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Old 01-10-2018, 08:55 AM   #1
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Transpac Eagle 32

During the recent snowstorm and confinement in the house, I spent time (probably too much time) looking at boats and dreaming

I came across the Transpac Eagle 32. Now I have a friend who used to have an Eagle 40, but this 32 has begun to intrigue me.

But I can't seem to find too much about it as I search online.

So I come to the experts:

For those who might be familiar with this boat, what do you think about this vessel and size?

Any particular issues with an Eagle boat? and a 32?

I notice two for sale on boattrader: varied different size engines: what is best for this size vessel?

Is the v-berth "easy" to get in and out? (I am late 50's and moved from a sailboat to a trawler for the ease of getting in and out of bed)

I just want to know about this vessel.

Thanks for your input.

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Old 01-10-2018, 12:58 PM   #2
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Great boat kobo,
Most are very overpowered and most of those that aren’t have the 4cyl FL engine. Never been aboard a boat w one running but hear they are shakers. If I was to find one powered w the 55hp JH Yanmar I’d consider it about the most perfect boat.

Engine access quite likely is poor but wheelhouse is perfect as is the abbreviated FB. The only type I like on small boats. There’s an Eagle 32 on the next float over and I admire it often.
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Old 01-10-2018, 06:09 PM   #3
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We like our Eagle.
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Old 01-10-2018, 06:23 PM   #4
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An Eagle 32 does have fine lines and just a nice looking vessel!

What do you specifically like about your Eagle (as compared to other trawlers)?

Is the engine as noisy as some say?

What kind of power do you have?

What kind of fuel consumption?

How do you find using a v-berth?

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Old 01-10-2018, 09:23 PM   #5
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I've had the Eagle 32 on my list too. Seems like an ideal coastal or Loop boat for two. The more I think about it, the more I value the pilot house design. The Eagle 32 and 40 models even have wide (2 person?) seats at both helms. Ideal, for me anyway.

I've been thinking that my ideal boat might be an Eagle 32 project boat that needs repowered, though the cost of repowering seems exorbitant. Still. In addition to repowering with a new, efficient, and small diesel like the Yanmar or Hyundai and upgrading the electronics, I'd like to make the following interior changes.
  • Convert V-berth to island queen
  • Convert port settee to facing dinette
  • Remove starboard bunks/couch with individual chairs
  • Modernize the galley countertops
  • Upgrade head to vacuum flush

Lots of labor on my part there too. Is that biting off too much?
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Old 01-10-2018, 10:10 PM   #6
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Boat has FL SP135, runs smooth and low noise. Noise is not an issue.
Burns about 1.7 g/h at 7k.
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Pilot doors p and s
Wide walk around decks
Comfortable interior layout
Generous water and fuel capacity
Very stable and dry
Quality construction, solid glass below waterline
Simple and low cost to maintain
Quality interior workmanship
Great access to engine room
Full keel with rudder shoe
Quality refer and stove
Limited bright work
Quality and leak free Windows
Large v birth

This company made quality sail boats for about 20 years prior to making trawlers.
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My wife and I checked out the one in Maryland.
The V-Berth seemed a bit tight.
In nice shape, exterior wood needs work, a few spots in the gel coat that caught my eye.
We might take another look at it.
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Great boat kobo,
Most are very overpowered and most of those that aren’t have the 4cyl FL engine. Never been aboard a boat w one running but hear they are shakers.


Yes, they are great boats. And yes, most 4 cylinder diesels, except JD and IVECO which have built in balance shafts, really shake. I've have installed a lot of FL and Cummins fours and now the Kabota based Tier III BETA 85 and the solution to shaking is three point engine mounting.

Bowman used to make a bolt on yoke for the FL four and I now fabricate them for Cummins and BETA fours. With a thrust bearing and carden shaft plus soft mounts, usually Cushyfloat 55's, they feel like an electric drive.
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Boat has FL SP135, runs smooth and low noise. Noise is not an issue.
Burns about 1.7 g/h at 7k.
Like
Pilot doors p and s
Wide walk around decks
Comfortable interior layout
Generous water and fuel capacity
Very stable and dry
Quality construction, solid glass below waterline
Simple and low cost to maintain
Quality interior workmanship
Great access to engine room
Full keel with rudder shoe
Quality refer and stove
Limited bright work
Quality and leak free Windows
Large v birth

This company made quality sail boats for about 20 years prior to making trawlers.

Old deckhand;
YOu almost convince me to look very close at these vessels.
YOu do have very good words to say.

I am finding as I search around that folks either have very good OR very bad words about an Eagle 32

As in most things...it is what you expect/want and then compare it to in your life experience.

It dies seem form others' comments that it does REALLY matter the size, type of engine in the particular boat....might this be the case?

Would the cost be prohibitive to exchange engines to a "better" type?

Thanks.
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Old 01-11-2018, 08:41 AM   #10
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Tim, I am no expert on engines. The only 4 cylinder I owner was a yanmar and it did not have a shaking problem. I have only done one repower, an 8.2 to a Perkins Sabra 6 cylinder. I have noted Bill and Stella post on this site and are most knowledgable about small engines. The 32 is a much smaller boat then your present boat but is a great two person boat. It will comfortably seat 5/6 for dinner but is truly a one cabin boat for overnight. I was shopping for a Nordic tug 32 or perhaps a GB 32 when I found and bought the Eagle 32. I found the GB to be a wet boat and the narrower bean of the NT to not perform as well in the ocean and the cabin sides made for greatly narrow side decks. No attempt to convince you to purchase any boat, just an attempt to answer your questions. Enjoy boat shopping.
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I've had the Eagle 32 on my list too. Seems like an ideal coastal or Loop boat for two. The more I think about it, the more I value the pilot house design. The Eagle 32 and 40 models even have wide (2 person?) seats at both helms. Ideal, for me anyway.

