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Old 09-12-2016, 02:07 PM   #1
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Custom 26' Sundowner Tug

Never heard of this one before; a 26' loa, 9.5' beam Sundowner Tug:

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Old 09-12-2016, 02:25 PM   #2
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Never heard of this one before; a 26' loa, 9.5' beam Sundowner Tug:

1999 Sundowner Custom Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
That's because it's a one of a kind custom.

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Old 09-12-2016, 05:21 PM   #3
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That's because it's a one of a kind custom.
Gosh, really?

There might be a larger story here, like maybe they were planning on putting these into production just before going belly up...
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I've been aboard a larger Sundowner. What I recall most is that there was very little bilge between sole and hull. Six inches of water would have put water into the aft cabin.

Aft was galley/dinette.

Laid out nicely and finish was okay. Not Island Packet level, but nonetheless good. Lots of wood on the interior. We ate inside in the aft cabin. Galley was a level above the dinette (just a step)

It's been a few years... It looked like it had possibilities for a couple.

Aft deck was small but accommodated a barbecue on the rail.

Similar to a Nordic Tug though lots less $$. Priced about where you see that one back in 2007ish, give or take. Nordic Tugs then were $125 and Outer Reefs ran $35ish.

Prairie Trawler's at 29' ranged from $15 (eek condition) to $65 (wow!) with most in the $25-$35 range. Same time frame as above.

I found Seaweed in 2008. Was shopping/being ignored by brokers in 2007.

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I almost went for a very nice 30 Sundowner for bigger bucks, nearly double what I ended up paying for the Puget Trawler. Nice boat but like all similar "tugs", no aft cabin, which is something I really wanted in a boat, so guests if ever aboard have actual sleeping quarters and not just a settee bed, in the middle of everything.
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:10 PM   #7
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Murray- 1999. By the looks, somebody has the mold and a one off. Al
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Hi Al,

I thought ours was the smallest Sundowner Tug at 30' and 11.5' in the beam. This one is 26' and 9.5' in the beam.

Making a mold for just one boat seems improbable, which makes me think they had plans to make more...part of the Sundowner Tug story I'd never heard even a whisper about before.
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Seems like some kind of error with the listing: the YW "Description" tab goes on about a 30' boat in conflict with the "Full Specs" tab, which refs 26'.

Nice boat regardless!
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Hi Murray, Maybe this; 30' boat in conflict with the "Full Specs" tab, which refs 26'. confused me. Your giving the specs has me agreeing more with you. Sure looks the part hull wise.
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PS: have you ever had the sensation for additional ballast other than full tanks?
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PS: have you ever had the sensation for additional ballast other than full tanks?
Hi Al,

I know that's what you did with your boat, but think I'll go with paravanes once we start winter cruising.

The PO of our boat replaced the original 60hp (65hp?) with a 100hp engine and added an extra 40 gallon fuel tank in the lazarette aft of the original 50 gallon tanks. With the couple hundred pounds of ballast I chucked into the bow to try and lift Badger's arse a bit, that's quite a bit extra weight down low than it had originally.

Hope you're enjoying the fine fall sunny weather today
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Old 09-13-2016, 01:55 PM   #13
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Al - Weird...no PM yet...lunch break over...will check after work.
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Hi Folks, I'm interested in a 30' Sundowner Trawler listed in Maine. Looking for feedback on how you like yours? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Kevin
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Old 02-19-2017, 05:37 PM   #15
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So much depends on the previous owners.

They suffer the ills of 1980's Taiwan manufacturers (teak screwed through perfectly good & waterproof fiberglass decks for one) but for us that's acceptable. We know some elbow grease will be needed if we want to keep Badger for a few more decades (new fuel tanks, spongy spot on the aft deck, etc) but in the meantime we have a boat perfectly suited to our needs which was affordable and allows us to cruise in confidence...with an eye on the weather.
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