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Date: 3 January 2017 Not as Described.


A new *Member of the Mailing List for my site asked for advice on how to buy his Last Boat. We both grumbled about sellers who lie, obfuscate, misrepresent and hide important facts about their boats. Folks, if your deck is so squishy I'm sinking in, please do not have the audacity to call your boat in "Good Condition". It's a fixer-upper.

*Member off the Mailing List: That may sound fancy. It's me so it's easy. Simply put, each time I upload an article members get an email with a link to the newest post. Actually what I do is copy off the top three pieces from the Archive page. [Email me at janice@janice142.com and say you'd like to be included.]

A PROPERLY PRICED boat with even serious issues is

n that regard I suspect I have the better/happier outlook. I know that boating is about the experiences gained. There is joy, wonder and quality of life afloat.

Heading out a channel, observing wildlife and making memories. That's my life.
price on it


Captain Steve wrote:
I've been searching for a small liveaboard boat off and on for a couple years. I'm retired with a 12-lb doggie, so my life is uncomplicated. My focus was on sailboats but very recently I realized a small powerboat would suit my purposes better. I admire the choice you made in buying Seaweed. Something like that would work fine, although I'd probably go a bit larger, due to the necessity of being inside for a larger portion of the year up here in the Pacific NW. Something around 26-29 feet.

For comfort and an extended cruising season life inside a cabin cruiser has a great deal of appeal. The problem is in finding one without a bunch of Steep Steps! Those of us with dogs is that the pups don't always do steps well.

One thing to consider is how you can make the steps adequate -- on some boats you can build ones that are much larger and "work" ... sure moving them to have access is a pain, but having something you can EASILY go down forward (versus going backwards down) is a real boon.

That's from our 40'er -- we had big steps from the salon to the forward cabin. It helped -- no falls.

Aboard ours we had two kerosene heaters and they were okay in colder weather. Still, I have not had the "opportunity" to winter over that far north so I'm sure you're in a whole 'nother level of cold.

I've looked at the Dickenson (spelling?) propane heaters. They work well and burn a LOT of propane. I'd advise checking on diesel heaters.

I agree that 23' is simply not big enough for most. Your range, and even up to 32' or so (to include the Nordic Tugs) is a good size. Heaters require space --

Heck, everything requires space. I'm right now trying to find a place for a water heater. 13x13x14... and it is tough to find that much space in 23'.

I've been on the Cape Dory's and they are nice... Ditto, Nordic's, and Maple Bays (be still my heart!) ... there are a lot of boats out there. Just remember that your Dream Boat only needs to have the potential to be all you wish.

Seaweed at purchase was a shell of what I have now accomplished. I look forward to you finding the Just-Right (almost!) boat of your desires. It's a tough job to shop for boats.

I've been out almost every weekend for the past two months helping a neighbor find his Last Boat. You would not believe the number of garbage boats described as being in "good condition" (decks should not sink when you walk on them -- and if they do, don't for goodness sake call the boat "good" condition. Sigh.

Well, that's what we are seeing in Florida of late. Three hour and up road trips to see boats that if they were accurately described would not have been considered. Why do owners think a buyer will 'change their mind' when they see a boat that is absolutely wrong?!?

Anyway, I'm rambling. I'll hush. You're included in the list. Thanks for asking!

Janice aboard Seaweed http://janice142.com

And I do wish you well in narrowing down and then finding your ideal boat. It really is a wonderful life out here. On this coast the neighbor keeps expanding his list of possibles as more and more become "not a chance" boats!

It's a process. Good luck!


On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 8:22 PM, Steven Ballantyne <stevie44@icloud.com> wrote: Hi Janice.


 We don't have a huge selection of such boats in BC, but occasionally something comes up like a Maple Bay 27, Pelagic 28, Cape Dory 28 power, etc.

I look forward to reading thoroughly thru your website and receiving new articles from you.

Merry Christmas! Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.

Steve Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist. Oscar Wilde.

I'd love to hear what you do to stay warm in the winter.
And, are you a dock bunny or living life on the hool?

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