They are built like a tank, and the Ford Lehman has proven itself to be
among the most reliable and durable engines available.
As a general rule, the older versions have more elaborate teak work,
with masterful joinery and intricate hand carvings. They were built in a
yard in Kaoshing that really does quality wood work.
The only drawback to the pre-78 models is that the house doesn't have a
lot of glass on it (you'll see the more recent ones advertised as "glass
house" models. If the boat has not been kept under cover, many have
water damage. It will be obvious if this is the case.
I don't think a person can go wrong with this particular boat.
Don't know the boat, but the normally aspirated Ford-Lehman diesels have an
Bob Smith at American Diesel in Kilmarnock, VA, is widely known on the right
coast as THE expert on these engines. (I've never met a Lehman owner who
didn't agree.) He doesn't sell them, just the parts (at EXCELLENT prices). If
he doesn't have it, you don't need it (my apologies to Garrison Keeler). Bob
designed some of these engines when he worked for Lehman a number of years ago.
His phone number is (804) 435-3107. It will be worth 10X the price of the
phone call to get his advice. Also, if you ever get a chance to attend one of
the seminars he frequently gives, make the effort to go. The knowledge he
shares is especially important for a single engine craft w/o sails for backup
- Bryant Vann
M/V Salty Lady (Krogen trawler w. single 135 Ford-Lehman)
Attn: Jim Mattingly
1916 Crain Hwy., S., #19
Glen Burnie, MD. 21061
They have a quarterly 100+ page newsletter with lots of owner info plus a
roster of all the members and the type of trawler they own. Bob Smith
(Lehman) is a member also. Again, tell Jim that Bob Stephenson aboard the
"SUSAN ELLEN" referred you.
11. CHB Trawlers