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Old 12-06-2016, 05:16 PM   #1
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G'day Y'all.
Between boats at the moment. Recently retired from 41 years in aviation.
I've been searching for a diesel Fly-bridge sedan in the 35 foot range for sometime now. Tricabin/sunroofs almost make it but a small or no cockpit and steps to a small swim deck don't make it for us. I (we) also don't need two heads or engines. ICW, Gulf coast and maybe the loop in 2018.

In the words of Ernest Gann "I want a boat that drinks 6, eats 4, and sleeps 2."
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Old 12-06-2016, 05:51 PM   #2
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Comment ca vas, Welcome aboard. Bunch of South Louisiana boats on here. Good luck and have fun in your search!
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Old 12-06-2016, 06:27 PM   #3
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Old 12-06-2016, 06:54 PM   #4
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Old 12-06-2016, 07:42 PM   #5
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Old 12-06-2016, 09:19 PM   #6
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Welcome! I live in Thibodaux and keep my boat, Gumbo, in Houma just off the ICW.
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Old 12-06-2016, 09:57 PM   #7
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Check out Timjets 355 Carver. It is a twin diesel if thats a deal breaker for you. Well maintained and equipped. Ready for action and adventure.
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Old 12-06-2016, 10:06 PM   #8
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Thanks, I have been watching Timjets 355, very nice. I looked at and made an offer on a 354 last year it was accepted, but wifey said not what she wanted..... That one was gas and really did not fit our plans.
In any case I no longer feel the need for speed after a few years of Mach .9 at FL510 in a LR40
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Old 12-07-2016, 04:06 AM   #9
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Welcome to our American cousins in Louisiana, good luck in your search.
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Old 12-07-2016, 07:18 AM   #10
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Old 12-07-2016, 12:34 PM   #11
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Welcome to Trawler Forum!

We must live on opposite ends of a parallel universe! Four years ago I retired from 39 years in aviation. I went from 8 miles per minute to 8 miles per hour and love it! Five years before retirement, I bought my retirement boat with similar wants, except I like the redundancy and maneuverability of twins. I used those 5 years to tweak my boat to my likes and purchase the items needed to upgrade her into 'my boat'.

I've often said my boat is the perfect size for me to 'drink 6, feed 4 and sleep 2'. It also fishes 4 OK or 2 in comfort and style.

For me, diesels were a 'must have' as I didn't want the risks or high burn rate and operating cost of gasoline engines. This quickly led me to the 34-37' size bracket since most boats I was viewing smaller than 34 didn't have diesels. Although my boat is called a 34, it's actually closer to 37 LOA. I really wanted wide walkarounds, a good sized fishable cockpit and the ability to walk a fishing rod around the perimeter of boat while fighting a fish without passing it around supports or rails. This steered me toward sedans and ruled out Europa models.

Once I nailed down a realistic budget, my search narrowed to a few boats which included my current 34 LRC Californian. No regrets here....it's been a good fit.

I hope you enjoy your hunt for a new boat and report back often on the process and your thoughts as you progress toward the purchase. It's a fun hunt that many of us still practice even though we're not actually looking to buy again!

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Old 12-07-2016, 05:02 PM   #12
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G'day Y'all.
Between boats at the moment. Recently retired from 41 years in aviation.
I've been searching for a diesel Fly-bridge sedan in the 35 foot range for sometime now. Tricabin/sunroofs almost make it but a small or no cockpit and steps to a small swim deck don't make it for us. I (we) also don't need two heads or engines. ICW, Gulf coast and maybe the loop in 2018.

In the words of Ernest Gann "I want a boat that drinks 6, eats 4, and sleeps 2."
Well G'day to you too. I have just finished a remarkable book by Gann, about the early days of commercial aviation in the US, I found it in a second hand book store, a terrific story.

I think Flyright is on the money regarding the type of boat that may suite, particularly the walk around decks, by the way Flyright nice new Avatar you have there.

Oliver, good to see you posting, Lutin is one of my top five favourite boats on the forum.
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Old 12-07-2016, 05:43 PM   #13
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G'day Y'all.
Between boats at the moment. Recently retired from 41 years in aviation.
I've been searching for a diesel Fly-bridge sedan in the 35 foot range for sometime now. Tricabin/sunroofs almost make it but a small or no cockpit and steps to a small swim deck don't make it for us. I (we) also don't need two heads or engines. ICW, Gulf coast and maybe the loop in 2018.

In the words of Ernest Gann "I want a boat that drinks 6, eats 4, and sleeps 2."
Wifey B: Oh, yes you do. Trust me. You do. You may not know you do, but you do. You have six drinking, 4 eating and 2 sleeping, you need two heads.
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Old 12-07-2016, 06:41 PM   #14
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Welcome and glad to have another LA guy here. I'm in BTR, boat is in a marina near Springfield LA, about an hour east of home. I have 1 engine, diesel, and 1 head, don't listen to the twin engine guys, twice the problems. Same w/ two heads Mrs. Wifey B, twice the problems. That being said, my girlfriend and advisor on any and all topics would love to have her own.
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Old 12-08-2016, 02:03 AM   #15
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Wifey B:"Oh, yes you do. Trust me. You do. You may not know you do, but you do. You have six drinking, 4 eating and 2 sleeping, you need two heads."

Not all at the same time!
75% of the time will be just me, Miss Micki can only handle so much solitude and togetherness.

GC, #1 child (daughter) went to LSU. #2 (son) is going there in the fall. Don't know whats wrong with ULL, it's 5 blocks from the house.

I have been watching this 35 Senator for over a year. Originally listed at over 60K. It was sold and the buyer rejected it for blisters. Hence the very expensive bottom job. I spoke with the yard owner and he says all the claims are true. Maybe a couple of small soft spots and the bright work needs freshening, we'll see.
My friend/broker (100 ton Master) said let's make them an embarrassing offer contingent on inspection, survey and haul out. They accepted so I am going to see it next week.

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Old 12-08-2016, 12:04 PM   #16
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Wifey B: #1 child (daughter) went to LSU. #2 (son) is going there in the fall. Don't know whats wrong with ULL, it's 5 blocks from the house.
Wifey B: You answered your own question, exactly what's wrong with ULL, it's only 5 blocks from the house.

Just be glad at least they're choosing a state school and not private or out of state.
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Old 12-08-2016, 12:49 PM   #17
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Wifey B: You answered your own question, exactly what's wrong with ULL, it's only 5 blocks from the house.

Just be glad at least they're choosing a state school and not private or out of state.
That was a rather rhetorical question wasn't it?
Two big rivers and 52 miles away.
As it is, from birth we slowly put back 50K each for higher education. #1 got a merit based scholarship (TOPS) and a check from me for 22k on graduation. We have yet see how #2 fairs.
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Old 12-08-2016, 02:30 PM   #18
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Good luck on the boat search. Retired military? Just guessing by CWO

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Old 12-08-2016, 03:00 PM   #19
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Good luck on the boat search. Retired military? Just guessing by CWO

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Old 12-08-2016, 03:41 PM   #20
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Welcome aboard from another misplaced LA boy, CWO!

"Don't know whats wrong with ULL, it's 5 blocks from the house."

Ha!...Nothing wrong with ULL (or USL as we older folks still call it!). I paid for two Master Degrees there....neither of the kids are working in that field any longer though... I have to agree with B&B....ULL was probably too close to dear ol' Dad for the kids!
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