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Old 05-04-2012, 07:45 PM   #1
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How many Presents on the board?

Anybody have a count of how many Presents are on the board? We just brought our 38 home to Clear Lake and would like to share experiences. We had more problems in two days bringing the boat home from Beaumont than we had in six years of cruising on our sailboat.

Anybody have any idea of the total number of Presents built? Our HIN number has 8011 for the serial number. I assume that means it's number 11 of the 38 series?

Has anyone taken one across the Gulf to Florida? Across the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas?

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Old 05-05-2012, 07:28 AM   #2
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Our sailboat is up for sale in Kemah. We were thinking of buying that very same boat. Sorry to hear you are having problems.
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:00 AM   #3
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Presents? What do you have ghost or gremlins. Two different things. Every boat has gremlins but I would run like mofo if it had ghost's
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:46 AM   #4
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No ghosts, just some really weird electrical problems. Supposed to have a separate genset start battery in addition to two house batteries. Anchored in Taylor Bayou while coming from Beaumont and in the morning all three batteries were stone cold dead. Got TowboatUS to jumps us off and about halfway to Offats the electrical system went dead. Seems the two alternators on the engines do not charge the batteries.

Was kind of fun crossing Bolivar Roads and the Ship Channel without chartplotter or depth sounder. Of course once we got to Moody Gardens Marina we couldn't kill the engines because there was no juice for the stop solenoids untill we got shore power hooked up.

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Old 05-05-2012, 11:42 AM   #5
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I know it was a pain in the ass, but I'm sure that it wont be too dificult to fix. Wish you better luck on your way up to Clear Lake
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:05 PM   #6
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Made it to Clear Lake without any further problems after spending two nights at Moody Grdens on shore power. We're in South Shore Harbor. Used to be in Waterford with our sailboat but South Shore is cheaper and seems more power boat oriented.

The name of the boat is Compromise, it's a boat, but not a sailboat.

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Old 05-05-2012, 01:40 PM   #7
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Made it to Clear Lake without any further problems after spending two nights at Moody Grdens on shore power. We're in South Shore Harbor. Used to be in Waterford with our sailboat but South Shore is cheaper and seems more power boat oriented.

The name of the boat is Compromise, it's a boat, but not a sailboat.

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We are over at Waterford. Still own sailboat but it is for sale. Going to go with a trawler or houseboat, not sure which yet. We want to go inland and sometimes I think the Houseboat would be more useful. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. In my case, it's a tough decision.
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:09 PM   #8
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Present 42 here.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:14 PM   #9
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We love our 86 Present- just brought it down the tenn-tom from Pickwick, Tn.- no problems till we got bad fuel in Pensacola. lots of problems then- but I think we have them solved.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:35 PM   #10
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:47 PM   #11
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Where in Pensacola did you get the bad fuel?
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Old 09-28-2012, 03:46 PM   #12
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We also have a 38' 1986 Present. Bought her in May or there about. Maybe we can compare notes.

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Old 10-02-2012, 04:02 PM   #13
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Sounds like a voltage regulator problem for your batts. Once you drain them down past 50% you will throw max amps (70-100 depending on your alts) and for an extended period of time can fry your volt reg. I always cruise with a spare volt reg in case I leave something on overnight and drain the batts. Cheaper that a tow or jump. Bad fuel or was it old fuel from your newly purchased fresh water boat? If if came from fresh water it most likely did not see any significant wave action thereby creating a level of rust/debris at the bottom of your tanks. Once in the blue water off shore it woul dbecome stired up and clog racor and mains. Good luck.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:30 AM   #14
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New 42 Present Sundeck owner here.
Need some help systems info, none provided , we have records of all additions but nothing on the boat.

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Old 03-16-2013, 10:54 AM   #15
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Are you perhaps referring to a President?
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Are you perhaps referring to a President?
(Whew!) I'm glad someone asked that.
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:08 PM   #17
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I'd say probably not- there are Present and President Trawlers.....
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:21 PM   #18
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Well, so there are. They all seem to be concentrated in Florida, but sure enough there are Present as well as President trawlers.

I can almost see it now. The Taiwanese used to sell almost the same boats to as many people they could find to carry them, often changing little more than the logos. Two dealers in the same market would each claim that their boat was vastly superior to the boat for sale across town, when really they were often 99% the same and turned out by the same yards. Could it be that by simply chopping our the "i" and the "d" from the name plates the President name was reused as Present?

Not saying with any authority that's what happened, but it wouldn't be inconsistent with many similar situations.
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:12 PM   #19
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I love the Present 42. Almost bought one. But in the slip where we're going our neighbor has a President. So, once we're in, I can't wait to say "Excuse me, I need to go consult with the President". Just counting down the days... Heh heh heh. What's the typical engine in the Present? The one we almost bought had Perkins, but I've heard of Lehmans and Volvos in them too.
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:58 PM   #20
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Present 38 here. It was built by Nautique in Taiwan. I've seen several Nautiques advertised in CA and the pictures look just like our Present, so I assume the yard sold some under their own name. Never compared pictures of Presidents so I don't know if they are the same or not.

Ours has twin FL SP225s. I think there is a member in LA that has a Present 42.

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