We are extremely excited to officially introduce you to our new nomadic home on the water – m/v Y-Not.
Y-Not is a 1999 Bayliner 4788. She’s a 47′ 4″ long motor yacht with twin screw (twin screw = two engines) Cummins 370 HP engines, bow thruster and a custom hydraulic folding arch.
Despite Bayliner being regarded as a relatively mass-market focused boat maker, the 4788 was their high-end flagship and the model earned a reputation as a solidly built vessel that has withstood the test of time. Eventually the design was actually migrated to the Meridian brand to present as a more upscale yacht to get away from the ‘Barfliner’ association.
Our next nomadic chapter is exploring America’s eastern coastal waterways, canals and rivers via the Great Loop – slowly over several years.
Y-Not is our new summer nomadic water home base.
We’re keeping Zephyr, our 1961 bus conversion, as our winter nomadic land base to continue exploring around the south.
If you’re just tuning in, here’s some related posts about this upcoming adventure of ours:
- The Great Loop: What’s Next for Technomadia
- Great Loop Boat Hunting – Chasing our Dreamboat (sharing the general specs for a boat for the Great Loop)
While pictures may tell a thousand words, video tells even more. So if you have the time and bandwidth, here’s a quick 12 minutes video tour of our new vessel:
We’ll follow up later with more on what lead us to selecting a pilothouse v-berth layout this large, even when we were originally specifically interested in a 38′ – 42′ aft cabin sun-deck style. But it was in large part the smooth flowing layout and wide open views of the 4788 that won our hearts.
We kinda neglected to take a lot of photos of the interior of Y-Not, so thank you Pier One Yacht Sales (selling broker) for providing them from the listing to share with you.
The boat has 4 different levels, not including the engine room. Two bedrooms (originally it had three), 2 bathrooms, 6 sinks, 3 air conditioners and 7 heaters. We have five distinct hang out areas onboard – cockpit, flybridge, salon, pilot house and bow.
Suffice it to say, it’s a mansion in comparison to our 35′ bus.
Upon delivery it was in pretty great shape and pretty darn livable from day one. And we’re of course already in progress on making some updates and building our list of projects we want to eventually tackle (yes – lithium, solar, induction and more.)
General Bayliner 4788 Specifications:
Custom Hydraulic Arch
The seller of the boat lived in a canal community that had a fixed 14′ bridge to get under. He had modified the boat with a hydraulic folding arch to get the bridge clearance down to 12′ with less than 10 minutes worth of effort. PERFECT for doing the entirety of the Great Loop!
This was a major selling point for us with Y-Not, on top of the owner having taken excellent care of the vessel.
The name Y-Not was also a selling point on our pros & cons lists of boats we were considering. It’s the original name of the boat taken from the first owner’s name of Tony (Y-Not backwards).
As many alternate names as we could come up with, we just couldn’t find anything that would make it worthwhile to go through the efforts to change the name. It’s a huge process – between Coast Guard documentation & appeasing the gods.
Y-Not just perfectly summarizes our life philosophy. So, we’re keeping it.
Upcoming, we have a post planned to share with you:
- Why we decided on a 47′ pilot house motor yacht
- The shopping, buying and closing process (yes, including the expenses involved with purchasing a boat of this type)
- Plans & logistics for the bus (yes, we’re keeping it!)
- And after we have some data to share – we’ll of course share operating & maintenance costs (just as we always have)
But for now as we get our sea legs, learn boat systems & maintenance and get adapted to our new floating condo…