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38' Pacemaker Cabin Cruiser

1972 38' Pacemaker Cabin Cruiser


Year: 1972

City: Little Rock, AR

Stock: ff77fe

Condition: good

Make: Pacemaker

Propulsion: power

Price: $22,500

Listing: By Owner

Status: Available

Length: 38'

Model: -

Engine hours: -

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I found this gem just north of St. Louis. The air conditioner worked and still does. I got the 300 HP engines to perform and am glad for the experience of differential thrust, but to maintain and feed all those horses was not my idea of fun. Hence, after a cruise to Nashville and back to Kentucky Lake, I found time and opportunity to repower.

38′ Pacemaker cabin cruiser with aft cabin. — no catch.

OK, maybe a couple. Built in 1972, not cosmetically perfect. Oh, yes, I did say 1972, didn’t I?

The maintenance-heavy and fuel-hungry 454 Crusader engines have been removed as well as their props and shafts. Where there was once a nightmare of work in the engine room and it is now a perfect storage hold as organized as you can imagine.

The repower is a Honda outboard — small, 50 HP, fuel-injected, efficient, and a snap-to-service outboard. Enough power? Yes! Come for a cruise and you can see for yourself.

Since the re-power we have been up the Tennessee River to Knoxville (actually beyond, but not a lot) and up the Arkansas River into Oklahoma. Efficiently! Great Cruiser!

The good ship Norma Jean — honoring Marilyn Monroe — is actively cruising.
Call to arrange your visit. See her capability for yourself.

PLUSES — so many, must see to appreciate
3–4 steps everywhere you go—5 steps up to aft deck, 4 steps salon to aft cabin, 4 steps salon to galley — Great Exercise!

Fuel efficient, injected 50 HP Honda

Aft cabine sleeps: 2–3 adults, infant
Dinette—as is sleeps one comfortably
Dinette—Converted sleeps 2 plus infant
V-berth—one great, comfortable bunk (used to be 2 unusable bunks)
Salon—plenty of room for someone to sleep in zero gravity chair or on air mattress

Great swim platform and retracting/folding swim ladder

3 navigation/sounders —true redundancy
AIS (automatic information system)—Commercial traffic identified on VHF marine radio with their name, direction and distance from you. Passive—you see this information from them, but this AIS does not broadcast Norma Jean’s information. It’s less expensive than one that sends your information to them, but still provides amazing safety.

A boat goes through water easily at low speed. Increase speed and you multiply horsepower requirement and the fuel consumption. There’s plenty of power to maneuver but none to pull a skier — maybe a tube, boarder? Probably not—don’t know.

2 heads (toilets). In aft cabin it’s manual; forward head is 12 volt electric

Running water in galley, cold only. Propane burner and electric hot-plate

9 kw generator — 110 volt available for hot plate, AC, etc. when generator is running or plugged into shore power.
Second generator on back deck. Redundancy. Smaller, quite handy. Air-cooled.

Not a project, a comfortable, capable vessel that is cruising.

Student housing/second home without additional real estate burden. View options are spectacular!

You will easily know if this is your boat if you join her on her journey
See first-hand how all systems work.


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