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Old 04-16-2020, 02:30 PM   #55
JD Ray
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City: Oak Harbor, WA, USA
Vessel Name: GOML
Vessel Model: 1978 Fiberform Bermuda 2400
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 188
Originally Posted by GT6 View Post
And, I vastly prefer indoor stairs to the flybridge rather than an outdoor ladder. So much easier carrying food & drinks up the stairs...
I'll have to wait until I've spent more time on this class of boat, but I'm beginning to feel like I could do without a flybridge.
Finally, and probably our most important rule: NO FULL BEAM AFT CABINS. No "sundeck" models. We only like boats with a cockpit, or low aft deck. So much easier to get on and off, to use the swim step, to fish, and mostly; to carry food & supplies aboard. I know there are plenty of sundeck style owners who apparently don't mind carrying their groceries up the back ladder in the rain. Not us...
We watched a video tour of an aft-cabin boat the other day, and the only way in from the swimdeck was through the master cabin, and a narrow passageway past the end of the athwartship bed. I'm a much bigger fan of the master cabin amidship, but that appears to be most common in contemporary boats, which are out of my price range.
An excellent example of a boat that fills all these requirements is the Bayliner 4788. Plus it's reasonably priced, designed to cruise the PNW waters, and easy to operate.
I was apparently misinformed about Bayliner construction, applying their smaller-boat methods to the entire line. A such, I was skipping looking at them. Now that I've had my opinion corrected, I'm looking again, and yes, their layout is about perfect for what we want.
I believe we're about to see some very good deals on boats. Not quite yet, but within a couple months. Great time to buy...
Unfortunately, yes, an excellent time. Same goes for vacation property.
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