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Published on Sep 28, 2009
Mischief is now for sale - much updated, turnkey and will take you anywhere. $41K 352-650-2536 Trawler Cruising Guide: http://www.treasuresites.com/modelsw.htm for the charts. One of the best trawler designs to come off the drafting board of Jack Hargrave, the Mischief, a 29 foot 1978 Prairie Trawler being readied for extended cruising. Follow the cruise on the ICW from Jacksonville to our home port in 23 days through all types of weather and situations. Prairie Boat Works was bought out by Atlantic & production continued for a few more years. The Prairie 29 is a Jack Hargrave design, the 29 in particular very similar to his later Hatteras 42 Long Range Cruiser from the bow quarter. We have found our Prairie very comfortable to live on, very stable in practically all conditions presented in this series of movies. Things we like: shallow draft capability (2'9"), double shaft bearing seals, excellent fuel mileage (Yanmar 52 hp diesel), heavy construction makes it easy to heat and cool, ease of operation for 2 people. Since the recession, Prairie and Atlantic trawlers sell for a fraction of what they were and are a great boat to live on and cruise (2 people). Other models we had considered: 26 Nordic Tug Trawler (rejected due to size, cost, and lack of flybridge), Sundowner Trawler, Island Gypsy 32 Trawler, Grand Banks 32 Trawler (rejected due to maintenance of wood issues), Eagle 32 Trawler (the closest one we came to buying, but the engine time was very high), various Willard Trawlers (love the style, but to much draft for where we live to be practical). All the previous are great boats, but buying a trawler involves not only the boat, but where it will be used, and the mission it will be on. If you study the boats, try to pick the one that fits the most of your needs, and you'll be one happy boater for a long time. Best of luck! P.S.: these are very fuel efficient trawlers, throttled back to 2200 rpm, slightly over 7 mpg with a 4 blade prop. Connie's Custom Nautical Stickers & More on Ebay: http://stores.ebay.com/store=417495924