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Recommendations for 50-60’ boat for Pacific Northwest

Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by Cayman13, Sep 19, 2020.

  1. PacBlue

    PacBlue Senior Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Dana Point, Ca
    Here’s a good read on a couple who learned the ropes in what many would consider not a suitable boat for cruising remote PNW waters. It just goes to show that it really comes down to the owner operator’s experience and their appetite for growth on the water. Making it a family adventure spreads the learning curve to all and makes for a better group of boaters:

    Not saying a Bayliner 4087 is the solution for you, but a great example example of what and how a good hands on operator can take a basic boat far beyond what people expect.
  2. Maxwell

    Maxwell Senior Member

    Sep 16, 2010
    Door County, WI
    I generally spend a couple weeks per year on a friend's boat out of Seattle cruising everywhere from Olympia, The San Juans, Vancouver to Ucluelet. The first few years, he had a planing boat (40 SR Sundancer) and has now graduated to a 43 Nordhavn trawler (which after owning for awhile they moved aboard last year in Ballard). The Sea Ray was a lot of fun during the summer months and the ability to get pretty much wherever we wanted to go in a few hours was nice. The downside was the amount of large debris floating around the sound came up extremely fast when running at speed which made every trip feel like we were playing a game of russian roulette with the running gear. Along with this, the canvas enclosure and lack of diesel heater made boating during the winter months not as enjoyable as we had to constantly be plugged into shore power or running the genset. Owning a fast boat myself, I wasn't sure whether I would like life at 7kts. After taking my first trip on the Nordhavn, I definitely see my wife and I purchasing a displacement boat when we leave the Great Lakes and aren't as tied to life on land and work schedules that come along with it. It takes longer to get to the destination, however the enclosed pilothouse, stabilizers and systems allow you to actually "live" while underway and the trip becomes part of the destination. Along with this, the number of marinas and anchorages close by in the PNW allow you to easily break up the trip if you don't want to have long days underway. The only downside of a displacement boat in the PNW is the fact that you do have to time the tides whenever possible as given the large tide swings and accompanying currents, it can make a relatively long boat trip even longer if you're going against the tide.

    My friends have a youtube channel (MV Freedom Seattle) that you may want to check out. They regularly upload videos and do a good job of highlighting various destinations in the PNW as well as addressing questions and sharing their experiences with regard to selecting the right boat for them to cruise the area and beyond.

  3. Ward

    Ward Senior Member

    Jan 18, 2010
    Vancouver BC
  4. gr8trn

    gr8trn Senior Member

    Dec 3, 2012
    Portland, OR
    If you are new to boating, $600,000 is a lot to tie up without knowing what you don’t know.
    Go smaller, get the basic cuddly cabin, stove, sink, head sleeping space for 4. Keep her in the water, get used to locking, anchoring, docking, pumping out, battery maintenance, and all of the stuff that I have learned to love and deciding if this is the way forward. Then move up in size and accommodations and complexity.

    I second the follow MV Freedom on social media. They are doing a nice Q&A at the end of the YouTube videos over the las several weekly episodes.