Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-22-2012, 03:40 PM   #1
Member
 
City: Cheboygan
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Porte-Bonheur
Vessel Model: Mainship 390
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 14
Looking for a Prairie 29

My wife and I are looking for a Prairie 29 that we can outfit for our future boating adventures. Any help in locating one would be appreciated.
-Don
__________________
Advertisement

Whalerdon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2012, 08:41 PM   #2
Veteran Member
 
Cadillac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 28
I have one about 80% complete in Stuart, Florida. She's worth a look. Cadillac (772) 285-2266
__________________

Cadillac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2012, 10:24 PM   #3
Veteran Member
 
Cadillac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 28
Did you ever find a Prairie? Cadillac :-)
Cadillac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2012, 06:52 PM   #4
Member
 
City: Cheboygan
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Porte-Bonheur
Vessel Model: Mainship 390
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 14
Cadillac,

We have not found one yet. We looked at the pictures and information on your boat online, assuming that it is the one with the modified fly bridge. It is more of project then we want to take on. Our plans are to bring any boat we buy to Michigan where will do a couple of summers of shakedown cruises before doing The Great Loop.

I apologize for not responding to your post sooner.

-Don
Whalerdon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2012, 11:14 PM   #5
Veteran Member
 
Cadillac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 28
Well you'll love whichever one you get. Keep us informed as to your progress. Cadillac :-)
You are correct, mine is the one with the modified flybridge.
Cadillac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2013, 03:17 PM   #6
Newbie
 
City: Vermilion, Ohio
Country: USA
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 1
Whalerdon

I have a 1979 Praire 29 coming to market in Ohio. Are you still looking for one??
If so contact me at brian@freeman-eckley.com
Brianboat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2013, 11:33 PM   #7
Member
 
City: Cheboygan
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Porte-Bonheur
Vessel Model: Mainship 390
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 14
Brianboat

I am pretty sure that I know that boat. My wife and I looked at it last fall but we were unable to reach an agreement with the owners. Since then my wife and I have shifted our target boat to ones in the 32 to 36 foot range.

Thanks for thinking of me.
Whalerdon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2013, 01:10 PM   #8
Ben
Guru
 
Ben's Avatar
 
City: Wilmington, NC
Country: US
Vessel Name: Sand Castle
Vessel Model: 1986 MT Sundeck 35.5
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 693
Quote:
Originally Posted by Whalerdon View Post
Brianboat

I am pretty sure that I know that boat. My wife and I looked at it last fall but we were unable to reach an agreement with the owners. Since then my wife and I have shifted our target boat to ones in the 32 to 36 foot range.

Thanks for thinking of me.
32-36 is a great range and there's a whole bunch of boats in that size. We've been tremendously happy with our 36 Marine Trader, the only downside to the sun deck layout is we have a big dog to cart on and off. But we cruise on a single screw very economically. The interior room is huge for its size. There's a bunch of levels and space to this size and config.

Happy Shopping!

Ben
__________________
..................................
Ben

MV Sand Castle
Wilmington, NC
Ben is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 06:48 PM   #9
TF Site Team
 
Baker's Avatar
 
City: League City, Tx
Country: Texas
Vessel Model: Carver 356
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 5,633
Here ya go. This is my old boat. This thing was in good condition when I sold it and they have dumped a lot of money into it. It'll make a good boat for somebody!!!

1981 29' Prairie Trawler
Baker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 07:20 PM   #10
Guru
 
City: Hotel, CA
Country: Fried
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 8,328
That is a great looking boat! John, believe me I understand the need for speed as well as anyone, but its hard to believe ya sold that beauty.
__________________
Craig

It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they've been fooled - Mark Twain
CPseudonym is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 07:36 AM   #11
TF Site Team
 
Baker's Avatar
 
City: League City, Tx
Country: Texas
Vessel Model: Carver 356
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 5,633
Quote:
Originally Posted by CPseudonym View Post
That is a great looking boat! John, believe me I understand the need for speed as well as anyone, but its hard to believe ya sold that beauty.
It really was a great boat for us. And the thing is gigantic for 29 feet!!! We were out on a multi-week cruise and pulled into the municipal dock in Port Aransas. Their transient fees are based on size ranges...ie 20-30ft is $20 a night...30-40 is...etc. The marina guy made me pay the 30-40ft rate because he could not believe the boat was only 29 feet. I had the survey on board and everything and was prepared to show him but he would have none of it. It was only $5 more so I didn't raise a fuss and just thought it was kinda funny. I lived on that boat for 5 years...girlfriend(now wife) for 2.5 of them. That boat served us very well. There were only 55 P29s made. That is hull #55!...the last one. Atlantic bought the molds and proceeded to produce the "Atlantic 30 LRC"...I have no idea how many of them were made....not a lot. 1.4GPH at 6.7kts with the generator running.

A very neat "little" boat and would be an amazing Great Loop boat.
Baker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 07:42 AM   #12
Ben
Guru
 
Ben's Avatar
 
City: Wilmington, NC
Country: US
Vessel Name: Sand Castle
Vessel Model: 1986 MT Sundeck 35.5
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 693
Baker -

She really is a beautiful boat. I love the flybridge, single diesel, roomy layout. Economical as absolutely possible without being sail. The new owners look like they shined her up really nicely.

