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Old 11-27-2021, 12:13 PM   #1
City: Newport
Vessel Name: Doctor’s Orders
Vessel Model: Cabo 35 Express Sportfish (For Sale)
Join Date: Sep 2021
Posts: 23
Two Things

What feature, characteristic or capability of your boat do you absolutely, positively LOVE that:

#1 - came from the builder or previous owners

#2 - you’ve done since you owned it.
9 boats and counting…..
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Old 11-27-2021, 12:44 PM   #2
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City: Columbia City
Vessel Name: Imagine
Vessel Model: Farrell 34
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 635
#1 - Being up on the flybridge: under way, in harbor, at anchor (except today, its really stormy!)

#2 - Added solar panels & converted cooler to 'fridge/freezer. Now I have plenty of grub, chilled pub and amp-hours on board!
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Old 11-27-2021, 12:51 PM   #3
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City: Bayview
Vessel Name: Puffin
Vessel Model: Willard Vega 30
Join Date: Aug 2013
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1 - It’s smaller and easier to just get aboard and go.

2 - She is outfitted for our style of cruising and I put a heater vent in the head. Warm seat = happy wife!
What kind of boat is that?
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Old 11-27-2021, 12:52 PM   #4
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City: Olympia
Vessel Name: Rendezvous
Vessel Model: Blue water 40
Join Date: Aug 2021
Posts: 314
#1 raised pilot house with ample seating so i'm not piloting alone for hours on end.

#2 new ac electrical system. safe and reliable.
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Old 11-27-2021, 01:10 PM   #5
City: Newport, R.I.
Vessel Name: Hippocampus
Vessel Model: Nordic Tug 42
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 1,520
New electronics

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Old 11-27-2021, 01:36 PM   #6
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City: Corpus Christi
Vessel Model: Willard Vega Horizon
Join Date: May 2021
Posts: 271
1. Sail, adds greatly to range.
2. Upgraded electronics, electrical, generator upgrades.
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Old 11-27-2021, 02:47 PM   #7
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City: Spring Hill, Florida
Vessel Name: Mariso
Vessel Model: Great Harbour TT35 customized by American Boatworks
Join Date: Aug 2015
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1. Retractable Bowthruster.
2. Comfy flybridge seats.

Mrs. Trombley
Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.
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Old 11-27-2021, 03:10 PM   #8
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City: Fort Myers, FL... Summers in the Great Lakes
Vessel Name: Slow Hand
Vessel Model: Cherubini Independence 45
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 10,479
Docking station (steering, bow thruster, shift and throttle) in the stern at deck level.

Pilothouse with side doors, heating and air conditioning.

I'm tired of fast moves, I've got a slow groove, on my mind.....
I want to spend some time, Not come and go in a heated rush.....
"Slow Hand" by The Pointer Sisters
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Old 11-27-2021, 03:21 PM   #9
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City: Southport, FL near Panama City
Vessel Name: FROLIC
Vessel Model: Mainship 30 Pilot II since 2015. GB-42 1986-2015. Former Unlimited Tonnage Master
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4,002
all- Furuno electronics package

Put it in a lift at home rather than a boat barn where I found it. Way better.
Rich Gano
FROLIC (2005 MainShip 30 Pilot II)
Panama City area
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Old 11-27-2021, 04:04 PM   #10
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City: Cape May, NJ
Vessel Name: Irish Lady
Vessel Model: Monk 36
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 4,313
1- Nick Jackson / Roskelley Olsen transom mounted davits. I didn’t like the look at first but they are a true pleasure to use.
2- Three way tie. Magnum Energy 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter/charger with remote control, new generator, and full fly bridge enclosure. These 3 make long distance coastal cruising enjoyable.
Irish Lady
1984 Monk 36 Hull #46
Currently in Ft. Pierce, FL
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Old 11-27-2021, 05:20 PM   #11
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City: Slicker?
Join Date: Oct 2007
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1) ER is 15' wide, 8' deep and 6' high. Even with twins and a genny, washer and dryer there's room for 4 or 5.

