’re away. If the boat is in the water behind the condo, you’ll use it more often.

Have you eaten at the Torch restaurant on 41? One of my favorites.
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Congrats David!!! Punta Gorda is a great boating area and I agree with Hopcar look at a high and dry
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Congrats on your sale.
Have you considered a small walk around like a Grady White Adventure?
Boat motor and trailer around 4500#. Easily powered with a 150 hp OB. You don't really need an enclosure in FL, just a bimini top.
The little C-Dory is a little strange. You basically stand on the hull insides.
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Yes our condo has a dock behind it. I plan to keep the boat in the water at the dock for the 6 mo we live in PG. During the summer months I will pull it out of the water and store it on its trailer at a nearby storage yard. If I didn't have a trailer I would consider a rack storage facility.

There is a rack storage facility near by but I would bet it won't hold up in a Cat 3 or better hurricane. I will take my chances with land storage. I only hope it is high enough so my boat doesn't float off its trailer in a big storm surge.

The Torch is on our list. We have tried quite a few so far and FM Don's and the Blue Turtle are our favorites so far. But for good Tex-Mex you can't beat Deans South of the Border. Great local bands on weekends too. For fish I like Laishley's Crab House, but there are lots of good ones to choose from.

What I have found interesting is that the population of PG has dropped in half over the last few weeks. Places where we had to wait for a table, we can now walk right in. Restaurants are now posting reduced summer hours and some volunteer based public places like the Alligator Creek Nature Preserve have closed for the season.
By June when we leave for Connecticut I expect the population to drop further. This town really rolls up the sidewalks in the summer.

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What I have found interesting is that the population of PG has dropped in half over the last few weeks. Places where we had to wait for a table, we can now walk right in. Restaurants are now posting reduced summer hours and some volunteer based public places like the Alligator Creek Nature Preserve have closed for the season.
By June when we leave for Connecticut I expect the population to drop further. This town really rolls up the sidewalks in the summer.

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Yup, season is over. That’s why I was there last week. My friend who owns a house there had to go check on things after his winter tenant left. His boat, a twenty five Ft Aquasport, usually lives on a lift behind the house but his seawall was damaged in the last storm. He has it on the rack up Aligator Creek until his seawall, dock, and lift get fixed.
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....The little C-Dory is a little strange. You basically stand on the hull insides.
How is that "strange"? You literally stand on the hull insides on lots of boats. Plenty that you don't too.
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Greetings,
Re: Chamber pot. Also known as a Thunder Mug....
Aka a "gezunder" here, because it "goes under" the bed.
Seriously, thank you David,it can`t have been easy. To wax philosophical,as we go through life we find ourselves doing things we didn`t think we would, and not doing things we thought we always would.
"All part of life`s rich pageant"(RJ Burbidge QC)
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May you have another 'happiest day of your life' soon. I believe the adage says their are two.

How about a little cat, Glacier Bay, or whatever. You could then get into the 'two engines are better than one' debate again! Most have a cuddy cabin for 'camping out' occasionally, are stable and have big floor areas.

And don't go away for any length of time!
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