44DA or DB

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  1. JPGator

    JPGator Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Long story short we are upgrading from an ‘07 340. I’ve been looking almost exclusively at similar year 44’s and only recently started looking at Sedan Bridges. For those who were faced with a similar decision what swayed you either way?
     
  2. brewster16

    brewster16 Active Member

    505
    Aug 9, 2009
    Long Beach Island, N.J.
    '07 44 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins QSC 8.3
    Speed, maneuverability, no rocking and rolling, single handed docking/launching, didn't want to be "isolated" upstairs driving on long cruises
     
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  3. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    Love the view, plenty of seating to bring everyone upstairs, 2- full heads w/ standup showers, etc.

    I have no issues docking and putting her in the slip alone.

    You do lose the cockpit area in the rear.

    Bennett
     
  4. Irie308

    Irie308 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 28, 2013
    CT
    2004 420 Sedan Bridge, GHS Hydraulic Lift
    Dual Raymarine E120W
    AB Mares 10 VSX with 30 hp Tohatsu
    Cummins 450C 8.3 L Turbocharged
    We moved from a 320 DA to a 42 DB last year. We had a 42 DA under contract that fell through. This was the best thing that could have happened to us. For our family the DB is way more livable than the DA. My wife's biggest concern was more of a sway motion being up on the bridge. Not the case at all. Performance wise i think you can't go wrong between the 2 though you will run a bit faster with less fuel consumption on the DA. May have stated before and it holds true. Its all about how you will use the boat. We now spend almost every weekend aboard in the summer even if we don't leave our slip. Feature-wise the big difference between the two is amenities like washer dryer combo, 2 full shower/head (The DA splits the master shower and the head). You also get a bit more space in the forward master. Sitting in the salon on the 44 you get a nice almost 360 deg view of your surroundings. The one big difference as far as entertaining on the two is the cockpit on the DA just can't be beat. For us though we like that we have different entertaining spaces since we often have kids,parents and their friends aboard. Its nice that the kids could be on the bridge or the cockpit and we have a separation of space. All in all we treat it as our summer home and the mini-condo vibe of the DB fits us very well.
     
  5. craigswardmtb

    craigswardmtb Active Member

    210
    Jul 2, 2013
    Mystic, CT
    2004 420 DB
    2005 360 Fiesta Vee
    Cummins 6CTA
    For us it was all about space. The DB was much more spacious inside for a family of 4. Also the wife hated the dungeon/kitchen. Now she can see the water and feel like she is part of the party even if she is prepping in the kitchen.
     
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  6. villain style

    villain style Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Mears Point Marina Kent Island, MD
    2006 44 DA
    QSC 8.3s
    Cummins QSC 8.3s 500HO
    We went from the 06 340 to an 06 44DA. It is only the two of us. All the comments above are spot on. However, we do not feel the dungeon comment but understand what is meant. Decide whats important to you and ask more questions for clarity if you're not sure what is meant..
     
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  7. JPGator

    JPGator Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Great answers all. Thank you.
     
  8. JPGator

    JPGator Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    From the boats we’ve looked at the 44DA has a TON more natural light than the 34. That is certainly a plus for the DA’s bit I also see the points of the DB.
     
  9. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine gs165 w Quantum HD Radar
    Achilles 350 Dink
    Nick Jackson Davit
    Cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    We went DB primarily to get away from the below deck cabin concept. Love the natural light the ‘Cruiser’ cabin design offers. There is no denying that the DAs especially with hard tops look way sexier though!
    Carpe Diem
     
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  10. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I went from a 330DA to the 550DB so I can't comment on additional room, it just wouldn't be fair.

    We do like being up where we have good visibility all around, lots more entertaining area and it seems everyone wants to be up top when we're cruising. In the cockpit, when we're cruising you only have a view aft. I don't think we'd ever go back to an express cruiser.
     
  11. JPGator

    JPGator Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    It is ALL about sex appeal.
     
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  12. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    2018 Back Cove 34
    Cummins QSB 6.7 480
    A consideration for me was the stairs. I have family (including my wife) that can’t climb stairs because of a disability. That effectively ruled out any bridge boats. It’s also why I live in a ranch-style house.

