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Old 04-11-2021, 09:16 PM   #21
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Mr. B. Practice, practice, practice. Yep. Take her to the lake and have fun. Throw out some fenders and then try to maneuver to pick them up. Try to back in a straight line. Learn to use your "prop-walk". Neutral IS a gear. Go slow enough so that WHEN you hit something you do as little damage as possible. Start out in calm conditions (wind and current) to build your confidence. You'll soon learn to read her reactions.

I would strongly suggest you hold off on ANY major alterations or renovations for at least one season.Sure, clean her up and get her ship-shape. Repair that loose fitting, do some maintenance etc. but delay thruster installation and that includes trolling motors (as mentioned).

I knew of a fellow with a 38' Marine Trader (MT) single Lehman. He had a bow thruster installed. Several years later I asked him how it was working out as I had a 34 MT at the time and was thinking of adding a bow thruster. He said he used it quite a bit the first year, not so much the second and hardly at all subsequently.

I decided NOT to go the thruster route and was quite content to live with the occasional embarrassment of entertaining onlookers with a poor landing. Nobody got hurt and I didn't break the boat or anything else. Win/win IMO.

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Old 04-16-2021, 12:46 PM   #22
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We used about .5 gph doing 5 kts on our 32' sailboat with the 5424.

Had that boat 20 years and only found Niemiec Marine for Universal parts as we were. Great source.

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Old 04-16-2021, 03:23 PM   #23
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We recently had a 5424 in our O'Day 34. She was ruined in Sally. Before the storm I pulled the 5424 to rework and put a Lombardini 3 cyl in her. If you need or want parts I have everything except the oil filter housing. Alternators, raw water pumps, exhaust riser, block, head and a complete gasket set. I did a lot of research and it is in fact the Kubota D1101 engine. It was installed in the D245 tractor. It pushed a 14500lb sailboat around at 6-7 knots (hull speed for that waterline) all day for .6 gallons per hour. I calculated this traveling from Savannah down the ICW through Ocachobee and to Destin. If you run this engine at 1800 RPM we got best fuel to speed. More RPM's did not translate to much more speed, just more noise and vibration and about .5 knots.
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Old 04-17-2021, 08:10 PM   #24
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Well i dont think i need the engine mine seems to be in good shape but tou never know till something lets go

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