Congratulations. What a superb choice.
She'll never be fast but she'll always look after you, even when you do silly things. And the accommodation should be enough should you need to take on another 'she' or two as you go.
Try the 'Prout Owners Association', a web search will get you there.
I had the 33, as a raw beginner, a week in a dinghy
, a lot of reading, no other experience, she did her very best for me.
1. Check the engine
runs at near full power for a half hour without any kicks from the drive leg. There was a problem with mine that meant more than low throttle made the drive uncertain, eventually failing.
2. Replace the rudder
bottom bearings (Pintles) with new stainless steel
fabrications by a marine
fabricator (right materials matter here) and I'd also get the rudders filled with a suitable foam as they tend to leak when older, leading eventually to problems. Mine had no internal steel
structure within them, foam filling will make them strong.
3. Put a depth
gauge on the end of the nacelle ahead of the drive leg. It can be serviced from a dinghy
without lifting, they all seem to be prone to weeding up and failing for the sake of a wipe now and then.
4. If it's an AutoHELM
then manufacturers Manuals
are still available via the net.
5. If you add a wheel
then retain the tiller (suitably stowed but just in case). Insurance
will want to know there is one, so should crew!
6. Keep the oven
cells. Mine had an electric
fridge that worked fine of the six flexi solar panels
, icing lightly, keeping sealed milk fresh for a fortnight at least and making weekend trips so easy to cater. You will a wind
genny for night running on AutoHelm
. There is room in the anchor locker
for three gas bottles. Make sure they bolt/strap down and are protected from the anchor
7. Carry a spare light anchor
at the back too, great for quick deployment; kedging off etc.
8. An inflatable
dinghy fits nicely on the bow if you tie it down well, even partly inflated.
9. It is not sparkling upwind, 50deg off app't is great in up to f4, above that it's part furled genoa
and 70 to app't. I didn't see more than gusts to f8. Downwind, full sails
set, we saw surfing to 14 knts - dangerously over sailed but handled well with main and genoa
set opposite to the stay sail. Always use the staysail, first up, last down.
Once out of the water
do a carefull Osmosis
check (hammer taps every two inches everywhere is the old way - a surveyor
will scrap off a couple a spots and take a dam reading.) The earlyish Prouts were built conservatively, very strong for cruising.
You'll get used to the rear mast
, but note that most of the power seems to come from the genoa, the main is there to balance the boat. The stay sail acts on both sails, a trailing edge flap to the genoa, and a leading edge flap to the main. If there is a little dimple on the back of the main when close hauled the stay is about right. It's self tacking on that curved rail in front of the mast
. I put quick release shackles on all three corners of the stay which made it much easier to rig/derig. On a recent post on single
handing was a hint to add downward halliards, this makes sense for the stay if you want to single
hand. If the AutoHelm works well then motor
on before dropping the sails.
Don't add a battened main, it unsettles the balance of the boat badly, overloading the rudders.
There are several styles of rudder connections, some even with a networks of ropes, on these Prouts over the years. If you are doing changes then I'd recommend hydraulic with a tie bar between the rudders which allow you to set the rudders to each other first. The correct toe-in will reduce drag. Run the hydraulics one line to each rudder if you are happy that the tie bar is good. Otherwise run to both rudders. It will handle fairly well on a single rudder. Make sure the emergency
tiller will fit either rudder!
If all is sound then add loose covers, we used curtain weight material for the seats which made cosy blankets for chilly winter nights.
A cast iron skillet is well worth the money
on a gas stove, thise square ones cook a great breakfast for one at a time and do steaks superbly. Add a whistling kettle to save gas.
The original water tanks
were in the keels. Adequate but not particular fit for drinking water
to today's standards. Add a five litre plastic camping style one for now.
Otherwise, as money
allows, replace the lighting
with LEDs and so on. Spend money first on the standing rigging
, next on sails.
This is a bit long winded since there is no indication of where in the world you are, what the budget
is, or how far are you planning to take her. Prouts have been everywhere all ready. Your's is a bit small, the risks do increase a little as size reduces, but it's one of the best for it's size. Great for cruising, great as a live aboard, great to improve steadily, and so lovely to turn off the noise
, raise the drive leg and slide across the oceans for free!