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I know just the thing for you.

Southwater Marine have a 214fsc (what else) same spec as mine, 1 year old for £24K and will talk part ex.

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by dpb101 Thu May 27, 2010 12:48 pm

Some food for thought based on my own experiences.

Bear in mind that my research was carried out three or four years ago so some comments may be out of date.

Weight.

The lightest 21ft traditional cuddy was the Bayliner 652 which at about 1200kg plus trailer is towable by many mondeo sized saloons.

Many are significantly heavier in build and are well over the 2000kg that even many SUV’s can pull so you quickly get into full size 4 x 4 teritory.

Or maybe you don’t want to tow at all so the issue disappears.

An alternative at this size are walkarounds such as the Jeanaeu 650WA which opens up the prospect of outboard power, but much less protection from the elements. These models are often lighter in weight than similar size cuddies.

Cuddy Size and layout.

If you are going to sleep on the boat, can you do so with room to spare for your luggage? Layouts with the sink in the cuddy have less room for sleeping. The split between cuddy and cockpit varies with model so you have to work out yor priorities.

Compare how the toilet works, can you use it when the bed is made up or can it be put in the cockpit easily.

Cockpit seating layout.

The two pedestal seat / bench / sunpad layout in my view usually looks better. than the standard back to back / jump seat layout.

But in use the latter gives three separate sun loungers rather than one, and has more floor space so can feel less crowded.

The back to back seating converts to two separate beds also which may be a factor.

The pedestal seats are much better for driving though!

Look at storage, not all have ski lockers if that is your thing.

Fresh water system is a very usefull option for morning wash up and doing the dishes!

Will you want to climb in over the bow? a solid bow rail makes this harder.


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Is the anchor locker big enough and can you get to it safely, ie step through screen and non slip deck.

Which cockpit cover to have? The big stand inside clear window covers are great until you try to get dressed under one in full view in the marina!

Bare in mind that not many folk use the full covers underway. How easy is the cover to erect and put away.

How easy is it to get in and out of the water, bathing platforms are great but are often an expensive extra.

Is there room on the dash for VHF / plotter / depth gauge / whatever?

Visualise what you will have in terms of equipment / toys / cool boxes / luggage and work out where you would put it, is there room?

Can you get comfortable at the wheel and look over the screen, coz thats how you will probably drive the most.

How big is the fuel tank, will it suit the distances you plan to do?

Can you get to the engine and other mechanics for maintenance?

There is probably more but that’ll do for now!

Good luck in your quest.

By the way, if it hadn’t been for the weight issue I would have possibly bought a used Sea Ray 215 EC.

Lovely solid boats and now in your budget.

dpb101 Vice Admiral

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