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Old 11-12-2009, 09:12 AM   #1
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Considering a Marine Trader 34 Sedan (1979). I'm trying to find information on this company and I can't find much on the net. It looks like Marine Trading is still active in New Jersey but they don't seem to have a Web site (who in 2009 can be in business without a Web site???).

Anyway, all information on the company and its products would be welcome.

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Old 11-12-2009, 10:08 AM   #2
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Check out the Marine Trawlers Owners Association http://www.mtoa.net/
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Old 11-12-2009, 10:51 AM   #3
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Have a look at our Beach House site on my signature line. Chuck
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:49 AM   #4
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Mine's a 36, what do you want to know?
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Old 11-12-2009, 04:59 PM   #5
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There is a WEALTH of information on Marine Traders, and you should be cautioned that condition is everything.* Your surveyor should be able to give you a thorough review of systems that will be potentially troublesome.

I have a 1973 double cabin MT 34,* and over the past few years have learned a lot. Some were* fairly expensive lessons, others just annoying.* Being at least marginally handy with electrical and plumbing work, as well as sanding, painting has kept my "pro" expenses down, but I did have to shell out for a transmission rebuild this year.

Teak decks, old wiring, window leaks, rusting tanks, etc are a few of the "low spots" in these boats.* On the other side, the Lehman diesel is considered to be almost bulletproof, and parts are still available.

I bought mine cheap, and most of the above* of the trouble spots had already been addressed, so when I look at my investment vs. my friends with newer Camano's, Grand Banks 32's, etc I feel I have a good thing going for a lot less cash.


This link will get you started on an article that set out some of the pros and cons of our "good old boats"

http://www.boatus.com/jackhornor/pow...etrader342.asp

There is also* an article on Taiwan Trawlers on the Passagemaker website. Note - this article is 10 years old so prices don't mean much, but the info's still good :

http://www.passagemaker.com/Magazine...9/Default.aspx


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Old 11-12-2009, 07:24 PM   #6
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I just*read the PM article for the first time-very informative!
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:51 AM   #7
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"I bought mine cheap, "

was how they were sold when new , and continues to be their selling point.

A Gulftub of similar size will have as much room and is far less work to maintain.

You get what you pay for , if VOLUME is your goal and you don't mind constant up keep ,

there ARE cheap.

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Old 11-13-2009, 04:03 AM   #8
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What's a Gulftub?
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:52 AM   #9
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I'd guess Gulftub is a Gulfstar.* I looked at a 36 a while ago.* I was told* they were built on the same forms as Gulfstar sailboats, and tend to be more* "rolly" since there are no hard chines on the hull.* Also, I think they were all twin-engined, with less protected props than a single, and at least some additional maintenance.** Still a good choice for us economy shoppers,* I guess.
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:20 AM   #10
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Hey, thanks a lot for all this information. Really liked reading the PM article. Very informative and it puts a new perspective on things.

Spent the entire evening last night reading Chuck's blog on his refit of a Marine Trader. Great work and great blog. Very inspiring.

I'm going to see the boat tomorrow so I will know more about it's actual condition and the work required to make her shine again. I don't mind the work but I also don't want to rebuilt the entire boat. We'll see.

Great forum by the way. Really appreciate the input.
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:46 AM   #11
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Quote:
ARoss wrote:Still a good choice for us economy shoppers,* I guess.
Gets my vote.* I paid less for my tired, old 1974 MT 34' sedan than most* of my coworkers paid for their cars. But, she floats, is safe, runs all day every day and gets me out on the water and in the sun.

And, I don't care if you don't wear the proper deck shoes, spill a drink or drop something heavy on the deck.* Less stressful docking too, I don't worry about banging into pilings, just other boats - 1/2 the worry!

So, unless you have to have the best, most pristine boat available or if it's you're "life's work" go for it.* MTs are a bargain.

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Old 11-14-2009, 03:46 AM   #12
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"MTs are a bargain."

They certainly are capable of delivering the all joys of boating at a minor cost !

Caviat Emptor , if you like the boat you MUST get a knowledgable surveyer.
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Went to inspect the boat last weekend. Lots of work to do. It looks like a massive restoration project. I was also surprised to see how some people don't really take care of their boat and don't make the effort to clean it and make it look good when they try to sell it. A lot of personal stuff was in the way everywhere.

Quick question: the boat doesn't have a mast. The owner says it wasn't there when he bought the boat and he didn't really need one. I certainly would like my trawler to have a mast. Can I but that somewhere (used or new)? If so How much could it cost?
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You can usually find lots of aluminum masts laying around marinas that they would love to get rid of. You can take it to a rigger or do it yourself, cut it down and put a base on it and you are in business. Chuck
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:11 AM   #15
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"the boat doesn't have a mast."

An old chunk of aluminum is not the problem , the question is weather the boat was built to handle a mast.

The compression loads and required chain plates to rig the mast ,

even to just lift a dink get complex to install as an afterthought.

If the dink is a Whaler with 20HP 4 stroke , full of fuel and other gear , the loads get really high.

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Old 11-17-2009, 06:24 AM   #16
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Fotoman, we have friends with a Marine Trader 34 Sedan, also without a mast.* One of their PO's installed a radar arch to carry the radome, antennae, etc.* which keeps the flybridge deck clear.* Pics I have seen of MT sedans with masts* show them installed in the middle of the flybridge deck, and if you were planning to install a boom as well, you would have a lot of "stuff" right in the middle of the fly-deck.*

FF is right in stating that compression loads would be a concern. You might wind up needing a compression post in the middle of the saloon to transfer the load off the cabintop.

On a broader level, you describe the boat as a massive restoration project. If it's as neglected as you say, installing a mast should be way down on my todo list. If the boat has been exposed to ice/freezing etc. over the years, your primary concerns should be the integrity of the hull, decks,* and house, as well as power systems, plumbing, electrical, etc.** If you think the trawler won't look "shippy" without a mast, and you're concerned primarily with cosmetic issues, you may want to rethink taking on this project.

Postscript:* After commenting here I noted another thread about a TT sedan and the Yachtworld link had pics of a "tripod" mast, which might spread the load, but still leaves a lot of "tripper" opportunities on the flybridge: [img]download.spark?ID=609902&aBID=115492[/img]

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Old 11-17-2009, 02:32 PM   #17
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There use to be a mast but I guess it was lost/broken over the years. The footing is still there, right behind the settee on the fly bridge and the chain plates are equipped with turnbuckles.

I want a mast because I use to be a sailboat guy and I think it can be very useful on a trawler even if you don't have or don't use the steadying sail. Lifting the dinghy, antenna, etc. But you're right, it's not at the top of the list and it would take a lot of space on the bridge.
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I had to get my mast rebuilt, so I went to a marine welder and for a modest fee he welded up a piece of 3 in aluminum pipe, used my existing spreaders, put a cap on the top end with the anchor light on it, fitted it to the existing base, and Bob's your uncle.
I didn't like the existing location, behind things on the top deck, with shrouds cutting you in half as you mounted the steps to that deck, so I had it built a few feet taller and located it down beside those same steps, with an attachment to the old base mount, this about 30 inches above the new base. This attachment holds it securely enough to do without the shrouds altogether, although for heavy lifting I rig a temporary shroud from the spredaer bases to a secure point forward. Without shrouds it is plenty strong and stable. It holds the radome, a radar reflector, flag halyards, deck lights, some nav lights, and carries a lifting boom. All that and it looks shippy too.
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Actually Bob is my Dad.
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And always remember, a boat is always in worse condition than you think. Once you start geting down to business and tearing stuff down to rebuild it, you will always find other stuff wrong that you did not account for.
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