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  • Floating Boat Beach House - Opinion?

    Thinking out loud here.....sold the condo and the creek lot, and not sure where we want to be next as far as waterfront.

    Have seen several 46' - 52' SF from the mid-eighties in the $125-200k range like Hat's, Viking's & Bert's.
    It's been 30yrs since I was delivering boats and most back then had either GM, Cats or Volvo.
    I know the boats aren't going to be Bristol in that price range but I'm ok with that. I'm still a little handy.

    Anyway, for the interim, wondering about buying something similar, could move easily from one area to the next and scope out different places.
    Part of me wants to stay around here but the other half wants to be warm year round!
    Figure I'll take a bit of a haircut to a degree when it comes time to sell but not too bad in that price range.

    So, the million dollar question—have any of y'all done this, or know of someone who has?
    Any boat brands from that era to stay away from?
    Which would be easier to sell?
    What are the least problematic engines in today's world and which ones would you run from?
    Most I've seen have already had at least one rebuild or replacement.

    Thoughts? Or brain-dead dumb idea?
    '12 Blackwood - 300 Verado's (for sale)
    '17 Nor-Tech 340 - sold
    '18 Fountain 38 - sold
    ’19 Invincible 36 - 350 Verado’s (on order)

  • #2
    Got just what you need right here.
    http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2001...g#.WqevPXxG1hE

    On another note.
    I loved my time on my boats.
    Remember, that 125-200 is just the beginning. ESPECIALLY if you get an older boat.
    When I first got my trawler in 96', I had a partner, he was the termite, I did all the electrical and mechanical, for two people it was good, when I bought him out, then it was just me, too much on an older boat, I did it all or paid someone. I got tired of it.
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    • #3
      Stay away from Volvo.
      Older GM's are cheep, finding "Older" techs is harder, least around here.
      Cats and Cats.
      Cummins are good.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Tiretyme View Post
        Thinking out loud here.....sold the condo and the creek lot, and not sure where we want to be next as far as waterfront.

        Have seen several 46' - 52' SF from the mid-eighties in the $125-200k range like Hat's, Viking's & Bert's.
        It's been 30yrs since I was delivering boats and most back then had either GM, Cats or Volvo.
        I know the boats aren't going to be Bristol in that price range but I'm ok with that. I'm still a little handy.

        Anyway, for the interim, wondering about buying something similar, could move easily from one area to the next and scope out different places.
        Part of me wants to stay around here but the other half wants to be warm year round!
        Figure I'll take a bit of a haircut to a degree when it comes time to sell but not too bad in that price range.

        So, the million dollar question—have any of y'all done this, or know of someone who has?
        Any boat brands from that era to stay away from?
        Which would be easier to sell?
        What are the least problematic engines in today's world and which ones would you run from?
        Most I've seen have already had at least one rebuild or replacement.

        Thoughts? Or brain-dead dumb idea?
        I've had friends that have done it
        It defines "Hole in the water"

        Romantic and exciting thought but the realities can be pretty harsh if an old boat and power

        HOW-EV-ER......................................

        Old pal of mine right outside SW Philly on the Darby Creek (feeds into the Delaware) bought a huge double deck floating restaurant kinda affair then had no idea what to do with it.
        So, he left it at his house on the creek and headed to Florida

        His daughter let me crawl around the boat
        I would guess upper and lower decks it had maybe somewhere between 4,000 to 5,000 SF under roof
        So, I began to have some really stupid thoughts about it
        It was like a riverboat even with a paddlewheel that was decrotive only
        Not ocean going at all

        I began having some really scarey thoughts as to all I could do with it until reality came back into my brain

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        • #5
          Hey, just come down to the Burt Reynolds ramp in Jupiter, Florida and you can see what some people will live in. Probably dont have $5k in their whole home, and I dont think they expect to ever move. But they have waterfront property and can do a whore's bath in the public restroom. They have a little dingy to get to shore and back for groceries. Livin' the dream.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by manitunc View Post
            Hey, just come down to the Burt Reynolds ramp in Jupiter, Florida and you can see what some people will live in. Probably dont have $5k in their whole home, and I dont think they expect to ever move. But they have waterfront property and can do a whore's bath in the public restroom. They have a little dingy to get to shore and back for groceries. Livin' the dream.
            I had an office in a little marina that had alot of live aboards
            "Livn' the dream" is one way of putting it, I guess

            The guy that ran the marina and I shared a pretty large office area
            There were just the two of us so by chance, now and then, I assumed some of his duties
            There's some that were a reasonably sane way of living and some not so much

            It was a very nice setting, park like, and the majority of live aboards were very nice people
            Just had to be real sure that it was kept "very nice people" because sometimes that got way out of control

            As for me................
            No way in this lifetime would I find it Ok living on a boat
            Basics like alot of hot water, a reasonable bathroom, and the like I find to be nice
            A bed that's roomy and holds still is nice
            Leaky, oil smelling bilges not so nice



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            • #7
              And then you have the hurricanes......

