34' CHB Trawler 1972

34' CHB Trawler 1972

Post by Ron Georg » Sat, 18 Feb 1995 08:38:10


I am considering purchasing an early 70's CHB 34'
Trawler with a Lehman single diesel.  I'd appreciate
any comments about the boat from owners or others
who have experience with this boat.
 
 
 

34' CHB Trawler 1972

Post by Robert Van ambu » Sun, 19 Feb 1995 15:50:44

I am considering purchasing an early 70's CHB 34'

Quote:
>Trawler with a Lehman single diesel.  I'd appreciate
>any comments about the boat from owners or others
>who have experience with this boat.

My previous boat was a 1976 CHB.  These are really great boats, as
reflected my their inclusion on SEA magazines list of top ten used boats
in the west.

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.

 
 
 

34' CHB Trawler 1972

Post by Bryant Va » Sun, 19 Feb 1995 18:34:24


  RG>
  RG> I am considering purchasing an early 70's CHB 34' Trawler with a
  RG> Lehman single diesel.  I'd appreciate any comments about the boat from
  RG> owners or others who have experience with this boat.

Don't know the boat, but the normally aspirated Ford-Lehman diesels have an
excellent reputation.

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
propulsion!

- Bryant Vann
  Reston, VA
  M/V Salty Lady (Krogen trawler w. single 135 Ford-Lehman)

 
 
 

34' CHB Trawler 1972

Post by Bob Stephens » Wed, 22 Feb 1995 21:06:12



Quote:
> I am considering purchasing an early 70's CHB 34'
> Trawler with a Lehman single diesel.  I'd appreciate
> any comments about the boat from owners or others
> who have experience with this boat.

Ron, no personal experience with a CHB ( I had a Marine Trader ) but two
sources of information: 1) Contact Bob Smith at American Diesel 804
435-3107 - he is the one who designed the Lehman and he still makes spare
parts for them - he know *EVERYTHING* there is to know and will share his
knowledge with you.  He will probably recognize the exact s/n engine you
are considering.(It's probably a 120hp / Bob may know the history of your
engine).  Tell him Bob Stephenson aboard the "SUSAN ELLEN" referred you.
2) Consider joining America's #1 Trawler Owner's Association - I believe
they have some CHB owners in the club.  Contact:  

MTOA
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.

Good Luck
Bob S.

--
Bob Stephenson