Originally Posted by Saltair
I always loved the lines of a trawlers and the comfort, roominess and economical performance is perfect for our lifestyle. I think a 36-40 foot single engine vessel with some work and repairs needed would fit our budget. Ive read that Taiwanese made trawlers have issues and may not always be built well but they are the boats that are in our price range. Any thoughts on a 1976 39 transpac?
I'd love to here any and all info on these boats so I can use the info to pick up the right boat for local family cruising. I'm not afraid of some work but I don't want another 2 year project that I remember both loving and hating.
Assume it is the 76 Transpac listed on Yachtworld. The info on it is a little sparse and there is an overall lack of transparency. The pics look nice but the brokers comments that "she is in the final stages of a restoration" seem to translate to "don't believe the pics". I did not notice a windlass, a bimini or davits. In was unclear if the rib and outboard come with the boat. No telling what the electrical system is like but many old Taiwanese boats of that vintage are a disaster. It doesn't have teak decks so that is a plus but there still could be soft spots. The engine has very low hours, is fairly new and the American Diesel/Ford Lehmans are a great engine. The fuel tanks are a big question mark as the originals are usually rusted badly. The electronics look old and older. Bottom blisters could also be an issue.
If you haven't already seen the boat, you would need to but it sounds to me like a 2 year project and a hefty budget. As usual, you would also need a good survey but given her uncertain state of restoration, the surveys might be limited. Did you notice the 1995 licensing sticker on the window by the helm? They would probably accept an as-is offer of $20K and praise the lord.