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Old 01-08-2019, 09:59 AM   #1
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President 37 Sundeck Double Cabin

Does anyone know anything about the history or reputation of the President 37 Sundeck Double Cabin Trawler? I'm assuming it is another in the long list of CHB/Chung Hwa/Chien Hwa/Fu Hwa Taiwanese-built trawlers, and just wondered whether any TF members have had any specific knowledge of, and/or experience with, the President brand trawlers, particularly the 37 Sundeck DC (they also made a 37 Sedan Bridge model and a 370 "Sportfish" model as well, and other 38', 39' and 40' models). Thanks!
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Old 01-08-2019, 12:31 PM   #2
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We have a 41DC President. We have had it about 3.5 years now. We have done a lot of work repairing PO neglect and various upgrades. So far we have been very satisfied with the boat.
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We purchased our President 37 SunDeck DC in October. So far, so good but we're still getting intimate with the boat. Happy to try and answer and specific questions you might have. Ours surveyed well, and the fiberglass/gelcoat are in very good condition considering the age (1989). -Tim
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To Comodave and timhas: thank you both for your replies. If I fly down to see this 1986 boat in Florida, I'm sure I'll have lots more specific questions to ask.

But for starters, can either of you think of an obvious reason (i.e., source of water leakage) for a "soft" deck immediately in front of the rear entrance door to the main salon, off the aft sundeck? Should I be (a) not terribly concerned about that; (b) somewhat concerned; or (c) very concerned?

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The reason for a soft deck would be water intrusion. Depending on what type of deck it is the repairs can be fairly straightforward (fiberglass deck) or much more involved (teak deck). The repair would involve removing the top of the deck and replacing the core and then reinstalling the top of the deck. Not too difficult but the hard part is hiding the repair when you are done. Pretty easy with fiberglass, more difficult with teak. I am in the process of recaulking my sundeck teak deck. The old caulk was starting to crack so it would be leaking soon. Removing the old caulk is a real PITA. Lots of time on my knees which is getting old.
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Have a 86 37' aft cabin. Absolutely love the vessel. Perfect size for me and the wife and dog, plus room for guests. Been easy and straight forward to work on,though wife gets sent in on some of the tight spots. Had soft deck under long cabin Windows which leaked five years ago when we bought the boat. Easy repair, no visible sign of repair. Lots of luck with yours!
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We purchased a 1981 President 41 DC 5 yrs ago and love it.
As mentioned some repairs are easy, some are not. Soft surfaces are not a cause for walking away, they just need attention. Check under the windows along the walkways.
Overall construction is very good. Marine rated lumber and plywood throughout. Even the subflooring, in lockers and stringers are solid.
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Comodave, thanks for your clarification regarding repairing a deck that water intrusion has softened the core under. The good news (I guess) is that the boat I'm looking at has an all fiberglass (no teak) deck, so it sounds like I won't have to spend as much time on my knees as you have with your teak deck repair. Peace and blessings, s/ Larry
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TJM, thanks for your response; you're the first one to comment on the overall construction quality of the President, and I really appreciate your feedback/input.
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