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              • #8
                How about copying Tula's endless Summer at an advanced, senior age, what! It could work!.
                I like the concept, check them out.
                BWP

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Pstephens46 View Post
                  And then you have the hurricanes......
                  Whatutalking bout Willis;
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Parker Yacht View Post
                    Got just what you need right here.
                    http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2001...g#.WqevPXxG1hE

                    On another note.
                    I loved my time on my boats.
                    Remember, that 125-200 is just the beginning. ESPECIALLY if you get an older boat.
                    When I first got my trawler in 96', I had a partner, he was the termite, I did all the electrical and mechanical, for two people it was good, when I bought him out, then it was just me, too much on an older boat, I did it all or paid someone. I got tired of it.
                    Awesome boat Ole!!
                    Looks like it's in perfect shape.
                    Tell me about that lower station?
                    Never seen one exactly like that.
                    Always liked helm down just in case.

                    ALL, appreciate the info!
                    I do stump my toe every now and then.
                    Like the idea better than a travel trailer or motor home, but that might be a better route, idk.
                    '12 Blackwood - 300 Verado's (for sale)
                    '17 Nor-Tech 340 - sold
                    '18 Fountain 38 - sold
                    ’19 Invincible 36 - 350 Verado’s (on order)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Comm. (VP) Mike Carrigan Sr. View Post

                      I've had friends that have done it
                      It defines "Hole in the water"

                      I began having some really scarey thoughts as to all I could do with it until reality came back into my brain
                      Thx Mike!!
                      Im not really a travel trailer/ motor home guy, but this might (well certainly) would be a less expensive avenue.
                      However, it kills the on the water experience.

                      I delivered many a MY & trawlers to & from back in the day, and because they were soooo slooooow, the owners didn't have or take the time to do so. They just wanted boats to be waiting wherever they were going and then I'd fly back to get them when they were done.
                      The twin Ford Lehmans at 135hp per would max out around 8 or 9 knots........sad when you get passed by a saily boat!

                      So that's why I was thinking SF. Older ones are a little faster than that and could fish along the way.
                      But I don't hardcore fish enough to warrant a boat like that for full time fishing/cruising.
                      Too easy to fire up the Fountain or Blackwood and be back in half a day after covering a bunch of ground.

                      What do you all think it costs to maintain a boat in reasonable shape on an annual basis?



                      '12 Blackwood - 300 Verado's (for sale)
                      '17 Nor-Tech 340 - sold
                      '18 Fountain 38 - sold
                      ’19 Invincible 36 - 350 Verado’s (on order)

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                      • #12
                        Ole, What's this?
                        '12 Blackwood - 300 Verado's (for sale)
                        '17 Nor-Tech 340 - sold
                        '18 Fountain 38 - sold
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Tiretyme View Post

                          Awesome boat Ole!!
                          Looks like it's in perfect shape. She's in good shape
                          Tell me about that lower station? It's there, mostly it's a electrical switch board, I could never imagine actually driving from there, and with EC2CY on the fly, who needs down below?
                          Never seen one exactly like that.
                          Always liked helm down just in case.

                          ALL, appreciate the info!
                          I do stump my toe every now and then.
                          Like the idea better than a travel trailer or motor home, but that might be a better route, idk.You aren't that old, yet.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Tiretyme View Post
                            Ole, What's this?
                            That's my swim platform camera, lets me know when the Russian is coming.
                            This boat cruises at 18 knts and tops at 22nkts.
                            AND, she catches fish!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Parker Yacht View Post

                              That's my swim platform camera, lets me know when the Russian is coming.
                              This boat cruises at 18 knts and tops at 22nkts.
                              AND, she catches fish!
                              Your former Ms Russia?
                              What's GPH at cruise?
                              Aside from mooring fees, what is appx annual maintenance costs? Do you pull annually for bottom clean, paint, hull wax & anodes?
                              '12 Blackwood - 300 Verado's (for sale)
                              '17 Nor-Tech 340 - sold
                              '18 Fountain 38 - sold
                              ’19 Invincible 36 - 350 Verado’s (on order)

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