I've been lurking here, but that was my first post. I also spend time on the Hull
Having spent a lot of time with motorsports in general, I've done my share of buying/selling what seemed to be a "sure thing" good deal. Motorcycles/snowmobiles/boats/old cars etc. From my handle, you can tell I run around in the summer in an old CJ Jeep....
I think it's only human nature to seek out positive reinforcement on a decision, from the peers in the same sport (space). There's countless sites for enthusiasts talking about all aspects of the "thing" or what you can accomplish with the "thing". It's awesome.
So my point is that I've done the same thing. I made big mistakes
and couldn't believe I was getting contrarian advise on my (supposedly awesome) decision. (IMHO) Initial reading of your post was that you were already "down the road" with this boat. It seemed when others had points on why it might not be a good thing, you seemed defensive. It's easy for me to say, when I'm not involved in the emotion of the deal. It looked like there a lot of experienced, level headed advise coming at you.
experience comes from 3 separate times in my life when I was boating
. As a kid, we had a 14' w/ 7.5 hp McCollouch (yeah, the chaisaw co.). I ran many tanks
of gas just zooming up and down a small lake in Maine
. I could of swore it did 40 mph with just me in the boat....8^ )
Later I sailed with my cousin on the Cape in a 41' Morgan Out Island
. Loved it so much, I spent 26 days in a wooden boat with Outward Bound @ Hurricane
Island in Maine
, really leaning to sail. Having had to spend considerable time looking down into a wooden bilge
and bailing, rather than looking at the scenery is no picnic.
These days I have been spending my time in motor
boats. Mostly center consoles for beaching with my daughters and fishing
. I am destined for a Walk Around this year. As my daughters get older, I want something I can overnight. I am planning a boat trip to the coast of Maine this summer, to see the lobster boat races, do some fishing
There's a trawler/displacement hull
type cruiser somewhere in my future. From where I am (North of Boston) there a smaller loop using the Hudson
River, up through the canals of NY state, but eventually I'd like to take a concerted amount of time and do the Great Loop.
It's awesome that you are off to look at Blue Water
boats. Love to see what you are looking at, +/- of each and the decision which way to go. Keep us posted. Just my .02