Hi, winjamerk. Welcome to the very exclusive Prairie 32 family
. Topgallant32 knows much more than I do but he is sometimes hard to get a hold of. This is what he told me about the boat:
The boat was designed and built by George S Hahn. They built 35 of the 32 ft boats 5 or 6 39s and 2 41 ft models then he went into trawler
production. He built hundreds of Prairie trawlers which are found all over the world.
The P32 is a sweet sailing little boat and easy to single
hand. The only complaint TopGallant32 had is that she can be a little wet in steep short seas. Not quite boyant enough in the bow. She is very comfortable in a seaway with all the ballast in the keel
,7500 lbs of lead down there!!. The cutter
rig is great and gives one lots of choices for sails
in all kinds of weather
They are bullit proof. The hull
below water line is over 1 1/4 inches thick. There are a few probs to look out for one being the bolts that hold the deck to the hull. They should be pulled and rebedded for sure. None of them had very good bow rollers.
You wont find many P32 owners out there. Apparently there are only about 16 or so still afloat. One went down in a bad storm off the coast of Honduras
and 2 or three were trashed in hurricains in fla and Lou. Apparently there's one in Boston and one in Novascotia as well.
I am not near my boat right now and I don't have any pictures of the rudder with me. Attached below is a picture of my existing tiller. So something around this size will do. As you can see, it needs to be refinished or remade.
As for the bolts and the height above the rudder, I can get you more exact measurements when I'm near my boat in about a week. For the time being, here are links to two nice P-32's that you can see the tiller and see the bolt pattern on. Maybe they'll give you some insight. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful right now.
32 Foot Prairie Sloop W
Sailboat For Sale: 32