Fisher/Cruiser Advice Needed

KIDE

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I've been reading and reading the posts on the site, and trying to get educated about downeast style boats. I'd like to run my ideas by the collective wisdom of the site. Great site.

I'm in my mid-50s, and have been fishing recreationally since I was a kid. I grew up fishing LI Sound, and now fish the Chesapeake. I've also done some cruising. I sold my fishing/cruising (95% fishing/5%cruising) boat a couple of years ago (a Bertram 31--great boat), and currently have a small CC to chase fish with.

I used to think that I wanted to get used pleasure trawler, like a Grand Banks, but I don't want a cruise only boat. I want to get into something I can cruise with the wife, but also fish inshore. I think I want a single-screw diesel, and something quality built but not fancy. When I was done with my B31, every surface on the boat could be hosed off or wiped down. I want 2 stations--one in the house and one on a flybridge. I just really like being on the bridge on a nice day, but also want a lower station to get out of the weather and run the boat slow trolling with I'm short/singlehanded. An economical cruise of 8 knts is fine, but I'd like to run at least 14-15 knts if I feel like it. An economical cruise is important--I'd like to run this boat in my retirement years up and down the coast. She doesn't have to be to big or to self-reliant--wife likes nice marinas with shore power, restaurants, and nearby hotels after a few days cruising. The boat also has to be something I can single-hand fish (troll), fish with friends, or take out with the wife to day trip or for somewhat longer cruises. When I put all this together, it seems to add up to a 35' or so downeast. I've had a number of boats, and have done a fair amount of f'glass and fabricating work, and some shade tree mechanical stuff on my gasser inboards.

I've looked at a few boats close to me, all Bruno 35s. Interesting thing--one yard by me had 3 Bruno 35s, so that's what I've seen. I really liked them. Here's the one they still have

1981 Bruno Stillman FLYBRIDGE CRUISER Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com


Any advice would be great. Does the stuff I'm thinking make sense, or am I missing something or just got it wrong. Any ideas on what that Bruno above should go for? I'm not really ready yet, but she seems to fit the bill. I've read about the repower issues with Bruno 35s (small wheel and not enough room to go much bigger), but would be Ok with her as currently powered. I've got a few friends with 3208s that love them.
 

greg

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Good news! Nordhaven makes the perfect boat (for your dreams).

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Blitzen

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Good news! Nordhaven makes the perfect boat (for your dreams).

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You can buy this one cheap, it went to the bottom.
 

KIDE

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uh, thanks....any input other than to get a Nordhavn would be appreciated.
 

mattinri

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A few thoughts. Single hand trolling from a flybridge is a PIA. A third station in the cockpit would be useful if you like to troll. If you are cruising you are probably going to have a dinghy on davits, which also interferes with trolling. You could mount the dinghy on the roof with a davit system to launch, but fitting it around a flybridge will be a challenge. On the plus side a good dinghy (RIB) makes a great platform for chasing fish around the harbor. For cruising, an engine box makes things very difficult and you probably need at least 32' for a cabin that would make your wife comfortable. A raw water washdown is nice - most of these boats have hatched in the cockpit that tend to trap fish guts. For affordable boats, the Bruno isn't a bad choice (is the hull cored?). There are quite a few 32' BHMs, around that might fit your needs. The 34' wilburs are a solid boat. I have a 35' Duffy I'm happy with. There are plenty of boats out there in the $75K to $150K range that meet your criteria. I'd start making a list of what systems you require (A/C, heat, shower, galley requirements, livewells, bowthruster) & that would probably narrow the list somewhat.
 

jerseysportfisher

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where to start. I too looked at bruno's, and albiet a nice design. They seem to be a crap shoot on build quality, especially the cored ones. You want a fly bridge boat. Larrys is a real pretty boat and repowered

1984 JC 31 Casco Bay Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

duffy's can be built with a fly.I really like the jarvis newmans, check out the 36.
1988 Jarvis Newman Flybridge Cruiser Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/197...st-Flybridge-Cruiser-2413645/ME/United-States



as for the CAT's, keep'm under 375hp and you;ll be fine. Easy to work on, run great.

Good luck
 
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islander

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I have a Duffy 35 that I use in a similar fashion. It is great for cruising and entertaining; nicely finish inside. The aft cockpit is on the order of 11x11; with a no fuss non skid. Can take the guys out fishing, or cruise up the coast or out to the islands. It handles well at 7knots, as well as cruises at 13knots. I don't have a flybridge, but like the simplicity of a single helm station.

Good Luck!
 

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Welcome to the board. :)

You'll find all the info you want/need here. You'll probably in increase your budget a few times as you see all the nice goodies you can get.

My advice is to look, look, and look some more. As im sure you know, most everything in boating is a trade-off, although for enough money you can mitigate that to some extent.

The hunt is a big part of the fun, and as sick as it sounds, many of us are ALWAYS shopping/planning for our next boat.
 

KIDE

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Thanks for the input. The Bruno in the link is not cored. There's a Sisu there also that's posted in the for sale section here. Nice looking boat.
 

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