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Old 06-30-2018, 02:07 PM   #1
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Prairie 29 Ikarus

And so I have finally purchased my Prairie Trawler!

She is a 1978, Hull #6 Prairie

She is the vessel formally known as "Sue Marie" from Merritt Island, FL. . Fellow TF member John T owned her and treated her superbly well. He sold her to a guy from Norfolk who got her to Brunswick. GA with a hired captain. Through life circumstances and various problems, he had to sell.

I bought her in GA after much discussion with John back in FL and the new guy.

I had to travel to GA to get her ready to be hauled on a truck up to New Bern, NC (had to haul her as there was doubt if her engine could make it and I had no time to work on her in GA and eventually cruise her up to NC). After 5 hours in GA she was ready to go.

She was just under 15' high and my guy Paul from Triton in Oriental, NC got her up her safely and for about the same price I would have had to pay a captain to bring her up.

So, safely in NC. I had her on the hard for 3 weeks putting her back together, making sure all was safe and sound to splash her well.

Finally on the 27th of June, I had her splashed, very anxious about the potential engine issues. My friend, Buck, and I started her up, put her under load at the dock and she sounded pretty. We ran her for over 30 min, got the temp up, listened, watched her, trying to see, hear anything odd.
Nothing.

So we launched her and cruised the Neuse River for a couple of hours at cruising speed. All the time listening, watching, hoping all was well. As the minutes went by and no problem, we began to relax and enjoy the boat.

WOW. What a spectacular vessel. She responded so well. She felt well. She was fun. I relaxed and had fun, had a good time being at the upper helm and on the water.

We got her into her slip, tied her up and both declared that she was fit and well. A good, solid, trustworthy vessel.



She is my new vessel (after selling my Marine Trader 40 three years ago). She is my vessel to eventually escape to cruise in a few years.
She is a dream come true. I have lusted after a Prairie 29 since 2011!

I shall take the great work John has put into her and make her mine. She needs some cosmetic work (we all do after 40 years!), build some storage, adjust a few things; but really no deep work needed.

I shall add to this thread as I accomplish the work and see what shall happen.

I want to thank the TF people and friends who share their knowledge, errors, learning times and mistakes; encouraging, laughing and sharing their stories.
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Old 06-30-2018, 02:18 PM   #2
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Old 06-30-2018, 03:08 PM   #3
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Congratulations!!! Hope to see you sometime in Wilmington. Enjoy your new treasure.
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Old 06-30-2018, 03:23 PM   #4
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Old 06-30-2018, 04:44 PM   #5
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Congratulations, you got a good boat.
When looking for a Prairie 29 two years ago, we looked at the Sue Marie and spent almost half day inspecting her and talking to the owner, John from Merrit Island. I ended up buying the Lucky Dog in Tarpon Springs. Your boat has a rebuilt 4108 engine, a new generator, almost new AC, new tanks etc. The hull was peeled and epoxy coated. I am in the marine business and seriously inspected the boat, she was in perfect shape and should still be.
Enjoy her!
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Old 07-02-2018, 04:19 PM   #6
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Congratulations! Nice looking pocket trawler. Keep everyone informed of your projects. My list is getting longer. But the time is getting shorter. One of life’s battles I suppose.
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Old 07-06-2018, 06:15 PM   #7
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Very cool! Welcome to the Prairie Tribe.

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Old 07-07-2018, 06:16 AM   #8
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Thank you for all the kind and encouraging words!

I am slowly cleaning her, moving stuff aboard, finding places for storage, making plans in my head of what things I want to do in the future.

Going through each system to learn and make sure all works (I'm sure the do work, but I've got to learn it all).

Nothing exciting, but I enjoy just being on a boat again an afternoon or two each week.
Nothing compares to messing about in boats

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Old 07-09-2018, 12:58 PM   #9
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Adding my congratulations on your new toy!! As a owner of a very similar boat in our 28 foot Marben, you excitment is understood. So much in so little! As a couple sized boat you will continually be surprised and pleased.
Our boat had the Perkins 4-154 orginally. From that I am guessing the potential concern may have been with the rear main seal. The reputation on the 4-107.108, and the 154 models is:'If the Main seal is not leaking, it will, 5 hours, 50 hours, 500 hours, but it will!"
We changed ours twice and then pulled the engine and installed a 4-236.

Is your boat equipped with a auto pilot? Asked as we recently installed a ComNav 1420 (I think that is the model). With short/wide hull, this addition has taken our boat to another new exciting level!!

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Old 07-09-2018, 04:38 PM   #10
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Welcome and congrats on the boat. I have hull number 7. We really enjoy the boat. Click image for larger version

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Old 07-09-2018, 07:44 PM   #11
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Congratulations! I know you have been searching for quite some time for the right Prairie. As I and others have mentioned they are sound vessels.
Our Prairie 36 has served us well so far on the Loop as we sit here on the Erie Canal almost to Lake Ontario.
Looking forward to seeing what you do to make her your own.
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:23 AM   #12
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Thanks FOG!
Reading of your preparation the past few years, seeing your enthusiasm, knowing you are now on your Dream....has spurred me along to do my thing.

I am VERY happy with her and all she shows me each time Im aboard. Only good things!

Jmcleodfl.....indeed they are great vessels. I like your solar setup....might have to learn about how it all works.

So I am still earning the systems and slowly bringing stuff aboard and finding places and planning and sitting and enjoying simply being on a boat again. NOTHING like simply sitting on deck and feeling the boat rock.
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WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!! Exciting times ahead!!!
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Old 07-20-2018, 07:51 PM   #14
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Congratulations if you need any help please feel free to contact me i have been absent from the forum lately life has gotten in the way got married and have other projects bit im still here. I have rebuilt everything on ours the Miss Dot Dee hull 50 I am also in Wilmington.
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Old 07-21-2018, 06:07 AM   #15
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SailorMike!
Welcome back! YOU dont know how often I looked at your website and lusted after Miss Dot Dee!
Ive enjoyed seeing what you have done to her and reading your stories. Thank you.

Now i have my vessel to slowly get together and make mine, and i am truly enjoying it.

It is very good to know you have knowledge I can glean from and that you are right down the road.

Thank you.
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Old 07-21-2018, 08:04 AM   #16
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next time your down my way let me know and ill give you the 50cent tour. lol
I am in the process of updating that website as we speak to bring it up to the 20th century. I need to take some more pictures as well of the ol girl as things on her are constantly changing.

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SailorMike!
Welcome back! YOU dont know how often I looked at your website and lusted after Miss Dot Dee!
Ive enjoyed seeing what you have done to her and reading your stories. Thank you.

Now i have my vessel to slowly get together and make mine, and i am truly enjoying it.

It is very good to know you have knowledge I can glean from and that you are right down the road.

Thank you.
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