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Old 05-20-2018, 11:13 PM   #201
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Radar Installation

Since I will be dropping the mast for parts of the Great Loop, I made a cradle for the mast & boom. This also made the radar installation easier as it kept everything secure as I installed the radar and it's mount.

I hope I never have to use the radar, but good to have just in case.
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We used our radar quite a bit bringing our boat home from VA. Can you still get out of the escape hatch? Looks like you can, but something to think about.
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Old 05-21-2018, 06:39 AM   #203
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Old 05-21-2018, 07:12 PM   #204
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We used our radar quite a bit bringing our boat home from VA. Can you still get out of the escape hatch? Looks like you can, but something to think about.
Good question Dave, and the answer is yes. It opens to almost perpendicular.

Being able to open that hatch was one of my safety concerns from the beginning. At first it was the dinghy that was located on the aft cabin deck. And even without the dinghy there the mast would rest on the back rail and you would not be able to get out of that hatch in an emergency.

So when I built the dinghy davits on the transom I could have put a removable brace between the davits for the mast to rest on and the hatch would have opened enough to have an emergency exit. But it would have been tight.

So a plus to building the aft cabin railing, which was not on our original improvement list, was that the hatch can open even further now that it rests on the aft cabin railing.

I know that was more than you probably wanted to know, but maybe someone else might benefit. One of the great things of this forum.
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No, I am always concerned about egress in case of fires. The PO of my boat removed the hatch in the aft cabin and decked it over with teak... The first thing I did to the boat was cut a hole and install a new hatch. The only way out of the aft cabin was through the salon which is over the engine room if you discount the 5X12” portholes. It looked like yours would open but I had to ask. Nice work.
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Getting her bottom painted before we take off on the Great Loop.



A good pressure washing, some scraping and sanding, then 2 coats of paint.



I'll also be making a few other improvements while she is on the hard.


Regarding the aft sling: I know from the picture, it’s right on the marker, but I learned the hard way that it’s safer to set it just forward of the lower teak trim piece. If the angle/length of the straps is JUST so, it’ll rip that stainless trim right out and leave a nice gouge in the hull. That was about 15 years ago, I haul the boat every winter and haven’t had a problem yet......
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Regarding the aft sling: I know from the picture, it’s right on the marker, but I learned the hard way that it’s safer to set it just forward of the lower teak trim piece. If the angle/length of the straps is JUST so, it’ll rip that stainless trim right out and leave a nice gouge in the hull. That was about 15 years ago, I haul the boat every winter and haven’t had a problem yet......
Thank you for the heads up. I have never heard of that but can see how it is possible. Any more details or pictures of the incident?

I had a picture from the survey haul out two years ago and just had them position the slings in the same location. How far forward of that lower rub rail do you now position the sling? Any pictures that you can share?
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I don’t have a picture, but just forward enough to clear the strips with 1 or 2” clearance.
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Old 05-23-2018, 05:51 PM   #210
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No, I am always concerned about egress in case of fires. The PO of my boat removed the hatch in the aft cabin and decked it over with teak... The first thing I did to the boat was cut a hole and install a new hatch. The only way out of the aft cabin was through the salon which is over the engine room if you discount the 5X12” portholes. It looked like yours would open but I had to ask. Nice work.
I couldn’t agree more. When I was in the Navy, fires were the number one safety issue, and I never forgot, as that was drilled into my young absorbent brain. So it has also carried over into my boating life.

You did the right thing by installing a new hatch. Sometimes I don’t understand why people do the things they do to their boats.
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Yes, I was uncomfortable sleeping in the aft cabin until I got the new hatch installed.
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The Last of our Improvements ....... for now

Finished the carpeting in the forward cabin and finally got our name on the boat. One coat of bottom paint is on and the second should be done early next week.

We do have a few more things on the "Improvement List" so they will get queued up for projects in my spare time while doing the "Great Loop". If all goes as planned we'll be starting the "Loop" on Friday June 1st.
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Looking great. Have fun on the loop. You should start a thread about the loop.
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I am so very excited for you! Have fun and exciting times on the Loop.

I finally got my Prairie 29 this month. She is in Brunswick, GA and shall be trucked up to New Bern next week. So you end your beginning projects to cruise, and I am beginning.

Wohoo.

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Old 05-27-2018, 08:36 AM   #216
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Thanks everyone. We will be starting a Blog on the AGLCA website. I’ll post a link here once it’s up.

Tim, congratulations on your Prairie 29. I hope you start a thread in the Prairie Forum soon.
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Measurements

Since we have our Prairie 36 on the hard I thought I would take a few measurements that would be useful to us on the “Great Loop” and could also benefit someone else. I know Capt Tom also took some measurements of his Prairie 36 that are here, prairie height at post #14. I’ll also post my findings there and link it it back to here for reference.

I also found a brochure titled Prairie 36 Long Range Trawler dated August 1980 that had the following specifications:
Length Overall - 36’0”
Draft - 3’3”
Beam - 13’0”
Freeboard Forward - 7’2”
Height Above Waterline to Top of Mast - 19’9”
Height Above Waterline to Top of Windshield Rail - 14’0”

My findings were as follows:
Length Overall - 40’7”
(this includes 29” of bowsprit + 7” of rail beyond the bowsprit and a 24” swimstep)
Draft - 3’7”
Beam - Rub rail to Rub rail = 13’9”, Sheer = 13’4”, Waterline = 12’1”
Freeboard Forward Top of Bowsprit to Waterline - 7’1”
Height Above Waterline to Top of Mast - 19’2”
Height Above Waterline to Top of Windshield Rail - 13’9”
Height Above Waterline to Top of Bimini- 16’9”

If you compare there are some differences but I think all very close. I hope other Prairie 36 owners or potential buyers find this useful.
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Old 05-31-2018, 11:37 PM   #218
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One More Improvement Before The Loop

We got a little delayed on our bottom paint job due to rain so I was able to squeak in one more improvement. We have had and used on our last boat a couple of folding bikes for quite some time. I normally fold them up and store them below, but we're running out of room and do want to have some space available for visitors on the Loop.

I was just going to strap them on the aft cabin deck or fore deck when I thought maybe I can adapt car bike rack. That way I can get them up off the deck, out of the way, and secured.

After all I built a much more robust bike rack for the back of my sand rail so we could ride a fat bike down the sand dune hills in CA. You can check that one out here, go about 3 minutes in for a view of the bike rack.

Anyway a couple of pics of the bike rack on the boat.
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You might want to get a vinyl bag/cover made to go over the bikes. We keep our x3 folding bikes in vinyl bags and with a spray of lanolin or similar after use, they stay rust-free
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You might want to get a vinyl bag/cover made to go over the bikes. We keep our x3 folding bikes in vinyl bags and with a spray of lanolin or similar after use, they stay rust-free
Thanks for the info.
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