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bazza456
Sep-07-2017 @ 6:16 PM                           Permalink
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Hi All,
This is my first post on this forum so be gentle with me!
I am looking to purchase a boat soon and moor it somewhere on the Broads. I really like the look of something like a Sealine S28 which would give me the ability for an occasional trip out to sea. However, as I guess most of the time I will be puttering around the Broads would I be stupid having a boat with two 170hp diesels and not being able to pass under one or two bridges? I guess I'm hoping some some of you will support my choice!
I look forward to your comments.
Cheers,
Barry

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Hi Barry and welcome to the forum. You've kinda answered your own question really. Only my opinion of course, but not the most suitable boat for pootling about at 4-5 mph.

There's always a huge number of sports cruisers for sale at the 2 main brokerages. Could it be that after a period of ownership, they are found to be unsuitable?

That said, they are a super looking boat and ultimately it's each to their own.  Smile

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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You certainly have answered your own question! The best parts of The Broads are the other side of those bridges!

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We keep our Sealine S23 inland, the baby sister to the S28 with a single KAD32. But we are lucky enough to have waters where we can open the boat up and get the engine working very near by and easy access to the coast.

People like the idea of being able to head out onto the coast but in reality most don't, in which case these sea boats are pretty useless inland. No point having two big diesels in tick over for all of their running hours still using loads of fuel when compared to a boat and engine more suited to inland waterways.

The S28 will also limit your cruising on the Broads as there are several bridges which it will not pass under. We have had our S23 under Wroxham and Beccles bridges. The S28 would struggle even with an arch chop.

Personally I would buy something more suited to the Broads.




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Rachael

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Many thanks for your comments. Looks like I'm barking up the wrong tree. Any suggestions of a more suitable boat that still looks a bit sporty?
Barry

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Hi again!
Well, I've been doing some research and came across the Marex 280 Holiday which might just fit the bill. Seems suitable for inland cruising but with an ability to do some coastal work once I've been on a course or two. It's also about 2ft lower than the Sealine S28 so can pass under most bridges, and it's shaft drive which I understand is a bonus. Obviously it doesn't have the sports cruiser looks I like but it looks quite sleek and I like the large centre cockpit which incorporates the galley.

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The Marex 280 is a very nice boat, there is one at NYA Brundall at the moment. With shaft driven single diesel and a semi displacement hull it would be fine on the southern rivers although there are compromises compared to a broads boat, its quite 'tippy' when you stand on the (narrow) side decks for example. But on the other side of the coin 6mph will be very quiet and relaxed and you have the option of blasting across Breydon and going out to sea

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Sheerline do some "sporty looking" boats with sensible engines that will under the bridges at low water

L

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Hi, shadow boats have a selection of sporty river cruisers, i believe they have a new website coming soon.

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Not sure Shadow and sporty looks have ever been used in the same sentence before  LOL

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Rachael

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