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Old 12-16-2012, 08:51 AM   #1
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DIY makeover or factory model?

Was this boat offered by MS in this configuration? I like the idea of giving the cabin to more than just the dinky aluminum window frames for support. This just looks a little too "non" elegant to be a factory offering


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Old 12-16-2012, 10:47 AM   #2
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Doesnt look factory made. Sometimes photos are deceiving because it sure looks longer than a 32.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:18 AM   #3
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Yes, I noticed that too. It looks like a modified cabin and floor on a 34' MKI.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:48 PM   #4
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Looks better than most production boats I've seen.

It probably looks longer because it has no FB.

The windows give it away as an owner built boat.

I prefer it to any MS boat I've seen however John's 30' pilot looked very good to me also.

But my living in Alaska has (no doubt) something to do w my opinion on this matter.
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:49 PM   #5
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I'm sure the seller must know what he has... but it looks like a JC 31 to me.
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:50 PM   #6
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I didn't think it was a good idea to paint zincs.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:58 PM   #7
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Yes, I noticed that too. It looks like a modified cabin and floor on a 34' MKI.
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I'm sure the seller must know what he has... but it looks like a JC 31 to me.
Bow looks a little too springy for a Jc.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:04 AM   #8
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sure doesn't look like any mainship i've ever seen. On the pilot the engines are down in the cockpit sole not raised up in a box, helm is to starboard instead of port as in this boat, and sure never seen mainship use a DD- almost always yanmar, sometimes cummins.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:06 AM   #9
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sure doesn't look like any mainship i've ever seen.

never seen mainship use a DD- almost always yanmar, sometimes cummins.
The hull looks identical to mine except it doesn't drop the side deck like the MK II and MK III does right after the cabin. Look up a MK I Mainship 34, that is the way they did that hull. Made it a royal pain to get out of the cockpit to a swim platform.

These early models usually had a Perkins 6.354 in 160-200 HP. However I had a local guy come get some parts from me and his was one of the last one built and it had one of the fuel miser V8s. I didn't see any DDs in any of the early models during our shopping days (months) either, but apparently......

Yanmar and Cummins didn't come in until the "new" 34 was released.

I think that box has something to do with its new purpose, not the engine. Looks like if you squint really hard you can just make out the engine hatches ahead of this box.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:31 AM   #10
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Could that box some are thinking is the motor cowl be the 1,800 lb ice box as per the ad?
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One of the pictures shows vessel number, 659345. USCG vessel doc says the builder was BIRREN BOATS and built in 1983.

Also it's hull number is MP00322M79H3. Is this a Mainship hull number?
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:00 PM   #12
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Well thats certainly old enough that he could have just bought a left over MK I hull
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One of the pictures shows vessel number, 659345. USCG vessel doc says the builder was BIRREN BOATS and built in 1983.

Also it's hull number is MP00322M79H3. Is this a Mainship hull number?
A 1979 hull number
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