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Old 05-31-2014, 06:46 PM   #1
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Showing kindness to strays!

It's nice when you can afford to 'adopt' a stray when happenstance throws one right in your lap.Click image for larger version

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Thanks Flagold for your YouTube videos. You made me a believer!!
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Old 05-31-2014, 07:16 PM   #2
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What am I missing here?
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Old 05-31-2014, 09:55 PM   #3
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Same thing I'm missing.

Dosn't look like stray dogs or women .. He prolly picked up a stray boat. I wonder what that is?

What would make a boat a "stray"? Wandering around from marina to marina w no owner? I'd like to snag a 32 GB or NT that way.
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Old 05-31-2014, 10:16 PM   #4
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Greetings,
Mr. m. "I wonder what that is?" Um, the first picture may suggest a Prairie 29 perhaps?
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Old 05-31-2014, 11:44 PM   #5
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No 40 to be precise...... Of course some would say: just a knock off. But just seeing 3' on the beam ( yup, that's my limit). And comfortably rolling across some 5 to 6' speed bumps..... I believe in Hargrave.

Even with the fuel tanks splurging crud ( and four spare Racors abd) it rode pretty well

The smile of the day was when leaving Cleveland today a searay blew past me. I slowed down to 5 kts for the 3 to 5 (occasional 6) footer. Look who was just entering the jetty as I was passing by? Yup. Mr. Smarty pants I hope his party was green with appreciation of his plowing and slamming.

Oh yeah, the prairie has already grown on me. One day and I'm a believer!
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:06 AM   #6
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Two years looking, seven boat crawl arounds, three rejected offers, finally I got my own.

Look on the internet, print off as many comps as you can find, and negotiate negotiate negotiate. Hopefully you will get lucky like I did.

Although I was picky on the particular brand of boat (the 6'6" headroom is needed) I was also looking at Mainship1s, GB 32s, and Mainship Europa 34s.

The Prairies lack of (leaky) teak decks, solid hull construction (no core) and looks made me partial to them.

On my 936 mile delivery home, the only casualties were 9 fuel filters, and the AC circ pump died. Not too shabby for an old girl.

The amazing thing I discovered (buried in the paperwork) was the engine was not original. It was replaced in 95. So I lucked out, with a new(er) engine than I thought!

More pics as I get organized and tuned up.
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:15 AM   #7
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:21 AM   #8
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This post makes as much sense as any other here:

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Old 07-16-2014, 12:32 AM   #10
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I ass-u-me you will be making a resto/repair thread?
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:42 AM   #11
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On my 936 mile delivery home, the only casualties were 9 fuel filters, and the AC circ pump died. Not too shabby for an old girl.

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9 filters!...

Time to clean the tanks.. In the last 15000 miles I haven't had to replace 9 filters.. Every year I seem to replace almost clean filters.. only once did I HAVE to replace a filter.

Good luck with the new boat!
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:55 AM   #12
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That is the largest Prairie I have ever seen! Close, but not the cigar that was referred to! I believe the thread is in the correct forum (Prairie). Is your post in the correct forum?
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:59 AM   #13
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Good on ya Cappy, enjoy your new boat!
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:00 AM   #14
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9 filters!...

Time to clean the tanks.. In the last 15000 miles I haven't had to replace 9 filters.. Every year I seem to replace almost clean filters.. only once did I HAVE to replace a filter.

Good luck with the new boat!
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That was part of the unknown buying a boat that had only 18 hours usage in the last 3 years. I knew the fuel tanks would be all full of crap. The yards where I picked her up couldn't do anything for weeks (me being a transient and all) so I filled up with filters and took off.

It's getting better as time goes on, down to about 25 hours before the filters clog up now. But the bulk of the crud is cleaned up. Now that she is home I can work on the 'list'.

Sorry guys, if my posts are not to your liking. A little tongue in cheek humor and subtle asides are my norm. Just sharing what happens when someone takes the plunge and buys a new (to them) boat. Cheers.
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:29 AM   #15
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I ass-u-me you will be making a resto/repair thread?
In my 'not so' humble opinion, the old girl really doesn't need much out of the ordinary. Hose replacements, replace engine mount(s), some wiring clean up. An AC circ pump, and she's pretty much ready to run. The old couple who had her took really good care of her.

The bottom was already soda blasted and barrier coated. The engine only has 1700 hours on it. The tanks were replaced 12 years ago. maybe a new carpet would make the Admiral happy. She actually had a good time for 6 of the days enroute home. The other 6 days she was at home and had a really good time with the grandkids.
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:32 AM   #16
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From what I have gleaned, Matt and Connie Mattson, former owners of a Prairie 29, Mischief, posted video logs of their travels, including their final voyage delivering their beloved Mischief to its new owner after life circumstances forced the sale.

My take is that Matt and Connie's log inspired Cappy208 to seek out and purchase his own Prairie 29. He has posted here on his maiden voyage as a salute to Matt and Connie for their part in his discovery and acquisition of his now beloved Prairie 29.

Am I close?

I, too, have enjoyed the Mischief videos. Congrats on your new Prairie. One question...if you bring a canine aboard, does it become a prairie dog?
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:35 AM   #17
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Absolutely a direct shot right down the stack.
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:48 AM   #18
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I will have to ask 'Miss Sophie' if she would like to be a prairie dog! First we have to train her to use the grass mat in the cockpit! Then we can discuss the prairie dog part.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:36 PM   #19
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Congratulations Cappy. I own a 29,Sue Marie hull #7, and am the second owner. We have a lot of work, most of it small items. They are sweet little cruisers, very comfy ride, well designed and built. Jack Hargrove,the designer, did an excellent job. When you look at the bow, reminds you of the early Hatteras design.

Enjoy her and keep us posted. By the way, where on Cape Cod are you.? Until 2000 I was in South Dartmouth Ma.

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Falmouth. Just biding my time until I can get a slip in a Sandwich marina....... Years and years
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