We are in our 60's and never boated. we had been on a friends boat and she had found that very confining and not comfortable from a safety
standpoint. So I knew that she wanted the comforts of home but just as important she wanted to feel safe on the boat.
Around the end of 2006 we decided to give it a go and in september 2007 bought the Bluewater. When we went to see it in Charleston, it was docked at a floating dock
and her first comment was, are you serious, this is way too big ! I said, just wait till we go out in the ocean with it and then tell me if you feel safe. After a four hour outing she was sold on that boat.
I hired a captain
for the first summer to teach me how to operate it and took the pro boater courses with the Power Squadron.
My wife has been ill and is not very strong so we try to keep her chores as first mate to a minimum. I have a portable helm
at the bow and stern to control the boat and still help her with the lines while docking
. We handle it just fine on our own.
She is quite happy with the living accomodations as well as the entertainment deck
. We do entertain quite a bit with day cruises and she loves to cook and entertain, we often go out with 15 to 20 people on board.
There are three staterooms, all queen beds, two heads, one with a tub, full galley with breakfast bar and stools, dishwasher, garburator, hot water
dispenser for tea etc.., built in coffee maker, built in can opener, invection Microwave oven
, conventional oven
range, 14 cf ref/freezer w/icemaker, wine cooler refrigerator
, washer, dryer, 200 gallon fresh water tank
, 20 gal hot water heater, 3000 watt inverter
, 12kw diesel generator
, three A/C.
with reclining love seat and two glider chairs and tables, dinette for 4, lower pilot house helm
, plenty of storage
and closet space with 5 clothes closets with a total of 9 feet of clothes hanger bars, all make up the main living accomodations all on one floor.
The entertainment deck
is fully enclosed and has, built in bar with refrigerator
and ice maker, jenn air propane
BBQ and stove, additional refrigerator & summer kitchen cabinet and counters.
The fly bridge helm Electronics are all garmin
, with two 5212 plotter multi function displays, a/p, radar, Forward Looking Sonar, weather
sensor, KVH satelite TV, security systems.
Power is twin cummins 450 diesels with on board fuel
polisher. There are also bow and stern thrusters.
I felt that at our age, if this is the kind of boating
we wanted, we did not have the time to start small and grow a few feet every couple of years, so we went for it, hiring the captain
was great and we have no regrets.
To date our longest cruise
has been 10 days, but next summer we are planning a 2 month trip from Windsor Ontario
city PQ. She is very supportive and can't wait for us to do it.
This trip will decide for us if we want to live aboard and go south for the winters or not, as this was the original plan but neither one of us is 100% sure yet, but hopefully, by next august we will know for sure.
Keeping Momma happy is what it's all about. In the words of Dr. Phil "If momma ain't happy, nobody's happy"
Certainly works for us after 43 years.