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Old 09-09-2012, 18:27   #1
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Which is Best????

My wife and I are looking at three boats for full time live-aboard and we are perplexed to say the least.
One is a 64' motor yacht with 6V92TI's and one is a 56' motor yacht with the same engines and the last is a 52' motor yacht with 8V92TA's.
We are well past prime time and living aboard is on our bucket list.
Are we thinking correctly? All the boats above are on the gulf coast, all are similarly priced and all have engine hours around 2000 with reported decent care and maintenance. Too stiff at this age for sails!!

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Old 09-09-2012, 18:35   #2
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Re: Which is best????

if you want a dock queen go for the big one,if you want to get out and about get the small one,running costs will be the same ,assuming the big one never moves as opposed to the fuel costs and paying daily marina rates for cruising on the smaller boat.

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Old 09-09-2012, 19:10   #3
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All the 92 series engines are sorta high speed types of detroits. they are big drinkers of fuel if run at normal rpms, ya can slow them down but with turbos and aftercoolers ( T&A) ya really can't run em to slow !! But ya can run one at a time and save some fuel that way ! if ya don't plan on doing to much cruiseing they might be fine for ya ! as they are good engines! but if ya can find a boat with twin 4 strokes you would be much better off !! just my 2 cents from haveing run these motors a lot over the years !!!
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:50   #4
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Also, don't just look at the initial cost of the boat. Maintainece on a boat can be ridiculously expensive. How much money will you have available per year to sink into your boat to maintain her? If you've never lived aboard before or owned a boat before, I would strongly recomend talking to some live aboards at your local marina. Hope that helps.
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