“She underwent a full refit between 2015-2018, original engines rebuilt, all new interior updates and new paint. I almost always hear someone say “this is a 30 year old boat?””
Calibogue, Post 50’
Interview with the Captain – Logan Bradley
About the Boat
Why did you choose to buy a Post?
Post wasn’t really on my radar until I took a look at this particular one. I was not a fan of the pictures of this boat; it was not until I saw it in person that I knew it was nicer than any other boat I had spent time on.
What other kinds of boats did you consider before buying this particular model (and how did they compare)?
I looked at a handful of different options in the sportfish category. This is my first bigger boat, and I recognize this can be a stepping stone type growth pattern. There was more of a price range set, and I allowed a broker to do a lot of leg work with presenting options.
How did you come to find/locate her before purchasing (and what’s the boat’s history if you know it)?
I went to take a look at her because she was literally right down the street. I had begun to narrow down options into the 45-55’ range, and this fell right in that category. I found her on boattrader.com while looking for comps. She underwent a full refit between 2015-2018, original engines rebuilt, all new interior updates and new paint. I almost always hear someone say “this is a 30 year old boat?”
What features/improvements have you added or do you plan to add?
This boat was absolutely turn key. I was very fortunate that the previous owner viewed maintenance as a labor of love. The boat is headed to the hill after the New Year to have an anchor roller and windlass installed, and I am just about finished with a custom built fighting chair.
What are the features you like most about your boat?
I love the boat’s beam. She is a stable fishing platform, and comfortable in rough seas.
Who first introduced you to boating/sailing?
I grew up around boats, introduced by my father. I have always enjoyed the water, but this is a step into the larger boat realm for me.
Do you belong to a yacht club or other boating/sailing organizations?
Our family belongs to the South Carolina Yacht Club on Hilton Head, but the boat spends the majority of its time in the waters around Wilmington, NC.
What boats have you previously owned?
A number of power boats, ranging from small Boston Whalers to classic wooden Chris Crafts. Our current inshore boat is a 1986 Mako 235 – it makes for one heck of an armada!
How do you typically use your boat over the summer, and where do you go?
It is a 75/25% split between fishing/diving, and sandbar hopping. Last year it stayed in Wilmington for most of the year, but in 2022 we’re focused on fishing tournaments and some Bahamian travel.
What is the biggest challenge you have in servicing your boat?
Finding the time to do it. I do the majority of the work on the engines, and have loved learning more about the diesel power plants, but I just need more time to stay on top of it all.
Do you have any notable boating resources you use?
Nothing is better than the old timers on the docks. Navigation aids and weather resources are all the usual, nothing spectacular; the lessons you pull off the dock are far more valuable than anything I could get elsewhere.
Do you have any advice for those looking to buy a Post like yours?
Gems like this one are few and far between, you’ll know when you find the right one.
What’s the story behind the boat’s name?
Calibogue Sound is a waterway off of Hilton Head, SC, where I grew up. The word Calibogue is a Creek Indian work meaning “the first well,” and was used in reference to a fresh water well at the north end of the sound. The name pays homage to my home, while celebrating the fact that this boat is a “well” of joy and stories.
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