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Old 09-22-2018, 09:46 AM   #1
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Opinions on this Marine Trader 34

I am on the hunt for a trawler within my price range, one that I can spend most of the year on in my retirement (which isn't coming as quickly as I would like!) This one fits the bill, I think, although it lacks a windlass and obviously will require some additional elbow grease and investment. I hope this link to my onedrive works as I need to have input from those experienced in taking on the risks of an older Taiwan trawler like this. The fact that the seller couldn't manage to make the bed or clear the cups from the sink does give one cause for concern.

If you can't get the link to work, let me know and I'll try something else. The listing website (pop yachts) requires logging in.
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:22 AM   #2
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Ok.. This is a Marine Trader 34 not a Mainship!
Looks about normal for 1977 vintage from here. Get a good survey.
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:28 AM   #3
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Looks unloved.....
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Old 09-22-2018, 12:58 PM   #4
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Tough to evaluate in any detail from photos.
I would ask owner to see his maint records but will guess they don't exist.
Wonder if any yard has done maint on it or all DIY by owner?
Maint probably equal to housekeeping???
I would include eng oil analysis but tough to do properly when its winterized.
Same for tranny.
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Old 09-22-2018, 02:15 PM   #5
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Looks rough to me. On the surface, this boat looks like it's been ignored and abandoned. If you spend $20K on this hull, expect to spend another $40K on repairs, cleanup and upgrades. For $60K, you could buy an operating boat of this or later vintage with all the repairs and upgrades completed.

How much do you enjoy working on boats and how much do you value your time?

PS. As mentioned above, this is NOT a Mainship. It's a Marine Trader.
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:26 PM   #6
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Yes,sorry,early morning confusion. Been looking at lots of internet boats. There was mention of recent maintenance and fulsome record keeping in the text block on the pic page.
I value my time and my skills at an appropriately low level. But I do try! And I do Not have an additional $40k to throw at this or I wouldn’t be looking at this boat.
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Old 09-22-2018, 06:23 PM   #7
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Greetings,
Mr. S. A couple of things I notice right off the bat. In pic.#38: The "stripper pole" in the saloon is NOT standard equipment and strongly suggests a weak roof which will necessitate a roof re-build. Look at this thread for what you may be facing: Rebuilding cabin roof


As well, pictures #30 through #33 show, what appears to be, OEM hosing in some locations (thoroughly painted as from factory?). These are maintenance items and, while as unlikely as it may seem, might be 1977 vintage as well.


As Mr. H noted, "unloved" which I think is an understatement. Personally, I don't think this is even worth $20K Also keep in mind the current $$ exchange rate...Almost $26K CF! Get a really good survey and offer $10K(US).
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Old 09-22-2018, 06:34 PM   #8
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Greetings,
Mr. S. A couple of things I notice right off the bat. In pic.#38: The "stripper pole" in the saloon is NOT standard equipment and strongly suggests a weak roof which will necessitate a roof re-build. Look at this thread for what you may be facing: Rebuilding cabin roof
I think 'stripper pole' is actually a cable chase to the FB. At least that's what I see on my boat and a friend's GB. I think GB uses it as a steering cable chase. On my boat, it's all electrical wiring.
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Old 09-22-2018, 06:51 PM   #9
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Well I certainly favour a cable chase to a roof support. I did replace all the hosing in my own little boat, so I am not daunted by that except to the extent it reflects on other maintenance items. Below is the broker comment. Does this comment trigger positive/negative vibes? (what is silicon bronze?)


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This vessel does need some cosmetic work, however the potential is endless and she is a good solid boat to work with.

She is winterized and covered for storage, was not put in the water this year, but is still acceptable for viewing and can be put in the water for serious buyers only.

The teak decking has been replaced with non-skid flooring and both the deck and hull are very solid.

The prop, rudder, seacocks, port lights, and fittings are all silicon bronze.

