It’s been a long time coming, but I finally took the plunge and bought a boat. I settled on a previously owned Four Winns 328 Vista, which is a 35 foot cruiser. In this thread from last year I’d indicated that I was considering Sea Ray, Cruisers Yachts, and Regal. Four Winns wasn’t even on my radar. However, after months of further investigation into these brands, and having surveys done on two different boats, Four Winns quickly rose to the surface.
The boat has the following: fore- and aft-cabin staterooms, 5.7 GSi 280 engines with duoprops, Kohler 5kw generator, stand-up head with shower area, Vacuflush toilet, AC/Heat in cabin, 2-burner cooktop, microwave oven, refrigerator/freezer, camper enclosures, cockpit cover, deck sunpads, fire extinguisher system, trim tabs, hour meters, TV/DVD combo, stereo with CD player, depth sounder, GPS, Radar, VHF radio, two CO detectors, two smoke detectors, ice maker in cockpit, remote spotlight, helm stereo remote, tank level indicators, transom hot/cold shower, Windlass, tons of storage, and 12 person capacity rating.
I appreciate all the advice from the folks in the previous thread. I’ve already taken the USPS safety course and have my certification. My boat is USCG certified and I am in the process of taking the BoatBoy on-the-water Marine Training course.
This has been a long, grueling, and unexpectedly expensive process, but it’s over, thank goodness, and I can finally get out on the water and enjoy the boat for the two months remaining in the season. I just received a call that my new boat name has been affixed to the back of the boat, so if any of you boaters in the South Jersey/Chesapeake Bay area see a boat with the name “Insane Desire” in red and orange lettering on the back stop by and say hello.
I’ll be headed to the marina after work tonight. Woo-hoo!