Which First Boat -For River/Canal Cruising

Dannyc

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Sorry for a late update. I went to view a couple of boats at the weekend, a Shetland 4 Plus 2 and a couple of Viking 20’s (the Shetland noted here already has a deposit on it).

To be completely honest, it was a worthwhile visit for the fact that I’ve learned that I don’t particularly like either of them, leading me to question if I’m even looking for the right thing at all! Even the practicalities of climbing off and on board when boating on my own, without the aid of a transom/side door filled me with dread. I almost fell on my backside just getting off whilst it was moored up 😂.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I much prefer the accessibility and larger cockpit area of the more modern style of 4-berth boats (Sealine 23 etc) yet I’d want that style but with an outboard.

I’ll bide my time and keep looking for inspiration, or as this wonderful summer (☔️) is moving on, I may decide to get a little day boat just to get me on the water for this year.
 

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My wife keeps asking if I'm looking for something bigger :)

Our boat's sides are a good height for the pontoons here, but it is a big step down from them into the boat, we have a small plastic stool/step that aids getting in and out which helps, but once in it does make you feel secure.

Last week when trying to lasso a bollard her feet slipped and she fell against the gunwale, but she didn't go overboard thank goodness, she was trying to show off a little to one of her friends that was with her, as her friend is a sailor on yachts in the Clyde area. The high sides came in handy at that point. We were just drifting into the mooring stage and the bollard was a T shaped rebar welded together, if she had held off another 2 seconds she could have just draped the rope over the bollard, now she has a few bruises on her abdomen and a lesson learned.
 

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My wife keeps asking if I'm looking for something bigger :)

Our boat's sides are a good height for the pontoons here, but it is a big step down from them into the boat, we have a small plastic stool/step that aids getting in and out which helps, but once in it does make you feel secure.

Last week when trying to lasso a bollard her feet slipped and she fell against the gunwale, but she didn't go overboard thank goodness, she was trying to show off a little to one of her friends that was with her, as her friend is a sailor on yachts in the Clyde area. The high sides came in handy at that point. We were just drifting into the mooring stage and the bollard was a T shaped rebar welded together, if she had held off another 2 seconds she could have just draped the rope over the bollard, now she has a few bruises on her abdomen and a lesson learned.

Ouch 😬. Glad she’s ok.
 

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Sorry for a late update. I went to view a couple of boats at the weekend, a Shetland 4 Plus 2 and a couple of Viking 20’s (the Shetland noted here already has a deposit on it).

To be completely honest, it was a worthwhile visit for the fact that I’ve learned that I don’t particularly like either of them, leading me to question if I’m even looking for the right thing at all! Even the practicalities of climbing off and on board when boating on my own, without the aid of a transom/side door filled me with dread. I almost fell on my backside just getting off whilst it was moored up 😂.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I much prefer the accessibility and larger cockpit area of the more modern style of 4-berth boats (Sealine 23 etc) yet I’d want that style but with an outboard.

I’ll bide my time and keep looking for inspiration, or as this wonderful summer (☔️) is moving on, I may decide to get a little day boat just to get me on the water for this year.


When you see THE boat - you will know in first minute or so ....

One of the worst things to do - is to buy a compromise that you will always regret. No matter what you do - that niggle will be in the back of mind : What if I hadn't .... its xxxxx I don't like ... etc.

Its like a car ... you like or don't like. And to live with it.
 

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Even the practicalities of climbing off and on board when boating on my own, without the aid of a transom/side door filled me with dread. I almost fell on my backside just getting off whilst it was moored up 😂.
That was what eventually swayed me between the Aquador 32 I have bought and a Nimbus 320 I also looked a. In many ways I preferred the Nimbus interior but having the side doors on the Aquador is a godsend for solo mooring.
 

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Very well made.
Good size cockpit plenty of seating excellent visibility for 4 seated at raised fwd area cockpit. Rear cockpit seating also converts to sunbed.
I used to sell the sea going sterndrive version (Falcon 23) lots of very pleased customers.
 

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Very nice boat 👍

We have been looking too for something a little bigger, and found a diesel powered Bayliner flybridge 2850 Contessa with a single Volvo Penta engine rather than the twin petrol guzzlers they usually have, it's not too far from here and in the similar price range, Main thing is it has a bigger bed which is a plus point for my wife :) as that is her one of two complaints about our boat, the other being it needs to be a little faster 😈
 

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So why haven’t you bought one???? First rule of boaty man maths.
Persuading her that we really need a class A certified boat ;)
B was what I was aiming at :D
We are off to look at the one above next week, the wife has had me looking at similar boats to see how much she will allow the purse strings to open... but it was the cockpit and easy access to the galley and cabin that hooked her :)
 

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You deffo don’t need A cert. What you definitely do need is support from Mrs Alicatt, happy wife easy life etc. I’ve found it make my boating life much happier if my wife likes what we have…! And, when considering changes, that her needs / expectations are met first.
 

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A good choice and you get a lot of stuff for a starter boat. I've got the Faircraft version and really like her. Easy to single handle too. If this has folding screens that's another advantage if low bridges need to be considered. Sadly mine's fixed.
Have you had a look at her yet?
No, I’ve just spotted it this evening on my trawl through what’s available. It does look rather good. I was beginning to think that a boat with a transom door, decent sized open cockpit, and a modest diesel engine with shaft drive was a thing of myth and legend.
 
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