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Do I need a cabin??

Discussion in 'Newbie Lounge - NEW' started by RutgersAl, Sep 10, 2020.

  1. RutgersAl

    RutgersAl Member

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    Jun 16, 2020
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    Looking forward to enjoying Marina Life too, and hoping to find out about special events at different port communities, which is a great idea. Thanks for sharing your perspective.
     
  2. RutgersAl

    RutgersAl Member

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    Jun 16, 2020
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    Ha, Ha! Cabin it is! Have to make sure the ladies are happy!
     
  3. RutgersAl

    RutgersAl Member

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    Jun 16, 2020
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    Sounds good to me :)
     
  4. RutgersAl

    RutgersAl Member

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    Jun 16, 2020
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    I'd probably stay at dock or at anchor in the intracoastal waterway. Thanks for sharing your perspective.
     
  5. blaster

    blaster Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F-250 CCLB 6.2 4x4 3.73 rear.
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    This sounds like your answer. Get a closed bow with a cabin.
     
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  6. tambegaoker

    tambegaoker New Member

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    Jul 6, 2011
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2017 350 SLX
    Dual 8.2L Big Block Mercruiser w/Bravo III Drives
    Actually my 350 SLX fits the bill for what I would say is similar use. I do 95% day trips and we enjoy bringing a bunch of company along including kids. The boat will hold 20people and has a head and small berth for the kids or any adults to take a quick nap. It would probably work for an occasional overnight, but the reality is that it is usually better and more comfortable to dock and stay at a hotel near the marina.
     
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  7. dvx216

    dvx216 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 1, 2012
    Catawaba Island,Oh.
    2000 310 sundancer 5.7
    optional electronic package






















    n/a
    twin 5.7 300 Hp.
    My 2000 310 Da. for the two of us works for us well on Lake Erie west basin. A good balance of cockpit and cabin space. Not a party barge but getting from here to there 6 adult doable over nighting 4 adults but tight .
     
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  8. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    One thing a cabin gives over not having one is range. The ability to marina hop and/or anchor out over-night, means that you are not constrained to ½ of how far you can get in one day.

    As for the 5%, remember that your needs / behaviors may change over time. So that 5% may quickly want to become 20%, or 50%, etc.

    When all is said and done this may become an exercise in have it and not need it vs. need it and not have it.
     
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  9. PeteL

    PeteL Active Member

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    Aug 2, 2010
    Apollo Beach, FL
    2003 280 DA
    Twin 5.0
    Bravo III
    "Viva la Vida"
    Twin 5.0, bravo 3 drives
    I have had a cuddy, a bow rider and now a cruiser. Each served its purpose. The cuddy was nice to get out of the weather, but it became a giant storage area. The bow rider was perfect for when the kids were younger, we could take more people, and enjoy tubing and swimming. But there was no escape from the weather, and the ride up front tended to be bumpy and wet. Now we have a cruiser. We can anchor all day, and get out of the weather, and cool off if needed. Overnight trips to marinas are fun, and the head is larger and more usable. The kids are out of the house, so the groups on the boat are smaller. it was an evolution for us, and we are happy with the cruiser with A/C, galley and head.
     
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  10. RutgersAl

    RutgersAl Member

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    Jun 16, 2020
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    i will likely end up with a boat similar to yours.
     
  11. RutgersAl

    RutgersAl Member

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    Jun 16, 2020
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    getting out of the weather, the galley, and larger head, are huge selling points for me, so I will likely end up with a 300 or 310 or 330 Sundancer or similar.
     

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