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Old 10-26-2015, 10:29 PM   #21
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Liked the honesty of the pics, if they represent the ex owners integrity you should have no nasty surprises. The get home engine is smart and another good indicator. I`m surprised a relatively small engine is up to the job, you should try it if you did not during pre purchase checks, but I bet it does the job.
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Old 10-27-2015, 12:40 AM   #22
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Great score, enjoy the cruise!
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Old 10-27-2015, 11:38 AM   #23
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Congrats on a great looking vessel QuestionMark! I am so close to closing on my new one that I can taste it! Hope you r maiden voyage is trouble free.

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Old 10-27-2015, 03:32 PM   #24
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Old 10-27-2015, 03:36 PM   #25
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If cooling the transmission is an issue when you use the get home engine, then it should be addressed properly.
The transmission is not under stress when the get home engine is in use. No stress = no pressure. = no heat. The oil is just splash lube to keep the back end gears lubricated since there's no pressured oil being pumped in the tranny when the GH engine is used.

Also, depending upon what brand it is, it may be totally unneeded anyway. Some gears can be left in neutral while being towed (wheel spinning). Others can't (for lack of lubrication).
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Old 10-27-2015, 04:46 PM   #26
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Simply stunning! I envy you. We're still on the hunt here in FL for "The One". Not a day goes by that I don't miss our days over in Catalina Harbor
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:26 PM   #27
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As an unexpected bonus, I just got a call from the engine surveyor. As part of the survey, he will come back to the boat after I take posession and spend an hour going over the survey, explain his recommended fixes and how to do them (and offer quotes on those I'm not comfortable doing), show me how to do the basic maintenance, and some normal troubleshooting items like how to bleed the fuel system.

He gave me a quick explanation over the phone of how to fix the one oil leak he found, and it's something even I can manage.
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Old 10-27-2015, 10:31 PM   #28
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?-sounds like a pretty damned good surveyor. I'd keep his # around!
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Old 10-27-2015, 10:55 PM   #29
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Neat get-home set-up, if it works. Looks like flopper-stoppers as well. Hope all the surprises are interesting ones, if you know what I mean. Best of luck and welcome to
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Old 10-28-2015, 08:26 AM   #30
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Nice looking rig! I was always trying to figure a way to use the genset as a get home when I owned a single. My thought was to install an electric motor to drive the shaft. Never did get past the thinking about it stage. Yours looks like a great solution.
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Old 10-28-2015, 04:31 PM   #31
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It just keeps going... I was in the store picking up the new anchor I ordered (a Rocna, heh) and the cashier asked what it was for. I told him we just bought a trawler, and he commented that he was in the market himself and thought he had found a good one, a C&L 37 down in Oxnard. He was going to go see it this weekend.

I had to chuckle at that one. I told him that I'd already bought it. Small world.
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Old 10-28-2015, 06:12 PM   #32
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Hi All: I also ,just purchased ,my first trawler , a 34 , 1989 marine trader . I`m used to gas powered stern drives . I have a profound , disorientation , when I crawl into the engine compartment , with a ford lehman. Is there any guides available , so I can get a reasonable idea of what I`m looking at , and what I need to monitor , besides a dip stick. Thanx Brian B.
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Old 10-28-2015, 06:15 PM   #33
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Greetings.
Welcome aboard. The only thing you have to monitor is your fun index. The rest will come naturally. Baby steps...
Further...OK, I was being somewhat facetious. the "what to watch for's" will follow...
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Old 10-28-2015, 06:22 PM   #34
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FL120 has a couple quirks the FL135 does not have
If you have the FL120 you need to change oil on the fuel lift pump ivery 50 hrs (diesel gets in the lift pump and makes oil). Also, the FL120 has a bleed valve for the coolant. It will overheat if any air is in the cooling system.
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good to know thanx. any other advise would be appreciated . I`m wondering about my transmission and bow thruster maintance . Thanx Brian B.
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Old 10-31-2015, 04:26 PM   #36
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It's official! We closed. We are officially trawler owners. I spent the first day of trawler ownership getting insurance, calling marinas, and ordering parts.

I work in Channel Islands Harbor currently, and the marina behind has openings on the nearest finger. It's where she currently is. So I should be able to see her every day I'm here. And I can just walk down after work.

Now if the weather would cooperate with my work schedule, I could take a quick trip out to the islands...
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Old 10-31-2015, 05:44 PM   #37
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Congrats Questionmark!

I used to have a Catalina 30 in Channel Islands Harbor and one of my dock mates worked for the postal service. Every day she would stop by her boat and eat lunch there. Sounds like something you could do. It was a great way for her to break up her work day.

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The transmission is not under stress when the get home engine is in use. No stress = no pressure. = no heat. The oil is just splash lube to keep the back end gears lubricated since there's no pressured oil being pumped in the tranny when the GH engine is used.

Also, depending upon what brand it is, it may be totally unneeded anyway. Some gears can be left in neutral while being towed (wheel spinning). Others can't (for lack of lubrication).

Exactly. And since its splash lubed there should be no need to over fill the transmission. Especially since when the transmission is not under pressure the oil in the cooler would in most cases drain back into the transmission. So the fluid would be over filled some what anyway.

My guess is the system is fine as is. No extra oil or cooling needed.
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It's official! We closed. We are officially trawler owners. I spent the first day of trawler ownership getting insurance, calling marinas, and ordering parts.

I work in Channel Islands Harbor currently, and the marina behind has openings on the nearest finger. It's where she currently is. So I should be able to see her every day I'm here. And I can just walk down after work.

Now if the weather would cooperate with my work schedule, I could take a quick trip out to the islands...

Congrats! And you have my sympathy.
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It's official! We closed. We are officially trawler owners. I spent the first day of trawler ownership getting insurance, calling marinas, and ordering parts.
Not absolutely certain whether to offer congratulations or condolences! (Just joking -- congratulations on the boat, and may you enjoy many happy hours on the water).

And of course you have often heard, I'm sure, that buying a boat is like getting married.
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