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Old 27-07-2012, 15:29   #16
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Re: Total Newb, where can a boat like this go?

Originally Posted by SkyePN View Post
By all means, rain away! This is still very much in the planning phase for 1-2 years away; I'm excited about the possibilities, but I'm the type that will make a spreadsheet of costs before committing to anything.

So, to recap, ideally I would like a boat that can sail up and down the West Coast, possibly through the Panama Canal to explore the East Coast as well.

Thanks again! I should have started this process years ago
A 40'+ powerboat is a lot of boat - do you have a large family??

Some more rain for you ... living in the PNW you should be used to rain ...

Boats aren't amenable to spreadsheets. Whatever you expen$e$ you come up with multiply that number by nine. After you become an expert in all things boat then multiplying by three works.

You can't sail up the west coast, from SD, or wherever south, you need to go to Hawaii to sail back to the PNW.

Doesn't matter when you start the process, the outcome is always the same.

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Old 27-07-2012, 17:13   #17
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Re: Total Newb, where can a boat like this go?

When doing distance runs, even large fast powerboats almost always do the delivery at sub-planing speeds. The fuel burn climbs exponentially as speed goes up linerally. So each additional knot of speed may cost you bug in fuel burn.

My thought right now is to buy what you plan on using now. The boat you would want to cruise the Carribean on is a very different one than a live aboard. And making a run to Hawaii... As mentioned there aren't a lot of power boats that can safely make that passage. Few boats actually carry the fuel reserves to get half way there, let alone all the way.

For a long distance cruiser (with long range) you need to be looking at boats with a top speed of 8-10kn, very long, and narrow, with a tucked transom. In fact a power boat that looks a lot like a sailboat hull. This shape is easily driven, which means the boat doesn't need much power to make good headway.

The best example of this I know is the FPB by Steve Dashew. At $1 mill plus they are expensive, but the 64' only has an installed 120 or so Hp to make 10kn. Everything after that is just fuel burn.


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Old 28-07-2012, 19:31   #18
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Re: Total Newb, where can a boat like this go?

If you want room and want to cruise get a cat boat like a Lagoon 38
I am sort of interested in cats. they are very stable in rough water.
Check out these well done videos

here is the layout of a 42
these have small twin diesels so I assume will be easy to dock and maneuver.

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