More about our friends' boat

@JudyEv (233212)
Bunbury, Australia
January 12, 2021 5:32pm CST
I wrote about staying on our friend’s luxury motor-boat. I took a photo of it as we were preparing to leave. We sailed up the Swan River from Fremantle, Western Australia, to Perth. Going under one bridge we had to lower the aerial so that we’d fit underneath. The boat is ~60 feet (18 metres) long. There are three cabins; one with an ensuite and one semi-ensuite. At the press of a button, the table hydraulically lowers to make provision for another double bed. By reverse osmosis, sea-water is converted to potable water. The woodwork has been done by experts, as you would expect. For a boat, it seems quite spacious with room for easily six or eight round the dining table and other lounge seating opposite. There are five TVs on board and all the fittings you’d expect to see on such a vessel. The boat can be driven from the top section. Is it called the ‘fly deck’? Or it can be driven from the rear deck which makes docking easier. It is very easy to manoeuvre and is fitted with stabilising gear which reduces any rocking to a minimum. It’s a lovely boat for the family as they have three grown sons who all use it a lot, but it’s not something we’d want to buy.
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@xFiacre (8919)
• Ireland
12 Jan
@judyev You would need to be using that big boy rather a lot to justify having it. Great to have if, like your friends, you have enough family who can get full use of it. Nice for the odd trip too.
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
The little jaunt we took cost about $300 in fuel - well beyond us but we're not boat people anyway. Our friends have three sons and seven grandchildren mostly getting towards late teens so they do make good use of it. There must be dozens of boats tied up on the river that rarely get taken out.
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@xFiacre (8919)
• Ireland
13 Jan
@JudyEv I’ve often wondered about all those boats moored at jetties that seldom spear to be used. Even if I could afford such a luxury I couldn’t bring myself to indulge thusly.
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
@xFiacre If we'd been a bit younger we might have bought a house-boat in Ireland and toured up and down the rivers and canals for a while.
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@DianneN (213362)
• United States
12 Jan
It’s a cabin cruiser. Don’t mention boats around my husband.
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Awww .. go on, Dianne. I'm sure your husband would love to read about this boat!
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@rebelann (79861)
• El Paso, Texas
13 Jan
It's longer than my mobile home. How wide is it? If a strong wind were to hit it from the side wouldn't it topple over?
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
The boat's about 17 feet wide. It's very stable. It would take a lot to make it topple over.
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@rebelann (79861)
• El Paso, Texas
13 Jan
Wow, my mobile home is 16x56 @JudyEv now I can relate to the size of the boat.
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
@rebelann And in a way this is several 'stories'. The engine room is down below and from the lounge, you go down stairs to the bedrooms. Then the flydeck is above. the lot.
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@sallypup (42466)
• Moses Lake, Washington
12 Jan
Surely there is no need for a TV on a boat.
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Some don't like to miss their favourite programs!!
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@sallypup (42466)
• Moses Lake, Washington
13 Jan
@JudyEv Gads. Out in nature like that and you can't let go the telly.
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
@sallypup I know! Ridiculous, isn't it? lol
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@CarolDM (109756)
• United States
12 Jan
Very nice boat. Wow! I have gone out in one of these years ago, in Louisiana. Lots of fun.
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
It was fun and very relaxing. It was very stable and didn't rock and roll at all.
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@CarolDM (109756)
• United States
13 Jan
@JudyEv Those nice boats are like that, such a smooth ride.
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
@CarolDM That's true. We were in very rough seas on the Queen Mary and you could hardly feel a thing.
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@Tina30219 (62081)
• Onaway, Michigan
13 Jan
Wow nice boat. I see why you enjoyed it.
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
It's very luxurious but not cheap to run, of course.
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@Tina30219 (62081)
• Onaway, Michigan
13 Jan
@JudyEv Definitely not for a boat that size
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@RebeccasFarm (20028)
• Denver, Colorado
13 Jan
Fancy schmancy Judy it is gorgeous!!!
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
I felt I should put on my best clothes to step on to it!! We all had to take our shoes off once we were on it.
