to the site and first time posting
I'm Joel Quillen. I'm originally from Nashville, I currently live in Denver, and own an Allied
Princess 36 which is in St. Pete, FL. I bought her a couple of years ago for a catharsis and mechanical project
to tinker on, but due to an untimely job loss, had to put her needs aside to address my own. I am an amateur mariner, but interested in learning
all I can and respecting the process as I come along.
I'm about to pull my tent stakes and move to FL to get her fixed up and pick up where I left off.
She is a 1973 model with the original layout for that year range. I had spent some time researching what kind of boat I wanted, and for what purpose. I wanted a sturdy boat that is safe and capable enough to take offshore
, when my abilities are up to snuff. I paid 10k for her, and despite some issues that will require attention, I feel I will come out ahead. I know what BOAT stands for, but I'm single
and childless, so I have the luxury of blowing my checks on the impending refit
I had purchased her from the PO with a handshake as to the condition she would be in when I took her over. I'm a helicopter mechanic
, so I have a general insight as to whether things are in order or not. My first and most salient issue thus far has been the engine
On my first trip out in 2013, the engine
experienced a catastrophic oil leak
and threw a rod out of the crankcase. I had test run her in the yard with coolant
and everything seemed fine then. Go figure. So, my first serious repair is to do an engine swap with another Perkins
4-108 I have a bead on. I had planned to do an accessory swap w/ new gaskets and hardware
, look over the Hurth
tranny, and put the whole lot back in. I'm not trying to do an overhaul
right now, just the minimum needed to get her seaworthy
and closer to a cheaper yard where I can begin to do a legit DIY refit
So, some general questions for those who've gone before:
What advice can you offer about swapping one Perkins
for another as I've described? Common problems, labor bottlenecks, incompatabilities with different S/N's, etc?
There has not been a marine survey
done. Yes, I know. Newb mistake.
I haven't detected any soft spots on the deck
other than a wobbly stanchion. If the rest of the deck hardware
seems solid, is it reasonable to assume all is well, or do I have to take them all off, drill the old epoxy
& re-epoxy, rebed & refasten as part of the refit?
As I've come to learn, the Princesses of this vintage were mostly finished using that cheesy Formica veneer and trimmed in wood. I'd really like to look at something nicer in there, but I'm not an experienced woodworker, nor do I want to screw with removing the bulkheads if I don't have to. Is there a such thing as covering the 1970's student desk-esque formica with a another wood veneer that could perhaps be glued over the old stuff? I really hope so. I wonder why they didn't go ahead and put the cottage cheese and glitter ceiling paint
job and avacado green oven
for good measure.
I've already read a lot of great articles from this forum and look forward to getting to know you folks on here. I welcome your input, constructive criticism, and cajoling when needed. I will pass along my tidbits here as I get them as well.