I've been thinking that my ideal boat might be an Eagle 32 project boat that needs repowered, though the cost of repowering seems exorbitant. Still. In addition to repowering with a new, efficient, and small diesel like the Yanmar or Hyundai and upgrading the electronics, I'd like to make the following interior changes.
  • Convert V-berth to island queen
  • Convert port settee to facing dinette
  • Remove starboard bunks/couch with individual chairs
  • Modernize the galley countertops
  • Upgrade head to vacuum flush

Lots of labor on my part there too. Is that biting off too much?
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THAT is a lot of a huge rebuild on the inside...seems like a total rebuild!
If you can do the work yourself, of course a big savings.

Curious how you might place a walk around Q bed where the v-berth is presently.....not a lot of room.

But I do love the lines of the Eagle....and such a rebuild as your suggest would TOTALLY enhance the vessel.

What kind of money do you think for a repower?

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Bill and Stella,
Yes the “Cushyfloat” mounts are what AD uses as I recall.
And the three mount system you mention must be w a single mount fwd on CL just ahead of the harmonic balancer. I had 4 soft mounts on a 4cyl Yanmar. The amount of engine movement at idle was amazing. But at higher revs there was a harmonic vib that I never really solved/fixed.
Never seen a three mount system but what a great solution to the 4cyl problem. If my imagination is correct. Any pics?
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Curious how you might place a walk around Q bed where the v-berth is presently.....not a lot of room.
I'm curious too, Tim. Not entirely sure without starting in with the tape measure. I've never been in an Eagle 32 to judge the practicality of my ideas. Probably more of a wish list than a plan. That said, I would sacrifice "aisle" space in the forward berth and the "island queen" would be more of an "island trapezoid."

Regarding the repowering, I've read of projects in the $50,000 range. Of course that would be a rule out for my budget, but I am optimistic that it can be done for far less. That said, I am also optimistic when I read about devotees of the Lehman 135 touting its many strengths. Kind of a win-win in that arena.
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So in thinking about an Eagle 32:

Are there considerations peculiar to this type of boat/brand that ones needs to look for in inspecting a vessel? Of course a survey, but each brand of boat seems to have peculiarities to look for and be aware of)

Is there an owners group? web links? so one can explore what others have done to these boats?

I cannot even find where on TF the Eagle would live!

These seem to be pretty vessels with potential, a deep love by their owners and just very sea worthy.

I do think I am falling in love with Eagles!!

Thanks.

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Bill and Stella,
Yes the “Cushyfloat” mounts are what AD uses as I recall.
Never seen a three mount system but what a great solution to the 4cyl problem. If my imagination is correct. Any pics?
BETA 85 with 3 point mount in a COOT 38 (Same as Mark's with a island queen FWD and a bigger cockpit.)


FWD mount.


Carden shaft and SealMaster thrust bearing, like Mark's, and soft mounts provides almost vibration less operation.
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Bill & Stella, thank you for posting the photos. This would be a great engine instal for our boat.
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So, further questions on an Eagle 32:

I notice few (that are listed) have generators....is this sort of normal?

They also do not seem to have ac/heaters installed.....or am I just thinking from the perspective of the east coast vs the west coast needs?

I notice some have 90hp engines versus others have 135hp.....will the fuel consumption be THAT much different?

Thanks for the input.

I DO also like the ideas/pics from Bill and Stella....good ideas.

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On generators...our boat is a comparable size and has a 420 amp hour house battery bank.

Smaller boats have smaller fridges, fewer lights (etc) and usually no microwave, no ice maker (etc) so can go longer without recharging the batteries. We can easily go a couple days at anchor without running the main engine to recharge the batteries.

*EDIT* Yes, I know...not fully recharged...

The difference in fuel consumption would become more significant as power is applied.
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BETA 85 with 3 point mount in a COOT 38 (Same as Mark's with a island queen FWD and a bigger cockpit.)


FWD mount.


Carden shaft and SealMaster thrust bearing, like Mark's, and soft mounts provides almost vibration less operation.
Oh yes Bill I never thought of a mount under the engine. I think it would be more effective if mounted on the same level as the rotating axis .. like just above the crankshaft CL ahead of the engine. Lots to most boats have room ahead of the engine. One could be made of high alloy steel tubing plenty strong. However some of the vibration from the engine could be dampened by the sheer weight of that monstrous “U” bracket in the bracket mount shown.
Never seen the three mount before Bill and I love learning stuff like this. Thanks for the pics too.
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We love our Eagle! It's been a huge project but it's definitely been the right boat for us.

To answer a couple questions: I can't imagine there's room for an island berth, and we're going to install air conditioning in ours (not sure if it came with a/c or not; the previous owner may have put in the ductwork). We don't have a generator. The previous owner removed the starboard bunks, and we're going to use that space for more galley countertop/storage and some seating. Happy to answer any questions if I can.
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