    It doesn’t seem like it’s the case for you, but you may want to consider if climbing the stairs will be a problem for you or your crew in the expected time you’ll own the boat.
     
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  13. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    2018 Back Cove 34
    Cummins QSB 6.7 480
    Yep. There’s a 40-something foot DA that moors near us regularly. I stare at it EVERY time. To the point my wife tells me to knock it off.
     
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  14. JPGator

    JPGator Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    We entertain quite a bit so the single level is appealing because it’s a larger space of what we have now. At the same time having the upper deck is attractive for the view but I would miss the additional seating downstairs for all the kids.
     
  15. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    They made both for this reason... you get to pick your preference. That meets your taste and likes.... both are great boats......Good luck!
     
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  16. Jeremygavin

    Jeremygavin Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Mar 6, 2012
    Cape Cod, MA
    2011 520 Sedan Bridge
    2016 Sea Ray 19 SPX OB
    2019 Walker Bay Generation 340
    Cummins QSM11s
    Mercury 150 Fourstroke
    Honda 40hp
    Another plus for the DB is it is a great boat when the weather is not the best. I still look forward to being on the boat on rainy days because we hang out in the salon and play cards, watch a movie or maybe sneak up to the bridge for nap. When in the salon you have 360 views around so you still feel like you are on the water.
     
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  17. Zach312

    Zach312 Active Member

    612
    Jan 23, 2011
    St. Paul, MN
    2008 Sea Ray 48 Sundancer
    Cummins QSC 540's

    We went from a 40 DA then sold it to buy a 48 DA but ended up buying a 47DB which we sold after two years for a 48 DA.

    I am by no means against the bridge boats and the 47DB is a really neat boat. Would highly suggest this over a 42/44 if you can swing it. For my wife and I (its just the two of us) the large open cockpit was what we really missed in the bridge boat layout. Both layouts have great features and it depends how you choose to use the boat.

    Another plus..since isinglass is my nemesis it was great to get to the full glass cockpit of the 48.

    You won't go wrong with either really depends on your preference. Get on a bunch of boats and see what fits your needs the best
     
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  18. JPGator

    JPGator Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Just for giggles we looked at some of the newer DA’s. Definitely out of the price range but the 45’s as an example changed the interior configuration. Less staterooms and bathrooms. Defeats the purpose. Add in the PODS or I/O and the hefty price it’s above my pay grade. And I still like the look of the older models better. Nothing beats an ‘06 48 with the teal floor and swivel helm chairs but the same year 44’s are pretty darn close. I’m also partial to that beige color. Subtle but still.
     
  19. Brent Nutting

    Brent Nutting Active Member

    321
    Mar 24, 2016
    Lk Saint Clair, Fair Haven, MI
    2002 480 Sedan Bridge
    10' Aventus RIB w/ 9.9 Merc
    Cat 3196
    Another reason for us was the third stateroom. It is only the wife, a little 10lb dog and myself, but we have our friends and family out for weekend trips and we still have someone on the salon couch for most of those trips. To get a third stateroom in the DA line, it looks like a 60DA is the option but out of my price range.
     
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  20. copb8tx

    copb8tx Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lake Texoma, TX
    2005 420 Sundancer
    T-8.1S Horizons
    It's all how you use it. I've often thought about moving to a bridge boat just for the interior space. We have several friends with them and enjoy our time on them. But in the end we personally spend very little time below and have a well appointed covered dock so any in-slip time is spent there. Our boat is one of the favorites to take to dinner with the dock crowd because everyone, including myself, sit together and really feel like you're down on the water.

    You don't mention your location but I think that would have a lot of influence on your decision as well. Does weather make it more necessary to be inside a good deal of the time? Do you do a lot of cooking on board? Do you spend many days completely on board? If so a DB is a no-brainer?

    Do you spend a lot of time backed into a beach and just occasionally go below to get out of the heat and sun? Do you just spend a couple of days on board on weekends? Then then DA's do a great job.

    And finally, what's your passion? Which one makes your heart jump more? Back in 2003 I saw my first 420DA come into our marina and was blown away with its lines. When I'm floating in the water watching my boat at anchor I still feel the same way.
     
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