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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Changing to motor boating

    Quote Originally Posted by chuzzlewit View Post
    after 40 years with sails, I bought a Merry Fisher 805 which suits us well. It is however pretty wet and bumpy when pushing to windward being semi displacement. I'm thinking of something maybe a bit longer which would cope better with waves. On shafts or possibly outboard(s)? Capable of 20 knots. Up to £160000. Any suggestions?
    You should probably consider what age of boat you are looking for as there is an awful lot of options up to £160K.

    Also, how much is "a bit longer"?
    Last edited by Richard.C; 26-06-19 at 15:10.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Changing to motor boating

    Thanks for the replies. I've seen other boats passing smoothly while I flounder and bounce into the waves. I'm not keen on floundering and bouncing.

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Changing to motor boating

    Quote Originally Posted by kashurst View Post
    Nimbus or Marex
    The Nimbus accommodation is tiny compared to a similar sized yacht

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Changing to motor boating

    Quote Originally Posted by chuzzlewit View Post
    Thanks for the replies. I've seen other boats passing smoothly while I flounder and bounce into the waves. I'm not keen on floundering and bouncing.
    A bit more info might help people give suggestions:

    What sea conditions do you want to travel in more comfortably? Force 4 with 1m swell etc. some idea would help. Also at what speed do you hope to travel in these conditions?

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Changing to motor boating

    I feel the OP might like something with stabilisers ? Don't know if he considers that Trader to be floundering and bouncing though ? Looked rather uncomfortable to me but so can the Wightlink in the wrong weather even in the Solent .

  6. #16
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    Default Re: Changing to motor boating

    Welcome to the dark side. I gave up the sails in 2007 and still don't miss all the faffing about with ropes and rags.

    £160k would buy you a superb condition later Corvette 320. I would also look at Nimbus and Aquastar.

    Presumably you are used to cruising at 5-6 knots so coming to the dark side 15 knot cruise might be perfectly acceptable, and many mini trawlers will offer semi-displacement with moderate fuel consumption, or frugal fuel burn at say 8-10 knots. Their weight and girth also makes them less tender than your MF.

    The MF was a good initial choice for a Mobo as they are immensely popular so it should sell on easily.
    Interested in Corvettes PM me for details of the Corvette Motorboat Association

  7. #17
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    Default Re: Changing to motor boating

    Cruising at hull speed in a mobo, you’re going in the right direction, makes a big difference.
    Sitting in the the heat the moment, give cooling it down some thought, some boats are easier to shade / ventilate.

  8. #18
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    Boat moored at Dartmouth
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    Default Re: Changing to motor boating

    Nimbus, Nimbus, Nimbus,

    Great boats , Swedish quality and will push through anything.

    I have a 305 Coupe which performs brilliantly in rough water.

  9. #19
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    Default Re: Changing to motor boating

    For that much, I will see b/w Nimbus and Aquastar.

  10. #20
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    Default Re: Changing to motor boating

    I'm in the middle of something similar.

    As well as those already put forward might I suggest an Elling. Get a good if early E3 for that budget. Example:
    https://www.ellingbrokerage.com/en/a...281/elling-e3/
    That particular one is an inland waterways 75HP plodder but shows what the accommodation looks like.

    You'd want one with 300-450HP:
    https://www.ellingbrokerage.com/en/a...g-e3-ultimate/
    Bit over budget. But you get the idea.

    Accommodation, build quality, secure ride in poor weather, CE A rated, long range...
    Last edited by Scala; 07-11-19 at 22:52.
    Graham. "Scala" now sold. Boatless.

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