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    Looks like this will be a helpful site. We currently own a motorsailer with home port of Charleston, SC. As we approach reitrement in about 18 months we are thinking about crossing over to a cruiser. We would mainly do day trips, weekends to barrier islands and then longer up and down ICW possibly as far as the Keys or Bahamas. Right now looking at older 32xx boats. Would love diesels as we have grown very comfortable maintaining our almost 40 year old Yanmar.

    While invitign general feedback we have some questions:

    1. On the 32xx where do owners tend to sleep... in v-berth or aft/below cabin?

    2. The aft cabin bed appears larger but I have not been able to find dimensions. I am 6'2" 230lbs but wife is pretty slim. Where would we fit best?

    3. We realize that we need to find one of these locally to walk it but have not had much luck just yet locating one. Which by the way, is there anyone on this forum within reach with a 32xx that we could visit? :-)

    4. We are looking to get beyond the cramped sense of even a motorsailer which does not really allow any overnight guests other than grandkids. WIll the 32xx allow us to take another adult couple cruising?

    Thanks in advance for thoughts and feedback...

    Rick

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    Since you are seasoned boat owners, if you desire to host people onboard for any length of time, I suggest you buy as big a boat as your finances can handle. Nothing worse than cramped quarters. More importantly, there is nothing better than having the ability to seclude yourself if you need a little personal time.

    Much like imagining your furniture in a home you are thinking of buying, as you step aboard each prospective boat, think about your life with another couple onboard. This will tell you what size you need.

    For me, a 32'er is not big enough for two couples to spend more than 3 or 4 days on, much less a trip the IW.


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      #3
      Have you checked yachtworld .com?They have all sizes of boats there.If you intend to fish a lot ,an aft cabin style will suck.If just bumming around,Aft cabin is great.Major engine repairs or ovehauls will be hard.I have seen aft cabin owners use V berth for storage area.Check around and see if you can rent an aft cabin for a couple of weeks and see if it works for you.Rent is cheaper than a bought mistake.Florida has a lot of boats for short rental.

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        #4
        Welcome to BOC Rick.

        Hang on. There are a lot of 32xx owners here and they can give you a good answer,

        I have been aboard a few 32xx and I think they are the best laid out, roomy 32 you will ever find. The aft stateroom is roomy and very private and where all the owners I know sleep. I know of them hosting another couple.

        You really need to see one (as you mentioned) to understand just how comfortable and private the unique the layout really is.

        I have a 38xx but could be just as comfortable on a 32xx.

        Wait for actual owners to give their view.

        Doug
        Started boating 1955
        Number of boats owned 32
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          "rbyham" post=811116 wrote:
          Looks like this will be a helpful site. We currently own a motorsailer with home port of Charleston, SC. As we approach reitrement in about 18 months we are thinking about crossing over to a cruiser. We would mainly do day trips, weekends to barrier islands and then longer up and down ICW possibly as far as the Keys or Bahamas. Right now looking at older 32xx boats. Would love diesels as we have grown very comfortable maintaining our almost 40 year old Yanmar.

          While invitign general feedback we have some questions:

          1. On the 32xx where do owners tend to sleep... in v-berth or aft/below cabin? We used the lower aft area. Although in windy conditions the water slapping against the hull would keep me up. I would sometimes transition to the forward stateroom.

          2. The aft cabin bed appears larger but I have not been able to find dimensions. I am 6'2" 230lbs but wife is pretty slim. Where would we fit best? its big, much bigger then the forward cabin

          3. We realize that we need to find one of these locally to walk it but have not had much luck just yet locating one. Which by the way, is there anyone on this forum within reach with a 32xx that we could visit? :-)sorry moved up to a 3788

          4. We are looking to get beyond the cramped sense of even a motorsailer which does not really allow any overnight guests other than grandkids. WIll the 32xx allow us to take another adult couple cruising?i guess it's a matter of openion. For me, on a weekend it's a great boat for 2 couples. For extended cruising, 7+ days it could get cramped. We used to stay at the islands for 3 weeks at a time (2 adults, 2 kids). Remember, it has 6 real separate areas to escape. There is the 2 berths, the salon, the bow area, the cockpit, and the fly-bridge. It's an awesome boat, especially with the Hinos

          Thanks in advance for thoughts and feedback...

          Rick
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            #6
            1. We always sleep in the aft cabin.

            2. The aft cabin bed is king size. You would not fit comfortably in the front berth.

            3. I'm no where near Charleston, but if you are ever near Vancouver BC, you are welcome to come aboard.

            4. Weekend trips would fine with another couple, longer trips would seem crowded.
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              #7
              The aft cabin has a full king bed but lacks headroom above the bunk.

              We sleep in the aft cabin but we may use the V-berth from time to time...

              We cruised up to three weeks in a row with a close friend couple. They were happy in the front close to the amenities.

              This was in warm weather so we had a choice quiet spots on the boat: front deck, FB, cockpit, two cabins...

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