Marinette purchase advice

Things that are of general interest.
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Re: Marinette purchase advice

Postby ericinga » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:22 am

I've owned both an Express M and a Flybridge M. There are benefits to both configurations.
Express / sedan :
- gives you fast access to the aft deck and gunnels (In case the first mate needs some help docking)
- It's a little more social; everyone is on the same level.
- Seeing the aft corners while docking is a little harder.
- It is easily trailerable.

- Great visibility all around.
- More room for passengers and stowing gear.
- The bridge itself weighs a few hundred pounds. I don't believe it makes the boat top heavy.
- It is trailerable within reason. A good example: I'm having ours hauled out next month for a bottom paint job. The hauler has a drop axle trailer that will allow him to take it right to the shop without removing the bridge. It's only a few miles and there are no overpasses. Any farther, I would likely take the bridge off but could get away without doing so.

As for 28' or 32':
I've owned both sizes. In hindsight, I would skip the 28' and buy a 32'. Those four feet in length and two feet in beam buy a whole lot of breathing space and a large amount of spousal happiness.

Regardless of the choice, as others suggested, find a very thorough surveyor. Even if you have decades of boating experience, a good surveyor will keep you out of trouble and help make your boat safer in the future. I am having a condition and value survey done this week and the results are brutal. There are no major deficiencies but a ton of detail issues that could be problems later. I asked him to be tough and he complied.

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Eric Spies
1989 32 SDFB
Twin 318s
Lake Lanier, GA
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Re: Marinette purchase advice

Postby Rockit » Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:23 am

Interesting. My uncle told me his 32 sedan came from the factory on a drop axle trailer--that would have been about 600 miles.
Joe Napoli
1977 28' Express
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Beaver River--near mile 25 on the Ohio

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Re: Marinette purchase advice

Postby BlueSkye » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:12 am

My Express has a FB and the lower wheel is on the starboard side. My '68 was the same way. I motor from the lower station mostly because I interact a lot with the crew. Also, my deck hand is a Spaniel and he goes mental if I disappear up to the fly bridge.
1971 32ft Express 2x318
Seneca Lake, Erie Canal, Lake Ontario, Rideau