2) Cruised.
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Old 11-27-2021, 07:56 PM   #12
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City: Toms River
Vessel Name: V E N T U R E
Vessel Model: 1996 36' Island Gypsy Classic
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,305
Hi 1) The walk around queen berth in the aft cabin-Made cruising a pleasure with more comfortable home like stateroom.

2) I built in a flip up 32" tv in the salon and also added a dish storage locker all in the top of the port dash area. TV folds down and one big flat area is available for charting etc.
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Old 11-27-2021, 08:10 PM   #13
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City: Nanaimo
Vessel Name: former owner of "Pilitak"
Vessel Model: Nordic Tug 37
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 1,532
1) Raised pilothouse with good viewing and adequate seating.
2) Installed 580 watts of solar. Met all electrical needs from late spring to early fall on most days. Only ran generator if fog or to heat the water.
Nanaimo, BC
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Old 11-27-2021, 08:25 PM   #14
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City: West Coast
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#1 is a toss up between Portuguese bridge with port and starboard wing stations and walk-in stand up engine room.

#2 Nothing, really, which is as it should be since the boat was semi-custom, so most of "my" upgrades were installed by the builder. My only subsequent improvements have been incremental upgrades, like 110v jacuzzi pumps for bait tank, and Furuno TZT3 MFDs (replacing the Furuno NN3D units which were Furuno's best when commissioned).
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Old 11-27-2021, 08:40 PM   #15
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City: Gig Harbor, WA
Vessel Name: MoonShadow
Vessel Model: Wendon Skylounge 72'
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 499
#1 Stand up/Walk around Engine Room

#2 Sunscreen on Top deck

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Old 11-28-2021, 07:59 AM   #16
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On our 50 ft Navy launch the addition of an autopilot was a delight for ICW cruising.

Installing a rotary hand pump made oil changes , after a long days run lots easier.
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Old 11-29-2021, 02:17 PM   #17
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City: Grand Haven
Vessel Name: Feath (fee-a) Gaelic for Calm, Tranquil
Vessel Model: 1989 Jefferson 37 Sundeck
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 42
Oil Xchanger - pump bad oil out, pump clean oil in

walk around aft double berth. Coming from 32 ft. sailboat and a vee-berth, Best ever.
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Old 11-29-2021, 03:43 PM   #18
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City: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Vessel Name: Xanadu
Vessel Model: Mainship 37 Motor Yacht
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 1,772
#1 - Layout in general. Not a trawler style, it's a big white tennis shoe cruiser, but I think Mainship hit a home run with the space design. Acres of room and headroom for the length, fantastic view from the helm, spacious upper deck seating, decent sized aft deck, good bow access and walk-arounds, good swimstep -- just a great design in almost every way (well, except engine bay access...)

#2 -- Ripping out the Norcold fridge that never worked well and replacing it with a super efficient LG residential fridge with an inverter. Made a huge difference in our enjoyment, didn't realize. No more bags of ice and dragging coolers, and now we have cold drinks, meals on board, we can store leftovers and I can have fresh ice cubes in my bourbon glass.
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Old 11-29-2021, 03:48 PM   #19
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City: Oakdale NY
Vessel Name: Into The Blue
Vessel Model: Mainship Pilot 43
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 139
Not too much, as I liked the boat as purchased. So most of the upgrades were just upgrades of existing systems. That being said, I would say a couple of add-ons that we really like having and installed myself:

- Increased the house battery bank, installed a inverter and added a solar panel system. All of this met our needs for the length of time we spend on anchor.

- Removed all of the rugs and replaced with FlexiTeek flooring

Had done professionally:

- Installed a bow thruster
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Old 12-03-2021, 04:42 PM   #20
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The previous owner extended the stern 4 feet making a large "back porch" ideal for entertaining. We added a water maker which is a must for the Caribbean.
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