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Old 05-25-2022, 10:29 PM   #1
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What’s the perfect boat…?

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Old 05-25-2022, 11:07 PM   #2
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Old 05-25-2022, 11:47 PM   #3
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Old 05-26-2022, 12:04 AM   #4
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Old 05-26-2022, 04:05 PM   #5
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OK, I'll kick in my prior boat that for us was perfect to cruise on. We did a couple 2-week cruises with total pleasure. Longer cruises would only mean we'd have to dump the trash compactor more than once.



Ok, now all of yas can start slinging mud at my boat.
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Old 05-26-2022, 04:09 PM   #6
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Old 05-26-2022, 04:31 PM   #7
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The perfect boat is somebody else's that we get to go on.
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Old 05-26-2022, 06:11 PM   #8
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OK, I'll kick in my prior boat that for us was perfect to cruise on. We did a couple 2-week cruises with total pleasure. Longer cruises would only mean we'd have to dump the trash compactor more than once.



Ok, now all of yas can start slinging mud at my boat.
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Old 05-26-2022, 08:08 PM   #9
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Why would you have only one? Too many different missions to be covered by only one boat. I've managed to reduce the fleet to 4, but always keeping my eye out for the next one.

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Old 05-26-2022, 10:16 PM   #10
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When I was 17, this was the perfect boat. 14' Blue Jay (well, 13'-6" to be precise). To this day it might still be the most joy I ever had in a boat. (Not a picture of mine, just a random photo of a Blue Jay I grabbed off the net at the moment. That could have been a photo of me on CT River though, except mine was black and gold and named King Arthur.)
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Old 05-26-2022, 10:50 PM   #11
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Up until last summer the perfect boat was my brother’s boat - then he sold it.

Fortunatelly my new perfect boat is my brother-in-laws.

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We have had 24 perfect boats, each at their own time in our lives.
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Old 05-27-2022, 12:58 AM   #13
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No such thing as the perfect boat. My boat is good enough for me, but not perfect. Perfection is not expected.
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Old 05-27-2022, 05:54 AM   #14
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X2. Every boat has great features AND flaws. You chose your present boat for good reasons.
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Old 05-27-2022, 07:15 AM   #15
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Depends upon the mission. All boats are compromises. Their faults maybe be endearing or endlessly annoying. Just like people. I’ve never owned a boat without lusting for another. Closest I came to no lust was with the outbound 46. It was the only boat built to my specs. Foolish economically but worth the experience. Right now in Stonington. Around me is an outbound, several picnic boats, two Cherubinis (a ketch and a schooner), a MJM, several Hinckley sailboat, a couple of one offs including one setup for a mini trans, several glorious bright work woodies, several nordic tugs of different sizes. I want them ALL.
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Old 05-27-2022, 09:09 AM   #17
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I agree that there's no perfect boat. Everything is a compromise in one way or another.

I can't say my current boat is any bit perfect (there are plenty of things I'd change about it if I could just snap my fingers and make it so). But I know that at least for what we're doing now, it's about the right size. When we're traveling, it's not uncommon for me to wish for another few feet of waterline for speed (without having to get on plane and watch the fuel gauges drop) and for a better pitching motion in a head sea. And I sometimes wish for a 3rd stateroom that we could convert into an office.

But when we're just out for a day or weekend, the boat feels almost too big at times. So feeling both ways I know it's at least in the right ballpark for size. And it fits into any harbor or other place we actually want to go in our current cruising grounds, so I know it's not actually too big.
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Old 05-27-2022, 09:25 AM   #18
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Everyone's perfect boat is different depending on personal preferences, where you cruise, and what you do when aboard. There are boats that clearly resonate with buyers: the classic Grand Banks come to mind. It isn't often the same design can be used for decades. The Bayliner 45/47 and Meridian 49 (rebrand) were and remain hugely popular at least in the PNW because they check a number of boxes. Most production boats are designed to appeal to a broad market. The 'perfect' boat for many of us would require a custom build!
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Old 05-27-2022, 09:29 AM   #19
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The next one.....
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