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Turning the page 03 Feb 2016 00:37 #1

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Hi Everyone,
After 40 years of trimming sails and running under wind, I'm turning in the tiller. After a long talk with the first mate and some soul searching, we've decided that going power is where we need to head. That being said, I've spent the winter searching for the boat of our dreams. Our list is fairly long and what I want isn't necessarily what the first mate wants. You've heard the joke about a horse by committee, right? I've found that boats are even harder to find when you make a wish list than a horse by committee (yeah, it's called a camel)

Anyways, I believe we've found our "perfect boat". Unbelievable... Economical to run, fantastic 2 stateroom cabin, all the neat toys (air, gen, etc.) must be affordable to buy and even a flybridge. there's only one boat out of hundreds in it's size range. The Bayliner 32xx series. We've started our hunt and have found 2 so far. Being in boating for 4 decades, I've heard all the bad press about Bayliners. The only thing I can say about that is if a boat has been on the water for 30+ years and still looks good and operates properly, there is NOTHING wrong with it. I've torn apart ultra expensive sailboats and have been horrified at the way they've been built. I've also been on the "bargain boats" and have seen them withstand punishment that would have sunk the high dollar brands.

So, for us Bayliner is the brand, the 32 motoryacht is the model. I'm keenly interested in it's strong points and weaknesses. I know that any thirty something year old boat is going to need some TLC. I have about a million questions and I'm thinking this is the place to find the information needed to make a Bayliner our dreamboat.

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Welcome to the forum!!
You will like it here, a great bunch of people.
Maybe start another thread under the motor yacht section, with the title "looking to purchase 32xx", or something like that,and you will get more responses.

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Welcome to the BOC. You've come to the right place!

I've moved your thread to Motoryachts, so it gets more attention.

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Check out www.bayliner32xx.com for some insight on this model. Lots of good info here as well. Good luck in your search. The 32xx is my favorite before the 47. And if you can find a 94 or 95 model, that's the one to get.

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Welcome to the darkside winemaker :)

We love our 3270 and I refer to the 32xx series as "Natures Perfect Boat".

If you can swing it - go for the Hino diesel option over gas. HOWEVER gas will serve you just fine.

Give us a little info about yourself and where you will be boating and we may be able to help you with your search.



Ron

PS - I'm also a winemaker :cheer:




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p91473 wrote: Check out www.bayliner32xx.com for some insight on this model. Lots of good info here as well. Good luck in your search. The 32xx is my favorite before the 47. And if you can find a 94 or 95 model, that's the one to get.


+1 on all of the above :)

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Had a '94 for 16 years. First lesson is there is a reason for the price difference between the cheap ones and the high priced ones. Some have been babied and some neglected. You'll know as soon as you look, but once you find one that fits you, you need a good surveyor. There's lots of wood and wood rots when wet. The frame of the bridge seats are wood. The fuel tanks are on wood. The flat surface fiberglass has wood coring. The arch has wood. If any of this is soft, you're in for cost. Moisture meters and tapping hammers will locate soft wood.

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Went through the same "drama" 6 years ago after 34 years of sailing.

We love our 3270.

As for any boat of 25-30 years, a good survey is the key for success.

For the rest, this forum has been a goldmine of information and help from the members.

Just ask and welcome aboard!

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Welcome ! This is a great forum. I'm working on seven years with our 93' 3288 w/ the 150 hinos. I also came from sail (30' sloop). My 1st boat was a formula w/ a 350 Chevy (gas)... to the sail (small diesel) then... the 32 w/ the hinos. There are many opinions you will read about engine choice. I love the hinos. The deadrise is only 6 degrees, (nice shallow draft) but in strong wind it slides. It has soft chines so at anchor it rolls a bit. All in all this boat makes the best use of space of any 32. We love it. The broker told me sailors gravitate toward this boat... Guess it's true ! and yes survey. Best of luck.

Welcome again George

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Welcome. There are a few of us ex-blow boaters with Bayliners motor yachts. It was another sailor that got us into our first 3888. I miss the romance of sailing, but have no regrets, especially when it is raining....

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Winemaker,

The 32's are great boats no doubt. I don't see where you're located or what your typical usage is but if you and the admiral spend significant time aboard and/or enjoy trips of length that would require days on board I'd suggest you at least look at the 38XX series. They are obviously larger and more spacious than the 32 and in many cases the price delta isn't that great. Good luck in your search however you choose to proceed!

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