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Old 01-20-2017, 11:22 AM   #21
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+1 on everything Russ said. I'm also at BassHaven and it is fantastic. In my mind, bigger is better (28+). I was also a brand new boater when I bought mine, a 31 foot Silverton. A lot of people told me it was too much for a new boater but I didn't find that to be the case at all. The biggest tip I could give you is to ask an experienced boater to go with you the first few times. You will save so much frustration and be a lot more confident docking knowing that you were shown how to do it correctly. Thanks to the guy that helped me, docking is a stress free event, and it will be for you too!
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Old 01-20-2017, 12:22 PM   #22
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All good advice here. I would also suggest talking to Paul at Catawba Moorings if you are interested in a used boat.
If you are really hung up on learning to dock you can hire a captain for an afternoon to get you started and to show you the ropes. Could be money well spent and just consider it part of the initial cost to get into boating.
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Fortunately you have a great group of marine dealers in the area and you can feel comfortable with all. And this forum is a great place for input and it is good that you have made yourself known with your questions. We are all here to help!
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Old 01-23-2017, 03:05 PM   #25
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I think my wife and I are finally ready to get our first boat. We have both been on and around boats quite a bit and I've driven them but not a lot of experience with docking. I'm trying to figure out the best style and size. It's the two of us and 2 kids just planning on hanging out on it, some tubing and low key fishing. I am thinking about 24-28 foot cruiser, but is that too big for a first boat? I will keep it in a marina so trailering it isn't a concern. Any other advice for me?
I have a friend that has a very nice boat that you might be interested in seeing. Here's a pic contact me if you would like more pics and I will put you in touch with my friend.
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Old 01-27-2017, 08:09 PM   #26
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Thanks again. I am looking into boater safety classes and will schedule one soon. Here are a couple more questions: Any referrals for good marine surveyors in the Cleveland-Port Clinton area, Any specific boat makers to avoid, and how much mark up do the dealers typically have to work with?
Safety Course is a must....!!! buy from a private seller...! buy a 20 fter with all the safety equipment needed. My gawd fellas, buy a boat with a 10ft beam 28 ft long...?? if your looking for stability buy a 22ft sail boat.
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I would agree with OSUDADDY on Romps. I dock there as well and related to Chuck! Best in the business and great marina. Halfway between the islands and Cleveland. Great place to spend the weekend.
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Old 02-03-2017, 05:14 PM   #28
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I am working on trying to afford a 28 footer, in addition to here I've heard others say go bigger if possible. I am 100% going to dock in Fairport Harbor though. I live very close by and can get to the marinas and yacht clubs in about 5-10 minutes and take it out after work anytime. It makes no sense to me to keep it an hour and a half away. I plan on looking at a few boats in Sandusky-Port Clinton this weekend, including Happy Days thanks to recommendations from you guys, thanks.
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Thanks again. I am looking into boater safety classes and will schedule one soon. Here are a couple more questions: Any referrals for good marine surveyors in the Cleveland-Port Clinton area, Any specific boat makers to avoid, and how much mark up do the dealers typically have to work with?
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Old 02-07-2017, 10:41 PM   #30
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Lots of great advice for you here. We spent 20 years boating out of Mentor and 15 out of Catawba - no comparison in terms of things to do with family and places to go here at the islands

The boat is a compromise between cost options and use. Just remember the smaller the more you'll have to cherry pick weather days. On the other hand bigger means more maintenance and overall cost.

I saw Greg Group's name mentioned. - I highly recommend him he's the best around. Also bought a boat from Jim Burroughs at Happy Days very honest, straightforward and responsive. His boats are competitively priced and no surprises. My friends who bought boats from him have the same response. Marine Max 👎 Also dealt with South Shore - there boats while clean are very pricey and generally don't
include the trailer. FYI Catawba island club's boat show is the end of April beginning of May. And there are at least a doz dealers in pt Clinton within 5 miles.
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