09/25/04 Work Party
We removed empty barrels, transmission parts and other non-essential
equipment from the boat. It was about a 4 hour project.09/20/04
We all got a ride down to the boat with John Arscott from Port Ludlow.
We got underway for Port Ludlow in the morning. Weather was great and the water was calm. Ed and Richard were guest skippers. Tied up at the Port Ludlow Marina,
10/02/04 Work Party Dan & Roxane skimmed bilge oil
in the morning.
10/09/04 - Old Crew Rendezvous What a
great day this turned out to be. We had a good get together and lunch at the
Harbormaster Restaurant at the Resort at Port Ludlow.
|First there was retired Chief Jake
Annas, Myron "Tike" Hillman and Ed Young that served together in
1955 & 56. They had their share of "whoppers" to tell. We tried to
recreate this scene of Chief Annas and Ed at the helm together
again after 50 years.
Also present was Al Johnson (Sequim,
WA) who served on her from xxxx to xxxx.
From the 83XXX we had Dick Craig who showed
us how their boats differed in construction.
We also had Roxane Withers, Royal Journey,
ORIENT AIRLINER CRASH - 1956 Also from Sequim was Al Kearl. Al is a survivor of a Northwest Orient Airlines
Crash in 1956. Tike was on board and assisted in the rescue
effort. Al and Tike had a great reunion as well sharing the story
as they each recalled it. These Photos are copies of articles from
The Seattle Times, April 2, 1956.
After lunch there was a short work party hauling
all of the cabinet and door parts to the Crew Quarters and started
trying to identify how it might go back together with new plywood
10/22/04 Sunday - moved boat to
the inside of the A Dock finger. We had help from
Mike and the Vessel Assist boat. We didn't even start the
10/30/04 Work Party More bilge
oil skimming was completed. Roxane and Nancy cleaned up pilothouse. Dan was in bilge
pumping surface oil into the settling barrel.
11/13/04 Work Party We hung more white canvas and
erected 3/4 " PVC pipe bows. Tike, Dick, Roxane and Dan were on board for
11/17/04 I took down the back two canvas sections because of forecasted high winds. The winds didnt come.
11/28/04 - Miscellaneous
cleanup of compartments and bilge. Worked on defining the generator
Visited Ken Liden the owner (since 12/83) of the Mildred W,
the former 83451. She is currently tied up in Everett
undergoing a conversion to a motor yacht. Fortunately for us, many of
the original things are still in place, such as cabinets and heating
registers. Kens conversion includes Cat engines. This is from an
|I indeed have 3406 Cats rated
402 hp@ 2100 with Twin Disc 514 trans and 2.5-1 ratio. I have 12
and 20 KW Northern Lights generators as well. All were purchased
new and are still unused. The most recent engines were 237 hp
8-71 Detroit's and before that were 6-71. The Detroit's were
before my ownership. The 8-71s had 4 hours when the boat was
donated. The boat was purchased by a local car dealer and
brought to Everett for remodel. His architect talked him into
another boat (65 ft.). The 8-71s were installed into the 65. It
was a dismal failure with a 24 knot hull able to make only 8.6
knots. They fiddled around and got it up to 9.2.. It seems that
most of these 83s were re-powered with 6-71s. I only know of one
that used later model 6-71s (350 hp) otherwise most seemed to be
the 165 hp. Because they were very cheap I suppose. They are a
few Cummins and Cats out there though.
Ken has also installed a boiler system
for heating. His comments are:
The boiler I had picked was
a Buderus G215-4. This is what I thought was best for me
based on several factors. They are one of the most costly
from the standpoint of outright purchase price. However I
already had a system that was compatible with the new
boiler. Several other factors are also involved including
the internal volume of water (mass) and AFUE ratings. Any
hydronic system being installed for the first time is going
to be very expensive. The cost of radiators (convectors) can
easily be $250 - $650 each depending on size and type. Of
course you would have to plumb the boat with either hard
plumbing or a mix of hard plumbing / soft plumbing. You will
need fill valves, pressure reducing valve, low water cutoff
valve, circulator pump, hydronic expansion tank,
separator, and an oil burner with controls. It gets real
exotic if you want to control the temp in each compartment
separately requiring separate zone plumbing and numerous
solenoid / flow control valves. Of course you will also need
a stack. No 2 diesel which is what we use has about 140,000
btu / gallon. The new boilers are about 80-86% efficient so
you get only about 114,000 btu for heating. We were heating
only the below decks area and had a 1000 watt heater on most
of the time. Typically our fuel consumption indicated that
we were using about 80,000 btu. Most of the below decks area
was not insulated.
I think the water to water
type heat pump is the best bet for a big boat if you have
lots of room for convectors. A water to water heat pump
produces heating water to about 120 deg. where a boiler
typically would be operated at 180 deg. or more. The
unfortunate thing is that 120 deg. water has only about 52%
of the btu of 180% water. In order to heat the boat up
reasonably fast or respond to rapidly dropping temps. you
have to have a lot more convectors. A 160,000 btu water to
water heat pump is well in excess of $6,500 while a similar
size boiler is about $2,500. Both require all the
distribution stuff. The heat pump requires sizeable AC
power and the boiler requires high priced fuel. The smaller
boat stuff often marketed for mid size boats are about the
same price as a small boiler. The Espar system is a warm air
system where the heat is distributed via ducting while the
Webesto is a hydroid system based on a tiny 1 gal. or so
boiler. For boats in the 40-50 foot range they run about
$2,500. They are made in larger sizes but I think you would
still have to have two of them. Electric heaters are easy
but are very costly to operate. A 1500 watt heater on 110
/120 volt pulls 12.7 to 13.6 amps while producing only 5100
btu at best. There are no easy answers for heating a boat
Boilers are well
represented in this area. Several brands are the Buderus,
Liberty, Slantfin, Smith, Hydrotherm just to name a few.
Even Grainger carries them and they are a common heating
system back east. You can find lots in your internet search
engine under "Hydronic Heat" or boilers.
- Pressure Sprayed
the pilot house and crews mess/chief quarters.
12/11/04 - Work Party - Put
up Christmas Lights
- Work Party -
Tike, Dick and Dan worked on planning the Crew
Quarters layout and building a bill of materials for the replacement
plywood. Roxane started scraping linoleum and paint in the Pilot
Aaron Benson (N7XT) worked on chasing
out the 12v DC circuit layouts and confirming the drawings.
Aaron drew the generator regulator circuit and found an open wire
wound resistor (1K) in the field circuit. He will try to find a
replacement and we will re test in the future.
This evening Port Ludlow Associates
sponsored a lighting contest and a free drink at the Harbormaster
Restaurant for those that participated in the event.
Next work party is unscheduled, but
probably part of 01/01/05. The first task will be to take down
the Christmas lights. The lights are down now. The second will possibly be to install a "sink
drain" pipe in the rear port corner to let rain water flow down into
the lazarette bilge instead of just pooling and getting green.
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