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Old 03-11-2015, 07:03 AM   #1
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Well, Newby here, jumped into the fray. Put a deposite down on a '83 Atlantic 30 last week. A terrific little trawler. Hopefully bring it home to Vermilion Bay, La. in about 3 weeks. A 400 mile trip. Looking to do the "Loop" in '16 or '17. Have worked (until Jimmy Carter)and played (60 or so yrs) in the rec boat industry for many years. Have no experience with trawlers, mostly experienced with fishing boats. Have owned or operated to many to count, 10ft to 52ft. Hope to pick up some knowledge/advise here on the forum. Looking forward to the slow cruise.
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:33 AM   #2
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Well, Newby here, jumped into the fray. Put a deposite down on a '83 Atlantic 30 last week. A terrific little trawler. Hopefully bring it home to Vermilion Bay, La. in about 3 weeks. A 400 mile trip. Looking to do the "Loop" in '16 or '17. Have worked (until Jimmy Carter)and played (60 or so yrs) in the rec boat industry for many years. Have no experience with trawlers, mostly experienced with fishing boats. Have owned or operated to many to count, 10ft to 52ft. Hope to pick up some knowledge/advise here on the forum. Looking forward to the slow cruise.
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Welcome! Where is your boat? 400 miles puts you in Fl somewhere. I will be coming back to Tx, crossing from Crystal River the first week of April.
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:55 AM   #7
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Boat is at Bluewater Bay Marina, Niceville, Fl. Nice place. Randy (co-owner/broker) is going thru all the systems, repairing salon walls/headliner, trim pcs., etc, installing new bimini canvas. He thought it would take about 2 weeks. I'm trying to get it back to La. between Mar. 29 and April 13. I might be cutting it close. Nephew getting married Mar. 28 and I leave for a Panama Canal cruise on the Aprill 13. If it's not ready before that, I want start the trip until after April. My bucket list is getting shorter, I think! Keep finding stuff to put on it.LOL
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:27 AM   #8
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Welcome aboard!!!! I used to have a Prairie 29... Same boat!!! You will love it!!! That is a fantastic boat! What kind of power do you have in it? Also, half of my family is from Lafayette!!
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:29 AM   #9
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Un autre Cajun! Bonjour mon aime and welcome to a great forum! Hope your projects go as planned. If you wait till after April you should find better weather conditions crossing Mobile and Miss sound. There are quite a few trawler owners from South La on this forum that you will run across. Are you docking the boat at the Point or Delcambre?
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:51 AM   #10
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The engine is a Volvo TAMD40-1600 hours- Clean and runs beautifully. Way to much power for this hull but, will cruise nicely a 7.5 to 8knots at 18K (34K max.). It's a little over propped. Has a 4 blade no (I think they came with a 3bld 12X18??) PO says it has a 800 mile range (200 gals). Not use to getting 4 mpg. I'll take it with a grain of salt(seeing is believing). Lol

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I'm going to dock it at the Point behind my camp in the marina. Your right about the weather-very seldom am I able to get offshore, without getting my a$$ kicked) until late April or early May. Of course, I'm going a lot faster than 8 knts.
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Old 03-11-2015, 12:00 PM   #12
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Hope to see ya new boat later this spring when we start speck fishing. Bro-in-law has a camp at the point, down there often during the week to fish.
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Welcome! I keep my boat in Houma just off of the ICW near Retif's fuel dock. There is also a nice city dock there under the "twin bridges" about mile 57WHL. Send me a message if you need anything while passing through or stopping there.
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Ddalme, if it starts to get to tight, you could have it trailered but that's no fun at all. I used to live in Lafayette years ago and still stop for a beer at City Bar in Maurice every time I go through. Have a good trip and when heading down our way holla.
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hush! Don't tell my wife!! I'm looking forward to the journey. Never ran the ICW east of La. Have a couple of buddies that want to tag along. One is a really good cook and the other is a retired Master captain/unlimited tonnage. My wife is laughingly getting payments from other wives to take their spouses on a cruise. Might pay for the fuel. Taking a legal pad with me to list all the upgrades that I find out that I can't live without.LOL
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:01 PM   #19
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Well, the broker says the boat will be ready for closing Friday-Starting to get excited-6 hour drive than a 400 mile trip back to Cypremort Point, La. Hope I can average 6 knots. $ Days. Crew is getting ready as I speak. I think they're more excited than I am. It's going to be an adventure learning the systems, i.e.: boat. Hope for good weather.
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Good luck, if you can have the owner give you a good rundown on the systems before leaving that will be a big help, also get is telephone # in case something odd comes up on the trip home. I had Chartplotter issues on the trip bringing my boat home I called the previous owner he walked me through it. Spare fuel filter elements might come in handy too.
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