The search is over. 28 Crowley Beal

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  1. xbskt

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    I felt I needed to wait until the paperwork was done. The long, varied search and discovery mission for a DE boat here is over.
    We looked all over New England at a lot of boats. Including a project I almost took on here on Nantucket. As seems normal, we could not find the boat that checked all the boxes but saw a lot with good qualities and a lot with issues. Prices varied depending on how much of a project the boat was but we were open to anything with good bones.
    We had a contract on a 35 Duffy but that deal fell through. Thinking we were going to need to find a temporary center console and work ramping up for spring deadlines we had decided to let it go till fall and continue the search then.
    Meanwhile back a few weeks, a member here had contacted me about another Beal here on Nantucket quietly for sale. A 28 Crowley Beal (not to be confused with an Osmond) that has been around here since it was built. I have seen it around and knew the boat but did not know much about it.
    I went to look and it felt promising but not for us. I figured I would keep it in my back pocket in case the deal we had going on the Duffy did not work out. Glad I did. In the end Mrs. and I went to look again and made a deal with the owner who I know.
    After all the traveling we did from Maine to Florida looking at DE boats, this one sort of found me less than a mile from shop.
    It needs a lot of cleaning and updating but is going to be fine for us to figure out if the DE hull is for us or not.
    I will need to spend some dough on various things like windows and hatches. Cushions for us to be more comfortable in the vee berth for overnights on the mooring. Rear curtains need to be replaced. A mast is on the list and a Durabrite mini as soon as practical.
    Cummins 6CTA8.3M1 rebuilt a while back. ZF trans with a 4 blade on it now but it came with a spare 3 blade.
    200 gallons of fuel
    Riggers will be moved to the roof and upgraded.
    Currently just cleaning and getting to know her inside and out.
    Filters, fluids, bottom paint, wash, wax, buff and launch her to get to know her on the water.
    Definitely a beast.
    Needs a lot of cleaning for sure but it made sense to us to by this one. What it doesn't have, we can add. What it does, is good enough for us to figure out if the DE hull is for us.
    More to follow as we get her up to par.
     

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  2. CaptLuke

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    That thing is sweet!
     
  3. BillD

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    Beautiful boat.
    I love the lines of the Crowley Beals.
    I had my eye on a 33 Crowley a few years back.

    Would you take some pictures of the engine/engine install/engine box.

    I want to see how a Cummins 6CTA 8.3 fits in a 28 footer. That is one BIG engine for that boat.

    What are the projected speeds ??
     
  4. ErikT

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    Congratulations and good luck

    Looks great.....good luck with her, I too am interested in the performance #s. Keep the pictures coming.
     
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    We are into our second year with a CB28 that we refit and now operating out of Falmouth. Great boats, you will not be disappointed. Bet it hall's a** with that Cummins.
     
  6. WoundUpMarine

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    Awesome looking boat. Im curious as well about that big cummins. Your 28 carries more fuel than my 36' does! Congrats!!
     
  7. xbskt

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    The engine box is indeed full of Cummins. Cosmetically challenged but mechanicly sound.
    Cruise numbers are all I have and I have found they are hearsay at best. Previous owner said 18 comfortable with well into the 20's in the upper RPM range. Not really what I was looking for but I will take it. I was hoping for 15 as a minimum during our search and I think I got that for sure.
    The motor weighs a ton (almost literally) so that has an impact on a lot of things.
    We will see.
    I have some before and after cleanup pics coming.
     

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    Very Nice !! Good luck and fill'er up with fish.
     
  9. capecodda

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    Nice boat. We're getting hi 20's full out with a Yanmar 330, but you can hear it catching air. I think related to flat bottom. Cruise is comfortable around 18. Here's a thread on ours.
    To quote Dave the previous owner may have "dolled her up too much" but she still catches fish.

    http://downeastboatforum.com/showthread.php?t=14242

    Let us know if headed mainland, like to compare notes.
     
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    Nice boat, would love to see more pics!
     
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    Gary's boat is gorgeous

    One of the prettier boats that pass my slip. Yours will be too!
     
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    Congrats on the new ride! There are two CB28's near me that make me really take notice. Gorgeous lines on those boats. Enjoy your season!
     
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    Nice lines on her, enjoy your first season with a DE, just remember the sporties have the room and the speed,just not the ride of a DE (maybe im just brainwashed :))
     
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    Nice boat . Should walk on water with the 8.3 .
     
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    Congratulations. I have been following your long journey with interest.

    Enjoy!
     
  16. xbskt

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    The beginning

    Boat needed a good cleanup to begin. Nothing major. Just clutter and leaves and bugs and birds. Pumped some water out of the bilge. Not too much but I am pretty sure the batteries are toast.
    Lysol spray, Windex, paper towels and a contractor trash bag can make a big difference.
     

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    Aside from having a 6CTA 8.3 kicking around in the garage or something when the boat was built I can't see a reason why such a physically BIG engine was picked for the boat.

    Doesn't matter one way or another as far as the boat handling the size and weight but I just wonder about the thought process @ the time of building her.

    I love the lines of this boat !!
     
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    nice looking rig. she will clean up well
     
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    Love your boat. Perfect Nantucket boat. Cant wait to see her cleaned up and getting some use.
     
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    Congrats. Always loved that hull.
     

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