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Old 25-10-2016, 05:43   #16
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Re: 10m Cooper Prowler - Seaworthy?

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Old 25-10-2016, 07:16   #17
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Re: 10m Cooper Prowler - Seaworthy?

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Old 25-10-2016, 08:01   #18
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Re: 10m Cooper Prowler - Seaworthy?

Wow, a thread that's not only been resurrected 3 times, but this most recent one after more than 5.5yr.
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Old 25-10-2016, 08:24   #19
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Re: 10m Cooper Prowler - Seaworthy?

Lol! I guess those Prowlers are still going strong!
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Re: 10m Cooper Prowler - Seaworthy?

Hi folks, just joined the forum because I found this thread in a search, so here it is brought back to life again. We just recently bought a Cooper Yachts Prowler and once we knew the boat was the layout we liked and it happened to be moored in a place we liked, we took the plunge, despite all the things that need to be fixed. There is so little info out there about these boats, that threads like this one are the only hope. Ours does have a bit of hull blistering, but most are small and hard. The ones that are not hard will likely be repaired during an upcoming haul out. We had a bad experience with a surveyor who admittedly was no expert on blistering, so he wrote that they all need to be repaired, yet when we speak with the experts who have looked at them, they say it's clear they have been painted over many times, indicating that they've been there for years, but just keep an eye on them and if there's no change year over year, don't worry about them.
We will also apparently need to change the fuel gauge sending unit, which will entail cutting a hole in the step up in the salon where the table is mounted and another hole in the floor below that, to reach the sending unit on the fuel tank. Not sure why they wouldn't leave an access hatch, but oh well, we'll deal with it. Other than that, it's just things like waste hose replacement, macerator pump replacement, maybe some new spark plugs, but the boat runs well and handles well.

I'm hoping to read about others who have had specific issues or have found little tricks/fixes/ideas for working on these boats or just using them. We love the boat and are going to make it great. Btw, ours has twin VP 570 gas engines. I'm guessing the most economical speed is around 7 or 8 knots.
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Re: 10m Cooper Prowler - Seaworthy?

We had a 1986 10M Sundeck for 3 years, and loved it. It was in a bit of rough shape when we got it, but we fixed it up nice. For a boat that's 35' LOA, you simply can't beat the room! 6' of headroom everywhere, two heads (one with separate shower/tub), propane 4 burner stove with oven meant that we would be cooking anywhere, anytime! Under way, at the marina or on the hook somewhere. We basically lived aboard in the summer loved the boat. Lots of 'pros'. The few 'cons' for us? She definitely wasn't fast - you're right, best fuel consumption was about 8 knots. She would do 27 mph flat out, but we'd go through fuel crazy fast if we did that. The other thing is that, because she was a MY, she didn't really like heavy seas, especially waves coming abeam. Very well made tho; tough solid boat. Wife actually cried the day we sold it! Hope you have good luck with yours and enjoy her as much as we did.
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That’s all great info, thank you! Ours is not a Sundeck, just a 32’ with a single V berth and a deck at the back, but of course the table area makes room to sleep 2 more. We would probably never have more than the 2 of us and our dog overnight though. I believe the previous owner removed many things and sold them separately, like the biminis, BBQ, Loran etc, but we are getting it all ready for a few nights up our coast next spring and summer. We’ll avoid rough seas as much as we can, but as you know, the weather can change dramatically, so we’ll be prepared to endure it. We currently use a combination of a fish finder and a Standard Horizon GPS unit, as well as an iPad with Navionics. We also have an old Toughbook laptop with a free nav app and a USB GPS attachment. Might even get the sonar unit that works with the iPad.. Today, I plan to pull spark plugs and freshen them with new ones if needed.
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Re: 10m Cooper Prowler - Seaworthy?

Nice! Too bad the previous guy took so much out; when we sold ours, we sold it total turn key so the new owners didn't need to buy a single thing. These boats are well made and solid tho! One summer we decided to replace a port window in the V Berth, and the people at our marina were shocked when they saw how thick the hull was! Anyway, they were (and still are) good boats, and I think you'll have years of fun with her!
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