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Old 02-19-2013, 01:37 PM   #1
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1984 Marine Trader LaBelle

Hi, I am a new member and have owned my trawler for 3 years now. Happy to share info with any other MT owners, etc.
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:35 AM   #2
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New to this form i am currently looking into the marine trader la belle,s any positive or negative information would be greatly apperciated
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New to this form i am currently looking into the marine trader la belle,s any positive or negative information would be greatly apperciated
I owned a 1986 40 label. It was a great boat and we really enjoyed it. It was constructed very well with good systems. I sold it a few years back to upgrade. Enjoy
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:22 AM   #4
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Well they give you a lot of boat for the money. Strong hull, roomy liveaboard. Very suitable for coastal cruising but not a long range offshore type boat. They have a reputation for "leaky teaky" with water penetration to decks and around windows, but depending on age, that is pretty common with all older boats. Hard to give you more specifics without knowing age, engines, asking price, location, etc.
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:41 PM   #5
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MT Sundeck 36 here in NC. Love the LaBelles. Huge boats. What's your engine package?
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:23 PM   #6
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MT Sundeck 36 here in NC. Love the LaBelles. Huge boats. What's your engine package?

I have twin Volvo 165hp diesels. Installing new drive shafts and couplings and cutlass bearings (almost complete). Should be ready for spring launch. And the Labelle is a big boat. Probably more than I need, but great liveaboard for the money. She's a dry boat and my project list is almost complete. New electronics are next on the list but no hurry.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:15 AM   #7
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Back in the water!!! Just launched this week. Great to be out of winter storage and ready to enjoy the summer season here in Maine. Did a trial run with the new shafts and cutlass bearing and she ran very smooth. Replaced house battery which died over winter. Hard rains this week but not a single leak! Boat is good to go and running great.
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:35 PM   #8
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Labelle 40

I have a 40 foot Bestway Labelle Sundeck. Its a lot of boat for the money
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:06 AM   #9
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I had a 1986 for 3 years. We really enjoyed it and it is a sound built boat. We miss it, however we did upgrade to a Hatteras 48lrc which is giving us the ability to cruise off shore. If we ever go back to inland cruising we would definitely consider buying another me.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:14 AM   #10
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We went back into winter storage last week and returned to Florida this week. Summers are short but sweet in Maine.
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:54 PM   #11
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I am looking at a 47' cockpit model with twin Lehman's and a small turbo, 275 hp what do you know about these! a similar model in a Offshore weighs in 5 tons heavier!
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Good timing on this thread, we're looking at the Labelle 40 that's been for sale for a while in Michigan.
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Old 10-13-2013, 07:46 AM   #13
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I have my boat listed for sale on YachtWorld for $97500. The Lehmans were the base engine for the MTs and are good engines. I have the twin Volvo turbo 165's which provide more cruising speed but who is in a hurry with a trawler. My MT has a good sized keel and hard chines which make for a very smooth stable ride. The MT's are a great live aboard design. Very roomy and the large enclosed sun deck is a big bonus and we entertain groups of friends on it (our boat has become the social center at our Marina). The MT is a fine boat for coastal cruising but not for long range off shore cruising. A trawler designed as a LRC would be much heavier.
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I have a 1983 Marine Trader LaBelle 43 footer. So far I love the boat I picked it up in Everett Washington and was going to have it hauled to Portland Oregon, because it had set for 7 years at the port. No one would haul it because it was to wide and tall. I ended up cruising her along the coast and up the Columbia River. She did pretty well. Had a few problems with one of the engines overheating when I took her over 2000 rpm. It took 3 days of day traveling and hitting the ports at night. We were traveling in small craft advisory weather but she seemed to handle it. The pic of her is and older one and hopefully with a lot of love and commitment she will look that way again. I have never seen one like her at the ports that I have been so I think she is unique and I get a lot of admirers at the docks. The only thing that I can say about her that may be negative is that she does have a lot of teak.
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We have a `81 Labelle that we purchased last September. WE love it even tho I have had to do a lot of work on it due to non-use. We had the hardtop enclosed this past January and installed a sliding hatch to the flybridge so its now completely enclosed. We just got back from a ten day trip to the San Juans via LaConner north bound and Port Townsend southbound. Cruised at 8 knots 2100 rpm most of the time. Took on 110 gallons at Everett and 92 gallons back at Kingston so we didn't use that much fuel on the trip. They are a good running boat and we get lots of compliments on it. ( not entirely deserved tho )




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Old 09-10-2014, 12:34 PM   #16
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1986 40 ft MT LaBelle

We are looking to upgrade our plumbing to an electroscan and need ideas on where to install it. A friend that has a sister ship suggested the cabinet aft of the head, but we have a sea cock and a exhaust taking up all the room in that locker. If any of you have installed an electr scan I would like to hear from you.
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quick question.. Does anyone know what size the prop shafts are? getting ready for haulout and planning on new zincs and bottom paint. I cant find the receipt for last years zincs.
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Mine was a 2" shaft. It was a 1987 with TAMD 60 engines.
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My Marine Trader Labelle 43 is running a 2 1/4. that is hooked to a WB Velvet Drive
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quick question.. Does anyone know what size the prop shafts are? getting ready for haulout and planning on new zincs and bottom paint. I cant find the receipt for last years zincs.

My 1985 Labelle has 1-3/4 inch shafts with TAMD40Bs
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