Hi everyone, i have really enjoyed reading the various threads on the Trawler Forum and researching boats. Three weeks ago i bought my first boat. She is a 1990s steel hull custom boat initially designed for a retired fisherman. She is 46Ē, and weighs in approx 35tonne (I havenít had a chance to verify this yet). Powered by a Gardner Diesel - 6xlct. I have recently hired a marine engineer to assess all systems and the hull - everything appears to be in working order. I joined the forum so that i can learn from everyone here, get some good ideas, share some experiences as a new boater and hopefully avoid making the expensive mistakes. Hopefully next week i will get my boat licence and also undertake a radio operators course. Very excited. Iím in the planning stages to do some external cosmetic upgrades and iím open to suggestions as to what i can do to improve her appearance. (sheís a bit ugly but i think i love her 🤣 Iím thinking about installing an upper level seating area and funnel to make the most of the free space
on the steel roof, repaint in new colour scheme re do the timber work. I will post some photos. Let me know what you think. Ps - what does she look like? a fishing boat, a trawler or just a cruiser? Thanks in advance
Welcome aboard. VERY nice vessel and NOT ugly at all IMO. I fully appreciate your excitement BUT I would strongly suggest you wait until you have lived with her for a while (6-12 months, perhaps) BEFORE you make any major additions and/or alterations. You visions of a "good idea" may readily change over time. Remorse can be expensive. Just make sure she is clean and dry (inside) and enjoy.
Welcome aboard. Your boat is not ugly at all. At 35 ton it's heavy for a 46' boat. Are you sure the roof is steel. On that size boat I would expect aluminum. Good engine and built for the long haul. Is your boat stabilized?
On the Gardner Engine. Are you sure the model is not a Gardner 6LXB instead of a 6XLCT as stated in the ad?
We have a Gardner 8LXB, and I'm familiar with some of the other models, but not the 6XLCT.
The boat looks like it is well built. Need pics of the interior as well, and obviously the engine spaces too!
Also room for solar on the flat cabin roof if you so choose.
It can be intimidating getting a new boat, but just remember:
How do you eat an elephant?
"One bite at a time!"
And Welcome to the Forum, now get out and enjoy your new boat!
Hi Serene, yes you are correct, i mis typed the model number. I think it is a 6LXCT - 6 cylinder with the turbo. It was only a few weeks ago that i didnít know what a ďGardnerĒ engine was - it has been a steep learning curve.
Hi Pierre, thanks for your reply. No stabilisers are on the boat currently, however the previous owner had them removed. They were like a swinging truss frame on either side above the water line. When needed, they would swing out, lock into place and there would be a horizontal metal plate in the water to provide the stability. I wonder if i will need stabilisers? Iím thinking that installing a bow truster may be a good idea, however iím not 100% sure if the additional expense may be overcapitalised for this boat. It seems to have pipes underneath which i have been told is ďkeel coolingĒ, so iím not sure if the under water fin type stabilisers will fit.
I`m with RTF, hasten slowly. From your posts you are in a learning phase, though arn`t we all.
You don`t need a Maritime license to operate a boat<10 knots but yes, you should get one, you will learn a lot.
My guess is your lovely boat is a well converted fishing trawler but it might just look like one. Hope it all goes well, where do you keep the boat?
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They were like a swinging truss frame on either side above the water line. When needed, they would swing out, lock into place and there would be a horizontal metal plate in the water to provide the stability.