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Old 09-25-2020, 06:08 PM   #1
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To me this seems like a well built decent boat for the price. Yes it is older but if the add is true to its word then the value is there. I am still in the very early looking phase so this is not a purchase question but a value and usability question.
It does state that it could be for ocean use. That said the Ocean here is all behind Vancouver island so it is more like a great lake with salt added. What do I know.
I would want to use it as a coastal cruiser.

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Old 09-25-2020, 06:20 PM   #2
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I would not do coastal cruising in it. I believe it would be dangerous in much of a sea. It is a lake boat IMO. Anyone can say a boat is an ocean or a coastal boat but that doesnít make it true. You can go offshore when it is dead calm and by the time you head in it can be horrible and I would not want to be in that boat in anything over a couple of feet waves, if that.
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Old 09-25-2020, 06:29 PM   #3
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Old 09-25-2020, 06:35 PM   #4
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Many boats similar have done the loop with care.

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Old 09-25-2020, 06:49 PM   #5
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Just to clarify, your theoretical use is around Vancouver, Gulf Islands, etc?

If so, I think I'd be a little nervous in that boat. Yes, you are "sheltered" by Vancouver Island, but there are strong currents and conditions on a fairly regular basis.

So while you don't need an ocean-crosser, I wouldn't recommend a boat like that one. Especially if you are relatively new to boating. I'd want to err on the side of the boat will help you to get out of trouble vs. you'd better be perfect.

On a different body of water, I'd have a different opinion.
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The Strait of Georgia is more ocean than lake. Conditions change with the tide. Some island passages have rip tides that would be dangerous for this boat. I plan my trips based on the tides and have an 83' boat. An old fishing boat would be better.
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I think when they stated "ocean use" in the ad I think they meant saltwater and not running this off the west coast of Vancouver Island. I would not pick this as a coastal cruiser. I think it could get a bit sketchy dealing with a big wake from a 50+ footer up on plane.
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Old 09-25-2020, 07:11 PM   #8
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Here's a NADA listing that says the average value for that boat is $7000

https://www.nadaguides.com/Boats/197...0041389/Values

Yours has a new Cat engine which is a big plus, but its still a 50 year old boat and I'd be concerned about a twin to single conversion. Also, consider the stability impact of removing an engine and 1 set of running gear down low....and adding a fly bridge up high....and then taking a lake boat out into the ocean.....

It might be a great deal, and it might make you very happy......but I think you could find a better coastal cruiser in that price range.

Here's a 1985 36' Albin double cabin with diesel power for $39,000
https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/198...cabin-3688979/

A 1992 Carver 33 foot aft cabin for $32,000
https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/199...cabin-3709701/

1990 Bayliner 3288 with twin diesels for $35,000
https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/199...yacht-3706614/
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To me this seems like a well built decent boat for the price. Yes it is older but if the add is true to its word then the value is there. I am still in the very early looking phase so this is not a purchase question but a value and usability question.
It does state that it could be for ocean use. That said the Ocean here is all behind Vancouver island so it is more like a great lake with salt added. What do I know.
I would want to use it as a coastal cruiser.

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Well, like everyone else said, but for starters, you'd need to lose that tree trunk sticking up out of the cockpit before you went far. That would definitely make it a bit 'tippy'.
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I am not a mechanic but it says the 3208 has sleeves in the cylinders, I didnít think that 3208s had sleeved cylinders. Also it says all stainless steel fittings below the waterline, bronze would be preferable due to crevice corrosion.
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Greetings,
Mr. Cat. Nice boat but agree with all of the above. NOT for ocean use.
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Old 09-25-2020, 09:51 PM   #12
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It's a great lake houseboat. Value, about $12K. Maybe.

It probably has a 2' draft. Freeboard looks a little skinny for ocean. Clearly designed for a smooth lake.
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A 3208 non-turbo engine is 210 hp. A 3208T is about 270 hp. Makes me wonder if they know what they were doing. Brass prop???
Warning lights are flashing.
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A 3208 non-turbo engine is 210 hp. A 3208T is about 270 hp. Makes me wonder if they know what they were doing. Brass prop???
Warning lights are flashing.
They are flashing quite brightly in my opinion. In the description it does talk about turbo boost. It also says they added a propane stove. Huge possible issue with proper propane installation, was it done correctly? If not it can be a big safety issue.
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Brief opinion, wrong boat for non-protected waters.
Recommendations? See above. Way too many options that will bring you home alive.
Advice? Diesel power. Stay away from wooden hull boats and exterior teak, especially teak decks.
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Well, like everyone else said, but for starters, you'd need to lose that tree trunk sticking up out of the cockpit before you went far. That would definitely make it a bit 'tippy'.
That is for his steady sail?
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Old 09-26-2020, 07:24 AM   #18
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Years ago we did a lot of cruising with friends who had a "houseboat" similar t this one. They went everywhere we did with our old Mainship trawler. Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Block I scores of times, down LI Sound and up the Hudson.
Definately a coastal cruiser no doubt about it.
The boat will take more than these guys think in MY opinion.
No I would not like to be out in 6 foot seas with it, but I wouldn't want to in any boat.
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I'd say pretty steep price for a 1971 34' houseboat. If you like the tremendous room of a houseboat and want to stick close to shore. Take a look at the Holiday Mansion. I really like the bow on some of them. For 40K you can easily find one in the 39' - 49' LOA. One drawback is they are usually twin gasser sterndrives. Plenty of umph for plenty of fuel or putz along at trawler speed.

On the Boat Trader website there is a 83' 39' Jumbo Barracuda on a trailer (rare) for $19K. So, get in your F-350 dually, drive on over to North Dakota and tow it home.

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Lake boat only, $12 to $15k max. Expensive engine, possibly installed correctly, possibly not, twin to singe conversion is a BIG deal, especially if not installed properly. Expensive, capable engine/drive train, installed in an inexpensive, lake boat, does NOT make the boat worth $$$$ more than same boat with original engines. Just makes it a lake boat with an overkill for a drive train. The Bayliner, in LaConner, mentioned in a previous link is in the same price range, and would be more suitable for judicious coastal cruising . . . JMHO
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