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Old 09-26-2011, 08:05 AM
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Having a survey done tomorrow on a Renaissance Prowler 246.........early
model.........Hull #3.

Been digging for more info on the Prowler...........so far the only thing I've come up with..............is to check the foam around the fuel tanks for water.

Already sea trialed.............and what a ride improvement over my last boat...........and the storage........wow..........

This boat is well used but looks solid................any other possible issue or problem areas to check on these boats? This boat has no trim tabs and appears to not need them??
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They have awesome reputation as one of the finest cats out there. Good luck, put up some pics
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Most twin engine cat boats can rely on engine trim to act as levelers or to bring the nose down like trim tabs would do. That is a great boat, if it checks out well, you should really enjoy it.
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My dream boat. The storage is as you said: wow. Good luck and post up some pictures if/when you get it.
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Am a New (1999....Hull #3) Prowler 246 owner. Surveyor was happy.......this guy has over 5000 hours on it.......4200 hrs with Twin Honda 90's!..........the hull is in great shape.......
no stress cracking on this one........it does have the foamed in Alum fuel tanks that
did have water down there.........poly tanks are in my future.

Boat is starting its journey home (towed on its own trailer) tomorrow.............from Ft Myers to Huntington Beach Californa.

Already had the complete Annual Service on the Suzuki 140's.............workin a list of upgrades................just purchased the Twin Trims .........John was really helpful.....

Thanks THT for all the great info
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Sweet boat.
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The Twin Trim that John makes is a really nice feature on twin engine cat boats. Makes the learning curve much shorter. Enjoy the new boat.
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what kind of speed, performance, etc do you see on the Prowler with the 90's?
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what kind of speed, performance, etc do you see on the Prowler with the 90's?
Doesnt have the 90's anymore, has 140's
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Loved those 140's on my 26' Cat.
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Finally....... got my 99 Renaissance Prowler 246 HOME last Saturday(12/10)......

Here she is..............

Upgrades I'm doing this month or very near future....................any advice appreciated

1. New Electronics.........may include Radar........want to interface with 05 DF140 engine info.........thinking Lowrance HDS 8 (not gen 2)
2. Installing Windlass......Anchorlift B912.................not sure of anchor and bow roller
3. Tie Bar for the SeaStar Hydraulic steering..........there is a hand rail in the way currently.
4. Purchased Twin Trim..........will install
5. AGM batteries(Lifeline)..........I keep the boat in Dry Storage........love the 2% a month loss...not sure if I will go with 27's or 31's and if I need Three.....
6. SS Props need reconditioning/or replaced...........they are 13 8/7 X 19 Solas props .......on sea trial WOT was around 5700rpm...43mph...........need to verify that
7. Fiberglass repair of leading edge of both hulls...........they are nicked up and need patching/finishing...........In 99 Renaissance used a different fiberglass............what is the best fiberglass to use for repairs on this year Renaissance?
8. LED lights...........I like the coastal night lights






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Congrats, the boat looks great!

For your consideration:
1) Solid state switches for all bilge pumps. I prefer water witch since I've had the johnson version fail before.
2) Increased capacity for all bilge pumps.
3) Backup bilge pump for each sponson, if not there already.
4) Three batteries instead of two so that you can have one for each engine and another for everything else. Group 27s for starting banks, group 31 for house.
5) Stainless steering wheel with suicide knob.
6) Matching bezels for all the gauges.
7) Stainless cup holders.
8) Matching switches.
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good buy always loved their boats one day i want the 306 prowler congrats and keep us informed how it pans out for you!
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Finally....... got my 99 Renaissance Prowler 246 HOME last Saturday(12/10)......

Here she is..............

