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#453423 - 02/22/09 12:16 PM Anybody ever beeen on one of these?  
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Ran across this in the trader last night, and it looks like a neat "little" house boat. Anybody here have any experience with it? It's a Michigan co and the hull is wood free........I kinda like it, in a weird kinda way!! grin

http://www.adventurecraft.com/


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#453433 - 02/22/09 01:32 PM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: garry454]  
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Haven't seen an Adventurecraft before, but it's very similar to the Nomad boats. Both are about as small a 'houseboat' as you'll ever find! We looked into the Nomads before buying the Party Cruiser, but for our needs and the money we had to spend, the PC made much more sense. For a weekend or vacation boat that you plan on living on, these little houseboats might be worth a look!


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#453441 - 02/22/09 03:08 PM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: Frantically Relaxing]  
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Very cool, thanks for the link. I'm starting to 'shop' for out retirement boat, which we plan do to the great loop on. This doesn't quite cut it, but for the size I like the layout.


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#453444 - 02/22/09 05:34 PM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: garry454]  
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I've seen three of them in our local rivers, (Amelia, Bell, St Mary's and St John's river), South East Georgia/North East Florida area. I have not seen one in an inlet or out in the ocean, yet.

On the Left: Amelia River, on the right Atlantic ocean ...


They look fine to me. I like it too.


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#453448 - 02/22/09 06:37 PM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: Dreams Float Joe]  
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Sounds IDEAL for an Illinois river boat.
How much are these going for?


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#453451 - 02/22/09 06:51 PM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: tbkohl]  
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Looks interesting. I'd like to see one in person.



I'm impressed, Casualboater. Your shoppin' for your loop boat, I'm still searchin' for a loop "sponsor."


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#453455 - 02/22/09 07:59 PM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: 2Suns]  
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Ya, I've seen one of these before, but I don't remember if it was Alum Creek Lake or Salt Fork Lake here in Ohio. Except the one I saw didn't have the steering station on top. Had a low railing around the roof and the owners had a few lawn chairs up there. Wasn't running, thou, just tied up at dock. To me they look like they'd be fun on a smaller inland lake, but I'm not sure about bigger waters, even the size of Lake Erie. They just don't look like they'd handle rough water too well.


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#453456 - 02/22/09 08:00 PM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: 2Suns]  
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Well, shopping is a questionable term. I'm at LEAST 15 years from an early retirement, and nothing looks great on that front right now.

My only sponsor will be me and the admiral, but I'm hoping we can handle it.


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#453460 - 02/22/09 09:08 PM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: casualboater]  
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They claim they are good for open water areas, just close to shore....

We are not in the market yet either, just eyeballin.....

I saw a few used ones in the trader for under 30k, I think I saw somewhere last night the new ones go for upper 60's. Nonetheless, I would be buying a used one. But at 28' you gotta expect it to cost a few bucks.

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#453581 - 02/24/09 11:29 AM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: garry454]  
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Originally Posted By: garry454
They claim they are good for open water areas, just close to shore....


So you can swim for it if need be?

I like the idea too...I'd just like to see some video of them crossing a large wake on the ICW or a large lake....or any video in a good size chop. Their video is all in very calm water (as is most boat builder ad footage)...that flybridge would be quite a ride I imagine. From appearances it doesn't seem to have much below water weight to balance the "tippiness" but there's no way for me to know for sure w/o seeing it in action.


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#453631 - 02/24/09 08:39 PM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: athiker]  
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I think that thing could get swamped at Lake Mead, never mind taking it off shore.


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#453642 - 02/24/09 10:19 PM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: deepv]  
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The definition of function over form IMO.
They tried hard, but it still looks like an RV mounted on a fishing hull to me.

But... there is a boat model for everyone I am sure it is perfect for the right boater thumb


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#453649 - 02/25/09 12:01 AM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: Lambert Laker]  
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So it's not a good canadate for the Great Loop cruise ? ouch


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#453656 - 02/25/09 02:56 AM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: tbkohl]  
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I think a lot of planning needs to go into the Great Loop. Of course, planning is part of the adventure.

