Originally Posted by dhays
Well Nowhere, if you have the financial resources to consider a new or newish boats in that size range forget the used
custom aluminum in Oly, lol.
With that kind of money to spend, I would definitely spend some time chartering some of those high end boats. It could help you make a more informed choice. Go with a captained charter and you will have the chance to see a pro run the boats and see what you like. Any of those boats would be great, it comes down to what features and layout you like.
I spent time aboard a few other people's boats.
Learned fast a small engine room is a no no.
A water maker will be a must for me.
Redundancy is nice in some systems.
I am desiring a bigger and faster tender than is most common.
The main helm station has to seat at least 2 so my company and I can sit beside each other.
I must have the ability to cook outside as well as inside.
A covered and open deck spot to sit is a must depending on the weather.
You can't have to more anchor chain....i was onboard a 85 footer without the ability to anchor in deep water which strikes me as stupid.
Seriously he had to be in 80 feet or less of water as he had just 250 feet on an 85 footer....i want 400 feet as a very very minimum...prefer 600 if i can.
Lots of doors for a breeze to blow through and also makes packing groceries etc in easier if you have a door into the kitchen area.
A good powered tender lift cannot be an area to skimp at all.
Never leave home with less than 4 good pairs of sunglasses because you will lose and break them at the most inconvenient time.
Get a good laundry washer/dryer....its amazing how much laundry people make.
I like watching tv at night onboard as my sort of connection to the outside world, but barely ever watch tv at home.
Its impossible to carry to many spare parts, tools or manuals.
Never anchor beside loud people or I'll not sleep or relax until i move miles away....wow does sound carry over water.
Never pass up a marina with a cleaning service to scrub your boat down professionally. ...its the best money spent and saves me doing it.
Fuel really isn't that expensive....its just a pain to pack enough of it, so get the biggest fuel tanks possible.
Don't be cheap and just get a bow thruster....if no talent like me having a bow and stern thrusters both is worth a kings ransom in possible damge prevention and hurting my ego ☺
And self learning is what i already new....cooking bacon naked hurts.
But to my very core I am a loner to extremes.
Sitting on a mountain top alone, or on a boat for days alone my soul is so calm.