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Old 02-25-2012, 08:00 AM   #1
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Present 38 Motor Yacht

We are in the process of buying a Present 38 MY. Haven't been able to find out anything about the brand. Any other Present owners out there? I saw a mention of a 42 in Waterford in Kemah. We used to keep our sailboat there but will probably put the Present into Haborwalk in Hitchcock, Tx.

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Old 02-26-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
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Hey Bob,
Welcome aboard. There are a couple of us Present 42 owners aboard. I purchased Patricia Louise II from Jay Bettis Yachts in Kemah about 6 years ago. I am very pleased with the vessel. Ours was built in Taiwan at the Chung Hwa yard. As I would think the rest are. Beryl Present was the guy who contracted to have these yachts built. I feel that he required a lot of quality in the vessels he ordered. There are other postings under Taiwanese Makes that gives some great resources to look in to.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:14 AM   #3
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Thanks for the response. According to the CG documentation, this one was built by Nautique Yachts Group. Best I can tell that was also a Taiwan company. What engines do you have? The one we're looking at has the Lehman SP225's which have the potential intake valve problem. Did you have an engine survey done and, if so, do you remember who did it?

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Old 02-27-2012, 02:42 PM   #4
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Hey Bob
We have the SP135's and being a mechanic felt confident not getting a separate engine survey. If your boat is near Kemah maybe John Baker or Keith from the forum could recommend someone. Take Five- another Present 42 has the higher HP Lehman's and really loves them as I recall. Maybe Graham will chime in.
Carl, she does have an awesome rear cabin. I will try to get some pics posted.
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Old 02-27-2012, 04:15 PM   #5
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Steve,

Our previous boats have been sailboats and I never worried about the engines. I used to be into sports cars and have rebuilt my share of engines. Because of the potential intake valve problem I want to have the engines surveyed so that if there is a problem it can be resolved as part of the price negotiation. If it was already our boat I wouldn't have any qualms about pulling the valve covers and checking the valves myself.

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Old 02-28-2012, 07:43 PM   #6
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Steve - Every Taiwan sundeck I have been on has a spectaculr master cabin. Been meaniing to ask you. How 'bout some pix?
*Carl, I don't seem to be able to find more than these 2 pics. I will try to get a few more son. Our Present 42 is different than most in the cabin. We have a "non" centerline queen (angled). You can't tell much from the pictures, but my side (stbd) has a hanging locker, two great storage areas below a hinged lid and 4 nice size drawers.

Patricia Louise has a much larger hanging locker, a smaller hinged lid storage area**and 10 drawer, 8 of which are very large!

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Old 03-15-2012, 10:34 AM   #7
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Hi gang,* sorry for not paying attention,** Bob, congrats on your 38' If they are built anything like the 42's then it should be a good solid boat.* As Steve mentioned I have a pair of SP 225's in our boat.*** I have not yet checked to see if I have any of the "L" valves, I am going on the assumption that they have made it for 25years, so with luck they will hang in until I have time to deal with it.*** I run the engines at 1600rpm* for cruise, that gives me 9.5 kts at about 6g.p.h.** but it's nice to have the extra ponies available if you need help ( a lot of shallow water in the Bahamas) Enjoy the new boat and welcome to the forum.*
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Turns out that after we got to the boat for the sea trial and engine survey, the owner dug out some receipts from a previous owner showing the valves had been replaced in '93. We pulled one valve cover anyway and verified that we had the right valves. Had to explain to the mechanic where to look.

On the way to the haulout the GPS was showing 9-10mph at 1500RPM. On the way back running one engine at 1700RPM we showed about the same speed.

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One of the things we do not like is the exhaust noise. There are no mufflers on the engines. Does your 42 have mufflers? If so, what size hose fittings? Our boat (to be next week) has 4" exhaust hoses. When I looked at mufflers with 4" fittings they were not rated for the 225HP for a diesel.

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No we do not have mufflers,* Do you have a swim platform?** I have a solid fiberglass swim platform on our boat, maybe that deflect some of the sound. I can hear my engines from the bridge, it's enough to alert me if there is a change in pitch, but not objectionable.

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It does have a swim platform with two teak grates in it. Are your exhausts above or below the water line?

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about 2 inches above the waterline.**** Have you been introduced to Brian Smith at American Diesel Corp. yet ?** He knows all there is to know about all the* Ford Lehmans.** If the 225 can be muffled I'll bet he can tell you when & how !!!

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Have emailed him and his response was that most of the boats he's been on have had mufflers. Not looking forward to trying to wrestle those 4" hoses to line up with a muffler.

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It's interesting the 225's you guys have don't have mufflers. Our 135 Lehmans do.
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Hi Steve,****** One of the things I do want to change on my boat, is the steps down into the salon from the aft deck.*** I have three steps that are really a little too high for comfort.** I have seen a couple of photo's of trawlers ( not Present) that have a stair case that turns 90deg.* rather than extend further into the salon.* How is the entrance to the salon on Patricia L. ?

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Hi Steve,****** One of the things I do want to change on my boat, is the steps down into the salon from the aft deck.*** I have three steps that are really a little too high for comfort.** I have seen a couple of photo's of trawlers ( not Present) that have a stair case that turns 90deg.* rather than extend further into the salon.* How is the entrance to the salon on Patricia L. ?

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Hey Graham, PL has some pretty steep staeps into the salon also. Since we don't have a centerline queen, our steps into the aft cabin are to stbd, and the steps to the salon are in the center. I found this photo. Please excuse the clutter

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Our Fu Hwa has a little spiral to the staircase.
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Hi Ruthless,* nice interior,** yep, thats the idea,* I am going to see if I can design somthing like that.**** If I keep them straight I think they will take up too much of the salon on that port side.** Steve, your steps look like the same height as mine,** but mine are hard over to the port side.* My little grand daughters have a hard time with them.

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