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    Default Time to think about motor boat

    We been sailors for some 40 years , part of that full time livaboards and it's getting close to the time when we always said one day we buy a motor boat and explore the rivers and canals of Europe .
    So here our problem , we know nothing at all about motor boats ,
    Except they like to drink fuel .
    So the question is , our interest would be in a good sea going motor cruiser ,
    Most import,
    12 mts or under that comfortable to live on full time ,
    With good cruising speed and not going to bleed us dry when it come to fuel .
    I know this is a bit like how long is a bit of string , but we have to start some where .
    Thanks guy for ny Input .
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    Default Re: Time to think about motor boat

    Budget?

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    Default Re: Time to think about motor boat

    Regards fuel on non tidal waterways/canals , my two previous boats, a Princess 33 and a 37 ft Broom consumed around 1- 1.5 gallons an hour at 8 kph.
    Both had twin basic 130HP diesels and were perfectly capable on getting over Le Manche under their own steam.
    Would suggest for long term cruising, interior volume would be the first priority.
    Broom does come to mind along with some of the Dutch steel stuff .
    Last edited by oldgit; 08-04-19 at 06:54.

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    Default Re: Time to think about motor boat

    If you are looking for an inland waters boat that you leave permanently on the continent then an ex-hire boat are usually good value
    Neither a Leaver or Remainer be

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    Default Re: Time to think about motor boat

    Quote Originally Posted by Bouba View Post
    If you are looking for an inland waters boat that you leave permanently on the continent then an ex-hire boat are usually good value
    Not just inland , we still plain to use it out at sea .
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    Default Re: Time to think about motor boat

    Quote Originally Posted by petem View Post
    Budget?
    Budget ? Depend , but we not looking at over 80k
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    Default Re: Time to think about motor boat

    For your intended use an aft cabin boat such as a Broom, Haines, Westwood etc would be ideal. Plenty of options if you go for a Dutch steel boat.

    Noting that you say that you know nothing about motor boats, one thing to bear in mind is that they have different hull forms that vary from planing (no keel and props are the lowest point) to semi-displacement (usually have a keel that will be slightly lower than the props) and displacement (again, keel likely to be lower than the props). If you are doing mainly inland then semi-displacement or displacement is the way to go as there will be some protection for stern gear. Planing hulls combined with big engines give speed at sea. Semi-displacement hulls give some speed at sea but usually with higher fuel consumption. Displacement will not go above hull speed. As a rule of thumb if you want speed at sea you can work on getting circa 1 to 2 mpg. Obviously a lot better if you stay at or below hull speed. Overall, semi-displacement may be the appropriate compromise for your plans and Broom built many boats with people like you in mind.

    Several examples of what might be suitable on the market at https://www.nya.co.uk/boats-for-sale/

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    Default Re: Time to think about motor boat

    'we buy a motor boat and explore the rivers and canals of Europe'
    unlikely to go on the plane / or be at sea much. buy it for the above use.

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    Default Re: Time to think about motor boat

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg2 View Post
    For your intended use an aft cabin boat such as a Broom, Haines, Westwood etc would be ideal. Plenty of options if you go for a Dutch steel boat.

    Noting that you say that you know nothing about motor boats, one thing to bear in mind is that they have different hull forms that vary from planing (no keel and props are the lowest point) to semi-displacement (usually have a keel that will be slightly lower than the props) and displacement (again, keel likely to be lower than the props). If you are doing mainly inland then semi-displacement or displacement is the way to go as there will be some protection for stern gear. Planing hulls combined with big engines give speed at sea. Semi-displacement hulls give some speed at sea but usually with higher fuel consumption. Displacement will not go above hull speed. As a rule of thumb if you want speed at sea you can work on getting circa 1 to 2 mpg. Obviously a lot better if you stay at or below hull speed. Overall, semi-displacement may be the appropriate compromise for your plans and Broom built many boats with people like you in mind.

    Several examples of what might be suitable on the market at https://www.nya.co.uk/boats-for-sale/
    Thanks that helpful , it's more info like this would be great
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    Default Re: Time to think about motor boat

    Quote Originally Posted by simonfraser View Post
    'we buy a motor boat and explore the rivers and canals of Europe'
    unlikely to go on the plane / or be at sea much. buy it for the above use.
    You missed the important part , a good sea going motor cruiser , or are you saying there not a motor boat that will do both jobs ?
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