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Old 05-14-2019, 04:35 AM   #1
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Iíve been hanging around here a while, but figured Iíd jump in now that I have bought my cruising boat. Been on an express cruiser on Lake Erie for the last couple years. Casually looking for ďthe boatĒ. Well we found it. Perhaps a year or 2 ahead of schedule. Itís certainly not a true trawler, but that is how we intend to use our new to us 1974 Uniflite 42 aft. Totally unmolested boat. 2nd owner of 20+ years has maintained her well. After looking at many boats nothing compared to this one. Electronics are ancient, but work. Twin 903 cummins with a whopping 1300 hours. Supper low hours, but this boat has been in the water every year. Mostly a dock queen. Heated indoor storage for winter since new. So excited to get started making her mine
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:03 AM   #2
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Welcome aboard TF and congrats on the "new" boat... it sounds like a great find.
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lol. I certainly don’t care! It may not do as well on fuel as a displacement hull, but should still do fine at hull speed. Super heavy at 35,000 for a 42’er, so that will hurt her a bit. However it’s nice to know the hull will stop a round from an AK47 just in case I get attacked by pirates!
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Iíve been hanging around here a while, but figured Iíd jump in now that I have bought my cruising boat. Been on an express cruiser on Lake Erie for the last couple years. Casually looking for ďthe boatĒ. Well we found it. Perhaps a year or 2 ahead of schedule. Itís certainly not a true trawler, but that is how we intend to use our new to us 1974 Uniflite 42 aft. Totally unmolested boat. 2nd owner of 20+ years has maintained her well. After looking at many boats nothing compared to this one. Electronics are ancient, but work. Twin 903 cummins with a whopping 1300 hours. Supper low hours, but this boat has been in the water every year. Mostly a dock queen. Heated indoor storage for winter since new. So excited to get started making her mine
Do you have pictures?
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Old 05-14-2019, 10:17 AM   #7
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I donít have many as I have not closed yet. Waiting to launch for a sea trial, and final inspection
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Your gonna love those 903ís! They are a great diesel! Very simple to work on and tougher than nails.
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Welcome aboard.

"True Trawler?" Awww don't start that again!

This may apply to you. I recently saw a meme of Meat Loaf singing:

"I will do any thing for love..."

Then a photo of his wife saying "Then stop buying boat parts!"

And then Meat Loaf again;

"But I won't do that!"

Enjoy your new journey!
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Itís certainly not a true trawler, but that is how we intend to use
Nothing wrong with that. We used our 30' Reinell twin gas powerboat as a trawler for basically the entire 14 yrs we had her. She was a challenge to dock in a stiff breeze, light and no keel. I do LOVE the ride and feel of a heavier boat we have in our trawler though. Great Escape was only 12,000 lbs, NWD is closer to 28,000 with a 4 1/2 ft draft. With your length and weight I'd think you'll have a pretty sweet ride.

Don't get crazy until you've finished your surveys, sea trials, and whatnot, but hope it goes well. There are probably others that can chime in on fuel burn, but I think you'll be surprised how well these old diesels do at low throttle settings. Welcome!
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Welcome to the forum and the Great Lakes and good luck with closing the deal.
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:18 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the well wishes! Iím actually in the trucking business. Iíve been at it so long my second truck had a 903, so Iím familiar with it. The old truck had over 800,000mi on it when I got rid of it. My brother in-law is a diesel pump guy. All parts are available, but getting hard to find. As soon as I close the deal I will start sourcing the hard to find parts. Major mechanical stuff is readily available. A rebuild kit is around $1,500.00, so Iím guessing Iíd be about $2500-$3000 per engine come rebuild time. Of course that is me doing the overhaul plus machine work for heads, and whatever for exhaust manifolds. Anyways, cheers all!
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Is this the one at Cedar Point? I have my 42' DC at Lakefront Marina, and someone told me his friend had one for sale and kept it at Cedar Point.
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Old 05-22-2019, 01:44 PM   #17
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Yes. Thatís the boat. Doing a sea trial this weekend. If all goes good I will own it by next week
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To be honest, nobody really knows just WTF a trawler really is and with Trawler Forum's 20,000 members, we're never going to agree either.

We're a bunch of powerboat cruisers who know how to have a good time.

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