What you want can occasionally be found, you just have to be willing to be patient and grab such a boat when it hits the market, but it may take a couple of years to find what you're looking for at your price. I've been half heartedly looking for the same setup and have seen a few that were close in the $100-120k range. That Norvelle is a beautiful boat, but my personal thoughts were, a bit under powered, lots of hours on the engines, and the fishing deck was too small. But when you're looking at $200+k boats for ~$100k, you're going to have to make some compromises, unless you're very lucky and find the boat for your price. The thing with ACB's is they seem very narrow in the cab for their length.
The other option is find an ex six pack charter boat in the 28-30' size for ~$70k and put the sweat equity into building out the interior yourself.
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Patrick, dont know alot about this boat, but i did stop and look at it mid summer this year, it was parked along Birchwood Loop road, on the way to the shooting range, right hand side of the road and just past the loop road as you were heading to the range. The gent that had the boat in his yard had several others there for sale as well. I did jump up in it, appeared to be 30+ NR with pilot house, had a head, canopy over the rear door ( i have one on my alumaweld- love it!) thinking the power was 250 yammies,
even after blowing it up on my computer, i cant read the phone number, sorry. but from what it seems you are looking for it might be worth a drive to see if it is still around, or perhaps someone out there can grab the number for you (if is still there)
This one seems very intriguing. Any idea on what price was? Also, what were your initial thoughts and why didn't you pursue it further? Just trying to get an idea of what it was.
Rob, if it turns out to be something that might work, I may take you up on your offer. Regardless, thanks for the offer.
My wife and I sold our Hewescraft 26ft Pacific Cruiser a couple months ago and are planning on spending the winter looking for a new boat. We're looking for something that will fit our family better. We have to small boys so having a place to put them down to sleep is important as we typically do multi-day trips. I don't want to pay the premium for a new boat so we're looking used. Ideally we're looking for another welded aluminum boat with twin outboards but I've also looked at Sea Sports and a few other fiberglass rigs. If anyone is selling something you think might work or know of something for sale or coming up for sale please let us know.
We also have talked to the owner of this boat and are considering hauling it back but it's a major effort (http://www.boattrader.com/listing/2003-Acb-29-32-Expedition-LX-638014). Opinions and thoughts on a new rig are more than welcome.