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Discussion in 'Downeast Boat NEWBIES' started by Plastikosmd, Aug 2, 2019.

  1. Plastikosmd

    Plastikosmd Member

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    Hello from ri, long Time lurker, classic parker member
    Had a midland, stepped up to a parker 2520 and now looking for a Downeast in the 35 ‘range

    I fish 50% alone, of the other 50%, 90% w wife so being able to handle the boat is critical.
    I do fine w the parker (2nd steer station is handy) and will likely look for similar and will want thrusters at the bow at least.

    Anybody in a similar situation? ( tried a search for solo, manageability -nada)
    Marina slip, reasonable room so I’m not too worried about coming in
    Thank u
     
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    Well, I think the two most important things for what your fishing time is you identified - rear helm station (on docking side of boat, not stern) and bow thruster (make sure you have bow thruster controls on third station obviously). Back into the slip with third station, step off, tie up.

    Consider vision from third station as well, so clean line of sight forward. Easy steering physically. Expensive but maybe electronic controls, one lever shift versus two levers - throttle and gear - less confusing for wife driving.
     
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    Thank u
    Currently using 2 cable control with twins
    It can be tricky as in/out of gear is not always positive
    I generally drop to one engine but less control

    Ok I will look for or add second station controls and definitely will be going with a bow and or stern thrust setup
    (I say “second” as I am looking for primary to be a cabin control, no helm on top)
     
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    I use my Duffy 31 the same way you outlined - 50% solo and 50% with wife/non boating friends. The most important thing my boat has is both bow and stern thrusters. I can put the boat anywhere with them . I think they are more important than two steering stations.
    Single lever electronic controls helps also - no hunting for the gear and smooth shifting.
    I can back into any slip with the thrusters and when approaching a T head or straight pier use a midship spring line and hold the boat against the pier with rudder hard over and forward power.
    Single handing is not hard. It just takes planing and practice.
     
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    Great to hear about 2nd station
    Bow thrust seems more common than bow/stern on this intermediate size. I would imagine I would be ok with bow and second station/electronic or primary w bow/stern

    Now to find the right boat, sell the parker and go fish
     
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    You need to be positioned to BUY the right boat when it comes onto the market. If your lucky before it comes onto the market. That means having the funds available to purchase. If you need to sell the parker to afford the new boat do it now. A seller is not likely to agree to sell contingent on your sale of your existing boat. Good Boats sell FAST!
    If you don't need to sell the Parker to buy newer boat, All the better.
     
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    ^ don’t I know it
    I got interested as I was thinking of an upgrade, contemplated it then boom = and it sold

    Could buy it w/o sales but less headaches if I downsize a couple toys first.

    Meeting dealer to sell one thing Tuesday and will likely broker the parker (loss $ but I don’t have time)

    If I gotta wait, I will. Defining wants vs needs and leap when I find it
     
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    “Hey non-boater friend, can you put that bumper out for me”
    ...bumper floats away
     
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    Singlehanded is possible without all that extra equipment folks! Learn how the boat handles, use wind and tide to your advantage. Be aware of those elements before they affect your boat. They are really easy once you get the hang of it. Hate relying on extra controls etc, what happens when that doesn’t work when you expect it to?
     
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    No doubt being an operator helps
    Tools exist for a reason
    Thx all, will post pics when I get it
     
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