Sunday, November 9, 2008

The outside...


This picture is just prior to Hurricane Hanna buzzing the coast. The guy acting like he is working, might just be your author. We put out eight 1 1/2 inch nylon lines going to the dock... at the height of the wind, an elephant could tight rope walk them. In order to control the boat as they came under tension, I put together a 4:1 block and tackle pulley system to pull the boat off the pilings to starboard.

That day was almost like work...

This is what she looks like out of the water... She drafts 6 feet, which means it takes 6 feet of water for her to not be lounging around on a sandbar. I'm 6 feet tall, and can walk under her when she is out of the water...

Noel has a steel shoe protecting her wooden keel. Her hull profile is looooong and skinny, which gives her spectacular fuel economy for her length and weight.

That is her bow... When we first started working on her... she floated at the navy blue boot stripe. After months of stuff removal, furniture, and random bits of string... she floats on that light blue bottom paint. Bottom paint, eh... such colorful boating terminology.

That is a propeller. Quite useful for stirring sand, cultivating barnacles, and occasionally propelling Noel through the water on adventures. She has two propellers.

On deck...

Yikes. This is your author a couple years ago standing on the brink. Well, it sure felt like the point of no return. As you can see... the bulwarks needed some repair, oh... and the deck beams too. Maybe a few frames... Sarcasm alert: Wooden boats have a life cycle, they return to dirt. They are the antithesis of the Pheonix, much more like a parrot. When the parrot kicks the bucket, you have the choice to give it a burial at sea, or get it creamated and then place a new one on its perch. It is hard to recycle a spent parrot, even as a pattern to make a new one. Noel is a bit like that, except we've had to rebuild the perch too. The moral of the story... Wood boat restoration is for the birds.

Bulwarks? We don't need no stinking bulwarks. (For the non-nautical... bulwarks are the hand rail around the deck that keeps the people on board... and water off.)

They also keep boats from looking like a unicorn with their stem (Or parrot perch...) projecting up into the air. She does look a bit naked in this picture...
That is better!


Everybody needs a battering ram... or at least an anchor chute! Also... New rub rails the whole way around, the wood under the metal band is new too. (Yikes.)

What about some hand rails?

The view from my "little" 28 footer. This fits into the top ten things I never want to see approach from behind.

The pictures! Inside the boat.

The Helm. The middle window would make life difficult for those of us without X-ray vision. It used to be an opening window... but the frame needed to be replaced and haven't "got to it yet." Glass is left for last, as broken panes are a pain.

The Cabin House... and work shop. One day the galley and settee will occupy this 47 foot long space. That big hole in the floor goes down to the engine room. The dry stack exhaust used to go up through that hole.

This is the inside of the bow. The white box is the anchor locker, the stainless steel stalactite is a hydraulic motor that drives a winch on deck. All the frames are new. The boat lists slightly to starboard at the moment... the camera guy might have been flying a little high on paint fumes too...
Through that water tight bulkhead, is the anchor locker. This area will soon have a state room. Yup... new frames here too.This is the master stateroom. This area is 17 feet long and nearly 16 feet wide. The plywood box in the left corner, are stairs that I'll be removing and changing into something more comfortable to walk up and down. For the most part, if it is painted white... it is new wood.
This is the primary diesel generator. It puts out 30kw of 240 volt AC current. It is a three phase generator, but is currently wired up to provide single phase.
That is the crash pump. It is driven off of the starboard engine, all those valves allow you to select the compartment that is filling up with water... and pump it out. There will soon be an electric pump on the left side, in case the starboard engine conks out. *This will double as a fire hose, just in case jet skiers get to close for comfort... (Grin)

Those two gray lumps of steel in the picture are pipes that keep the boat from twisting when it is rough out. The two white lumps of iron, are the main engines and propulsion for the boat. Twin Cummins 855 cubic inch diesel engines. Total, about 400 horsepower... This boat goes 1.1 miles on a gallon of diesel, and will knock off a mile every 6 minutes at cruise speed. Weeee! She's a tractor, not a speed boat.
That is an 8kw Northern Lights diesel generator, it is a back up in case the 30kw feels cranky.

*You are now looking towards the back of the boat.
Those two shiny squares on each side of the walkway, are diesel tanks. Each holds about 600 gallons of diesel. While the tanks are not new, they are painted white. The wood that is painted white... is new.

This is the lazarette. Those big timbers are called floors, the "floor" is plywood and not pictured. On a boat... the "floor" is called the sole. The bolts in oval patterns are what hold the shaft struts on. More about that later... Yeah, it has white paint, what do we know about that? (Grin)
The back wall in this picture is the inside of the transom. The transom is mostly new. That big metal pipe houses the rudder shaft. This boat has twin rudders, the starboard (right side if you were looking towards the bow) is not pictured. Noel has mechanical steering, which means the steering wheel (helm) turns a chain that is connected to long cable. When you turn the wheel, the chain pulls one cable. The cable is wrapped around a big quadrant... which is shaped like a slice of pie. Metallic pie... The radius of the quadrant determines how much leverage the captain has over the rudder. On this boat, the wheel turns 2 1/2 times to go from hard to port to hard to starboard.