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Old 28-02-2011, 19:24   #31
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Re: The Perfect Atlantic Intracoastal Vacation Boat

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I am looking toward retirement and cruising. Could you give me the advantages of a trawler over a sailboat? Thanks for help in making a decision.
Ft per ft trawlers tend to have more room and draw less water and most have a inside station which in poor weather can be important
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Old 28-02-2011, 19:36   #32
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Have you seen the Great Harbor N37?
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Butter, a trawler has more interior space than a sail boat of the same size, generally. Beyond that, it really depends on which boats you are comparing. I just bought a Nauticat 33 motorsailer that captures some of the best of both, well, I think it does...
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Old 06-03-2011, 18:38   #34
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Thanks for the info on motoe boats.
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Re: The Perfect Atlantic Intracoastal Vacation Boat

Not sure what your budget is, but in my opinion, the Bluewater Coastal Cruiser is the best boat for what you want to do with your family.

I have one, have been up and down the coast, all over the Great Lakes, and, this year, we are going from Windsor, Ontario to Québec city. After this trip, if the Admiral is in agreement , we will be doing the Great Loop for a year or so.

You can check a few pics on my album but this one is not for sale., maybe after the loop...
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Wow, She if gorgeous ! ! ! !
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Old 08-03-2011, 14:49   #37
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Wow, She if gorgeous ! ! ! !
I looked at the Bluewaters also...quite a boat but mid to lower on overall construction (at least the 80s-early 90s models) ....definitely good riverine and coastal...not for even moderate offshore work...but very nice for what it is...

I almost bought one and would have droppped a couple 60-80 hp diesels in one when the crusader gassers went bye-bye.

That was in my married days because the layout is great for the liveaboard/entertaining cruising lifestyle.
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I would love a boat like yours but with this economy and my business closed and out of work, I think Hell would freeze over before I can afford anything close to that!
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I looked at the Bluewaters also...quite a boat but mid to lower on overall construction (at least the 80s-early 90s models) ....definitely good riverine and coastal...not for even moderate offshore work...but very nice for what it is...

I almost bought one and would have droppped a couple 60-80 hp diesels in one when the crusader gassers went bye-bye.

That was in my married days because the layout is great for the liveaboard/entertaining cruising lifestyle.
You are correct, I would not buy anything prior to 97, nor any gas engines in these.

But quality really improved after 1997. Mine is a 2001 with twin 450 cummins turbo and it is doing great.

I have had the boat in 8 to 10 foot waves in Lake Huron and no issues. I have only been held up by weather once and that was coming north in Norfolk, I stayed for two days due to bad weather on the outside, but then again, even the fishing boats were not going out those two days. It is a coastal cruiser and has to be treated that way.

I have replaced all electronics on board but that was more my desire to modernize the navigation equipment.

Anyway, good luck in finding your dream boat.
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I would love a boat like yours but with this economy and my business closed and out of work, I think Hell would freeze over before I can afford anything close to that!
Like what? Most of the boats recommended can be had for a reasonable cost..certainly similar to the Egg you were looking at...
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I was talking about RaySea Ladies 5800 Bluewater. What a boat! I am taking the next step on the 1972 38' Egg Harbor with a thorough inspection this Thursday. It's not the "ultimate ICW" boat for sure, but she will do for the meanwhile.
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I was talking about RaySea Ladies 5800 Bluewater. What a boat! .
Very kind words, Thank you !
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Like what? Most of the boats recommended can be had for a reasonable cost..certainly similar to the Egg you were looking at...
It is not my website but comes up this way when I copy and paste???
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Here is one on yatch world, a 2001, 58 foot that has not been updated at $399.000.00

It also has a tarp roof, not a solid roof which is a 30,000 factory option
Navigation is RayMarine 2001 stuff with green letter screens, needs 40,000 to update to current standards.

Here is the 72 Egg Harbor Diesel that has been refitted in 2006 http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi...g_id=15344&url=

at 74000, it seems quite reasonable, specially after the refit, but not quite the same as the Bluewater.....
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She sure is a pretty Egg. Same year/size as the one I am considering. I was considering swapping out the 454s to diesels but truth be told, I know 2-footitis will hit quickly!! Only chance for the Egg long term would be to cut the transom and extend her 6 feet and drop on 3 outboards. Humm, now there's a thought .......
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I am going back for a better inspection of the Egg today. Any advice as to what specifically to pay attention to?

Here is the plan:
1. Initial inspection ~ done
2. More thorough inspection - 3/10
3. Survey - 3/16
4. Sea trial - Early April
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