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Old 10-15-2012, 11:44 PM   #1
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CT Trawlers, 35'

We have just purchased a used CT, Sundeck model Trawler, 35' with twin Perkins diesels. We're now going thru all the sea-cocks and thru-hulls, re-packing stuffing boxes, and generally taking care of below the waterline hull issues (bottom paint and zincs, etc.). Any info anyone out there has on these vessels would be welcome. We're not new to boating; have been sailing for many years, but we're new to Trawlers, and although CT has made a ton of boats, there doesn't seem to be much discussion on these models on the forum. If you have a similar model, or another type of CT Trawler, maybe we can get a group together. What do you think?
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:19 PM   #2
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Ct 35

I also have a 35 CT, she is a 1985 sundeck with twin Ford Super 90's. I have had her for about 7 years and have done a lot of repairs and updates from fuel tanks to electronics, stereo, TV's, windless, canvas, interior and exterior upholstery.

Just finished gel coating the fly bridge and fore cabin, rebuilt both side doors and buffed the rest of the house. Next job is to redo the exterior woodwork. It's been almost 3 years and the Bristol finish is starting to show some distress.

I'm in Florida and from the research I've done there appears that only 12 35' Trawlers where ever built, and it looks like about a 50/50 split between Sundecks and Trunks.
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Wow..you've done a lot of work. Fortunately, our 1986 was pretty well maintained and we haven't had to do too much, other than normal maintenance. There is some water damage on some of the interior wood and the doors need a little work, so I have projects to keep me busy over the winter. We are in Los Angeles and with all the trawlers I've seen, ours is the only CT. I was familiar with their sailboats, and know them to be a reliable builder, so we felt really good about the integrity of their hulls. Needless to say, we really like the layout of the boat and the ease of handling. We have twin Perkins 85's that push the boat really easily. Your research is better than mine; you are the only other Sundeck owner I have found. If there were only 6 or so made, we are in a very exclusive club. Nice to meet you...
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:37 PM   #4
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I belong to MTOA and there are 3 CT 35's that belong to members. One is in Maryland and one in South Carolina. I think I've also seen two recently for sale on YachtWorld on the west coast. I replaced the step boxes coming in from both side doors and re-faced the cabinet just inside the port door. No other leaks, I like the idea of metal windows frames compared to most other Trawlers of similar vintage.
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The fly bridge is back together except for the electronics's. Will installed them tomorrow. Today we finished yp reinstalling door, snaps, hinges, etc. Then we painted the non skid and backed out the fly bridge. It been six years since the non skid was painted and the only reason for ding it was that there was a some paint droppings and a few scratches form all of our work. This is the second time we have used H&C Concrete stain on the non skid, tapped it of with blue masking tape and rolled the stain on. An hour later the stain was dry and we pulled up the tale, not a single "bleed" through. Tomorrow, will install the electronic, the table and helm seat. Next up is the sundeck, which will be a piece of cake, only need to remove weather clothes, hatch cover, steps,etc. Figuring one day of sanding, two days of painting decks (2 cots, primer, 2 coats of top finish and then one day for painting non skid and reassembly of everything. Should Be done by Sunday at the latest.
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The fly bridge is back together except for the electronics's. Will installed them tomorrow. Today we finished yp reinstalling door, snaps, hinges, etc. Then we painted the non skid and backed out the fly bridge. It been six years since the non skid was painted and the only reason for ding it was that there was a some paint droppings and a few scratches form all of our work. This is the second time we have used H&C Concrete stain on the non skid, tapped it of with blue masking tape and rolled the stain on. An hour later the stain was dry and we pulled up the tale, not a single "bleed" through. Tomorrow, will install the electronic, the table and helm seat. Next up is the sundeck, which will be a piece of cake, only need to remove weather clothes, hatch cover, steps,etc. Figuring one day of sanding, two days of painting decks (2 cots, primer, 2 coats of top finish and then one day for painting non skid and reassembly of everything. Should Be done by Sunday at the latest.
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I also have a 35 CT, she is a 1985 sundeck with twin Ford Super 90's. I have had her for about 7 years and have done a lot of repairs and updates from fuel tanks to electronics, stereo, TV's, windless, canvas, interior and exterior upholstery.

Just finished gel coating the fly bridge and fore cabin, rebuilt both side doors and buffed the rest of the house. Next job is to redo the exterior woodwork. It's been almost 3 years and the Bristol finish is starting to show some distress.

I'm in Florida and from the research I've done there appears that only 12 35' Trawlers where ever built, and it looks like about a 50/50 split between Sundecks and Trunks.
I have to re do my port sliding door and am looking for replacement rollers that might stand a chance of lasting in a marine environment. I don't know what was used before, but it's toast now. Also, did you have to pull the engines to replace your fuel tanks? I assume you have 2 tanks, 1 ea. port and starboard..
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I belong to MTOA and there are 3 CT 35's that belong to members. One is in Maryland and one in South Carolina. I think I've also seen two recently for sale on YachtWorld on the west coast. I replaced the step boxes coming in from both side doors and re-faced the cabinet just inside the port door. No other leaks, I like the idea of metal windows frames compared to most other Trawlers of similar vintage.
Whatr is a CT and MTOA? Its early so maybe my old brain is not working yet?
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MTOA is the Marine Trawlers Owner Association, a national organization with a couple of thousand members. Feel free to go to our website, MTOA.Net for details. The association is broken down into regional groups, who hold various activities, trips luncheons, etc.