She comes with a Ford Lehman Diesel engine, replaced stainless steel gas tanks, The owner reports no leaks around the window trim. This is great news for this vessel because they are know for rusting out gas tanks and leaking windows.

She also comes with a Bimini top that is in great condition, intake stainless steel screens to keep things such as eel grass out, and much more!

The seller is very motivated and will look at all offers!

Tender included.

Trailer not included.
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This vessel is mechanically sound, per the owner runs like a dream, and can handle all water types with storms, says he has never felt unsafe in her.

This boat is in need of a good cleaning/detail and a lot of cosmetic TLC, but she really is carrying great bones.

In the fly bridge, the oil press gauge and depth techs don't work, however if put on the engine, they are accurate.

Seller has all maintenance records and even a journal of everything that has been done.


2016 Impellers replaced 2017 Engine serviced
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Greetings,
Mr. FW. The cable chase to the upper helm is on the left of the lower dash (pic#23). I'm speaking of the pole amidships in the saloon (pic#'s 38/39).
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Mr. FW. The cable chase to the upper helm is on the left of the lower dash (pic#23). I'm speaking of the pole amidships in the saloon (pic#'s 38/39).
OOOOOOOoooooh! That stripper pole!!! I never noticed that one in my quick flip-through.

Yes, I agree with RTF.
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Greetings,
Mr. S. Just saw your reply. See above. I stand by my roof support statement. Try to get a copy of the service/maintenance records.



As well as the $$ exchange rate, think about parts availability. There are no WM's left in Canada and the few chandlers I have visited up there are poorly stocked which means ordering from the US. Costs and SOURCING for even the simplest items might be a good exercise in frustration.


Granted, you'll probably have that potential hassle with anything you buy.


Mr. FW, Yup, THAT stripper pole. I'm afraid you'll simply have to wait for the TF circus next Feb. in Fort P. Don't panic!
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:16 PM   #13
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Well, perhaps that pole can be put to an alternate use?
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:20 PM   #14
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The hot water tank looks new or nearly new!! All kidding aside our trawler which we just sold was in much better condition when we bought her and we still spent over 30K bringing her up to our standards. I wouldn't do it again, I would rather be boating. Just my opinion and everyone thinks differently. Good luck whatever your decision, and yes, get a survey.
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:20 PM   #15
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There's a Walmart on every corner up here. So far I have managed to avoid every one of them. Marineoutfitters.ca has so far met most of my needs, but otherwise we get pretty used to paying a 25% premium since everything comes from USA if not China. Whether purchased locally or off the internet from USA. Our free health care makes it easier! LOL
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:07 PM   #16
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I find it difficult to separate the untidy factor from the serious, costly stuff. If I do go down to Syracuse to look at it the cabin top will be priority one. So does the issue resolve down to - don't bother thinking about a full size trawler unless you have 50-60K to spend? Or will a survey tell me that most of the nasty stuff can actually be lived with if I don't have much money left?
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I think you are in for quite a bit of work. As someone mentioned pay for a detailed survey, I would include a complete engine test. It can save you a lot of heartache. We paid for our boat to be launched and fully tested as a condition of sale. It cost us close to $2k but we had piece of mind plus i received a detailed checklist of everything that needed to be done big and small.
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:35 PM   #18
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I have no hesitation in making that level of investment before final commitment. I will be a deal breaker or a guide to budgeting and work. Either way, cheap for what you get.
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Old 09-22-2018, 08:37 PM   #19
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Regardless of the brand or model, all TT's suffer the same issues. Take a look at this TT survey report to give you some clues as what to look for.
Sample Marine Survey Report

Then read Marine Survey 101 to prepare yourself for your inspection.
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Exactly, also do not hesitate to make some road trips. We drove 6 hrs to northern VT to take one look and then leave, ended up taking a 8 hr trip to Annapolis where we finally located what we wanted. Took close to a year and we were not spending big $, but the hunt was fun.
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