Originally Posted by edbulmer
I'm in the process of purchasing
one of these. Does anyone know anything about the boat. Look great inside, beautiful teak interior
. It has Ford Lehman
diesels with approx 1100 hours. Will do a survey
. Is it a good choice?
A good choice for what?
What type of boating
will you be dong.
What waters (US, coastal, rivers??)
How much range do you need (or do you know?).
How much experience do you have in repairing different boat systems?
How many people on board. How long will you be on board at a time.
Questions, questions, questions...
Survey. That gets you a check mark in the column headed "Smart Moves".
Lehman's are noisy, dependable, fairly efficient for an old design, can be repaired by anyone anywhere. Probably my top choice for that style boat. Did I mention they are noisy?
My opinion? That style boat (trunk cabin trawler
, old Grand Bank clone, single/twin small diesel) is probably the best used boat
deal for long trips in relatively protected waters. Coastal, river type stuff. Wouldn't mind taking one through the Caribbean
as long as I had plenty of time to wait for weather
BUT, they were made by a wide range of builders in a wide range of qualities. Surveys are an absolute must. (I looked at a 42' DeFever that looked like a dream deal. All new engine
room courtesy of an insurance
company. Pity. A few weeks after the survey, it was hauled to the boatyard to be chopped up. Owner didn't know (?) the stringers were rotten inside the fiberglass
So, tell us more so I'll know if anything I said applies to what you really need in a boat...