Current Boat Challenges
- Salon is not setup for two people to lay on a couch / not big enough / not wide enough
- Two "office" locations are hard to find. We both need to be on Zoom video calls without hearing each other.
- Master berth is in the bow which is noisy, and one side of the bed is really hard to get into.
- Lack of storage almost everywhere.
- 55-64 feet: Elliott Bay Marina slip size
- Full displacement OR stabilized or both
- Pilot house
- Decent MPG and/or tankage to allow for trips of 500NM+ without refueling
- King master berth, oversized queen OK
- 1-2 other berths
- Hydronic heat
- Air conditioning in most spaces
- Well known engine brand with moderate hours left before major overhauls. I prefer Detroit Diesel and CAT but others are OK too
- Dinghy/tender of some sort
- Bow thruster, stern thruster would be nice but not required
- Good ground tackle and anchoring system
- Windlass controls from driving station(s) and bow
- Galley with fridge/freezer, stove, dishwasher, oven, and good storage
- Cockpit entertaining space
- Autopilot - all other electronics optional :)
- 9-15kw generator
- 50 amp or dual 30 amp shore power connectors
Nice to Have
- Older mechanical engines
- Stern dinghy davit instead of crane
- Stern thruster
- Remote thruster control / cockpit driving / docking station
- Flybridge - covered or uncovered - and entertaining space
- Shore power connectors at multiple places
Brands/Models On Our List
- Hatteras 58 LRC - example.
- Ocean Alexander 56' LRC - example 1987 OA 56' LRC. There is also a good YouTube walk through video.
- Angel 62' Trawler - example.
- Cheoy Lee 60 - example.
- DeFever 62 performance - example.
- Tollycraft 57' - example 1991. Example 1993.
- Nordlund 70 - Maya. Difficulties with an office below decks. Really big at 70'. Much older would require some work.
- Outer Reef ($)
- Northern Marine ($$$)
Just listing these here in case they come up - not a complete outright rejection, but most of these have issues we can't overcome.
- Pacific Mariner 65 - seem to be very lightweight - 65,000 lbs - which is similar to Kaos (55 feet versus 70 feet). Since I get seasick easily, I suspect these would be tender in any decent weather.
- Carver 50-60 - same as above - too thin of a hull / light weight.
- Navigator - just no.