Cruising Power Boat - Advice Needed
Hello everyone. I see a ton of great information on numerous topics from very eperienced people on here. I hope to tap into that if I may. I know this is a sailing centric crowd, but I have some power boat questions. If you are against power boating then stop reading now :^)
I have been freshwater (inland lakes) ski/rubabout & Jet ski boating for about 15 years now. It''s been great but I want to slow things down now. I have found that I don''t ski anymore. I just drive the boat around the lake and socialize with friends. All the time wishing I could sleep in the boat rather then climb ashore and set up that darn tent. So it''s time for change. BTW: I live near Santa Cruz, CA. -
I love my current 79 Glastron Carlson 225hp I/O 18'' open bow. I''ve restored her fairly well and have taken great care of her. I like older boats! I enjoy the work of fixing them up and the sense of accomplishment when I take them out. The best part is the great lines (character) of older boats. I have been searching the classifieds and have seen boats I like. I have decided after much reading that sailing doesn''t totally interest me and I know that it definitely does not interest my girlfriend. Power cruising is what we both want. If this is going to work, it has to be something we both want, not just me. Luckily we are in the same camp on this one! I have read "Voyaging Under Power" and so many webpages my eyes are falling out! All this has just reinforced my want for what I refer to as a "chugger". I want to set the throttle and auto pilot and cruise at 6 to 8 knots directly to my destination. The tacking and "working" the sails to meet the conditions just does not appeal. Many journals that I read from cruising couples say that they power more than they sail anyway. I know this is most likely because rather than get up on deck and work in low wind, battle high wind or wait for opportune weather it''s very tempting to just click off the brain and click on the motor. I can tell you now, that is what I would end up doing. I know there are endless debates about sail vs power. But I want to power.
What I want to do: I want to move up to a larger boat (not live aboard full time, but live aboard able for weeks or months while cruising) and cruise with a small group (maybe my, my girlfriend and another couple or just the guys) around the SF Bay, up the coast to Seattle, down to Monterey, LA, through Catalina Islands or down to San Diego. Even someday down to Mexico. Coastal & Bay cruising is my first goal. From there I may want a better boat and try some Ocean going. But that is very far in the future. In fact all of this is still one to two years away. Maybe more. There is a lot of west coast to explore and I may never need more. Who knows.
The boat I have seen: The "passagemakers" I read about in "Voyaging Under Power" were great. But way more than I need (would love to have but don''t "need"). Also they are way out of my price range since I don''t plan to sell my home and live aboard. The Trawlers are also pricey but most are just not my style. Very tall and awkward looking. I really like the lines and layouts of large day boats like Chris Craft, Harco, Tollycraft, Owens, etc, etc. But these planing hulls are very limited in range and most have dual gas engines that love to drink. So those are out.
The boat I like: This boat (picture attached or use link) is what I want. It''s in need of lot''s of work but I look forward to doing it. There are many many writings about new vs used. Then there is used vs fixer uppers. I know this is a fixer upper and high maintenance. I''ll end up re-fastening with hopefully not too much wood replacement. Bottom coating and painting. Then fixing up the interior. It has almost no electronics, so all new electronics will be on the shopping list. This way I know they work, I know how they are installed and I have the latest in technology. I may need to re-power or maybe I can rebuild the Ford Diesel (my background is in auto/truck repair). This work doesn''t scare me. I enjoy working with my hands. I have built specialized autos and trucks and have at one point in my life been a full time mechanic for both autos and large trucks. My point is, I know there will be a lot of work and money invested. But I think that even a 50K boat would need updating and I would end up taking things out before replacing rather than starting with something that has almost nothing.
So what is it exactly that I am asking? I am asking about the part of this whole experience that I know nothing about. Is this boat (hull design, style or type) capable of doing what I want it to do? Once I restore it and update it will I be able to take it up and down the west coast safely? Let''s assume that my work is sound. And I don''t cut any corners. I just mean the design, the model, the build - will it be safe along the coast? What weather should it handle if any?
Seems like it should have about a 1000nm range with it''s 360 gallon fuel capacity and 120hp Ford Diesel (Dry exhaust). Construction is single plank. I have tried to get more info about the type of wood used for the hull but the salesman didn''t know. He is going to get back to me on that. Don''t worry, I plan to have it surveyed before making any purchase. But for now I want to know if I am even looking at the right boat?
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