Our Next Boat

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.

General Requirements

  • 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
  • Watermaker
  • Washer/dryer
  • 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

Top Choices

Might Work

  • 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.
  • Moonen
  • Outer Reef ($)
  • Burger?
  • Monk/McQueen
  • Liberty
  • Queenship
  • Delta
  • Northern Marine ($$$)

Won't Work

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.

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