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Old 12-28-2020, 02:51 PM   #121
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I have one.

I have a prairie trawler 29. I don’t have any current pictures, but you can see it all over the Internet. Just google prairie 29. The boat is named Mischief. She runs great and is sea worthy now. I started to update the interior and gutted the salon. My father died and my plans changed. Now she is sitting on the hard. I want $30k for her.
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Old 12-28-2020, 02:57 PM   #122
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https://www.passagemaker.com/cruiser...fe-to-vagabond
This is a link to an old Passage Maker article about restoring an old boat; the "before" photos certainly fit the "trashy" description you are looking for.
As a more serious suggestion, although they are not trawlers, check out some of the boats for sale on sites like the Downeast Boat Forum; you will find a number of older boats that have been used by commercial fisherman, who took good care of the mechanicals because the boat was their livelihood, typically have good electronics, but aren't very concerned with fancy looks. If nothing else, it may help zero in on what you are looking for.
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Old 12-28-2020, 04:07 PM   #123
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Read the last Power and Motor Boat magazine piece about the truly ugly European designs now the rage. Many with up to five outboard motors.
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Old 12-28-2020, 04:10 PM   #124
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Prairie 36

My 1981 Prairie 36 is just about ready to go on the market.
Doc@barnaclestop.com for information.
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Old 12-28-2020, 04:30 PM   #125
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I guess I should have been clearer in my original post. I'm actually looking for pics from owners who have a 'work in progress' boat. Maybe a few before and after pis. I'm looking for an older boat in reasonable shape that may look like a bad movie prop but can still fire up and cruise away. I really have no budget in mind yet as I am about 5 years away from retirement. I was just wondering if all boats look so good as the ones I've seen here.
I’ve seen two posts here that I completely agree with. I’ll paraphrase; a boat that is a wreck on the outside is probably a wreck throughout. An owner rarely lets his boat go to seed while maintaining the engine, transmission, generator and other requisite systems. The second post that you should consider seriously is “There is nothing more expensive than a cheap or free boat”.

Even a well maintained 80s or earlier vintage Trawler requires a lot of time and money, but not knowing your budget it’s hard to advise what to buy. I will say this, however; Unless you are a diesel mech, electrician, HVAC tech, carpenter, plumber, fiberglass tech, rigger, painter, have a lot of money and are looking for a large project for the sake of resurrecting a derelict, stay away from “bad movie props”. Make an honest assessment of your budget and assume annual cost of ownership will be 10% of that amount and buy a well maintained boat of the size that you can afford. Believe me, you will still have plenty of work to do on it that will keep you busy.
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Old 12-28-2020, 04:45 PM   #126
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Lots of great info and tips guys and girls. I am saving my money and after this Covid blows over I can start to look around seriously. A little harder up here in Toronto but I don't mind driving so I will be hitting the east coast for a look at as many marinas I can find.
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Old 12-28-2020, 04:52 PM   #127
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Figure out how much money you have to spend up front on a boat. Buy the best boat you could afford in the best condition you can find for 75% of that $$ amount. Plan on spending the remaining 25% on stuff you didn't see before you bought it! If that's all you spend, you really lucked out!
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Old 12-28-2020, 05:24 PM   #128
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This Trawler has not moved in over 20 years. And I mean not moved
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Old 12-28-2020, 05:50 PM   #129
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From my beginning, being on pleasure boats for 68 yrs, and, being an accomplished masonry contractor for over 40 years; an observation:

I find it interesting that 4 concrete blocks [of 4 different block models - believe me I can see the incremental design differences] are seemingly for no reason lined up at edge of board walk, too near against the poor ol' boat.
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Old 12-28-2020, 05:59 PM   #130
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Trashy trawler

Five years ago, I bought my 1978 37' Canoe Cove with twin Caterpillar diesels with about 2000 hours on them for less than $30k in Canada. It really could use some "cosmetic work," like paint on the house and some real serious fiberglass polishing, etc., but I want to enjoy my boat, not spend all my time working on it (plus as a 75 year old woman, I don't have the strength to lean into a sander or polishing wheel,) and I already have to hire people to take care of mechanical maintenance and repairs so don't want to spend a ton of money on those cosmetic issues, so my boat is always the ugly duckling next to the yachts at the docks, but I love my boat and my boating friends. Go for it! Find your own ugly duckling and enjoy the life.
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Old 12-28-2020, 06:46 PM   #131
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I know this is a sailboat but it could be refloated and converted to a trawler.
Just don't mention Biden when you negotiate.
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Old 12-28-2020, 07:18 PM   #132
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I know this is a sailboat but it could be refloated and converted to a trawler.
Just don't mention Biden when you negotiate.
Nice pic. Bit of a metaphor for recent US regime change, eh?
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Old 12-28-2020, 07:36 PM   #133
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Nice pic. Bit of a metaphor for recent US regime change, eh?


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Old 12-28-2020, 07:55 PM   #134
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Greetings,
Let's keep politics out of this please.
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Old 12-28-2020, 07:55 PM   #135
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All the king’s horses and all the king’s men...
Couldn't make Bozo funny again!

Woops - Sorry RT - your post came in to my email after I'd posted. My fingers are still form here on out!! I think!!

Afterall - I'm not talking politics - I'm just talking clowns...
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Old 12-28-2020, 08:28 PM   #137
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project boat

Here is a good project boat. I bought her two years ago. I bought her for 40,000 and understood she needed some cosmetic work as well as possibly new fuel tanks down the road. Twin Lehmans and transmissions and hull all checked out good. She's been a joy to own and work on. I am still going through old records and recently found some information from the Lehman Warranty card that it's a Marine Trader Pacific 45 where I was told it was a Marine Trader 43. Anyway here are some pictures of her and some projects.
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Greetings,
Mr. ps. I sent that clown an e-mail and no reply yet. Is he still alive?
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Old 12-28-2020, 08:47 PM   #139
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Here is a good project boat. I bought her two years ago. I bought her for 40,000 and understood she needed some cosmetic work as well as possibly new fuel tanks down the road. Twin Lehmans and transmissions and hull all checked out good. She's been a joy to own and work on. I am still going through old records and recently found some information from the Lehman Warranty card that it's a Marine Trader Pacific 45 where I was told it was a Marine Trader 43. Anyway here are some pictures of her and some projects.
Nice boat! Enjoy!! 43' may save a bit o' docking $$$... 1974/75 I lived in LaMesa. Worked construction downtown SD.
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Mr. ps. I sent that clown an e-mail and no reply yet. Is he still alive?

Maybe he just missed it....
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