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78' Chris-Craft Roamer

Discussion in 'Chris Craft Roamer Yacht' started by Carver57, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. Carver57

    Carver57 New Member

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    Is it possible to cruise the Caribbean in this boat? I don't know anything about seaworthiness of these and was wondering. It seems like it should be able to cruise from island to island, but what about if you get caught in a bad storm?
  2. NYCAP123

    NYCAP123 Senior Member

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    That's a whole lot more stable than a 57 Carver, but not matter the size boat the ocean can always get bigger. She's no Nordhaven.
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    Carver57 New Member

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    I don't have a Carver 57, I can see why you would think so but my last name is Carver and I was born in 57 thus the id. I did own a Hatteras but never a Carver.

    Would you recommend the Chris Craft to cruise the islands?
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    That's funny:D . It's a gentleman's yacht. Good for live aboard and charter and should have the range you seek. I doubt you'll like it in 10' seas, but in what boat of this type would you. I'd recommend that you arrange a sea trial in the roughest conditions possible and get a feel for it like any other boat. As to survivability in a storm, that depends more on who's running it. It's not a Fedship or Nordhaven. It's also not a Carver;) .
  5. ohcaptainron

    ohcaptainron New Member

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    Is this the boat?

    http://www.baylinerpilothouse.com/100130/ORG/ORG/0/boatsbasic.aspx

    I to have the same questions regarding how sea worthy these old Chris craft Roamers were. I understand this started out as a 68 and was later lengthened. Pro's and con's in general. Lots of boat for the price

    I'm looking at a boat for the loop as well as some down island cruising.

    Also any idea of fuel consumption at displacement speeds? 12v71ti's? 625hp.

    Hopefully from someone who has actually run this type 68'.

    Thanks
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    12v71ti's at 1000 rpms will burn 12gph for both, 1200 rpms it's 25gph for both, 800 rpms is 8 gph for both............speed depends on the hull......
  7. homer1958

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    Wow

    That is an unbelievable deal... heck you can't get anything but a cheesy condo for that in the average parts of Northern Virginia. If this boat surveys, I can honestly say I have never seen such a deal at least based on the photos. It is great looking too!

    Heck, why have a house!

    Homer
  8. ohcaptainron

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    Yes , a lot of bang for the buck, but it is an old metal hull with all the potential problems, no idea of engine or gen times, not mentioned, but the a
    real concern is insurance, my current insurance will not touch the boat. So there are clearly some concerns, this same guy had a 68 romer that had 700k in restoration about ten months ago a bank sale at 70k and it was spectacular. I'm not sure we are anywhere near the bottom in terms of sales prices.

    Ron
  9. Bayside Bert28

    Bayside Bert28 Senior Member

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    Amazing ... I agree that the boat is very attractive. Somebody has shown that boat an enormous amount of TLC.

    It's a great time to buy a boat. Lots of choice ... excellent prices and choice of contractors ready to work and for more competitive prices than in the past.

    Hope it goes to a good home.
  10. homer1958

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    Old Aluminum?

    Are you saying the same of all old Burgers? Both boat use the same aluminum grade 5086. Fiberglass can't compare, but it does hold Awlgrip better near dissimilar metal areas. Aluminum also takes far less fuel to push.

    If Aluminum is not the best, why are all the high-end super yachts made of it? Most old aluminum hulls are fine. That boat is a steal/Gorgeous by any meausre unless it does not survey. Plus iit is great looking.. that is the best opportunity I ever saw in a boat unless it does not survey-out.

    Why buy a condo.. yachts don't have condo fees and if you don't like your neighbor or government, then just move.

    That boat would cost probably 3.25 million dollars to build today... it's a great opportunity possibly. Have it surveyed, simple as that.

    Of course old Bertrams are nice hulls.. but they have the most blah utilitarian interiors. Roamers are far better looking inside and out, but no question about a Bertram Hull in deep seas. Bertram is a great boat if you like going out in typhoids.
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    wow, someone brought up an old thread...

    i'm not sure what is so great about the interior of the Roamer linked above. it's a great looking boat but lots of wall paper and formica

    personally, i'll take the early hatteras veneer work over anything else. yes it's a little dark but but it's easy to brighted it up with the modern lights and light color fabrics. some of the patterns on the veneer is just beautiful.
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    Thanks for all of the insight, what I'm really interested in is how these boats handle in a seaway, I'm considering it for the loop and near shore with occasional down island, Thanks
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    For what you want to do this boat would be more than fine.
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    No worries, just keep an eye on the weather, and it'll even take a reasonable bit of that.
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    Not an issue on the loop obviously since 99% of the loop is inland waters.

    As to "down island" it depends on what you mean. For some folks that means Bahamas and it will be fine although like with any boat you may need to wait a couple of days for the open stretches. If you mean Caribbean then the crossing past TC and the Mona passage are the big ones, again will be fine if you pick the right weather. Once in the islands most boats should be fines although on some jumps you will have swells on the beam
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    78 roamer

    My suspicion is that it was a sinker and is rebuilt, some of the joiner work does not look original CC type .
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    I have been aboard this boat. She is beautiful. Yes, some non-original interior finishes-but not a rebuilt sinker, not to my eye anyway.
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    Do you recall engine, gen, stabilizer /times/overhaul status? The broker did not have the info handy? I am going down next week to have a look.
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    PM sent.
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    If you make an offer be sure to include an ultrasound hull survey as part of your requirements. It is very easy to cover up bottom corrosion with fairing and then paint. Can't hide it from the ultrasound though. Try to get a surveyor who is familiar with aluminum boats. Looks like it could be a great deal. It's a million dollar yacht for a fraction of the cost. But don't forget to budget enough to feed a million dollar yacht.

    I have a 44' Striker (1970) and had no problem getting insurance through allstate. You will want to check with any insurance company and see what certifications you will need to operate a vessel of this size.

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