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Old 03-06-2011, 10:16 AM   #41
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That's what we would like to do. However, I am trying to figure out the operating costs of this Egg vs a Trawler to even consider it.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:29 AM   #42
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If you are making one trip and leaving it there, it does not matter.

If you are going back and forth annually I would go for the trawler.

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Gin,* Please post some pics of the Egg if you have them.

Just curious.** JohnP
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here she is....
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Wow,* He wants to give you her for an even swap?


That would be hard to pass up.


Once you get her, you can find the best speed on the trip down.

Run her slow for a few days and see what you burn.

Then figure the distance and run her on plane for the same distance and check it out.

Nice looking boat!

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Gin- She even has a washer/dryer?

How cool.

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My goal would be to first cruise her home so I can get a good feel for her and get some work done (and big July 4th party on her !s!!). Then towards the end of the season cruise her to VA. If I'm looking at 20 GPH I can't afford to bring her south. If I'm looking at 4 GPH I can. $3200 vs. $1300 if my calculations are correct.
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Gin,* Have you made the deal or not?

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Old 03-06-2011, 11:39 AM   #49
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Not yet. I inspected his boat and he inspected mine. We both agreed to terms and conditions of a trade. Now I'm just trying to figure out if I can afford to enjoy her.
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Gin,* It sounds like it is not an even swap,* so only you can decide if she works for your family.


Good Luck,** Not sure if trawler people will give you the answer you are looking for.


Nice looking boat.** JohnP
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Honestly John I really think a trawler is the way to go for me. Its just with this economy its impossible to sell anything so I am forced to rely on a trade at this time and so far the Egg is what's on the table.
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Just adding my 2 cents. Would the Egg be an easier sale later? as the economy (cough, cough) picks up? Then you might want to make the trade "suffer" through this season with it and keep your eye out for the Trawler you want to buy.
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that is one nice boat.* Hope it works out for you.*
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Thanks guys! It is looking good but only time and sea trials will tell.
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Gin,
That is a nice looking boat if he is doing an even swap. Questions:
1) What does the engine room look like?
2) Hours on engines and generator?
3) Does she have a holding tank for the head?
4) What kind of condition are the fuel tanks in?


My previous boat was a 38' sedan that weighed 27k lbs and had twin 8.1 crusaders. That boat at hull speed around 7 knots burned around 5-7 GPH total with both engines running. If I was up on plane we burned around 20-24 GPH. WOT was 65GPH. I would guess that 38' egg with 454's and old technology would burn around 7-8GPH at hull speed but don't quote me on that.

The biggest issue for you to address is the condition of the engines, generator, and fuel tanks. Replacing that equipment would well exceed the value of the boat. Make sure there are not hidden problems in the engine room as that's where you'll spend a bunch of money. If your boat you are trading is in good mechanical and cosmetic shape you would be better off keeping it then trading for a bigger/larger/older boat with big mechanical issues. The point of what I am saying is that sometimes even if a boat is given to you for free it is still not a good deal so just do your homework.

As far as sellability, again, depends on the relative condition of your current boat and this 38. I will tell you this though- there is no harder boat to sell than a larger boat with gas engines with old technology. The threat of E10 and perhaps E15 on these old engines cannot be understated. I personally would have no interest in owning a large gas powered boat again. Fuel prices are too high and the E10/E15, particularly E15, will destroy these old engines and associated equipment. For me, diesel is the only way to go for a multitude of reasons and with that, I mean a low hp, naturally aspirated diesel that is stupid simple.

I am not saying the trade isn't a great deal- just saying make sure all issues are investigated and the actual condition of the boat is known. You would not want to trade a good working boat that you know for an older boat if it is mechanically on it's last leg. You blow out one or both engines and that deal suddenly isn't so good. If those engines have over 1,100 to 1,200 hours on them I would consider them on borrowed time before they need to be replaced/rebuilt.

Good luck- hopefully she is a gem and it's a sweet deal!

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Thanks for that! I am going back Friday for a better look. From my initial inspection, the engines looked like new with many new parts. If Friday goes well I will have my mechanic spend a few hours surveying her next week. I agree with the "value" of the swap w/ old v new. I know my Thompsons "book value" is far less than that of the Egg. However, I know my boat is in top notch shape and runs beautifully on twin 4 cyl 190 Merc engines. Super efficient and gets the WOT done around 30 snots. I am not jumping in bed with this lady without a condom. No sir!! Taking my time and making sure she's as good a deal as I hope she is.
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...... the owner told me and showed me that some extensive deck and catwalk repair was done. I just found out that it was done by Burger Marine Services. Anyone know of them? Apparently a very good reputable company up here in NY. I spoke with the owner Chris Burger. He assured me his work was done very well and he never touched the the hull bc it was very sound.
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I see Burger Marine advertised on Craigslist all the time. I would be interested in your assessment of their work. There is a MT 44 for sale in the New York area. He also spoke about taking in a smaller boat as partial trade. If you are interested, I will try to dig up the info.
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nice Egg.. i guess they are not considered trawlers?
Sedan then?
even if you want to travel at trawler speed you could do that, i am guessing at hull speed you are pretty close to the same economy as a twin engine trawler..
good luck with it..
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The Egg Harbor is a semi displacement hull "sport fisherman." I plan on running her at around 6.5 - 7 snots 90% of the time. From what I hear I should burn anywhere from 7 - 12 GPH for the twin 454s at that speed. Ultimately I think a true trawler is what I want but the deal I have in place with this Egg may be to good to pass up. Moondance, I have to say the work Burger did is solid. They did extensive glass work and repair in 2008 which has held up well. There are some minor cracks in the deck where they cut a section of rot out. They also replaced a good portion of the bridge wood where the owner opted to just keep it wood rather than glass over (I guess to save a few $). That paint is pealing off. I did see that trawler on Craigslist and actually emailed him a few weeks back. He wants a smaller walk around boat where mine is a bit larger and a cabin cruiser. Good looking out though! thanks!!
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