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Old 06-14-2020, 06:53 PM   #1
City: Tampa, Florida
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Hello from Tampa

I've been lurking for some time, but am looking forward to finding and buying a Trawler soon. Two challenges: Budget and Headroom/Berth size (I'm 6'4" tall). Been looking at the 1997 to 2008 Mainship line. I like the 400 but can better afford the 390/350. I love some of the features of the older TT's that are in my price range, but I am a bit scared that the purchase price will just be a down payment and I am not fond of exterior teak ... My hope is to spend a few years getting familiar with my trawler doing some upgrades and local trips and then head out for some longer term adventures.

I spent a lot of time on Sailboats in Annapolis growing up but I can't get a sailboat to my dock due to bridge clearance issues so, it's a STINKPOT for me! I have had quite a few boats through the years but I am ready to slow down a bit!
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Old 06-14-2020, 06:58 PM   #2
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Welcome. There are plenty of MS owners and even former owners here who will gladly offer information on the models you may be looking at.
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Old 06-14-2020, 09:45 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard. Good luck with your search.
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Old 06-15-2020, 12:48 AM   #4
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City: Indianapolis
Vessel Name: MV La Vita Dolce
Vessel Model: Cheoy Lee 40 LRC
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I know the problems of headroom. Also 6'4".
I looked at a lot of boats online, then checked the marque forums and old maker spec sheets to see about headroom.
We found a 1986 Cheoy Lee 40 LRC in good shape, for a good price, that has all the headroom I need, including in a shower that is large enough to actually wash in.
Good luck with your search.
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Old 06-15-2020, 01:14 AM   #5
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Welcome aboard,
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Always open to a home town TF member.
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Old 06-15-2020, 09:58 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forum. Lots of great info and people here, so feel free to ask questions. I'm just south of you in Wimauma, with my boat located in Ruskin.
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Old 06-15-2020, 10:35 AM   #7
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IMO V berths will not work for you. I suggest an aft cabin with a full queen. I had a Carver 440 that had lots of headroom.
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