Voyage of Egret Forums
Jeff Stuart, Scottsdale, AZ asks:
I read that you and Mary owned another trawler prior to commissioning Egret. Could you expand on that particular vessel. Additionally, could you provide us with some past history about your cruising passages leading up to the 2004 NAR. Also, what type of upgrades are prudent on the '89-late '90's N46's and what passagemakers you considered other that Norhavns.

Thanks,

Jeff Stuart

Scott Flanders from Egret responds:

Jeff, we owned a 1986 Grand Banks 32. It was a wonderful little boat and a great way to start. Proud Mary had a 135hp Lehman main, 8kw gen, bow thruster, a real toilet, refrigeration, etc. We owned it 2 1/2 years weekend cruising and spent a month cruising in the Bahamas. After that month we knew this lifestyle was for us.

After retirement we cruised from Ft Lauderdale offshore to St Mary's Inlet (Fla/Ga border), up the Intracoastal to the Chesapeake for the summer. In late Sept we headed south to the Bahamas for the winter. The next spring we left Ft Lauderdale and went offshore from FLL to Nantucket, 1100nm - 5 1/2 days. Up to Nova Scotia for 2 months, Maine and so on back to Fla, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Fla to prep for the NAR.

Each N46 is individual as to what she needs or your wants are. Most important is passing a tough survey before purchase. As far as years, you get what you pay for. The few 46's built after Egret have even more upgrades. In my opinion, buying a used N46 is storing money, not throwing a portion away. As new boats become more and more pricey a well maintained 46 will always hold its value. This is not true with (most....as a disclaimer) coastal cruisers. They are a dime a dozen.

Prior to ordering Egret we looked at used custom long distance powerboats, both steel and fiberglass. And looked some more. Of what we inspected all were a disappointment and were nothing more than one person's dream and not well finished. None had well thought out engine rooms, fuel tanks/delivery, or wiring. Most were built to commercial fisherman's specs that relied on the weight of fish and ice for stability. Even with stabilizers they sat to high on their lines and were to buoyant. And so on. Bottom line: all had, to my standards, major flaws. We didn't look at another production powerboat before ordering Egret. In my research none met my standards and I didn't have the trust I knew someday we would need to travel long distance. If you strictly coastal cruise, seaworthiness isn't as important. Financially in our case we had to buy one boat one time to serve our needs then and in the future. We couldn't afford a mistake. Our choice is obvious and would do it again.

Good luck to you and your coming adventures.