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Old 10-26-2015, 05:50 PM   #1
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Bought our first trawler

I just experienced that feeling in the pit of the stomach that accompanies signing a check of unusual size. We should close on Friday. The survey went well, the mechanical survey went very well, and here we are... first time big powerboat owners.

She's a 1979 37' (docs say 36') C&L "Sea Ranger" Europa with a single Isuzu. We've looked at boats from Comox to San Pedro, and this one was hands down our favorite.
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Hopefully the weather will cooperate for a quick trip out to the Channel Islands next week to break her in properly.
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Old 10-26-2015, 05:55 PM   #2
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Congrats. More pics please!
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Old 10-26-2015, 05:58 PM   #3
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Nice boat . Congratulations . Like the Europa style .
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Old 10-26-2015, 06:00 PM   #4
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Bought our first trawler

Nice looking boat! Congrats!

Looks like you got a deal. 👍
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Congratulations on the new trawler, and may you enjoy many relaxing and peaceful hours with her (and a few interesting episodes every now and then just to add some spice to life.)
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Nice catch. Keep everyone updated with your travels.
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Old 10-26-2015, 07:01 PM   #9
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Nice boat . Congratulations . Like the Europa style .
The Europa style fits. My wife liked the single level cockpit/salon layout of a sportfisher, I like the TT style, so it was a great compromise. Coming from a sailing background, this one handles like a really wide sailboat. It even has a monster keel down the centerline to make me feel at home.

I'll have to get used to a wheel again. I've been sailing a 28,000 lbs. boat with a tiller lately. This one has hydraulic steering. My first thoughts on taking the wheel for the first time was disappointment that I couldn't feel the rudder at all. Then I realized that I don't have to, because I'm not sailing. That transitioned to how awesome hydraulic steering was because I didn't have to worry about getting launched overboard when backing up.

It will be an interesting transition. I was talking to my wife last night about installing a navigation computer similar to the low power version I have in the sailboat. I realized that I can put a nice big 19" or 21" monitor up, because I don't have to worry about power draw. The alternator will be working anytime I'm moving. That started a whole train of thought about how stringent I had to be with my power budget for offshore passage making, and how I don't have to worry much about that for coastal powerboating. I hate to think I'm going soft, but I don't think it's going to be hard for me to get used to.

I tried to attach a pic of the prop and rudder from the survey, but it was inverted. I'll have to figure out how to change the photo on my phone first.
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She's a 1979 37' (docs say 36') C&L "Sea Ranger" Europa with a single Isuzu. We've looked at boats from Comox to San Pedro, and this one was hands down our favorite.
Congratulations, nice looking boat.
Why the dual control levers at the helm?
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Congratulations, nice looking boat.
Why the dual control levers at the helm?
Main engine and genny get home when attached to prop is my guess. If you look at the engine compartment the engine and genny are in line.

Pretty smart if so.
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She looks fine, even upside down, Congrats and enjoy her and all the electric power you now have!
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Pretty boat and nice buy!
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Main engine and genny get home when attached to prop is my guess. If you look at the engine compartment the engine and genny are in line.
Pretty smart if so.
Good catch.
I saw the in line and it never twigged.
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Main engine and genny get home when attached to prop is my guess. If you look at the engine compartment the engine and genny are in line.

Pretty smart if so.
Right in one...

The genset is really a Farymann single cylinder with an alternator belted on. There is a separate transmission that drives a sprocket. The PO replaced the old chain with a titanium one with a quicklink. It's not normally connected.

The engine surveyor told me to make sure I filled the main trans completely with oil if I need to use the get-home, for proper cooling. Then change the fluid when I get back, bringing it back down to proper level.

There's a switch that changes the tach from engine to engine, and a big one for charging. There is a Heart three stage alternator regulator that is shared between the two. I'm going to have to spend some time tracing wires and drawing it out to make sure I really get how it functions.
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If the hours are reasonable, it's a great buy indeed.
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The engine surveyor told me to make sure I filled the main trans completely with oil if I need to use the get-home, for proper cooling. Then change the fluid when I get back, bringing it back down to proper level.
Let me guess, he thinks 3 or 4 quarts of oil with no external cooling can't get as hot as 2 or 3 quarts under the same circumstances ?

If cooling the transmission is an issue when you use the get home engine, then it should be addressed properly.
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Sometimes when I post a picture from cell phone regardless of how it's in my phone I have to rotate it a little save it and then rotate it like I want it , save it again then post it . Weird I know but it works .
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Congrats, Questionmark. Looks terrific, and appears to have been under knowledgeable, responsible ownership - always reassuring! Intriguing engine / generator arrangement. Saw something similar only once before, also using a Farymann diesel, in a 36' Marine Trader sedan.

Bon voyage next week!
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Nice boat! Welcome aboard.
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