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Old 03-17-2013, 11:16 AM   #1
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Default Sleeping on the bay/ocean in a cabin cruiser

My family is looking at getting a cabin cruiser or a walkaround with a decent sized cabin. Are they safe to overnight in while on the Barnegat Bay or ocean? Looking at 24 to 27 feet.
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How many in the family? 4 people overnighting on a 24' boat
can be mighty cramped.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:37 AM   #3
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There's 4 of us, but two are small kids.
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Use common sense,a little imagination and sure it's safe, and can be a blast! kids love crap like that.
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:25 PM   #5
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I have a 25' Larson Cabrio and I spend a lot of nights on it. We have done as many as 4 adults for a weekend, and that does get tight. 2 adults is the perfect fit, spent 4 days/nights on it with a friend and it was a blast.

I started bringing my daughter on overnights at age 3, it is the best thing i've done in my life, coming upon age 5 she talks about it constantly.

I do have a DVD player stashed away which helps a lot when preparing meals, etc. to keep her occupied.
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:49 PM   #6
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When I was younger my family and I (two parents and 3 kids 10-15) would sleep on a searay 270 sundancer all the summer.

At the time we lived on a lake but it was always fun.
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Awesome! Thanks guys!
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I would and will again take my kids out for overnight trips in my 1967 Alglas sport fish 26 foot. We have so many fond memories and great times of being on that boat. Crayons and coloring books, maybe a dvd player if you have the juice, keep it stocked with snacks and yougart, catch some fish and cook them on the grill.

Don't sweat the small stuff, being with dad is what they will remember forever.

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We stay on our Gardy White Sailfish all the time,2/2
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I don't think I would overnight, which includes everyone sleeping on any boat in the ocean. There is far too much boat traffic and too much that can go wrong. In the Barnegat Bay, overnighting in a out of the main channel location would be just fine on a 24-27' boat.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:45 AM   #11
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If you are going to sleep in the ocean, set your radar alarm for a half mile and make sure you are not set up in a high traffic area like a shiping lane or a channel and be sure your white blinker is operational. If your boat is not picked up by radar very well then add a radar reflector and you will be fine.
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Many nights at tices
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:58 AM   #13
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I have an express cruiser for sale in that size range. PM me if you are interested and I can share the details with you.
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Boats don't really care if they are floating in 5 feet or 5,000 feet of water. But personally, I can never sleep well while the boat is on the hook, especially if nobody is on watch.

If someone has to sleep on deck, might as well be me. I'll be climbing over them anyway at some point.

The radar zone guard is a good idea, but 1/2 mile doesn't give you much notice. At 20 knots, a boat will travel 1/2 nm in 90 seconds. That isn't a lot of time to get up, get to the helm, and assess what's going on.

And fwiw, around here trawlers don't seem to care who is anchored in their way. They will tow up your anchor and never notice you are behind them. It's called a nantucket sleigh ride.

If you are going to do it, at least try to stay in designated anchorage zones. There is safety in numbers and at least fishing boats won't crowd you.
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Boats don't really care if they are floating in 5 feet or 5,000 feet of water. But personally, I can never sleep well while the boat is on the hook, especially if nobody is on watch.

If someone has to sleep on deck, might as well be me. I'll be climbing over them anyway at some point.

The radar zone guard is a good idea, but 1/2 mile doesn't give you much notice. At 20 knots, a boat will travel 1/2 nm in 90 seconds. That isn't a lot of time to get up, get to the helm, and assess what's going on.

And fwiw, around here trawlers don't seem to care who is anchored in their way. They will tow up your anchor and never notice you are behind them. It's called a nantucket sleigh ride.

If you are going to do it, at least try to stay in designated anchorage zones. There is safety in numbers and at least fishing boats won't crowd you.
It takes some getting use to but if you set it to far out It will keep gong off. Hell we drift cuz its to deep to anchor.
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It takes some getting use to but if you set it to far out It will keep gong off. Hell we drift cuz its to deep to anchor.
I hear you, it's just a personal thing for me but I won't tie off to a pot, so I'm always drifting at the edge. If its rough I'll use a sea anchor. One of these days I'll do the 2000 feet of line thing, but drifting is easier.

But we always try to have someone on watch.
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Monterey, Four Winns, Larson, Sea Ray all make cruisers in your size range. Make sure that you check the engine compartment accessability. Being able to get all the way around the engine is important, even if you don't do your own maintenance. If you can try to hook up to a mooring for the night. If not get in a sheltered area and make sure that you have good ground tackle (anchor and line). Your kids are going to love it...mine do.
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