Buying a used 1985 Hatteras 36 Convertible A Mistake? — Page 2 — The Hull Truth — Boating and Fishing Forum

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Hatteras 36 Convertible

Kapdan, have been looking at the Trojans quite a bit. Seems like a nice solid fiberglass hull and with a weight of 15,000 pounds looks like will be more suited for gas and engines won’t be worked so hard like a Hatteras with gas which I guess means a lot more economical for fuel.

Those of you talking about gas eating me up, keep in mind that I don’t have a 70 mile ride out to fish the canyons like you guys do in the NE. I am 5 miles from the Gulfstream and I troll the whole way out riding 8 to 10 knots and many times don’t get more than a few miles offshore. Caught 16 dolphins in 800 feet of water no more than 2 miles off shore so gas is not such an issue since I am trolling a lot. Crossing to Bahamas would probably go 15kts and would take 3 hours but I would probably only do that 4 times a year. Mostly fish within a few miles of shore when I can get away from work twice a week.


Also I like going slow and not burning a ton of gas. Most trolling I do is 6 to 10 knots max have even trolled off a sailboat and caught a huge Grouper.

Not many Trojans around but the prices are low and with gas might work for my budget. Going to look at a 36 Trojan today and a 36 Hatteras. Trojan is $20k Hatteras is $40k. I figure Trojan at 20k plus 20k to upgrade etc and all in for 40k which is my budget and I have a decent sized boat that works (Trojan was just repowered so no worries about engines). Seems like with the Hatty I would need to put in another 40k so would be going way over my budget and probably end up at 80k when all was done which would make my wife not too pleased with me.

Definitely would not consider a bayliner. No offense to any Bayliner fans but I really like solid fiberglass hulls. Hanson thanks for those numbers that you gave which are in line with my budget and maybe a tad more than what I thought I would spend monthly. But I agree probably 80 to 90k in and 15k per year is more than I want to commit.

What do you all think it would cost me to operate a similai sized trojan with gas crusaders around the same? Just found an old timer with an early 80’s model that has been meticulously maintained.

Hatteras 36 Convertible

I also see a lot of Silverton 34 Convetibles on the market priced very well. A few weeks ago I saw a 1995 Silverton 31 for $29k. Not beamy enough rocked quite a bit when you walked around the boat. What do you guys think of Silvertons? I know silverton 34 convertible was one of the most popular convertibles ever built. Could probably find a mid 90’s model in my budget. Or get a 1980s Trojan F32, 10 meter, 10.8 or 36 for probably 10 or 15k less and spend that difference in improving the boat?

I really like the 80’s sold fiberglass hulls? A lot of people say old hull new engines. What do you all think about that? Also considering maybe going a little smaller like a 32 as an option. Any good word on the Phoenix SFX Convertible?

Thanks again to everyone that has posted reponses much appreciated. and regarding the boat club thing yes it is affordable and yes I would highly recommend it but not the same as having your own boat and sometimes I have to make reservations 7 weeks out and then when I get to that day it is thunderstorms and 4 to 6 and I have to cancel. When you have your own boat you make the rules (and pay the bills).

Appreciate all the feedback from everyone

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