Originally Posted by Pappi Rocks
Hello fellow cruisers. This is my first post and I was wanting to get some input on a decision that we are faced with. We currently own a trojan F400 and not happy with the high center of gravity that the taller boats have. So we are looking at either the 51 ft bluewater or the 46 ft searay express cruiser
either one in the mid to late 80's year models. We have the basic pro's and con's figured out but what we need advice on is which one would be the best to handle the east coast ICW
, the great American loop and cruises to the Bahamas. Which one would be best for mildly rough conditions if caught out in. We appreciate any and all advice
Even with best of intentions to avoid rough weather
, --it happens.
I've read in several places that the Bluewater hull
form is not suitable for ocean travel. Similar to Holiday Mansion and Gibson houseboats. I have no first-hand experience with 'em though, so treat that as hearsay and FWIW.
We moved from a flybridge boat to an express boat... but didn't like living in the cave and I especially missed the improved visibility from a flybridge... so we went back to a flybridge boat. 360° visibility even in bad weather
is much more comfortable for us.
High center of gravity? Perhaps a flybridge boat with a lower station, so you can drive from there in rough weather, if you chose to?