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• Denver, Colorado
14 Jan
@JudyEv Oh Judy you are living it up I tell you..I would love to be on that lovely beauty
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@rakski (74479)
• Philippines
13 Jan
that is quite a luxurious boat
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Yes, it is very luxurious.
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@rakski (74479)
• Philippines
13 Jan
@JudyEv so true
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@LadyDuck (319095)
• Switzerland
13 Jan
It is a really beautiful boat, I know that it costs a lot in fuel every time you use one of those things. I am not a fan of boats, but this is really nice.
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
We would never want to buy one but a little jaunt up the river occasionally is very nice. The short trip we did would have cost about $300 in fuel.
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@LadyDuck (319095)
• Switzerland
13 Jan
@JudyEv I know that it is very expensive, when we lived in Monte Carlo my husband thought to buy a small one... I am glad I convinced him that it was a terrible idea.
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
@LadyDuck It would be less work just to stand at the water's edge and throw money at it. lol
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@Hannihar (109360)
• Israel
13 Jan
@JudyEv It is a nice looking boat. Thank you for telling us about the boat.
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
You're welcome. We were lucky to get the chance to sleep on it.
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@Hannihar (109360)
• Israel
13 Jan
@JudyEv That is great news.
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
@Hannihar Our friend has thanked us for the jewellery box and is very thrilled with it. She emailed this afternoon.
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@jstory07 (100197)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Jan
The boat sounds really nice. I am glad you enjoyed being on it.
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
It was quite exciting to be on such a large boat. I've been on a ship but not such a large 'small' boat, if that makes sense.
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@wolfgirl569 (35213)
• Marion, Ohio
13 Jan
It is lovely. We wouldnt use one enough
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Neither would we. We're not boat people at all.
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@RasmaSandra (38341)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
13 Jan
It looks like a great boat for cruising around
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
The smaller ones they had before this were much easier to manoeuvre into the mooring but it's certainly very nice and travels beautifully.
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@Fleura (13035)
• United Kingdom
13 Jan
For those sort of things, the very best option is to have friends who own one! Otherwise the expense of the upkeep is just ridiculous!
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
So true. The short trip we did cost something like $300 in fuel. I'd never want to own one.
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@Fleura (13035)
• United Kingdom
13 Jan
@JudyEv Even if you never take it out, there are still mooring fees, the cost of annual maintenance to engine and safety systems, replacing flares and all that sort of thing, not to mention possible damage from storms. A very expensive hobby!
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
@Fleura And you'd have to have it insured.
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@DocAndersen (32387)
• United States
14 Jan
lovely boat - we had one very similar although ours was 46 feet. A little smaller. Lovely boat!
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
Their previous boat would have been more that size. It was lovely to sail in too. This one has a lot of expensive gear and electronics on it which does make it easier to manoeuvre.
• United States
14 Jan
danged thingy 'tis bigger'n nice'n my lil humble 'bode, lol. what a treat to be able to take a ride'n such 's well 's spend the night. fer the price tag'n these beauties, one'd near 'xpect 't to come with a butler, lol. gigglin' o'er the 5 tv's, a bit o'er the top, eh?
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
Definitely over the top. Our little jaunt cost around $300 in fuel so it's not at all cheap to run. Yes, a butler would be good! lol
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@Juliaacv (53760)
• Canada
14 Jan
That is a beautiful boat. My baby brother has owned a couple of boats over the course of his life, I loved it when he'd invite us to go for an afternoon out on the lake with him. And his boat was significantly smaller and less fancy.
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
It's just as pleasurable in a smaller one. And the small ones are much easier to berth.
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• Philippines
13 Jan
That's a very nice boat!
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
It is indeed. It seemed very luxurious to me.
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@LindaOHio (55383)
• United States
13 Jan
That's a lot of boat and would be very expensive to purchase. I'm glad you had an opportunity to stay on it.
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@JudyEv (233212)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
It is expensive to run too as it uses a lot of fuel. But it was fun for a night.
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