Steel boat fix up...

  1. slim_boy_fat

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    Nice job! :thumbup:
     
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  2. Wightsparks

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    It's now in the car park (belongs to boat yard owner), I'll get you pic next time!
     
  3. Wightsparks

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    Galley (kitchen) is pretty much finished.

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  4. Wightsparks

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    As rain has been making exterior paining sporadic I have been working on the wheelhouse that is in need of a makeover.
    First I cleaned the whole place down and scrubbed any mould off the paint.

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    Since then it has been the storage/work area, but the last few days have been spent removing all the trim in preparation for painting and sanding/re-varnishing all the oak trim - all 78 bits of it :o
    I really hate slot head screws...

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  5. D.wilson94 Member

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    Nice mate ,id love a project like this ..how much did it all set you back?
     
  6. Wightsparks

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    Paint, consumables and a few parts. So far the stove fix and ventilation was the most expensive. Lots of time though.

    Will start to get more expensive as I move into fixing up/replacing some of the systems, changing the engine fluids etc.
    The work is adding to the sale value of the boat, aiming to be ready to go by end Feb hopefully or end of March if there are "surprises" - I'll put up a work list when I get a chance.
     
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  7. Ashley Burton

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    Bit of an open cheque book these sort of projects!
     
  8. Wightsparks

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    ^ yea they can be, fortunately I spend a good few years as Chief Engineer on various Superyachts and have had 4 of my own boats so don't need to be employing anyone. Also this is very much a "boat" and not a "yacht" so there is a lot less scene tax!
     
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  9. waddycall

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    How do the controls work? Is it hard to get used to?
     
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    I’m so with you here. Posidriv was a timely invention.
     
  11. Wightsparks

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    I'll take some pics later to explain...
     
  12. Wightsparks

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    How the controls work:

    The boat has twin Shottel drives that use pulling propellers on legs, each prop can be rotated 360 degrees. So the engine has a clutch but no reverse.

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    The drives can be turned separately so there are 2 wheels, these are linked by chain and shaft 30ft to the back of the boat. The big levers in the middle are clutch/throttle for each engine.

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    Each wheel has an indicator in front of it that rotates in synch with the legs as you turn the wheel, to show the direction that the bow (ahead) or the stern (astern) will move when using that wheel alone.

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    Like this :

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    Of course as there are 2 drives you can toe in/out for slow manoeuvring and also make the boat go sideways with a bit of thought, as well as make high power turns.
    During normal cruising however you lock one of the wheels ahead and just steer with one.

    Pretty easy once you get the hang of it.:cool:
     
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  13. waddycall

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    Great, thanks. Appreciate the detailed explanation! Wouldn’t fancy having a go in a confined space though!
     
  14. Ashley Burton

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    I think you would be surprised!
     
  15. sg66 Member

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    What boiler has it got, I take it the shorter one is an instantaneous boiler, morco d51/g 11, valiant?
     
  16. Wightsparks

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    Getting some work in on the wheelhouse

    Before

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    After

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    Trim to go back on and I still have 4000 little bits to take off the control area so I can clean and paint it.
     
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  17. mylesdw

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    Looking good, and what a fascinating (and beautiful) old boat.
     
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  18. Wightsparks

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    Made it over to the other side of the river for a picture

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  20. slim_boy_fat

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    From post #1 ;)

     
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