Upgrades I'm doing this month or very near future....................any advice appreciated

1. New Electronics.........may include Radar........want to interface with 05 DF140 engine info.........thinking Lowrance HDS 8 (not gen 2)
2. Installing Windlass......Anchorlift B912.................not sure of anchor and bow roller
3. Tie Bar for the SeaStar Hydraulic steering..........there is a hand rail in the way currently.
4. Purchased Twin Trim..........will install
5. AGM batteries(Lifeline)..........I keep the boat in Dry Storage........love the 2% a month loss...not sure if I will go with 27's or 31's and if I need Three.....
6. SS Props need reconditioning/or replaced...........they are 13 8/7 X 19 Solas props .......on sea trial WOT was around 5700rpm...43mph...........need to verify that
7. Fiberglass repair of leading edge of both hulls...........they are nicked up and need patching/finishing...........In 99 Renaissance used a different fiberglass............what is the best fiberglass to use for repairs on this year Renaissance?
8. LED lights...........I like the coastal night lights








Awesome! You will love that boat. There is no more boat than that in that size.
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Finally....... got my 99 Renaissance Prowler 246 HOME last Saturday(12/10)......

Here she is..............

Upgrades I'm doing this month or very near future....................any advice appreciated

1. New Electronics.........may include Radar........want to interface with 05 DF140 engine info.........thinking Lowrance HDS 8 (not gen 2)
2. Installing Windlass......Anchorlift B912.................not sure of anchor and bow roller
3. Tie Bar for the SeaStar Hydraulic steering..........there is a hand rail in the way currently.
4. Purchased Twin Trim..........will install
5. AGM batteries(Lifeline)..........I keep the boat in Dry Storage........love the 2% a month loss...not sure if I will go with 27's or 31's and if I need Three.....
6. SS Props need reconditioning/or replaced...........they are 13 8/7 X 19 Solas props .......on sea trial WOT was around 5700rpm...43mph...........need to verify that
7. Fiberglass repair of leading edge of both hulls...........they are nicked up and need patching/finishing...........In 99 Renaissance used a different fiberglass............what is the best fiberglass to use for repairs on this year Renaissance?
8. LED lights...........I like the coastal night lights
First - congrats on your Prowler! It's a great boat.

On your list of things to do, I'm not sure why you want to install a tie-bar. The Prowler comes with a liquid tie-bar and has the centering valve under the hatch in between the motors (unless your boat did not but I thought all did). If your motors are not holding position, you have a problem with your hydraulic cylinders. Fill up the system and purge it, and then watch the motor well for 2 - 3 weeks. If you see oil dripping from your cylinders (a pool underneath), your end seals may need replacing. If no oil leaks and your motors will not hold position, then the inside seal is bad on one or both so you will need to replace the bad cylinder(s).

Best advice is to add a 2nd bilge pump to each side.

AGM batteries are great. Go with 3, and have the house on an AVR/switch combo.

To repair the fiberglass leading edges of the sponsons, the resin that Prowler used was a vinylester so either a similar vinylester or non-blushing epoxy resin is probably the right stuff. Prowler used VE Cook Composite gel coat as well so if you can find someone to mix you a quart of matching gel coat, you can use it to make the leading edges look nice and then have some left over to touch up dings and drill holes etc. Just keep the gel coat in the freezer and it will last a year or two.

I also pulled the stock electronics door out of the console, and using a black starboard section as the base, flush mounted my electronics within the opening (the black starboard covers the opening). That way I could get a 12" Garmin (bigger screen for older eyes). I give up locking my electronics, but I keep the boat behind locked doors.

I cut out the bait doors on top of the rear bulkhead to the full interior dimension, gelcoated the raw esdges after finishing smooth, and installed starboard doors/covers using the same HW that came with the bait doors. That way I turned a pretty much useless space (5" x 9") opening into two areas where I can store 3-3700 size tackle boxes.

I took out the liner in the leaning post as well which again opened up additional space for storage, but I think you have a different type of leaning post from mine (my cushion flips forward).

I replaced the spreader light with one of the Coastal Night Light spreader lights as well.
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Congrats on your new boat. These are definitely very good, unique cats.

I agree with creating a large flat surface for your console. Can be marine lumber or plexiglas.

Regarding batteries, three is the most you'll be able to fit. And g27 are the largest you'll squeeze in there. The photo has g24 batteries.

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great boat I had one , you'll love it

it was the best all around boat I ever owned , great for bay shallow areas as well as offshore

there's some talk of them coming back into production I hope so
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