Sunday, November 9, 2008

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.

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