New To Boating - How Big is Too Big?

Discussion in 'Newbie Lounge - NEW' started by irrelevant, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. Fly'n Family

    Fly'n Family Active Member

    Sep 19, 2013
    TX / CO
    2002 Cruisers Yachts 3870
    2003 Boston Whaler Sport 130 w/40 hp Merc
    Twin 425hp Crusaders
    There is no boat to big, only a budget to small.

    Save the inevitable "itis" and get the right one first.
  2. scooper321

    scooper321 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    Listed for sale: "Lollygagger" 2003 320DA
    Boat Under Contract: Name TBD, 2003 400DB
    Now: Twin 5.7L Horizon Mercruiser (350 MAG MPI) V-drives
    Forthcoming: Twin Cummins 6CTA-8.3
    I went from 0 ft to a 320DA as my first boat last year. Already thinking about moving to a 38-40' fly bridge. No, it wouldn't be too big as long as you took your time learning it. And practiced.
  3. Charlesoceanone

    Charlesoceanone Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 14, 2014
    Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
    2009 52DB
    A tip I learned after buying our first cruiser was look at the simple things for her also. How easy is it for her to make the beds, stow her vast array of girl stuff ( wait that's my wife). Remember the the bed tip though⚓️ Does she like the shower size? Do you have ample space to cook? Look at you current life style and see if it will fit into a boat you like
  4. irrelevant

    irrelevant New Member

    Jul 12, 2016
    Cincinnati Area
    Window Shopping 400DB, 440DB, 450EB
    Thanks again. Im still researching/window shopping while waiting to see if the sale of my business closes...looks like perhaps early next month.

    Pretty committed now to a sedan bridge. Trying to figure out if a 480 can be bought somewhere "near" my wife-imposed budget. If not, the 400 db's seem like great boats also.
  5. dpmulvey

    dpmulvey New Member

    Dec 19, 2007
    Homeport: Charles City, VA
    1999/2007 330 Sundancer Hardtop.
    6.2 Merc Horixons
    1.5:1 Velvet Drives
    Have you considered a boat club as a first leap? Leasing is cheaper.

    Don't want to rain on your parade, but your 6 year old will be into 12 year old stuff before you know it. Life happens.
  6. irrelevant

    irrelevant New Member

    Jul 12, 2016
    Cincinnati Area
    Window Shopping 400DB, 440DB, 450EB
    Thanks for suggesting this. I hadn't researched this option yet.

    A boat club might be a good fit from a maintenance perspective, but it appears the closest one is 200 miles away. If we have to get in the airplane to go to the boat, I just don't see it being something we'll do much. Unfortunately I don't live in an area that seems to have a lot of water sport options...the Ohio River is pretty much it, unless one wants to drive 4 hours to a decent-sized lake.

    Then there's the type of boats available from a club that seems very limiting. I've been through this with renting airplanes in that if you want one that's capable of meeting your mission, it becomes nearly impossible to find one (and difficult to schedule around other customers and operator/insurance company restrictions). I'm picturing spending a night or two at a time anchored somewhere quiet, and entertaining guests for evening dinner cruises, rather than a frenetic few hours buzzing around.

    I just don't see a lot of rental options in my area for 35'-45' cabin cruisers/sedan bridges. I've considered trying to schedule a 3-4 day trip somewhere where I could dry-lease one for 2-3 nights, and I might still try to figure that out when I get back from vacation.
  7. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    You can always try Boatbound and rent one for a weekend.
  8. irrelevant

    irrelevant New Member

    Jul 12, 2016
    Cincinnati Area
    Window Shopping 400DB, 440DB, 450EB
    Thanks. I've found a handful of potential options there, but I recently learned we have a CSR forum member who has a 480 DB here in Cincinnati. Once I get back to the U.S., I'll contact them to see if they're willing to answer some questions and maybe trade a tour for some beer.

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