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I'm still lookin at other boats

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I'm still lookin at other boats

Unread postby tex » Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:31 pm

Long ago, I fell in love with the Great Harbour trawlers for their space, particularly the N-series and their stand up engine room. No matter how well I refit my Manatee, I'll never have a stand-up engine room, so I keep looking at the ones that do. This last year, arthritis has crept up on me and my flexibility has suffered, so I dream.......dream of those big maintenance spaces.
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Re: I'm still lookin at other boats

Unread postby ka8uet » Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:26 pm

Take it from me, Tex, mobility will only decrease unless you start some sort off exercise, such as swimming, to increase it! Worse, one's girth often increases with age, as well!

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Re: I'm still lookin at other boats

Unread postby Durian » Thu Dec 11, 2014 5:54 pm

Yes, we are all on the downhill, but at some point the pain ends. LOL as the saying goes.

Here's some thoughts:
.....how many hours is a good estimate of the time spend working on the engine?
How much would you lose selling your boat?
How much more would you have to pay for a stand-up engine room one?
How much beer would you have to pay some younger guy who lives aboard and needs income, to work on your engine?

I am sure that you can follow my thinking....the actual time spent working on the engine is probably minimal per year, so, cheaper to just pay someone to help you with it, so your time lying down struggling is lessened. Plus, that way, you are still in touch with the details of your engine. Maybe add a few video cameras to keep an eye on things. Maybe also extend stuff like filler tubes and any taps/faucets that have to be turned, to allow remote access.

Another thing is, unless you are going for a bigger boat, then that added engine room space is going to lower the other space(s) on board.

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And I sold my old boat, the living hell.
The work is now improvement,
To make it even better,
Then the Admiral will take over,
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Re: I'm still lookin at other boats

Unread postby River Cruiser » Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:00 pm

I've came to the realization that I can no longer do some of the things I was able to when I made my living mechanicing on excavating equipment. Arthritis and a knee I broke in HS that won't bend past 90* bother me much more than a few years ago. The hardest thing is paying someone to do a task that I was able to do 10 or 15 years ago. On the plus side I still enjoy being on the boat as much as ever (when I get back on it).
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