The Boat | Sootsus At Sea

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Grand Banks 36 Trawler

The Boat

Soostsus at Sea: Leaving the dock at Marinatown, FL

As we began to look for the vessel that would eventually carry us, family and friends around The Great Loop, we were totally confused as to what kind of boat we wanted, how much boat we could afford, and what kind of amenities that the boat would have to have. Reading a bit about other Loopers and their boats helped immensely. However, perhaps the greatest help was the training we received through Southwest Florida Yachts in N. Fort Myers, FL. Kathy and I took a week long course in Power Boating aboard a twin engine Grand Banks 36′ trawler. We learned the ship systems, how to dock and maneuver, how to navigate, how to provision and how to do many other things that we believe will really help us on our journey. The Grand Banks 36′ Classic was an amazing boat. It reeked of quality everywhere you went. We certainly can understand why GB is considered as top shelf in the boating world. However, we found the boat a bit lacking in creature comforts. The seating was a bit spartan and the non walk-around bed was not that comfortable. We decided that, for us, we would look at other models that focused more on some of the comfort items. The older GB models that were within our budget were just not that comfortable. in our opinion, anyway. So, after our training, we came up with a few Must Haves:

Twin diesels for easy maneuvering and for redundancy

Aft cabin walk-around queen bed

Guest cabin

Two full heads

Upper helm and lower helm for piloting during bad weather

Wide side decks and easy maneuverability on deck

And, we had a number of Nice to Haves, as well:

Comfortable salon

Sleeping for at least 6

Deck seating area

Updated electronics (GPS, Auto Pilot, Radar, Depth, etc)

All the neat stuff required to make The Great Loop.

To make a long story not short but maybe a little less long, we eventually decided on THE BOAT, made the offer and bought her. renamed to Sootsus at Sea. Here is a little bit about her and some pics.

SPECIFICATIONS:

1999 Mainship 430T Fast Trawler

LOA 47′ 9

Bridge Clearance: 18′ 8

Beam: 15′ 6 Draft: 3′ 8

Appox. Wt: 38,000 lbs dry

Headroom: 6′ 5 Engines:

Twin 330 HP Cummins Diesels

Generator: 8 kw Kohler

Fuel Capacity: 500 Gal

Fresh Water Capacity: 250

Gal Holding Tanks: 60 Gal

Speed Loaded: 9.1 kts@2000 RPM; 10kts@2200 RMP; 16.8 kts @WOT (Sea Trial)

The Original Sootsus

Where did the name Sootsus at Sea come from? Well, we happen to have a cabin on the Fryin Pan River in Colorado that has been in Kathy’s family for years. They say the Frying Pan River Valley is one of the last unspoiled valleys in Colorado. Her grandmother named all the buildings and the cabin shown here is Sootsus. thus, Sootsus at Sea for the boat.

Sootsus on the Frying Pan River, Colorado

Grand Banks 36 Trawler

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