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If you were to replace your Ollie with a small pocket cruiser boat, what would it be?


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Something light and easy to tow, high quality build, enclosed cockpit, minimal maintenance, good fuel economy, and the ability to sleep in over a long weekend….. Cuddy cabin power boats have long fallen out of favor, everybody wants a bow rider so you can carry six people up front. This would be my choice, I happened to see one pop up on the local Craigslist.

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https://spokane.craigslist.org/boa/d/coeur-alene-2008-ranger-tugs-r21-ec/7448106603.html

These are realllllly small cruisers. 

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I have been in love with Ranger tugs for many years, but in reality this one is a mite too small for a normal sized person. What would you replace your Ollie with?

John Davies

Spokane WA

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I have thought this out for some time now, long before I even knew of Olivers, so my answer is quick and steeped in personal preference

 

25’ Nimble Kodiak with diesel inboard

Trailerable, durable and step-up/down is easy for when you do some canal cruising or the great loop. Not the sexiest or most efficient hull shape but bulletproof and roomy for its size

 

 

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24 minutes ago, John E Davies said:

What would you replace your Ollie with?

Ain't happing any time soon!

Bill

p.s.  A former Oliver Elite II owner owned one of those small "tug boats".  He went by the name - Windcrasher.  His boat was really very nice as were his many other "toys".

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I agree with the Ranger Tug, unless you are ready to spend a lot more. Then, I would either get a lightly used American Tug or a Nordic Tug. I love the Cummings diesel engine with around 500 horsepower. Phenomenal motor. Reliable and parts are easy to get and much cheaper than the Volvo parts. We use to take our time and keep it under 8 knots and get 5-6 gallons an hour. I wish I had time and money to do both. We settled on an Oliver and are very excited for our September delivery! 

Kirk 

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Kirk and Carrie Peterson

Twin Falls, Idaho

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We have been fortunate in having had a 25 foot C-Dory Cruiser, which we could tow, and a Ranger 29 (classic) which I didn’t tow.  There certainly is overlap with travel trailers.  Lots of good times and memories with the possibility that we might get another boat some day.  We kept the boats in marinas and used them as our condo on the water in SF Bay.  We don’t really need a place to stay down there anymore and boats = $$. (ranger=$$$).  One of the selling points of the Ollie was the marine grade hardware and clean interior.  If being a landlubber gets too much for me, there is also the option of a bare boat charter, which we have done a couple of times in the PNW.  I agree with Ralph, when they tell me I’ve won the big powerball (which I never play), a Nordic or an American Tug could definitely make the cut.

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My wife and I completed the Great Loop in 2017 aboard our 36' Kadey-Krogen Manatee.  The 90 hp diesel pushed us along our 5,300 mile route at an average speed of around 7 mph. Following the seasons in a counter-clockwise direction it took us a year to complete the adventure.

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Kadey Krogen builds beautiful boats. I had the pleasure of helping on a shakedown cruise, with a friend who worked for them, several years ago.

Your manatee is an ultimate,  stable trawler for a couple, with its great design. I'm sure you have great memories of a lifetime. 

 

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Too slow.

My Ollie goes much faster especially when connected to by RAM.

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I'd be looking at a Nordic Tug 26 or a Sargo 25 or 28.  Especially if I lived on the west coast.

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If you’re not sailing to enjoy the wind and sensation of galloping through the chop close-hauled, but instead, listening to an engine, then I’d want to get to my destination at more than 5 knots, so I’d choose a Ranger Tug. Or maybe a Downeast like a Sabre 35, a Legacy 32 or, if I could afford it, an MJM 34 Downeast.

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1 hour ago, Paul and Santina said:

you’re not sailing to enjoy the wind and sensation of galloping through the chop close-hauled, but instead, listening to an engine,...

That's my hardship with powerboats, of any kind.. noise, fumes, and fuel consumption. 

We'll keep on sailing, as long as we can. 

Probably  a nice coastal sailor, like a smaller kadey krogen, if and  when we can't .

 

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Kadey Krogen’s are lovely trawlers. Lots of brightwork!
 

Our last boat was a Sabre 386. Beautiful craft. But no more sailing for us. My wife especially misses sipping wine while at anchor during a gentle breeze in a Chesapeake river gunk hole, watching the sun set. But we’re now really enjoying State Parks in our Ollie. They’re as beautiful, just in a different way. It’s all new to us, and so far our Oliver’s been a solid, reliable, comfortable craft.

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Is it any easier these days to find a place to "camp" in a boat than it is in a land yacht?

Jim and  Yanna, Woodinville WA

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1 hour ago, Jim_Oker said:

 

Is it any easier these days to find a place to "camp" in a boat than it is in a land yacht?

 

It’s never a problem in the Salish Sea, as long as you are comfortable with anchoring. 

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2 hours ago, Jim_Oker said:

Is it any easier these days to find a place to "camp" in a boat than it is in a land yacht?

Yes, and no. Probably depends on where you want to go, and if you're willing to live at anchor.

It's perfectly legal to anchor in many somewhat protected bays near me, in Florida,  as long as your sewage is properly contained and properly pumped out, and boat is maintained in operable condition, licensed, etc. (If you stay very long, count on an inspection visit...)

Last time I drove over the bridge near me,  there were sixteen boats anchored in the four bays nearby. 

Some Florida communities ban anchoring in their waters.

And, boat slips in my area where you're allowed to stay or live on board are expensive and long waiting lists.

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