Our 2002 Bayliner 4788

Our new-to-us boat is a 2002 Bayliner 4788.

The 4788 is perfect for how we boat. We’ve been searching for a home-away-from-home for a long time, and this boat finally fits the bill. If it was an apartment, it would be a 3-bedroom, two-bath, 600 square foot, 4-level apartment with a heck of a water view.

If you will indulge us, we’ll give you a quick virtual tour…

From the cockpit, you enter into the main salon, with a large L-shaped settee and table to starboard, seating and storage to port:

Forward of the salon is the galley on the port side:

Up the stairs just starboard of centerline is the pilothouse, which is one of the primary reasons we purchased this model. Aside from the great visibility and organization while underway, having a second full room available while tied up in port is amazing:

When tie up in our home slip, we have a great view of Commencement Bay. This goes back to the floating condo idea — we don’t even need to leave our slip to “get away” and have a great view of the water:

From the pilothouse, you go up a few more steps to the fly-bridge and dinghy. The dinghy, aside from being the boat’s tender, will also become the primary fishing and skinny-water exploration boat:

From the main salon, heading down below, immediately to port is the first stateroom which has become Taylor’s room:

Down the hallway, past the head to starboard, is the 3rd stateroom which can be made up into either two single bunks, or a setee extending the master:

Forward again is the master stateroom, with private head to starboard:

We use this boat way more than any other boat we’ve owned. We come down almost every weekend just to hang out on it. We have all the comforts of home, with enough room to even host thanksgiving dinner:

Santa brought a couple kayaks at Christmas, so aside from the dinghy we can explore the beaches, seals and sea lions, and the harbor:


Yes, this is our new boat.

We think we’ll keep this one for a while.


Farewell, Seahorse, And We Thank You

It’s official now. Officially official.

We have sold our 1983, 34′ Fu Hwa Seahorse, a Europa styled trawler.

Tom and Wendy made an offer that we accepted, and last weekend took ownership. With a little bit of work solving a persistent leak on the fore-deck, they will have a great little boat, that hopefully serves them as well as she served us.

The Fu Hwa Seahorse has a lot of positive traits, especially for Pacific Northwest cruising. She has high gunwales, covered side decks, a large flybridge, and a comfortable cockpit outside. Inside the salon with integrated seating, galley, and helm station is where we spend the vast majority of our time. Below the v-berth and head are great for a couple. Her single diesel engine would run for hours, economically pushing her along at 6kts all day long, simultaneously heating water and air for comfortable cruising.

We just out-grew her.

We wanted to spend more time aboard. The problem was that there was only one full-time berth on board, and with the three of us plus a dog, there just wasn’t a ton of indoor living space. So, while we would still come down a couple times a month, we rarely spent the night aboard.

Almost two years ago we decided it was time to upgrade. And this month we said goodbye to our Seahorse for good.