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If Money were no object...

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If Money were no object...

Postby tex » Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:03 am

I was reading elsewhere today and came across a post where this cruising couple was buying the boat of their dreams. Money must not have been a limiting factor as I see the purchase was in the 2 million plus range. I don’t spend much time dreaming of something beyond my reach, but I can imagine if money weren’t a limiting factor, I’d be doing a lot more updating and improvements with a lot less worry about how practical I was being.

Do you have a dream boat? What would you have if money were no object? Would you have the most amazing version of the boat you have now, or would you be in something else....like what? Would you still be a live-aboard?
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Re: If Money were no object...

Postby scallywag » Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:06 pm

I think of Tiger Wood's yacht. It takes 28 people to operate that machine. If I had the money, I still would not want that thing. Where would be the fun? The fun of boating is the fixing and relaxing. One time I was looking at a boat that had a 5,000 gallon diesel tank. Nice boat butt....I like Jessie cruising with her friend on a 27 foot sailboat. She remarked how she thought she was slumming until she met two girls paddling down the Mississippi in two kayaks. Jessie completed the Great Loop with her friend. Now she is in England with her father's sailboat. She is living life. :D
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Re: If Money were no object...

Postby tex » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:03 am

There’s a Snowbird couple here who have the same model boat I have, but with deeper pockets. At the end of each season, they leave instructions with a local yard about what improvements to make on the boat, and upon return in late fall, the boat is improved and launch ready. I think they enjoy the boat more than anyone I know. They seem to be a couple where money is no object, and now that they have improved the boat about as much as it can be, they are looking seriously at building a nearly identical vessel 6 ft. longer and two feet wider with no change in layout, just making each space larger. They’re having a great time with the architect too!

I think that’s a great example. They love the boat they have and all they are doing is tweaking it to their polished preferences. I wouldn’t mind that approach at all.
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Re: If Money were no object...

Postby RTB » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:55 pm

If money were no object is a hard thing to wrap one's head around regarding boats. I guess, for me, I'm happy with our boat for what we do with it. Cruise the East Coast and Bahamas. I would love to explore the world...circumnavigate. My wife, not so keen on long offshore passages. So, we are good for now. For me, I would be happy on the water, going to far away places. Maybe, have my wife meet me at different destinations. Since money is no object, she could hang out at some resort waiting for the call to meet me somewhere.

Really, I am most comfortable on a sailing vessel, so my choice would be an Amel Super Maramu. Go anywhere in the world on this 53' sailboat. Not cheap, but nothing compared to a Nordhavn. I would have to do more studying to choose which one, but definitely a motoryacht to travel the world. I have been aboard a Super Maramu, and a Nordhavn 47. Both are super complex boats and very expensive. In reality, maybe my boat and cruising plans works best for me. I really don't wish to live on a boat where I need to be an engineer to keep systems running, and not keen on having a boat where we would need a crew. Maybe, if I was a millionaire now, I would have a different input.
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Re: If Money were no object...

Postby tex » Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:36 pm

Man...I checked out that Super Maramu. I think I’d switch to the light side for that one! And what a live-aboard!
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Re: If Money were no object...

Postby RTB » Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:39 pm

I follow these guys https://svdelos.com/ cruising on an Amel since 2009 (#1 or #2 on the Vloggers top list)

I really like their videos, their boat, and the crew is fun. It doesn't help that we had as many as 5 Amels here at one time to drool over. One left a few weeks back heading straight to Puerto Rico. Another on it's way to Mexico and on down to Belize. The first one has a guy, his wife, and a couple of cute kids aboard with their puppy. The second one is a couple, in their 60's. Anyway, still dreaming here!

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Re: If Money were no object...

Postby scallywag » Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:36 pm

MONEY IS THE OBJECT! Ralph and Beverly, Janice aboard Seaweed, Jessie, and a host of others are cruising. A mega yacht with 8 employees is not the answer. The Bahamas are shallow. A mega yacht needs to watch where it travels. There are a number of cruisers that use a small amount of money. I do not remember the per foot cost at Atlantis but I know I would not pay for the opportunity to dock at that location. Just a different perspective. :D

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Re: If Money were no object...

Postby RTB » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:04 pm

Money is the object for me today, but the thread is if money were no object....so just playing around with the topic for me. BTW, we DID stay 2 days at Atlantis on our boat when my son and his girlfriend came to visit for Junkanoo in 2013 (New Year's Eve and New Year's Day). He paid for one day, we paid for one. It's $4.00/ft. with a 40' minimum. We did splurge, because it was fun. The waterpark and aquarium are amazing! Truly a fun, but expensive stop. But got our money's worth. The dockage included admission to the waterpark and aquarium, so divided by 4 was not unreasonable. Not something we would consider normally, but with a son as your guest, you make exceptions sometimes I guess. We had hoped to take them down to Allen's Cay and Staniel Cay, but the weather kept us in Nassau.

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Re: If Money were no object...

Postby scallywag » Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:46 pm

I agree Ralph....If money was not .... I would pick a cruise ship and cruise year round. Available medical, Comfortable accommodations, good food, entertainment, and for us free laundry. Beautiful nights and no worries about piloting. I still place you and Janice on a pinnacle.

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Re: If Money were no object...

Postby tex » Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:24 am

You mean to tell me that if money were no object, you guys would become lazy cruisers instead of involved boaters, insulating yourselves from the experience of man’s machine in symetry with the sea, and trade it all for cocktails and casinos!? :shock:
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Re: If Money were no object...

Postby RTB » Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:33 pm

I could be tempted possibly. My wife and I spent a week in Monaco in our younger years. The harbor was full for the Monaco Grand Prix. Plenty of wealthy people enjoying life. Probably very different cruising the French Riviera, than cruising US waters. Maybe I'd need more than one boat....maybe a big sport fish that Capt. Charlie can live on and maintain, and take me fishing when the mood strikes. Another to sail around the world. Pretty clear I'd have a difficult time managing my millions!
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Re: If Money were no object...

Postby RTB » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:43 pm

tex wrote:Source of the post

Do you have a dream boat? What would you have if money were no object? Would you have the most amazing version of the boat you have now, or would you be in something else....like what? Would you still be a live-aboard?


So, what would you do?
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Re: If Money were no object...

Postby tex » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:09 pm

I’d probably spend about another 100 g’s on my boat, making it the best of the fleet. Or possibly a big, rugged power cat with stand up engine rooms. The thing that appeals to me is the versitility of the boat. Is it a day boat too? Can I just start up and head to a nearby sand bar? Is it easy to dive off and get back aboard? How many separate spaces does it have to view and enjoy the water or even the dock. Is it roomy, comfortable, light and safe for the kind of cruising I want to do? Since I wouldn’t be doing projects anymore, would it have everything I want? All this and a good turn of speed to get to a late anchorage or perhaps evacuate in a storm threat would be nice, hence, the catamaran.
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Re: If Money were no object...

Postby scallywag » Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:23 pm

Nice...My wife still would not like it because it does not come with a chef or cabin steward. Cruise ship spoiled. :x
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Re: If Money were no object...

Postby CaptForce » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:59 pm

Nancie and I enjoy holidays on cruise ships with all the service and amenities. The comfortable ocean passages and the exotic ports are a thrill for us, but there's no relationship between this type of cruising and piloting our own small boat. You never have the isolation and independent achievement on a cruise ship as you do anchored in some wilderness cove on your own. I'm all in for both, but for us, they are not comparable at all.
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