Hope the weather is nice for all of you - let's hear what kind of trouble you are planning to get into...
Bobcaygeon...Sandy's sister's place on the water...she lives there all year round..they got a new pontoon boat...what ever that is LOL....should be fun though.....they traded in 2 fairly new sea doo things....i hated them...well riding on the back of one with a madmen did me no good....LOL
Doc Here's one sample - they have double decker ones too... nice and easy riding.... no big chores required and makes for lovely trip with good company. You lucky guy!!!
A few of my family members get a big one and cruise around the Okanagan for a week....they come back rested.... you can tie up and eat at a restaurant... or eat your catch of the day.... it's really a comfortable way to spend some R&R time.
We had planned to take our boat down to Victoria but the weather doesn't look too promising. The boat, a 32 foot Carver, is very good in rough weather but I'd sooner spend a rainy weekend in a hotel. On top of that, the fuel cost to take the boat down and back just about equals the cost of a hotel room. We'll see if the weatherman changes his mind.
If your going to live on a boat i think diesel would be a concern.
Especially with a used older model.
Think smelling diesel fumes always to the point you won't notice the taste of food on some boats after sleeping on them for a few weeks
Maybe a little extreme in making my point,but true enough in some cases.
The attraction with diesel engines is that they are more reliable and burn a fraction of the fuel that gas engines do. If anything, gas engines are worse because the burn twice as much fuel...also there is no pollution control equipment on marine engines. I would rather have diesels any day of the week.
It's a 1994 Carver Crusader, with twin shaft drive V-8s. Pass anything but a gas station. With an 11'-10" beam it is a great rough water boat but it does burn gas like it was free. There is another version of this boat with twin 6 cyl. Lehman diesels that will give you 16 knots at 10 gallons per hour but those boats are never on the market for more than a few hours.
Any type of diesel conversion would suit me but that is an expensive proposition. The main strengths of the Carver are it's ability to handle very rough water and the soft ride at speed. The weaknesses are the obvious ones. At slower trolling/fishing speeds it rides like a bloody raft and at anything near the cruising speed it is capable of it burns well over twenty gallons an hour. The boat is beamy....close to two feet more than a lot of boats of this length. That extra width gives us a nice wide salon and room for a decent sized galley and head but it adds to the problems I mentioned.
I've never considered stabilizers and as far as I know, neither did the builder for this boat. There are a lot of logs and deadheads in the coastal waters and anything sticking out sticking out like a stabilizer fin stands a fair chance of getting sheared off.
The weather on the west coast can turn crappy very quickly and you either have a nice solid displacement hull so you can ride it out, or you have lots of power and speed so you can get in quickly
Definitely a huge undertaking and really the only reason I consider it is that I plan on a long relationship with with the boat. I envy some of the old timers around here that have owned their boats for decades and have traveled extensively the East coast, the US and the Caribbean. That's the sort of thing I'm really interested in and so rather than finding a boat with all the things I want, I figure that it's best to invest the time and money in finding the foundation I can build upon over the years.Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
I'm very impressed with the Penta engines but I heard that Mercury has a similar idea now so want to really look into them too.
Have you ever bothered with getting the drive train specked and a prop custom matched to it? Of the few people I've talk to that have done that only one said it wasn't worth it.
Good point about the dead heads and the stabilizers. I was thinking of a forward looking sonar to help with that sort of thing as well as I haven't the years and years of experience on my side. Though I'm not sure if weedy areas cause problems with that. Sure would be helpful running unfamiliar inlets or in less than great conditions.
I've thought about the beam vs speed and fuel issue. I think I'm a slowpoke sort in that I like to cruise and just soak up the scenery passing by. So I'm looking for something with about a 14" beam should I find "the" boat over 50'. Probably 16' beam is as much as I'd ever want to...