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Old 27-07-2013, 13:34   #16
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Mainship has a yahoo group. Very active.

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Old 27-07-2013, 13:35   #17
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Mainship has a yahoo group. Very active.

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How do you like and how do you use your 43???
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Old 27-07-2013, 15:56   #18
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Good thoughts Chris. It is likely that the island hopping scenario will be the extent of our adventures. It is early and I do not want to rule anything out too soon and the seaworthiness of the more blue water craft is what is attractive. Looked at nordhavn, Selene, and Krogen. I like the pure displacement hull single engine with wing configuration. Thrusters a must with one engine. What research I have done tells me the the three mentioned above likely will handle ocean conditions and following seas better than semi- displacement even without stabilization. I would probably be OK popping offshore and along the coast in a mainship or a albin but they seem a little less suitable for a crossing from Fla to the Bahamas ... Looking for all suitable options from practitioners perspectives... Thanks!
As with blue water versus blue water... there's also sea worthiness and then there's sea worthiness

Read this Captain's Blog Stardate 2009: Terror on the high seas. about a 42' Silverton running from Caicos to Dom Rep. The people felt more punishment than the boat did. I point this out as an example partly because it's probably the same kind of hull layup as a Mainship, even though different shape, etc.

Agree ref semi-displacement versus displacement... but then again I don't think I'd worry much about it if that's what I could afford and still have enough left to run the boat and buy beer.

BTW, we did not find a bow thruster necessary in our single-screw boat. Wouldn't turn one down, though. And they can be retrofitted, too. There were also times when it was difficult to dock; we got over it. In any case, spring lines are your friend... and they don't break down as often as bow thrusters seem to.

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Good feedback and a compelling story! I knew joining this forum was a good idea!
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:50   #20
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Thanks for your earlier comments. I will neck down the options based affordability, your note suggested this factor, and am wondering if you know of a good lay down of cost planning factors...

Examples:
Purchase price
Survey fee
Registration fee
Taxes
Slip fee per month....
Annual maintenance costs
Fuel cost per gallon

Seems as though enough folks have been into the life style and likely have good experiential data one could use to assess how much boat is really affordable.

Thoughts?
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What kind of range would you like to have?
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Thoughts on range to this point in my research are around 700 miles, minimum, as capability to island hop in Caribbean seems to call for at least this. Would want enough reserve for the unforeseen and without experience in this regard, this is my guess.
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