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TROJAN tri-cabin (36x13)

1974 TROJAN tri-cabin (36x13)


Year: 1974

City: Eastern, NC

Stock: 89ad33

Condition: fair

Make: Trojan

Propulsion: power

Price: $8,000

Listing: By Owner

Status: Available

Length: 36'

Model: Tricabin

Engine hours: -

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Nice weekend cottage or live-aboard. Considered well-made boats with hand-laid solid fiberglass hulls. The pre ’75 models (and better looking) had the cockpit which is great for access from dock, to swim platform/dingy, or fishing. The front bench seat is a nice place for family or friends to enjoy sunset cruises. The 400 Chrysler engines are super easy to access and work on – they are clean and start, however, they need work. Due to their torque, they would sip fuel when putt-ing along. Low flybridge means good visibility all the way around, less windage, easier docking, and passing under just about all bridges one may encounter.

LAYOUT: forward-cabin consists of v-berth with storage and private head; mid-cabin consists of galley with fridge, stove, microwave, built-in L-seat that pulls-out to double bed, and original teak adjustable table; aft-cabin consists of twin 48" wide berths, head and separate shower – LOTS of storage throughout.

HISTORY: The boat was owned by an elderly gentleman and kept at a private marina club in a covered slip for 20 years. Spring of 2019, I drove 6 hours from my home (Maryland) to purchase the boat "as-is" (engines not running) from a local mechanic representing the owner. He charged me $2k to assess engines, tow boat to another marina (), and 4 NEW batteries (). Quite frankly, I am not happy with him – I told him I would ride on boat while being towed (FREE) and bring 2 batteries with me (already had) – he ignored my request and "plowed ahead" along with moving boat to his preferred marina.

INTENT: Anyway, the game plan for me was to come and stay on boat for long weekends/week at a time (between my construction projects) – fix engines and any navigational items that may needed to be addressed – and bring boat via it’s bottom to my area and pursue interior/exterior cosmetics. A nice model/year of this same boat just sold in Michigan for k. Brought back to pristine condition – a listing price of would not be inappropriate in my area (Chesapeake Bay – Annapolis/DC) – especially compared to the lousy-built-ugly-overpriced-clorox-styled boats they "manufacture" now. Wish I had time or retired – C’est La Vie…

ENGINES: BOTH engines started and ran – HOWEVER, the starboard (right) engine has no compression on #8 cylinder – surmise during hurricane storm surge (fall/2018) boat rose to underneath of covered slip roof forcing water into cylinder closest to exhaust – ring rusted to cylinder wall – boat started in spring and snaps ring – thus no compression – OR simply stuck valve in head. Port Engine has 15psi of oil pressure – mechanic replaced oil pump – still low oil pressure. Both engines were started and run before/after work performed. They are easily accessible under aft berths with all top/surround panels removed. So, if you are mechanical inclined or want to hire a mechanic (a local diesel mechanic referred me to a gas mechanic in Little Washington that he gave rave reviews regarding price and work) – would suggest scoping engines for further evaluation.

GENERATOR: Mechanic who sold boat said he had rebuilt several years ago – probably no hours – carb needs to be taken apart and cleaned due to old gas.

EXTERIOR: A 3′ section of the teak and ss rub rail on starboard side has been damaged. Aft port cleat was pulled out during storm surge – holes/fiberglass has been repaired. Cleat, teak, and rub rail can obtained from an adjacent Trojan (sunk) marina owns. The base of ladder to bridge is loose and needs to be resecured.

CANVAS: Brand New – previous owner spent – now stored in my garage.

PLATFORM/STERN LADDERS: Removed by marina – either in boat or my garage attic.

ELECTRONICS: VHF, depth finder, GPS may still be on board or my garage attic.

ELECTRIC/NAVIGATION: Worked at time of purchase.

AC/HEAT SYSTEM: Worked at time of purchase.

DIMENSIONS: 36 X 13 – can be transported with windshield removed.

TOWED: There is no trailer. Perhaps local charter/commercial boat captain would want to pick up some extra cash or another boater.

CURRENTLY: The pictures were taken in spring 2019. So, the boat has been sitting on land for about 1.5 years with no canvas covering – thus dirty. Items from previous owner were removed and interior/exterior cleaned. Unable to take pics of aft cabin/head at the time due to mechanic working on starboard engine. Also, in picture of starboard bow side you can see marine electric cord I brought and plugged in – which kept batteries charged and of course allowed bilge pumps to run when necessary – the cord was missing upon a return trip after boat was moved to another slip by marina – no explanation?! The marina called me last fall (2019) saying they were hauling under the auspices of a potential hurricane/surge and marina manager said water in bow/bilge too (perhaps because cord was missing – duh). Subsequently, a marina worker said they had to haul because of a "pin hole" below water line in bow – I didn’t believe that since boat had been in covered slip a while, towed miles (…..), then in slip at marina for 6 months before they hauled – AND the hull in the bow area is at least 1.5" thick of solid fiberglass! I stopped by there last February (2020) while returning from Florida with the intent of hosing/washing exterior (ended up being to friggin cold) and inspecting interior/exterior bow area – no damage observed?!

CONCLUSION: I am located in Maryland – no time – busy contractor – to far – to many vintage car/boat projects – my Loss/your Gain!

UPDATE: Two inquirers have seen boat. They report that since boat is not connected to electric (thus keeping batteries charged – thus not allowing bilge pumps to run) – that rain water has collected in bilge and will need to be pumped, carpet is stained/damp, and some "fuzz" on interior (wipe down with bleach/water).

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