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Old 07-26-2004, 05:50 AM   #11 (permalink)
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If I'm buyin that size, it is either a...

Skipjack 26 or 28

or

Blackman 26.

You just can not beat a flybridge IMO.

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Old 07-26-2004, 07:38 AM   #12 (permalink)
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http://www.allcoastsportfishing.com/cgi-bin/dc/f/index.cgi?az=read_count&om=1017&forum=opyachts

Check out the above link.
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Old 07-26-2004, 09:19 AM   #13 (permalink)
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hey bro, why are you selling your boat? do you just want a larger boat or have you had problems with your 21' striper?

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Old 07-26-2004, 10:10 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Personally, I like Glacier Bay catamarans for many reasons including your prefences:

YES 23-28 feet
YES trailerable
YES comfortable pilothouse or cabin
YES berth (Huge Queen Size)
YES stand-up head? (REAL ONE)
YES large cockpit
diesel - can be ordered but just fine with outboards and many people complaining about smell of diesel fuel and exaust
YES smooth ride!!!! SURER SMOOTH
YES safe
YES 300-400 mile range EVEN MORE up to 1328 miles

Please stop and calm down - think again, and think twice. You won't have any luxury to reconsider after only 4 short weeks. Here is my point. I have a cruiser, which was intended for family vacations, but used mostly as a fishing boat, so, frankly, I don't need aft cabin, full galley, DVD+TV, freezer, microwave etc. And family goes out with me only once in a while because of weather, wind and waves. Even though my boat almoust brand new I'm looking for another very well built, very seaworthy and fishable boat with extended range and good fuel economy. And choice is ... Glacier Bay Catamarans - check them out at www.GlacierBayCats.com. Pricewise they are the same for 26 footer with pilothouse and dual outboards, but built quality is the best i've seen so far and ride is absolutely incomparable in high seas - you'll be able to comfortably cruise around even at very windy and rough conditions (check out World Records Page on the site), and because this is a displacement boat (making max 40 knots and 32 cruising) fuel economy is exellent. I saw them available at Santa Barbara and Alameda, but those cats are still very rare in California.

In fact, this is the ONLY boat:
1. Choosen by U.S. Navy as Escort Boat.
[link:www.glacierbaycats.com/PDFs/Proves%20fall%2001.pdf|Click here to view publication in PDF format]
2. Capable of running unassisted for 1328 miles in seas as high as 10' and winds up to 30 mph. This is a [link:www.glacierbaycats.com/midway.htm|CURRENT WORLD RECORD].
Imagine the boat which can run unassisted from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, 728 miles across the Atlantic to Bermuda on a 26 footer! This is a FORMER WORLD RECORD.

[link:www.allcoastsportfishing.com/cgi-bin/dc/f/index.cgi?az=read_count&om=17796&forum=private|You may also check this thread]
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Old 07-26-2004, 12:04 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Davis or Albin. Just got back from Bellingham Washington where my dad bought a 28' Albin with a 330hp Cummins. Very nice set up. Your wife and you would be happy. I like the Davis short cabin Rock Harbor. More cockpit than the Rockharbor and still has the nice cabin area. Either of these are great choices imo.
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Old 07-26-2004, 05:37 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Thanks for your help everyone.

Davis seems to be talked about a lot. They certainly seem solid. I'm curious though, with such a low bow and shallow deadrise how do these boats ride? Seems like it wouldn't be that good. Am I missing something?

Monty, nothing wrong with my boat except that it's too small. The only problem I've had so far is that the board supporting the one of the berth cushions fell off because there wasn't enough thread engagement in the cabin side. I fixed it permanently myself probably better than a dealer would under warranty. I'd prefer to perform all the work myself even under warranty unless it needs an expensive part. Lots of talk about Seaswirls lately, I guess you get what you pay for. Seaswirl never intended it to be compared with lower volume boat builers. They would rather sell average, inexpensive boats. It's been a great starter boat. It's helped me understand what I like and dislike. I know about 500% more now than I did when I bought the boat, lots of learning these past 3 years.

The Yamaha on the other hand is exceptional. Looking under the cowl the quality is obvious. I never had a single problem, never even acted wierd. Gets 3.5-4 MPG anywhere between 3200 and 4000 RPM. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.

I'm familiar with Glacier Bay. Lot's of advantages over typical mono hulls. I don't like the cockpit layout. The transom bulkhead kills too much space, similar to my Seaswirl. Aside from that they're great. They ride nice but I'll bet it's not as good as an ACB, ask flattymatty.

What's up with all the talk about Albin on this board?

Thanks, keep the information coming.
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Old 07-26-2004, 05:46 PM   #17 (permalink)
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http://www.bountymarine.com/
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Old 07-26-2004, 05:48 PM   #18 (permalink)
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The Albin 28 is a lot of boat... Very stout and good performer with a single diesel inboard (very economical to run).

They are worth a look, but just now catching on in So Cal.

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Old 07-26-2004, 06:15 PM   #19 (permalink)
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That would seem to violate the trailerable criteria, Ken.

But I like the boat.....
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