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07-25-2013, 09:38 AM
What is the benefit of a three screw boat?


07-25-2013, 10:07 AM
Speed / power for going up-river. 3 paddlers are better than 2 in a canoe! A rare find, I'm sure.

Boy that baby needs some interrior remodeling. Price seems steep for the age and condition it's in. 1972 with 1978 model motors for $200K? Nope.

07-25-2013, 10:15 AM
This was a popular option on the larger Pluckebaums of this era. Typical installation was 3 of the base 3208 Naturally asperated Cat engines. These engines were/are so lightly stressed that their life is almost unlimited. They are one of the smoothest diesels ever built and start instantly. The same length boats were also equipped with twins of higher HP configurations that provided similar performance.

Three of them would push a 65 footer about 20 miles per hour. Many economy minded owners cruised on only the center engine. The commercial trade loved them.

Pluckebaums are probably the finest houseboat ever built. Styling is timeless, performance is great and maintenance is less than on almost any other houseboat.

07-25-2013, 10:51 AM
I have seen only seen a few of them listed with 3 diesels. I am fine with redoing an interior as long as the shell and engines run fine. This price seems a bit high, but somewhat the norm for the Pluckebaums. There are a couple of early 70's out there for under $150k, but I imagine they might need a bit of work.

07-25-2013, 06:40 PM

It's a 1978. Probably buy it for $175K. $10K for new paint. $4K for Coal Tar bottom job. $3k to tune up engines and Genneys, $20k on interior.

Out the door for $212,000 You would then have a like new boat that would cost well over a $1,000,000 today.

You have to go aboard one of these puppys to get a feel for a forever boat.

We lived aboard our 55 for 7 years. Truly the best years of my life.

07-26-2013, 06:43 AM
My issue in buying a bigger boat is having a place to dock it. Where I live, we only have one marina that can really accomodate a boat of that size. They are getting tight on space and that would eat up a bunch of it.

07-27-2013, 06:46 AM
What is the little steering wheel to the left of the main steering for?

07-29-2013, 12:17 PM
What is the little steering wheel to the left of the main steering for?

That's the kids' "pretend" steering wheel! LOL!

Miller Tyme
07-30-2013, 05:58 AM
I might be wrong but that looks a lot like the boat Dave Thomas owned ( founder of Wendy's) After he passed it was brokered through Washington Marine ( about 2003 ) The wife and I looked at it back when we considered living aboard a houseboat. The nice thing also about a 3rd engine is criusing range, you can shut down the port & starboard and run just the mid engine to stretch your range.

07-30-2013, 07:41 AM
Seems like a very modest boat for the founder of Wendy's. That would be pretty cool if it's true though.

07-30-2013, 02:42 PM
I don't know about the boat, but Dave Thomas was a very modest man from a very modest beginning.


07-31-2013, 12:57 PM
Chris/Craft built a 3 engine 55 ft super Constellation in 1956, I have only seen one but it handled like a dream and would hit 35 knots. Had 3 671s in it. economy, speed and handling. That Plucky would sure make someone a lifetime boat

07-31-2013, 02:16 PM
OK a question about those triple-engine installations. Are the transmissions such that you can let the other props free-wheel when running on one engine, or do they have to be locked? Seems like locking down two shafts would be not only a hassle but would create a fair amount of drag and might affect steering.

Or do they get REALLY fancy and have feathering props?

Miller Tyme
07-31-2013, 06:47 PM
Seems like a very modest boat for the founder of Wendy's. That would be pretty cool if it's true though.

Our family meet Dave Thomas when I was 13 down in Madison, Indiana at Bennetts Marine ( approx 1974) at the time he owned a 71 43' Nautaline and ran it like a ski boat. Very nice and friendly man, but truely a big kid at heart.

08-01-2013, 08:45 AM
Natural 210 HP Cats used Warner #72 Velvet Vee Drives on Pluckebaums.