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Old 02-08-2013, 11:22 AM   #1
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Why did you buy your boat?

I thought it would be interesting to know the various criteria involved in making boat your boat purchases. Here was mine.

My late wife (as most wives do) had a lot of input. Here were her instructions.
  • Get the driving out of the kitchen
  • Get the engine room out of the living room.
  • Wide walk around side decks.
  • 2 staterooms.
  • No ladders.
  • Easy boarding.

My criteria were.

* Speed
* Range
* Had to look like a boat.
* Good sun protection.
* Good piloting and nav stations.

Moonstruck met all the criteria of both our wants. I am still happy with it.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:31 AM   #2
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Single, keel-protected propeller, shaft, and rudder.
360-degree visibility from pilothouse; no flybridge.
360-degree, wide decks, with high/strong railing.
Sleep two; entertain six.
Strongly built; well-equipped.
Good range; adequate tankage.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:41 AM   #3
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I wanted:

* Go anywhere in the world capability
* Pilothouse
* Covered cockpit
* Skiff storage on boat deck
* Twin engines or get home engine

She wanted:

* Interior comfort and room
* Faster than hull speed
* I really think she was scared of me getting a anywhere in the world capable boat, so her want was less range.
* Pilothouse
* Covered cockpit
* Twin engines or get home engine

We settled on a twin engine Pilothouse Coastal Cruiser. I'm pretty happy with that decision, but if I were making the decision myself, or were alone I'd still opt for something all world capable like the Nordhavn 46, or the Hatteras 48 LRC.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:45 AM   #4
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Caus' it was big and burnt and I could afford it.....
Just kidding, my gramps had a lugger, my uncle had a lugger and the stories I heard were incredeble. I hope my family enjoys it as much. My gramps was dead and a hurricane destroyed my uncles before I ever got to go on a trip. I like the redundancy of every system on the boat and the fact that it has a large walkaround covered deck.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:58 AM   #5
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I thought it would be interesting to know the various criteria involved in making boat your boat purchases. Here was mine.

My late wife (as most wives do) had a lot of input. Here were her instructions.
  • Get the driving out of the kitchen
  • Get the engine room out of the living room.
  • Wide walk around side decks.
  • 2 staterooms.
  • No ladders.
  • Easy boarding.
My criteria were.

* Speed
* Range
* Had to look like a boat.
* Good sun protection.
* Good piloting and nav stations.

Moonstruck met all the criteria of both our wants. I am still happy with it.
My wife had almost the same criteria as yours except for the two staterooms and the ladder up. The first two were the most important. Our ladder up is a stairs that is easy for the dog to climb up and descend down.

I wanted single, good access in the engine room all around, good economy and large flybridge.

The Mainship 34t meets all of that.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:01 PM   #6
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It was floating.

The motor ran good, The hydraulics worked perfect.

It looked cool.

The guy said I'll make you a deal.

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Old 02-08-2013, 12:16 PM   #7
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My late wife (as most wives do) had a lot of input. Here were her instructions.
  • Get the driving out of the kitchen (Love it!)
  • Get the engine room out of the living room.
  • Wide walk around side decks. (Must have)
  • 2 staterooms. (Important to my wife & I)
  • No ladders. (Big one for me!)
  • Easy boarding.

My criteria were.

* Speed (Agreed)
* Range
* Had to look like a boat. (Downeast)
* Good sun protection.
* Good piloting and nav stations.

Moonstruck met all the criteria of both our wants. I am still happy with it.
However, my reason for buying SeaHorse II were her looks! (I'm a sucker for a pretty face.) Her "figure" is excellent (MHO) and I can fix everything else except those items Moonstruck outlined. (Which I now lust after.)
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:38 PM   #8
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First boat:
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The sailboat:
Ocean crossing capable
single handable
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fewest moving parts
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Outboard/trailerable boats:
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Bigger cuddy:
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:43 PM   #9
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Lena and I have owned 4 boats together. Each boat has had different criteria as our boating matured.

Her criteria: First boat had have a head. 2nd boat, stand up, separate shower, 3rd, able to cross oceans comfortably, and the 4th, center line master. She got tired of crawling over me.

My criteria: First boat, able to fish off of and Lena like it. 2nd boat, bigger than the first and Lena liked it. 3rd boat able to cross oceans and Lena liked it and the 4th boat, Single engine pilot house and Lena liked it.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:48 PM   #10
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Lena and I have owned 4 boats together. Each boat has had different criteria as our boating matured.

