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Old 21-12-2011, 00:52   #1
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Looking at a Mainship

Your thoughts on Mainships - 1978 34 foot.
Reputations, craftsmanship in that era, concerns.
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Old 21-12-2011, 04:51   #2
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Re: Looking at a Mainship

The Mainship 34 of that era is a classic. Built to a price certainly, but a great value. The Perkins that was fitted to most of them will last forever with reasonable care. There is a very active Mainship group on Yahoo that could answer any specific questions.

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Old 21-12-2011, 09:48   #3
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Thank you David - I'll check that out.
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Re: Looking at a Mainship

I plan to buy a 390 in 2012. Seem to be several on the market so I hope I can snag a good boat for a good price,
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Scabbydan.

Good luck in your boat hunt.
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Re: Looking at a Mainship

They are well built comfortable boats. The Perkins 6-354 is an excellent engine with parts readily available. One weakness is the BW CR2 gearbox.
I have rebuilt several of them and parts are $$$. Change the gear lube often and assure you have perfect gear output shaft coupling to prop shaft coupling alignment. Less than .003" at 12, 3, 6 & 9 oclock. Check it often.
Last one I rebuilt for a Mainship 34, parts cost almost $2,000 USD.

Keep the dry side up,
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