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Old 09-24-2013, 08:57 PM   #41
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The P29 I own is a 1978 hull #7. She draws 3' or 2'9.5" exactly. Her beam is 12'

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Old 09-25-2013, 04:35 PM   #42
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Thanks

Thank you for the specs.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:59 PM   #43
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Question. If I repower a 29' Prairie. What horse power would be ideal so one could still easily work on it and have more power. The boat I am looking at has a 61 hp. I think it is under powered and would like to go a little faster.
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:38 PM   #44
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Based on your boat choices, also don't forget about the 34 Californian....although most(all?) were twins.
Most, if not all, 34 Californians are twins. I think I came across one single in an ad a couple of years ago. But there's a 30 Californian like this that's a single.

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It seems that most of the 30 LRCs are located on the left coast.
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:26 PM   #45
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1979, 1980 Prairie 29 engine size?

Was there a standard engine used? It seems that many variants were installed. Any documentation by hull number about original equipment? Just curious.

I am tracking down a 29 and before I trek down to see it, I wanted to be informed of the variants and what to share with my mechanic to make sure he has the right equipment to bring.
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:51 PM   #46
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Perkins were used in the Prairie , not sure about Atlantic. The majority were powered with the Perkins 4-108, 4-236 or the 4-154. The 4-108 is a 52 HP 4 cyl. That is my power plant. It is a 4000 rpm max, but really performs best between 2500/3000. She has a BW 2.9 gear and swings a 18"x12". That is factory spec for my boat. The 4-236 is an 85 HP.

The ones I know that have been repowered are with Yanmar 75 HP engines. My top speed is 8k and I cruise very comfortably at 6.5 at 2500RPM. Fuel consumption is 3/4 of a gallon.

I am only the second owner, the original owner kept all the paperwork from the factory and passed it on with vessel.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:18 PM   #47
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How about engine bed rot and bulkhead delaminations? any great history? I know the campion adventurer I saw was BAD. Wondering (hoping) these were made more professionally.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:56 PM   #48
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Mine came with the standard 50 HP but I've repowered with an 80 HP Ford natural. No turbo or intercooler to go bad. Stringers are hollow fiberglass. Never a problem. Cadillac
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:42 PM   #49
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Structurally the boats are well built. Mine had a small area of sub flooring near the stern of salon area. Was not difficult to isolate and replace. The salon doors are skimpy, again pretty straight fwd. to replace, same with windows. Mine had bad leaks in two big ones. not difficult.

If I were to repower, I would tend to follow Cadillac's lead. The present Perkins does not have any turbo, but 30 HP is a nice addition.

These are strong well built boats.
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:04 PM   #50
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Thanks, I replaced all my windows with tinted glass, more openings and fully screened. I also painted all exterior wood to make her a Florida friendly boat, easy to own and maintain. Love my boats :-) Cadillac, Stuart, FL
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Old 10-28-2013, 10:20 AM   #51
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@ LongIslandTrawler:

Any more activity? How did your decision making go? I'm curious.

I am going to take a look at the same Prairie you saw. Did you make an offer? If so would you mind sharing the insight? Thanks
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