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    Coming back to the forum-gctid808863

    Hi all!

    A few years ago I was on this forum when we had a 28' Contessa flybridge. We sold that boat when we purchased our current 34' single diesel trawler. We've had a great time with that boat, but when we bought it we knew it wasn't a "forever boat" -- it was a good boat that would serve us well for a few years until we moved on. It did, and we are starting to.

    I'm back because we've decided to buy a new-to-us 4588.

    The actual vessel has not been found, but we have been looking at different models through the internet, boat shows, brokerages, and just walking docks. A few months ago, we really started to focus our attention at the 4588/4788 Bayliners. Love the pilothouse. Love the salon. Love the convertible 3rd stateroom. It also fits our planned usage very well.

    We decided to go with the 4588 over the 4788 essentially because of finances. I start a new job on Monday, so we are fairly certain what our income will be, at least for the near future. And with that information I called a few loan brokers to get "pre-approved" (I know, there's no such real thing in boat buying, but it was for budgeting reasons). The 4588 is easy for us to get into, while the 4788 would take doing some things financially that I'm just not willing to do right now -- as my wife put it, we don't want to become "boat poor", with a beautiful yacht, and no cash or savings for emergencies or later needs. It really came down to the down payment.

    So, now that I've decided on the model, we are starting to look at individual vessels. I'll probably start a new thread on the motoryacht forum to discuss findings, but thought I'd follow forum etiquette and re-introduce myself.

    One last thing: If I am talking about anyone's personal boat, I really don't mean to criticize or demean in a negative way. I don't expect this to be a problem, but sometimes tone doesn't come across well in text. Everyone has their own tastes and requirements, and they may or may not mix with ours. The fact that we looked at the boat means we are interested in it. :-)
    Matt B.
    2002 Bayliner 4788
    Previously: 1984 34' CHB, 1986 28' Bayliner Contessa, 1986 Catalina 30, 1976 Catalina 28

    Hi Matt

    Welcome've picked a great boat to get,we love ours and have completed many projects /modifications.A close friend of mine Dan Byrd is a yacht broker, It would be worth tour time to talk to him,509-929-3535 he's in LaConner and he is the best.....good luck Brad
    Brad & Sharon
    Lady Jake
    1985 4550 EH 700TI /Twin Disc 502
    Anacortes/La Conner, Wa.