If we didn't love our boat so much (and needed the space for kids!!) I'd love to have that Prairie. I've been long an admirer.
__________________
..................................
Ben

MV Sand Castle
Wilmington, NC
Ben is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 07:58 AM   #13
TF Site Team
 
Baker's Avatar
 
City: League City, Tx
Country: Texas
Vessel Model: Carver 356
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 5,633
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ben View Post
Baker -

She really is a beautiful boat. I love the flybridge, single diesel, roomy layout. Economical as absolutely possible without being sail. The new owners look like they shined her up really nicely.

If we didn't love our boat so much (and needed the space for kids!!) I'd love to have that Prairie. I've been long an admirer.
Coincidently Ben, when I was looking for the "next boat" after this one and was still living aboard, I was very seriously considering the MT36. Great boats and many were single engine. Good looking boats as well. Like Craig referred to above, since my recent boat, I have a "speed problem". I never thought I would like going fast. Actually I love going slow but don't have the time... . And I mean that. Honestly, seeing "Prairie Dog" back on the market has me re-evaluating my goals. I don't think anything has changed but that little boat sure has a soft spot in my heart....kinda like seeing an old flame and wondering if you made the right decision...you know you did but, man,..... we had great times!

An interesting fact. The P29 has the same beam(almost) as your boat...12ft
Baker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 11:42 AM   #14
Guru
 
Codger2's Avatar
 
City: San Diego
Country: US
Vessel Name: "Sandpiper"
Vessel Model: 2006 42' Ocean Alexander Sedan
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 5,421
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baker View Post
An interesting fact. The P29 has the same beam(almost) as your boat...12ft
I suffer from the same affliction (more speed) but am in love with these small trawlers. I came within a whisker of buying a bigger boat at the Newport Beach, CA show last weekend but after sleeping on it and considering the boat I have, I couldn't pull the trigger. I still have the problem with grand kids coming and guests but have decided to keep the frig stocked much better than before (Flywright) and just buy them a room for the night. (Besides, other than cruising the Bay, all the other trips take too long at 8.5 knots.)

Much less money in going this route and SeaHorse is still mine and continues to be the best looking boat on my dock.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	SeaHorse ii.jpg
Views:	186
Size:	91.6 KB
ID:	18664  
__________________
Codger2

My passion for improving my boat(s) exceeds my desire to constantly cruise them.
Codger2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 11:51 AM   #15
TF Site Team
 
Baker's Avatar
 
City: League City, Tx
Country: Texas
Vessel Model: Carver 356
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 5,633
Seahorse is a fine boat indeed!!!!
Baker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 12:15 PM   #16
Guru
 
Sailor of Fortune's Avatar
 
City: Saint Augustine, Fl.
Country: Port of St Augustine ,FL
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1,963
Those Prairie 29's are small in a BIG way. I like em'! There used to be one that came into the Conch House Marina Bar in St Aug, fl frequently. It was really nice, but not as nice as Bakers old boat.
Sailor of Fortune is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 01:08 PM   #17
Guru
 
healhustler's Avatar
 
City: Longboat Key, FL
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Bucky
Vessel Model: Krogen Manatee 36 North Sea
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 4,181
Bake: as you can see, I'm not exactly a stranger to speed challenged boats, but if I had seen a 29 like that one for sale, I'm not sure I could resist.
healhustler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 01:44 PM   #18
Guru
 
City: Hotel, CA
Country: Fried
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 8,328
If that boat was in California my wife would need a whip and a chair to keep me from checking it out. She knows we'd be two boat owners after looking at it.
__________________
Craig

It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they've been fooled - Mark Twain
CPseudonym is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 01:48 PM   #19
TF Site Team
 
Baker's Avatar
 
City: League City, Tx
Country: Texas
Vessel Model: Carver 356
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 5,633
Quote:
Originally Posted by healhustler View Post
Bake: as you can see, I'm not exactly a stranger to speed challenged boats, but if I had seen a 29 like that one for sale, I'm not sure I could resist.
If I still had my Mainship Pilot, I would consider keeping the pilot and just paying cash for the Prairie and just having two "different" boats that satisfy my boating needs....speed AND space. The Pilot was an absolutely wonderful boat but just not enough room downstairs. To put it a different way....it was about the best dayboat an average guy could have. The Prairie is plenty comfortable for a couple for overnighters....I think we proved that!!!
Baker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 01:53 PM   #20
TF Site Team
 
Baker's Avatar
 
City: League City, Tx
Country: Texas
Vessel Model: Carver 356
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 5,633
Quote:
Originally Posted by CPseudonym View Post
If that boat was in California my wife would need a whip and a chair to keep me from checking it out. She knows we'd be two boat owners after looking at it.
Mine doesn't know it is back on the market. I would need a whip and a chair to keep her from making me buy it...really! She loved that boat! So I won't be telling her.
__________________

Baker is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:45 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012