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Old 02-10-2013, 06:55 PM
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Thought it might be good to share how you ended up with your current boat and why.

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23 Albury Brothers- Had been looking for a while just watching the market. Finally one came on the market that had some serious neglect and the price reflected this. Jumped immediately and got a great deal. Sent her to Bobby at Birdsal marine to fix up everything and got the boat back looking brand new Overall great boat and while a larger center console would be nice the wife loves this little boat. The lines, simplicity, history everything.

46 Hatteras- Bought in 2000. First saltwater boat, previous boat had been a small lake boat. Fun learning experience the first few years. Still a great boat and loves to fish. Wife loved the interior and I did to. Floating condo that can fish with the best of them (and does, heading back to the bahamas this summer). She is for sale as another bedroom would be nice but we shall see...
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I bought my latest boat because I thought the deal was too good to be true.......and it was
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Cause I could afford it.
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Because it was exactly what both my boat partner and I wanted. Helps when you have similar tastes.

Because it was a good deal.

Also because I grew up in Eastern NC and have always loved Grady Whites.
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Took a ride on a bud's 26 back in 2001 in some nasty seas and "case closed",been happy ever since.
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Because I knew I would never find another one comparable that I could afford.
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Because the Admiral said ok
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because it was very pretty...

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Because I'm not rich
Old 02-10-2013, 08:27 PM
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Style, Reputation, Resale and I stole it.
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Mom passed and left me 100K. I bought a new cobia 216 leftover and a 2 bedroom condo foreclosure with a boat slip in Florida in 2 weeks with the money. Thank you mom. Have been enjoying it ever since.
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Finances were right and its the boat I've been wanting for years now.
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Grady 228, everyone, EVERYONE said get a CC but I kept thinking wind, sun, spray and rain protection. I kept thinking fishing in winter when an open ride makes everyone hunker down and tear up in the wind. And I kept thinking about camping now and then....

So in the early stages we, the Admiral and I, took a sea trial on a nice CC nearby. She lost her hat and nearly got beat to death on the 2' chop that day. Needless to say when we got back, she told me it was fine but she wouldn't be riding in it, ever. So I told here what I found on the 228 and we sea trialed an older one nearby....BINGO! She loved it, I loved it and finally found the right deal after a few months of searching.

3 years later and neither of us ever regretted it for a second. I did get 2 engine itis' for a while for "long" offshore trips but lost that itch just before putting ink on paper. Glad I did....this one will probably be in our family for many, many years to come.

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because it was a good deal and could afford it and was what I was looking for 2010 21 contender for 36k with only 40 hrs with t top and electronics
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Because it gets me out on the water...
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Originally Posted by coastalfiberglass View Post
Cause I could afford it.
I bought my old boat because it was the best boat I could afford...I regret selling it
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Originally Posted by GulfC View Post
Grady 228, everyone, EVERYONE said get a CC but I kept thinking wind, sun, spray and rain protection. I kept thinking fishing in winter when an open ride makes everyone hunker down and tear up in the wind. And I kept thinking about camping now and then....

So in the early stages we, the Admiral and I, took a sea trial on a nice CC nearby. She lost her hat and nearly got beat to death on the 2' chop that day. Needless to say when we got back, she told me it was fine but she wouldn't be riding in it, ever. So I told here what I found on the 228 and we sea trialed an older one nearby....BINGO! She loved it, I loved it and finally found the right deal after a few months of searching.

3 years later and neither of us ever regretted it for a second. I did get 2 engine itis' for a while for "long" offshore trips but lost that itch just before putting ink on paper. Glad I did....this one will probably be in our family for many, many years to come.

lovely boat!!

Mine because it suited my needs and my family. Perfect little boat for in the estuary and in the bay.
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I wanted diesels, big enough to live aboard for week or two, cockpit to fish from and had to be trailerable. 42' x 10' 9" I bought in 1989 and now have over 5000 hr on hull (2 re-powers) probably got 30,000 miles + trailering. Couldn't be happier
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I've been saltwater fishing my whole life but got more serious about it in 2004 when I bought a new 21' bay boat. I found myself in the ocean on every fishing trip so after 2 yrs I sold it and bought a 23' w/a. That boat pounded the s#!t out of us. After a few yrs of owning it my brother sent me a link to my current boat that was for sale. I looked at it and sea trialed it during a small craft advisory off Atlantic Beach NC. When I headed towards the inlet the owner tapped me on the shoulder and pointed to the flag at the coast guard station that was fully extended in the wind. "We don't go out when it's blowing like that". "I won't stay long, I just want to see how she handles". It handled like a dream cutting thru the waves and every land was a gentle WHOOSH instead of the violent SLAMMM!!! that I was used to in much smaller seas than those.

I like a project and bought the boat. I thought I would be able to sell my 23'er for more than I paid for this 28' but I got impatient and ended up selling for less than I wanted to. I sold it for the exact price I paid for the 28 so basically an even trade.

I love the 28 and have never regretted buying her. I believe this will be my last boat and I plan on fishing at least 25 more yrs.

It's a usable work in progress. It's structurally sound so no plans in that department. Over my 3 yrs of ownership I've done all the maintenance and now feel comfortable taking her to the stream (plan on doing that this yr). I've done the bottom, cleaned up the wiring, added more bilge pumps, outfitted, etc., etc., etc. Lots more to do all while using her normally.
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Bought a center console because I wanted to be able to take a bunch of friends out fishing *and* my wife wanted to be able to see 360 degrees when we're harbor-dinking around with friends. Couldn't easily do those with our previous cuddy cabin cruisers. We had bought a condo on the water, so I no longer needed the overnight sleeping capability.

Decided on an Intrepid after riding on my brother's 26 Open for a few years. Nice boats and great customer support.

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