I read a book where a couple did it in a 26ft Bayliner Cruiser, however, it took them a couple of years or so to do it. They would put some miles on the boat, then store the boat at a marina for a few weeks and fly back home. Even then, if I recall, they ended up storing the boat during the winter for part of the trip.

But for size, I guess what I am saying is that the boat will get awfully small, awfully quick.

And...

Guess where the roughest part of their journey was, and the part they dreaded most?

Lake Michigan!

So I suppose if the boat is Lake Michigan-worthy, then it would probably suffice for the loop.

One of the prime reasons that I upsized from my 26ft'er is that if we spent any more time than one week on it, it became claustrophobic. Of course, my current boat is too expensive to run fuel-wise for that distance. But all the same, I think in a small boat for a long distance such as the loop cruise, you are going to be challenged.

My thoughts on an ideal boat for a loop cruise is either a trawler or sailboat. Both would be seaworthy, large enough to live on for awhile, economical to run (relatively), and even if you had a sailboat, you don't need to put the sails up if you don't want to; you would end up with a trawler with a large pole in the middle of the boat.

Of course, you could also buy the boat for the loop, then sell it after you are done if that is not the boat you want to own forever...


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#453658 - 02/25/09 06:59 AM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: Al]  
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Oh we are well aware of the Lady called Michigan and her moods living here in Chicago.

Have seen her go from glass to small craft in 20 minuites.

Just making a wise crack .

No this boat is a small lake / river cruiser ONLY !

Nice for as they put it "The cabin on the lake" adventures.

Would not do the great loop in anything under 35 and that might be pushing it.


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#453662 - 02/25/09 09:10 AM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: tbkohl]  
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As I've done some Loop research, I'm just about settled on a 36-41 foot trawler. To me, twins are non-negotiable, and the admiral and I both have a strong preference towards dual helms. I'd really prefer a galley up design as well. We'd also like the a second stateroom so we could have guests aboard.

Now, I'm 10-15 years at LEAST from putting some money down, so I've been looking at current trawlers figuring they'll depreciate enough for me to afford by then. There's some pretty well-designed craft out there. The Grand Banks 41 is high on my wish list right now, but I don't know if that caliber is ever going to get to my price range.

Any way you look at it, I'm enjoying my dreams, and the internet makes it VERY easy to dream!


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#453688 - 02/25/09 03:28 PM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: casualboater]  
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Originally Posted By: casualboater
I'm starting to 'shop' for out retirement boat, which we plan do to the great loop on.


Whats the "Great Loop?"


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#453699 - 02/25/09 04:27 PM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: kkirt1]  
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Kkirt1;

The Great Loop, sometimes called the Great Circle Route, is a route that circumnavigates the eastern side of the US.

Depending on the direction you go, its roughly from say, Lake Michigan (or whatever location you want to start at), through Chicago and the Illinois River and ultimately into the Mississipi River, then down the river (or bypassing on the Tom-Tenn Waterway) to the Gulf coast, over to Florida, then up the East Coast along the Inter-Coastal Waterway, then usually up to New York City and the Hudson or thereabouts, reconnecting with the Great Lakes, maybe take the Trent-Severn Waterway through Canada, and eventually back to your point of origination.

Estimates range from 4,000 to 6,000 miles or so, depending on the specific route you take.



If you Google Great Loop or Great Circle Route, you will find blogs of folks that have done it with everything from a small 26ft cruiser, trawler, sailboat, or basically anything that floats.



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#453701 - 02/25/09 04:36 PM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: Al]  
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Al - I'm not sure a boat with a big stick int he middle would be good for the Loop, as there are bridges (lots of bridges) to consider.

Casual - I think Passagemaker magazine sponsors an event called Trawlerfest several times a season (in different locations). Good oppotunity to talk to Loopers and see their boats.


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#453715 - 02/25/09 05:44 PM Re: Anybody ever beeen on one of these? [Re: BToran]  
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B, you're right. When I'm much closer, I think I'll hit one or two to get more info.


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