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Old 05-14-2016, 06:13 PM   #1
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Hello,

Just wanted to say looks like a good crew here, found the site while researching a trip I am planning from Astoria to Gig Harbor on a boat I am considering buying...though it is not a Trawler.

I was interested to read experiences taking a small boat from Astoria to the Straights...and I found a good thread or two on the subject!

For those interested I am looking at a 1973 Chris Craft Commander 36' Sportfish. I have boated in Southern California and the PNW over the past 20 years, and have been looking for something I can use with the family year-round and take the kids out fishing/crabbing/shrimping on.

This won't be my first trip offshore, however my first in a small boat. I will also have a couple friends along that have larger sportfishers and have run from Seattle around Vancouver Island several times...I am sure we will do well if all goes well on trials and survey in a couple weeks
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Old 05-14-2016, 06:16 PM   #2
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Old 05-14-2016, 07:38 PM   #3
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Welcome. I keep my boat at Murphys Landing in Gig Harbor. Do you know where you will keep the boat if you get it?
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Welcome to the Trawler Forum! Good luck with the survey/purchase.
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...though it is not a Trawler.
There are only five "trawlers" on this entire forum

Welcome, always liked the lines of that boat.
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Old 05-14-2016, 08:54 PM   #6
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Thanks guys for the welcome.

dhays- I'm looking for moorage! So far, no luck. However I work up in Ballard and have available moorage at work if needed.
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Moorage has gotten tight again over the past year. The Harbor is a great place to be though.
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Old 05-14-2016, 09:22 PM   #8
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Ahoy Paco... welcome to TF

Nice boat that Chris. 35'er correct? Or is that a 42' They appear much alike. I looked seriously about purchasing a 35' one some years ago. What type power plants you have in this Chris? Been out fishing a long time ago on similar, off NY. Darn good sea boat. Quick too!

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36' and repowered from FE's to 385 series Ford Big blocks.

Still gas sadly, but in my price range.
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36' and repowered from FE's to 385 series Ford Big blocks.

Still gas sadly, but in my price range.
Worry not!

Power Options: Gas -vs- Diesel Part II

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Old 05-14-2016, 10:49 PM   #11
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Art - thanks for the link, I actually read that one last week and it helped me get off the stick on looking more at gas boats.

Doesn't help that I am a marine diesel mechanic by trade. Worse, I know gas engines just as well up to current OBD II.

In the end, I'll probably not ever get to the gas diesel payback either way, so no worries!
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Your machanical skills put you way ahead of someone like me. I pretty much know nothing other than the engine turned the props (somehow).
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Your machanical skills put you way ahead of someone like me. I pretty much know nothing other than the engine turned the props (somehow).
Sometimes you're better off not knowing. I'm also a mechanic, and I probably worry too much about things that I shouldn't.
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Old 05-15-2016, 01:18 PM   #14
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Sometimes you're better off not knowing. I'm also a mechanic, and I probably worry too much about things that I shouldn't.
Well, it's the only way I can afford the "lifestyle"!
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Sometimes you're better off not knowing. I'm also a mechanic, and I probably worry too much about things that I shouldn't.
Ha! Me too...the curse of the mechanic. By the way, we are all dating ourselves by not referring to the profession's modern title of "Technician".

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Well, it's the only way I can afford the "lifestyle"!
Same here. We could never afford a boat like this if we had to pay for the maintenance. Paying for the parts is bad enough. By the way, we're moored just up the Sound from Gig Harbor, in Lake Washington.
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Well, I bought it...and the surveyor came up with a decent sized punch-list. Most items on the list are "what they did in 1973 is not how we do it today". No mechanical, structural or electrical defects.

Now I have the remainder of June to get it ready for the long trip around.

Did I also mention I have a real job to work as well...Oh-Boy!
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