Just an update. I bought a 31' Prout, 1968 Hull No 41, at Xmas this year.
Very pleased with her. As a new sailor I've been able to take her on without 'experienced' assistance. She's been good to me.
There are difficulties in this route
to trim sails
for optimum performance from a book for example. There are benefits too, I get to identify problems and find solutions.
e.g I've put quick release clips on all three corners of the stay sail making deployment easy. I rigged it to slide along the curved bar across the top of the cockpit
so it's self tacking. Comments please!
Hauling the main is hard work, is it just a wire brush in the groove and wash well?
Play in the (morse cable) steering
prevents the auto pilot from working!
There aren't any other problems at the moment. I've logged a hundred hours mainly in Southampton Water
and the Solent. Done the Needles passage
I get up to seven knots (hull speed) sailing in twenty five knots and reef after that.
In winds under ten knots are embarrassingly slow but I'm hoping sail trimming improves that, and there is a spinnaker
when I'm ready.
Accomodation is good, three cosy doubles and a (2) big doubles in the day cabin
Otherwise there is the continual little changes to make her more suited to us, and recovering her original standards. The boat looks very original and shows signs of a previous extinct tonneau cover and various drilling and marks in the body work.
There is a drive problem. The coupling broke off the engine
leaving us adrift in the Medina. Poor engine
re-installation when a 43 hp was fitted a couple of years ago.
Are they underpowered with the 27 Yanmar
Mine has flat decks all round, there's a 34 here with steps either side of the cockpit
which look awkward. The bigger ones seem to double their price
for every three foot extra length.
I hope you found what you were looking for. There's not much wrong with the older Prouts, especially if they are still around after thirty years! Of course they have lost
some strength. Look at the rear bulkhead for cracking and double its thickness around the cabin doors if it's not been done already. Allow for hydraulic steering
and add a hydraulic ram to the drive leg slewing.
Mine came with electric winch
for the anchor
. I'm considering a demountable electric
bow thruster as cross winds and currents make pontoon mooring
really difficult. Perhaps it will get easier with practice but with a single
engine manouvreability is POOR at lowpeeds.
Love to hear from othe Prout'ies.