Her criteria: First boat had have a head. 2nd boat, stand up, separate shower, 3rd, able to cross oceans comfortably, and the 4th, center line master. She got tired of crawling over me.

My criteria: First boat, able to fish off of and Lena like it. 2nd boat, bigger than the first and Lena liked it. 3rd boat able to cross oceans and Lena liked it and the 4th boat, Single engine pilot house and Lena liked it.
1234 all bigger & better. Lena's a keeper.

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Old 02-08-2013, 02:14 PM   #11
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I have a question.

So who is it you got upset that you were banished to the dink? Or was it that after setting the whisker pole in that 6 ktn breeze you were so happy that the wing and wing went on for more than five minutes you just had to have a picture.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:34 PM   #12
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Boat Criteria (our actual list while shopping is more detailed – lol):

- Seaworthy hull and superstructure design - FIBERGLASS!!!
- BIG Fly bridge with all controls and much seating
- Door-Enclosed Large Master State Room w/ storage compartments as well as full head and shower
- Door-Enclosed Large Forward V-Berth w/ storage compartments as well as full head and shower
- Roomy, comfortable salon layout w/ lower pilot station and full-galley up.
- Twin screw w/ big in salon floor hatches that open fully for easy, stand-up engine compartment access
- Ample genset
- Plaining hull with 20 + mph WOT capability, as well as a good cruise speed and an affordable gph fuel usage at hull speed
- Plenty of open deck space for outdoor fun/play-times
- Full width swim step
- Complete walk around deck with full railing and assorted hand holds

And, of course, all items in considerably good condition at the “correct” price.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:43 PM   #13
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Honestly we were looking for a CHB type trawler and didn't have any hard and fast criteria other than no teak decks and it had to be well maintained. We were undecided on galley up or down. We wanted twins or a single w a thruster. We walked on our boat and it just felt right. Two and a half years later we are still happy. If we had unlimited funds we'd probably have a down east style but we don't, so we don't. . I can see having this boat "forever" unless we win the lottery and get that down easter.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:59 PM   #14
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:03 PM   #15
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BECAUSE MY WIFE WANTED IT! THERE IS NOTHNG ELSE TO SAY! END OF SUBJECT!
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:28 PM   #16
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I made up a list a few months ago when I first started seriously looking. Here it is:

Requirements:

Must fit in my 36' Slip
Diesel
Separate shower
Full galley
Easy access to engine(s)
Fuel efficient
Large stowage capacity
500+ NM cruising range

Preferred, willing to install myslef:

Generator
Large house bank
Inverter
Recent electronics *
Dinghy *
Dinghy Davits/stowage
Air Conditioning *
Autopilot *
Watermaker *

Beneficial:

1000+ NM cruising range *
2nd head
Windlass
Walkaround
Nav station/work desk
Greater than hull speed capable
Tank level monitors

Not Necessary:

Large cockpit
Audio/Video system
High speed

I got everything I wanted except the items with a *.

I got some "bonus" items that weren't on my original list, but they were in my mind as I looked at more boats: large master stateroom with full-sized, centerline berth; bypass oil filters; professionally re-wired recently; full bimini and vinyl on the flybridge (new); twin engines (mixed feelings there); no teak on exterior decks or windows.

Of course, there's a long list of things I want to fix or upgrade, but having the list really did help me focus on just those boats that would work for me.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:28 PM   #17
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Could have been the gin maybee the beer along with the rose colored glasses. Might have been a song ? HMMMM
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:51 PM   #18
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Coming from a 23ft walkaround, we wanted something that was big enough that we could stay for days or weeks comfortably but not too big for the lake and systems that we travel in. We also didn't have a fridge or cooking facilities which is a great improvement. I definitely wanted a single diesel for economy, newer instrumentation and a boat that had been well maintained and upgraded. My wife just wanted a boat that was not too big for easy docking, a large berth and large aft deck for lounging. We love what we bought.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:11 PM   #19
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Less than 30'
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Hardtop for kayak stowage
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:39 PM   #20
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Number 1: I was looking for a trawler to replace 34' sailboat.
Number 2: It was cheap, and even with cost of expected repairs was going to net out for less than I sold the sailboat for.
Number 3: It fit in my existing slip.
Number 4, 5, 6 etc:.
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