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Average age of a 28 TE owner?

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Post Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:45 pm
jaybap Deckhand
Deckhand

Posts: 5
Home Port: newport RI
Were new owners of a 2004 28 FD. im 35 an my wife is 34. This is our third boat. 2 center consoles and now the Albin. were pretty pumped.
2004 28' Albin FD "DOG DAZE II"

Post Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:25 am
Jaredh Mate
Mate

Posts: 10
Location: Scarborough, Maine
Home Port: Falmouth, Maine
gfuller wrote:
Wow! what a small world it is.

I actually bought a trailer for mine and it's at our house.

That's going to be a nice trek back up the coast. We're planning a few trips south this summer to Stellwagon and some other fishing grounds as well as Boston to hang out for a couple of days.

Did you get the Perkins or Yanmar? I almost went for a 2005 flush deck with the Yanmar but decided to go with the classic engine box style. That's nice you're able to find one close.

You'll have to keep in touch - we make many trips out to the ledges and it's always fun to buddy boat.


We are planning on a trailer too this fall. We have gone down to Islamorada in the winter the last couple years for a couple weeks and the goal is to shift from staying in a time share condo to staying on the boat in a marina for ~1 month for the next couple year in Jan until kids become a part of the equation.

We are definitely looking forward to the trip, its certainly a long shakedown cruise but the boat has had well documented maintenance and we have BoatUS unlimited towing so it should work out alright.

The boat has a Yanmar 315. I assume you were looking at the 2 flush decks in FL? I have definitely poured over the ads for the 2 flush decks in FL (one perkins one yanmar) as well as the boat in NY. Kayla really liked the teak and holly sole and forward storage on the boat we have under contract and those seem to be fairly rare options.

I just spoke with the surveyor this morning and weather pending we should still be on for Friday. I have my fingers crossed.

Definitely open to buddy boat, Platts was a common trip for us last year and I am hoping to fish Fippennies this season as well. Goal is 1 day a week offshore weather permitting.

Post Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:54 am

Posts: 4
Home Port: Bridgeport, CT USA
Hi Fuller. I am 59 and never owned a boat larger than 18'. Remember the car commercial of the guy telling a woman '' Take care of my next car''. Well that was me at small boat club I joined 5 years ago. Loved that boat from the moment I laid eyes on it. Finally, after poking and prodding him for 3 years, we made the deal for me to purchase it. Love it. Never looked back! Hugh Gallagher

Post Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:26 pm
gfuller First Mate
First Mate

Posts: 51
Location: Scarborough, ME
Home Port: Portland, ME
Jared - That's awesome, we spent a couple of weeks in Islamorada last year, It was a great time.

It's definitely a good shakedown cruise, especially in April. That will be fun though. Yes, I've looked at a few of the FD boats in FL and decided against it. The slightly larger quarter cabin in the engine box model made us feel better about sleeping space for our 8 year old daughter and potentially another small couple. I was really 50/50 on the engine box vs FD, both have their advantages and disadvantages, you'll love that extra room for fishing though that's for sure. It sounds like a beautiful boat, be sure to post some pics!

Jbap - have you taken the boat out yet? I'm very pumped as well!

Hugh - That's excellent to hear. What a great story. I'm glad you got the perfect boat and the wait paid off!

Post Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:27 am
Pedro First Mate
First Mate

Posts: 178
Home Port: Groton Ct
Gfuller, I always had an eye towards the Downeaster style boats, and they were usually owned by "older" folks.Probably because after owning other boats you realize the merits of the Downeaster hull. I was 48 when I bought my 28 and needed something my wife and then 6 year old daughter woukd feel safe in. This boat fits the bill, the deep cockpit and high bow rails and pilot house make everybody happy, after 4 seasons the only thing I'd change is moving to a 31 if I could swing it financially. Enjoy it!

Post Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:21 pm
jaybap Deckhand
Deckhand

Posts: 5
Home Port: newport RI
gfuller wrote:
Jared - That's awesome, we spent a couple of weeks in Islamorada last year, It was a great time.

It's definitely a good shakedown cruise, especially in April. That will be fun though. Yes, I've looked at a few of the FD boats in FL and decided against it. The slightly larger quarter cabin in the engine box model made us feel better about sleeping space for our 8 year old daughter and potentially another small couple. I was really 50/50 on the engine box vs FD, both have their advantages and disadvantages, you'll love that extra room for fishing though that's for sure. It sounds like a beautiful boat, be sure to post some pics!

Jbap - have you taken the boat out yet? I'm very pumped as well!

Hugh - That's excellent to hear. What a great story. I'm glad you got the perfect boat and the wait paid off!



Not yet. Boat is still wrapped up. Im hoping to be in by end of April. I have our first baby on the way in May so would like to have it in the water by then. Supposed to be 60 hee this weekend so hopefully i can get some work done on it.
2004 28' Albin FD "DOG DAZE II"

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