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Old 12-06-2015, 06:14 AM   #1
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New Owner of 1978 Marine Trader 34 DC

Hi all:

I joined the forum a couple weeks ago. But now as of yesterday I am the official owner of a 1978 Marine Trader trawler. It has top side damage (railings, teak, mast) from a collapsed covered slip. Rest is in nice shape.

I have no direct contact with prev. Owners that did a lot of upgrades. I am expecting to post a lot of questions over coming months as I get topside repairs done and try to figure out all the systems.

I am in Cincinnati on the Ohio. Luckily have a couple weeks of decent temps so I can play a little before re-winterizing. She is a single engine ford 120 HP with bow thruster. Two owners ago was an electrical engineer and there are some "innovative" electrical items. Those should be most fun.

I bought off a local Marina owner that found it while picking up another boat in Tenn. he was keeping as a project for himself, but he has many such projects and made the mistake of showing me.

This morning will be my first time on the boat where I can start "playing" with everything on my own. So, may be posting first questions later.

Who else has similar boats? My understanding is none of these are alike as the "flexibility" of the various crews that built them.

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Old 12-06-2015, 08:10 AM   #2
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Greetings,
Mr. rg. We had a 1979 MT for 10 years but my memory is dimming as I age. I do remember she was a great boat for the uses we put her to. Single engine maneuvering, initially, was a bit of a challenge but overall, a good vessel. As to questions...fire away.
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Old 12-06-2015, 08:23 AM   #3
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Ray,
We have a 1978 MT 36 that we have owned for 4 years now. Done lots of projects and repairs. You can see them on our blog. Happy to share anything I can with you.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:19 AM   #4
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We're in about the same boat, BUT,

I've had my hands on mine for over 10 weeks now, and
I bought mine from a marine electronics tech ("what diagrams ?") and
I have twin turbo Wolwos (as my pal Sven calls 'em), and
I joined this Forum before you did.

I expect we will become great friends.

Maybe join MTOA and get a disc of their news letter archive, the engineer that helped design the Ford 6 has written many helpful articles about it.

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Old 12-07-2015, 10:29 AM   #5
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oops

you joined before I did

edit that out and add, I had an S2 7.9 Grand Slam for 30 years prior to getting my 1st MT
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Mike,
Do you have picture of your 34 somewhere? Mine had some damage to railings, mast and rigging. I found some old pictures of mine, but also looking for some other example of how folks had theirs rigged, etc.
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Old 12-07-2015, 12:01 PM   #7
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I think we need a dedicated thread for the 34.
Mine has a PVC mast now.
I have some blueprints that came with her in Mich, i don't recall if rigging is detailed.
They are old but cool, plan to get them cleaned up and posters made someday.
Have not unpacked camera yet, Zodiac still where my back seat was etc.
Busy w/ Capt Tolley etc.
Will look at pics in this infernal machine IF I can find some.
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Mine has a PVC mast now.
I wouldn't mind some details on that PVC mast too, if you get a chance.

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Old 12-07-2015, 12:07 PM   #9
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Our main mast is repairable (nothing epoxy and paint cant fix). The boom however is in two pieces. I do have it, so I can get measurements. Just need to figure what I want to do to replace. Would be real nice to find a wood one somewhere that would work.
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Pvc mast

I don't know what's inside, yet. I'd have it full of structural foam.

I once bought some quality FRP tubing from an antenna supply.
o.d. & i.d. 's were slip fit so you could telescope and clamp.
I used the stuff to redo the shaft log on my 32, also to make a bridge measuring pole for a friend who drove escort for oversized loads.

With enough spinnaker these boats should go quietly downwind!
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I don't know what's inside, yet. I'd have it full of structural foam.

I once bought some quality FRP tubing from an antenna supply.
o.d. & i.d. 's were slip fit so you could telescope and clamp.
I used the stuff to redo the shaft log on my 32, also to make a bridge measuring pole for a friend who drove escort for oversized loads.

With enough spinnaker these boats should go quietly downwind!

Damn! That is so perfectly simple that I couldn't think of it on my own. What a great fix.

I still have the boom and much of the tackle. This should be an easy project. (Famous last words!)

Thanks much.
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Old 12-07-2015, 06:26 PM   #12
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I have a wood mast and boom with lots of fittings that came off of my trawler. all fir. If anyone is interested.
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Hi,
If you haven't seen the Beach House blog The Trawler Beach House. You should take a look. They have done a lot of work on their 34 with great write ups and lots of pics. I devoured all of it when I moved aboard my 36. 13,000 + miles over 2 1/2 years and I still think my 1978 36 ft Marine Trader is a great boat.

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Good luck. I have a 1974 DC that needed a lot of work. 15 years later I need to sell it. Breaks my hart.
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Greetings,
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Old 12-26-2015, 05:06 PM   #16
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Just looking for info?? My mast and all are gone. oops bought it that way.
So trying to figure all that out. Love that PVC one. 1982 marine trader Europa 36 is what I have. Thanks
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Here are some pics of mine before damage. I believe they were original.

My mast is fixable, but boom was snapped in half. Both are teak I believe.

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Ok great

I'm missing mine so how about dimensions of the mast as in How high and wide.
Thanks.
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Will do tomorrow with more pics.
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Ray,
Have had my MT34DC for about a week or so. Planning a six day coming home cruise leaving on the 9th of this month. The 'REMEDY' is in great shape and we are really looking forward to this "shake down" cruise.
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