I have my eye on a 1967 33' Pacemaker Alglas. The pictures and owner description show a really nice boat that looks like it has been taken care of. What are the things I should be looking for, and do you know of anything out of the ordinary for these pacemaker models. Also, would you know what kind of fuel tanks these boats used, as I am worried about any ethanol issues. Thanks a bunch.
Noteslord, welcome to the BoatU.S. message boards! Sounds like the
Pacemaker could be a pretty nice boat, but be sure to have it surveyed
thoroughly to identify any problems that may exist. Possible "trouble"
areas are the wiring and through-hull fittings, which may be corroded,
and the fuel lines. I kind of doubt that the fuel tank is made of fiberglass,
but the owner and certainly a surveyor could tell you that.
As you probably already know from owning your 1974 Regal (nice!),
fiberglass hulls built during the 1960s and 1970s are pretty heavily
constructed compared to newer boats, so hull structure is probably
sound. Again, a survey inspection will tell you what you need to know.
Leaks around cockpit and cabin slider windows are standard with your Alglass. I owned a 68 33 ftr, and leaks were a given. Mine had pressure treated wood put in the pilot windows, and the cabin windows drained right to the front bildge. Many of them have had redos on the windows to eradicate the problem. Look for rotten wood under the galley counter and the head counter. Make sure sliders function OK, or has the cabin settled down onto the window tracks. Overall, aside from the windows a very solid built boat with great rooom and superior handling. Great access to all systems. The boat is almost 40 yrs old so make sure the glass has been cared for, or it can be getting brittle. Best of luck. Ken
Oh, I forgot, the tanks are monels, They are two round 78 gal stainless steel tanks put in with a floating shim and strap method. Great tanks, with superior installation. What you can't see is the level of corrosion, if any, on the inside.
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