CT is the name of vessels build by Ti Chao, this comp0any is a large sailboat manufacture located in China. Over the years they built various Trawlers, I think there where only around 12 built in the mid 1980's. Mine is a sundeck with twin 90 HP Lehman Ford tractor engines, two staterooms, two heads and two stations, draws around 3 1/2 feet and weighs in around 21,000 pounds. She was built in 1985 and I've had her for 7 years. Cruises at 8.5 and burns around 2 gph at cruise.
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I have to re do my port sliding door and am looking for replacement rollers that might stand a chance of lasting in a marine environment. I don't know what was used before, but it's toast now.
I recomend using UHMW tape. We got rid of the rollers and put the tape across the bottom of the doors over two years ago. Still slide great. google it and you will find many places to buy it, as well as explanations as to what exactly it is. (...a linear polymer with a molecular weight 10 times that of conventional high density polyethylene resins. This allows for high abrasion resistance, outstanding impact strength, moderate chemical resistance, extreme slickness and superior sound dampening characteristics...It is the ideal material for applications requiring high slip and durability)
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Yes, we had to pull the engines to replace the fuel tanks, tanks are 160 gallons each. We actually pulled one engine at at time hanging it from a "A" frame in the salon while the old tank was removed and the new tank installed. Total cost for tanks, labor, new fuel hoses, etc. was around $11,000.

I recently replaced the rollers on both side doors, found exact replacements at ACE Hardware. They had to be special ordered and where the exact size and have nylon rollers on a SS shaft, four rollers where $14.00. Ace had rollers in stock but they where to small, they went on web to mfg. and found the right size. Delivered four days later.
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Flats,

Does your salon floor open up directly over the engine? My salon floor opens up in the center but not directly over the engine. Do they slide the engine over? Curious how that works. Make any sense?
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Does your salon floor open up directly over the engine? My salon floor opens up in the center but not directly over the engine. Do they slide the engine over? Curious how that works. Make any sense?
This post from Rick a couple months back has some photos that may interest you.

Engine Removal/Replacement

The orange things are called chain falls. If you look closely you'll notice they are set at differing locations to effect pull in desired directions. Scroll down that page to post 27 of Rick's to see more explanation and photo's.

There is nothing too awkward that professional riggers cannot move given the time and equipment to do it right.
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Thanks Craig! Here's hoping we never have to go through that!
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I'll bet our layouts are the same. Engine access is through two panels between the built-in benches. We also removed the panel over the genny. The beams are removable once the floor panels are out. The strong arm use had roller track that allowed the engines to be moved over the opposing bench. The engine was held in that elevated position while the old tank was removed and the new one installed. We had less than 2 inches of clearance between the floor under the built-ins and the top of the engine. As engine was lifted it had to be tilted and lifted at the same time to clear the stringer. Once tank and engine installed we moved on two the starboard engine and repeated same process. Engines going back in was actually easier than coming out.
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glad to know that it can be done, but it's on the list of what I hope to never have to go through
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When we got the port old tank out we found that some time before we bought her there was a problem. Someone had emptied the tank and raised it ever so slightly and "stuffed" a resin coated rag under the rear corner of the tank. It appear that some form of fastner was under the tank, probably when built and cause a rust spot in the tank. The new tanks bottoms and 6 inches up each side where covered with truck bed liner to protect from any mositure problems. The frame work and bedding for the tanks where also rebuilt.
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I recomend using UHMW tape. We got rid of the rollers and put the tape across the bottom of the doors over two years ago. Still slide great. google it and you will find many places to buy it, as well as explanations as to what exactly it is. (...a linear polymer with a molecular weight 10 times that of conventional high density polyethylene resins. This allows for high abrasion resistance, outstanding impact strength, moderate chemical resistance, extreme slickness and superior sound dampening characteristics...It is the ideal material for applications requiring high slip and durability)
Thanks Pineapple Girl. I'll check it out. Did you have to make any other adjustments to maintain the same height of the door to the frame?

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Yes, we had to pull the engines to replace the fuel tanks, tanks are 160 gallons each. We actually pulled one engine at at time hanging it from a "A" frame in the salon while the old tank was removed and the new tank installed. Total cost for tanks, labor, new fuel hoses, etc. was around $11,000.

I recently replaced the rollers on both side doors, found exact replacements at ACE Hardware. They had to be special ordered and where the exact size and have nylon rollers on a SS shaft, four rollers where $14.00. Ace had rollers in stock but they where to small, they went on web to mfg. and found the right size. Delivered four days later.
Certainly sounds like our layouts are identical. I'll check with ACE, also going to look into UHMW tape. Either way, I have to pull the door, and I think I'll wait until spring or early summer. I don't want to be without a working door 'till the weather warms..thanks for the feedback..

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