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32 command bridge twin diesel?

Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:03 am
by upgrayedd
Looking at a 1991 32 command bridge sportfisher on yachtworld with twin 6bta diesels, does anybody have any information on this boat or this model. Everything I can find seems only to be applicable to the single diesel model.

Re: 32 command bridge twin diesel?

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:37 am
by upgrayedd
cricket...........

Re: 32 command bridge twin diesel?

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:55 pm
by RobS
Definitely an odd duck but not necessarily an ugly duckling..... There will be some trade-offs like loss of the keel w/protected running gear but the engine placement on the CB series is less than ideal so this could make things better as to that and the boat must really perform well. Did you look at it?

Those look like the CPL970 6BTA's and have the earliest version of Cummins saltwater aftercoolers.....total junk.....they are all welded design with no way to inspect or service them internally. Not many of them still around on saltwater boats. I'd consider them up from immediate replacement and I would also want to see inside the intake plenum for any rust in case those aftercoolers were already misting saltwater. An oil sample would be prudent too. You can tell those are the earliest of the square aftercoolers because the next version had a removable air horn up top that would let you see inside. And then the next version had the integrated grid heaters.

At least in this twin screw version the engines are inside the cabin living in a MUCH more protected environment than the single screw with the v-drive that sits under a leaky cockpit deck. For this the cabin arrangement is altered but a worthy trade-off in my opinion.

FWIW, I'd say this boat should not be overlooked...

Re: 32 command bridge twin diesel?

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:30 pm
by upgrayedd
Wow, that’s what I was looking for, great information thanks! We were just looking at the ad as we are on the west coast and would have to fly in, do a full survey and ship when weather permits. I really like the boat from what I can see but the logistics make this really difficult so I was trying to gather as much information as possible. On a side note do you think the performance numbers are embellished? 26-28knot cruise seems really fast considering the single engine seems to have a 14-17 knot cruise?

Re: 32 command bridge twin diesel?

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:54 pm
by RobS
The original 32 was a squatter (hence the birth of the 32+2) so this twin screw boat probably has a better running angle because the engine placement is further fwd (straight drives instead of v-drive). Also, a good part of the keel is removed - that makes for less wetted surface/drag and also makes for much more efficient props. A prop behind a keel is seeing turbulent waters. The props on this boat are now off to the sides of the keel seeing clean water. My 36' Chris Craft SF Commander has the 6BTA 330B's (315bhp) and probably weighs 10K lbs more than this boat and she cruises 22 knots, so if those performance numbers are inflated it will not be by much at all. I'd say it's an honest easy mid-20 knot cruiser.