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Mid Size Power Boats

A Guide for Discriminating Buyers

by David Pascoe

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Chapter 2

Boat Types: Which is Right for You?

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Table of Contents

Mrs. Boat Buyer

Boating Life Styles & Layouts

Dual Controls
Head Room
Sleeping Accommodations
Social Spaces
The Galley
Cockpit Areas
Flybridge Sedan
Express Cruiser
Trawler Style
Sport Fisherman
Sport Fishing From Other Types
Multi Purpose Styles
Motor Yacht
Bloat Boats & Clumsy Design
High Sided Expresses
Double Cabin
Down Easter

Other Basic Design Considerations

The Death of Practicality
Interior Ventilation
Deck Areas
Area Sizes
Flying Bridges
Tops and Enclosures
State Rooms

Dizzy Design and Loony Luxury

Unconventional Boat Design
Anatomy of Frivolous Design


There are two basic types of boat owners besides the avid fishermen; the dedicated yachtsman and the weekend warriors.

The main difference between the two, is that the cruising yachtsman likes to - what else? - go cruising long distances. Whereas the weekend warriors typically confine their boating to the travel radius of what they can do on a weekend, usually not more than 50-75 miles round trip.

Cruising yachtsmen are usually the ones that have the toughest time choosing their boats because their boating activities can vary widely depending on their free time.

Naturally, the cruising yachtsman lives for those one or two longer range cruises that he can squeeze in each year or so. In the mean time, he's boating weekends just like weekend warrior. It is at those times, his longer range needs tend to conflict with his weekend boating style.

The greatest difficulty in attempting to find the perfect boat, comes first in realizing that there will be numerous contradictions amongst our desires. The old saying that all boats are a compromise is no myth.

Actually, it's not the boat that is the compromise; it is your desire to get everything you want in one neat package, and all at a price you can afford.

In past decades, boaters pretty much accepted the fact that a boat can't be everything they wanted it to be. The attitude today is different; many people want it all. But to get it, they often end up sacrificing aspects that, due to inexperience, they aren't aware of until they become experienced. That's usually the point they decide to sell and "move up."

If you are new to boating, there are two approaches you can take. The usual approach is to bear the additional cost of starting with an entry-level boat and move up to something better later, or you can try to get it right the first time, which is likely to save you tens of thousands of dollars, if not more.

Sea keeping, performance and economy are three aspects that are compromised by what most people want in the way of accommodations and style.

Yet another is low maintenance versus luxury and sophistication. One of the first decisions you need to make is one of common desires or vanity versus practicality.

Listed below are ten positive aspects that are in contradiction to each other. The whys and wherefores are discussed in much greater detail in the remaining Chapters.

Seeing it laid out in this format may help you to better understand why we can't have our cake and eat it too. Performance, sea keeping and fuel economy issues are discussed in detail in chapter six.

cover art: Boat two bows Mid Size Power Boats
- A Guide to Discriminating Buyers

Soft Cover
512 pages
Publisher: D. H. Pascoe & Co., Inc.
Published: 2003
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0965649636
ISBN-13: 9780965649636

Price: $24.50
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David Pascoe - Biography

David Pascoe is a second generation marine surveyor in his family who began his surveying career at age 16 as an apprentice in 1965 as the era of wooden boats was drawing to a close.

Certified by the National Association of Marine Surveyors in 1972, he has conducted over 5,000 pre purchase surveys in addition to having conducted hundreds of boating accident investigations, including fires, sinkings, hull failures and machinery failure analysis.

Over forty years of knowledge and experience are brought to bear in following books. David Pascoe is the author of:

In addition to readers in the United States, boaters and boat industry professionals worldwide from over 70 countries have purchased David Pascoe's books, since introduction of his first book in 2001.

In 2012, David Pascoe has retired from marine surveying business at age 65.

On November 23rd, 2018, David Pascoe has passed away at age 71.

Biography - Long version