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Old 03-13-2020, 09:49 AM   #1
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Hello Forum,

Today I make my first post aboard our new-to-us sedan cruiser. We just took possession of a 2001 Silverton 410 Sport Bridge. The boat is currently located in Ft Myers, and we have delivery plans to bring her on her own bottom back up to Lake Superior starting in May (which was another thread). Profile has been appropriately updated.

I am spending a couple of weeks on her now performing some small upgrades (new chartplotter, radar, AIS, fuel vacuum gauges, dripless cooling crossover, etc.). I'm also performing an inventory, and I'm planning to just do a lot of sitting in the ER, learning about how everything is laid out and plan any future updates. We're hoping that my wife can fly down next weekend, so that I can finally get her out of the slip! It's a little much for me to handle solo having no experience on her yet. That will also put some pressure on me to get the work done too. Unfortunately I'm still working (remotely) while I'm down here, so I don't have a ton of time to focus on projects.

In an AMAZING twist of fate, I'm also about to perform the mythical "two-fer". My Regal has been on the market for almost 3 years now. I took it off the market for the winter, and suddenly out of nowhere my ex-broker called and said he had a buyer! Purchase agreements have been made and final papers are being sent for me to notarize today. I should receive the funds Monday.
I cannot describe how relieving that is. The old saw about "the best day of a boater's life..." both falling on the same day is insane.

I know that without pictures, it didn't happen. Here are a couple. I've already got her in various states of disrepair as I'm trying to trace the radar cable for replacement. I'll post more as I move along (including ER - don't worry). Perhaps someone can rotate the saloon picture for me, or walk me through it.

Just want to close with a very sincere "thank you" to all of the members of this forum. The learning and support I've gotten here has contributed immeasurably toward giving me the confidence and knowledge to make this big step in our lives. Our TF burgee will be flown proudly (as soon as my wife brings it down here).

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Old 03-13-2020, 10:03 AM   #2
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Congrats on your new baby and getting rid or the old baby. Donít worry about the photos being sideways some of my photos do that and I donít see any rhyme or reason why. Have fun with it!
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Old 03-13-2020, 11:47 AM   #3
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Old 03-13-2020, 11:52 AM   #4
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We too are looking for a boat and have seen many posted that are located in Florida. Our home port will likely be Ashland WI. What route are you planning to take back to Bayfield, and how long do you think it will take? Thanks, and congratulations!
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I keep my Trawler in Oconto, WI on Green Bay. I have looked at the charts numerous times to take her to my old boating grounds of Duluth, Bayfield, etc. By car to Duluth is 220 miles, about four hours. By boat, several thousand miles, daunting.

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She's a beaut, Brad! You're gonna have soooooo much fun on that boat!

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Just want to close with a very sincere "thank you" to all of the members of this forum. The learning and support I've gotten here has contributed immeasurably toward giving me the confidence and knowledge to make this big step in our lives.
Glad you enjoy the Forum and congrats on your 41 Silverton. I've always admired Silverton boats and we have a few in our marina. (It also reminds me of my boat!)
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Old 03-13-2020, 05:35 PM   #12
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Well the work day ended early, and I jumped right into it. Pulling the old radar cable now. As you can see by the photo, I'm not hesitating to get to know the boat. I'm kind of glad that my wife isn't here. She might not appreciate the level of disassembly required.
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Old 03-13-2020, 10:14 PM   #13
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We too are looking for a boat and have seen many posted that are located in Florida. Our home port will likely be Ashland WI. What route are you planning to take back to Bayfield, and how long do you think it will take? Thanks, and congratulations!
Funny, I stopped looking at FL boats a year ago because condition often became an issue. And even if it wasn't, you still had to get it home, which would add $25k to the total, at which point you could just find a better one closer This one was priced aggressively and had a great history, and when I threw in all the features (nice dinghy, thruster, engines, etc.) AND added in the boat history (only in the water 6 months it's whole life, then in indoor storage the other six), it was worth considering. The price made it worth the trouble to get it home.

We will leave Ft Myers around May 9 and expect the boat to arrive in Syracuse before the end of the month. I'm leaving a couple weeks buffer, at which point my wife and I will bring her the rest of the way home (across the Trent Severn and Georgian Bay, Soo locks, and Superior). We have two weeks to execute that - we'll get as far as we can. If weather cooperates on Huron and Superior, no problem. If not, we'll be flying home out of Sault Ste Marie or Peterborough.

In the continuous stream of good luck with this, we're experiencing extemely low fuel prices at the point where I'm about to burn about 4000 gallons or more. Hopefully it stays low for another couple months.

Expect many posts during the trip. I also added an InReach so we can track her on the voyage.

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Old 03-13-2020, 10:17 PM   #14
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Glad you enjoy the Forum and congrats on your 41 Silverton. I've always admired Silverton boats and we have a few in our marina. (It also reminds me of my boat!)
The OA 42 Sedans were top of list for us. Unfortunately any that we could afford were either on the West Coast (most) or unable to deliver a cruise speed that we could accept. There was one that was docked here this morning, but it's gone tonight. Not sure if it was transient or just out for the weekend now. I'll be looking for her.
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I keep my Trawler in Oconto, WI on Green Bay. I have looked at the charts numerous times to take her to my old boating grounds of Duluth, Bayfield, etc. By car to Duluth is 220 miles, about four hours. By boat, several thousand miles, daunting.

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We have a friend who has a cabin on Chambers Island on Green Bay. We've already been forced into a commitment to come for a visit. At least I got to delay it until next summer! We'll look you up when we make it to your neck of the woods! I love cruising there. We trailered our Regal there a few times - it was well worth it.
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The OA 42 Sedans were top of list for us. Unfortunately any that we could afford were either on the West Coast (most) or unable to deliver a cruise speed that we could accept. .
Interesting! What cruise speed were you looking for? My boat cruises at 16-18 knots and WOT is 20.
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If my memory serves (which it often doesn't) OA sold the 42 sedan from the mid 80s to the mid 90s, then reintroduced it as the Sport Sedan in the mid 00s. I thought those older ones typically came with smaller engines. Happy to be corrected if I've got this confused.
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Interesting! What cruise speed were you looking for? My boat cruises at 16-18 knots and WOT is 20.
Oh how I 'love' analog gauges.
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Oh how I 'love' analog gauges.
Yes, indeed, IF they are accurate. I now find myself happier with the accurate-to-the-rev digits on my Foscan because on this particular boat one needs better than the 100-rev accuracy of the Faria gauge I dumped. YMMV
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