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First Boat - Conquest 26'
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posted 07-08-2001 01:33 AM ET (US)
I have been looking for a good starter boat. We are a family of four with two little ones 8 and 5. My goal is to get my family especially my wife interested in boating. My basic necessities is that it be a dry boat, stable (I'm willing to give up speed for comfort), have ability to spend an overnight with basic kitchen and enclosed head. I live in Newport Beach, CA and I would probably keep it in a slip and used it 99.9% in Southern coastal trips. I was starting to narrow my target to a power Catamaran (Glacier Bay or C-Dory Tomcat) because of its steadiness but I came across what appears to be a great deal. A brand new 2001 Boston Whaler Conquest 26 with twin 200 Yamahas. It was priced at $118K but they have a close out and it's $98K. The salesman of course tried to talk me out of the Glacier Bay but brought up some valid points. Since my long term goal is to get my family (wife) interested in boating then I would probably move up to a larger Trawler type. His point was that the 26' Conquest was very stable (not necessarily better than the catamaran) but when the time came to move up I would have no problem selling the Whaler vs the Glacier Bay. I will admit I haven't seen too many power catamarans in the area. Actually, I never have seen one. He says they are not very popular in this area and he's probably right. What do you guys think? Can I go wrong with a 26' Conquest as my first boat?
posted 07-08-2001 02:43 AM ET (US)
If you can afford to spend about $100,000 for your first boat, go for it. And go for a Whaler!
What else can I say?
posted 07-08-2001 07:31 AM ET (US)
Catamarans are extremely fast, but can be difficult to maneuver once you get in the harbor (ie. docking). Last summer we rode "the CAT". It is a car ferry that runs between Bar Harbor and Nova Scotia. It can go 55 mph in good weather. I think you will see more cats in the future.
Whalers do hold their value, but I would be curious to know how long the Conquest 26' has been built? Is it a proven design. I would also compare it to a Grady-White.
posted 07-09-2001 08:18 AM ET (US)
That ferry in Nova Scotia, "The Cat", is a specialized hull design known as a SWATH,
Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull.
This design is a new approach to large ship/ferry hull, which produces speed and stability.
I don't think there is any garantee that the same naval architecture and research went into the design of a recreational catamaran.
I think you will find a 26-Whaler cabin boat to be a pretty comfy cruiser, and it will also be a very safe and dependable boat.
posted 07-09-2001 10:07 AM ET (US)
Great boat the 26' I on the other hand would go with the 31 Jupiter or contender, regulator etc. They are CC but have a cabin up fron that is probably bigger than the Whalers. I love whalers but think they are overpriced. Look at the Grady and the Hydra-Sport if you wat the 25-27' range. I think you can score for 70's.
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