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Old 15-09-2011, 06:49   #1
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Power Cruiser Under 34' and $75k . . . Any Good Ideas ?

As I look to transition from my 32' Gemini sailcat to a power boat I am finding a somewhat limited inventory. I would love to get a PDQ 34 Powercat or something similar but they are out of my current price range. Here is my wish list:
1. At least 2 separate cabins
2. Under 34' & $ 75k
3. 1995 or newer
4. Cruising speed of at least 12-15 knots
5. No express cruisers (personal bias)
6. 3'or less draft for Keys and Bahamas
7. Flybridge (not absolute requirement)
8. Twin engines (flexible)
So far in limited browsing the Mainship and Carver Aft Cabins seem to be the only boats out there that fit my wish ist. I like the Carver a little more.
Anyone know these boats or have any suggestions of other vessels?
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Old 15-09-2011, 07:45   #2
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Re: Power cruiser under 34' an $75k... ideas?

a carver??? nooooooooo!!!! the mainship 34 is a great little boat w/ shallow draft, economical and roomy for a 34..only 1 cabin but the couch folds to a bed...try one...
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Re: Power cruiser under 34' an $75k... ideas?

I am familiar with the Mainship Trawler which I think you are refering to. It is a little too old and slow for me and my wife. The Mainship I reference is a gas version with an aft cabin. I know nothing about Carvers or the gas Mainships. What is your "beef" with the Carvers.
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Re: Power Cruiser Under 34' and $75k . . . Ideas ?

the smaller carvers (30-38)i never thought were built that well...saw alot of them in the great lakes and was never impressed.
the mainship was my 1st trawler (1978), was a single perkins diesel turbo and would run all day at 10kts and burn very little fuel. they are single v-berth cabin boats (the larger ones are aft cabin) but w/ a galley-down had lots of living space and a nice shaded cockpit. you wouldn't want to be out in some serious weather in them since they're light and shallow draft but for inland and coastal cruisers i thought they were great.

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Re: Power Cruiser Under 34' and $75k . . . Ideas ?

I'll keep that advice in mind. The Mainship trawler won't provide the separate cabin we would need if we take along another family. Did Mainship build any aft cabin trawlers?
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Re: Power Cruiser Under 34' and $75k . . . Any Good Ideas ?

I've been looking for years. While several boats seem to meet your basic criteria, when I've inspected in detail they fall far short. I'm going to custom build my next (last?) boat.

It's easy to get a new custom at that price, as long as you want a boat you will use, rather than a boat that seems like a good idea when you are comparing it to a house.

Boats that are actually fun to own are only those that are great to use, reliable, and low hassle. Easy on a custom, very rare on production boats, especially those with lots of human storage compartments.
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