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08-28-2008 11:20 AM
brak
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Originally Posted by Jotun View Post
I'm sure your friend's boat is nice, but I have heard that Bayliners were not well constructed.
I'd think for a boat used as local runabout "well constructed" is not much of an issue. And considering how many Bayliners are out there - they can't be all that bad.
08-28-2008 09:33 AM
sailortjk1
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That said, how we would use it would be as a way to quickly get to a destination for an evening. To go to Fells Point for dinner.
Maybe a nice kiss ass RIB would fit the bill.
No enclosed head, put if your just using it to go for dinner and back?
You can get a center counsol with a lot of HP. They look like fun. You might be able to pull a skier with a big enough one.
08-28-2008 09:20 AM
Jotun I'm sure your friend's boat is nice, but I have heard that Bayliners were not well constructed.
08-27-2008 11:22 PM
RickQuann Gladrags,

I was talking to a friend at my sons football game tonight ( 26-6 btw) and he's thinking about selling his 19' 2002 Bayliner bowrider, on a trailer, 100 hrs, I/O, fitted cover, for $10,000.00. He never uses the boat.
In F'burg.
PM me if you're interested and I can give you his contact info
08-27-2008 10:41 PM
chef2sail Gladrags,

Where are you located on Rock Creek? We are at Maryland Yacht Club and T37Chef is at Oak Harbor.

Dave
08-27-2008 08:34 PM
Stillraining
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Originally Posted by chucklesR View Post
I'd say a 25 ft express cruiser would be about perfect. I happen to have one for sale, just assume the loan and drive it away, trailer and all (48kish). New ones go for 92k.

Seriously, Crownline 250cr, 2005, all of 24 hours on the engine. Wife and I decided we just don't like powerboating after all.
No...No..No...While that would be ok what You really need it the deep V smooth riding 30' SeaRay...now I just happen to have one you can haggle me on for a lot less then Chuckels boat...no trailer though..but you can still drive it away........Ill even through in 125 gal of gas...

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She required a cuddy cabin with a porta-potty.
Then she will love the enclosed head and shower......
08-27-2008 07:41 PM
Gladrags1 Brak and all-

I quite agree. We have gone with my brother in law and his family on their 20' Sea Ray on Lake George, NY. It got quite boring unless we were actually going somewhere, to a destination. Even the tubing got old quite fast! Waves that would not even phase the sailor would make for an uncomfortable ride. The planing hull would crash and bang over the wavelets.

That said, how we would use it would be as a way to quickly get to a destination for an evening. To go to Fells Point for dinner.

What I don't know is what hull characteristics I should be looking for. My brother-in-law suggested a deck boat and I've seen the tri-maran versions which look like it would be very stable. Would that be best to handle the waves of the Patapsco River and/or Chesapeake Bay? Someone suggested a deep V hull shape rather than the flat planing hull. Friends have a 16' C-Dory and they love it but it is very pricey. Also, I don't see any used around and I am not looking to buy new.

At this point, we are not ready to buy, just looking to learn about our options. Thanks to all who respond!
08-27-2008 06:34 PM
brak I actually thought about the same (because its hard to be short handed on a sailboat and sometimes there is no wind).

I tried to rent a bowrider and a center console - and here is what I found - they are nice when you have a specific destination, but otherwise no fun at all. I.e. center console in Florida Keys was fun because I could quickly go to some place interesting. But just riding around in a boat on Chesapeake got boring very very fast. I don't really need to "get anywhere", and the darn outboard noise makes me go nuts after an hour of driving.


So, my 5 cents are - for Chesapeake, unless you like fishing, powerboat seems like not too much fun. That said, you can try it for yourself - rent one and see how it goes.
08-27-2008 05:40 PM
hphoen GR,

When we decided to buy a power boat for knocking around the Bay, I thought a Grady White 19' would be about right. The Admiral vetoed the idea. She required a cuddy cabin with a porta-potty. We bought a Grady 24' walk-around.

Check with the missus. If The Admiral ain't happy, nobody's happy!
08-27-2008 04:56 PM
T37Chef Since $$ was not mentioned I would have to say one of these, by Riva






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