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PNW Drifter 08-26-2018 06:59 PM

Farrell Trawler Rebuild Project
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Good Day Everyone,

About 8 years ago, I purchased a 29' converted ex-gillnetter fishing boat, built by Barry Farrell. I think the boat is from the mid-1970's. It is currently powered by a turbocharged and after-cooled Volvo AD41B 200hp (mid-1980s).

The Farrell design is ubiquitous to the BC coast, and one can expect to see a Farrell in virtually every marina in BC. These solid fibreglass hulled boats have stood the test of time.

Vessels Built by the Farrell Family.
Harbour Publishing: Boats in My Blood

Interestingly enough, my great grandfather, John Andrews, built boats on the Thames River in England. He pioneered a new design that had a sloping stern, giving rise to the "slipper launch".

Slipper launches still "HOT" - Henley Sales & Charter

Before buying the Farrell, I was considering building a boat from plans, and I went as far as purchasing the Devlin Surf Scoter 26 plans, and the Devlin stitch and glue books. - plans for sale if anyone is interested- pm me.

However, I saw an ad in the paper (back in those days!) for the Farrell, and it was going to be cheaper and faster to get out on the water with buying a used boat.

I bought the boat at a great price point, because at the time, the marina it was at was closing, and the owner wanted to move south. My family and I have enjoyed some great adventures and fishing on this boat. That being said, underneath the white paint, the wooden house was rotting, and now the time has come to do something about it.

As I looked closer and deeper into the boat, it was clear that the renovation would be substantial, but I would try to save what I could. In the end, the whole thing was gutted, which was a relief in a way, as I now had a blank slate to work with.

I'm going to share my journey in this thread. Please join in with me, as I hope you will find it entertaining. :lol:

PNW Drifter 08-26-2018 07:54 PM

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Out of the water and into the workshop.

PNW Drifter 08-26-2018 08:02 PM

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Split axle trailer...

GoneFarrell 08-26-2018 08:41 PM


I am addicted to the same drug!

Post up some gutted pics, I can take it!

PNW Drifter 08-26-2018 08:42 PM

Are you sure? Brace yourself!

PNW Drifter 08-26-2018 08:48 PM

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Brutal, gory gutted pictures coming soon... Keeping it clean for now! :D

And gotta build the suspense....:popcorn:

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Removing stuff, and then cutting stuff off. Unbolting hardware was straightforward, with the exception of the occasional rust frozen bolt.

There was no magically easy way to cut the boat apart. If you think tearing a boat apart will be easy, you are sadly mistaken. :rofl:

Chainsaw exhaust filled shop with choking fumes, not to mention carbon monoxide. Hits nails or screws and gets dull very fast.

Circular saw spins fast so it melts/burns the polyester resin, making a terrible stink.

Reciprocating saw would cause sympathetic vibrations with the material being cut, vastly reducing the effectiveness, plus being hard on the arms. Nails/screws further reduced effectiveness.

PNW Drifter 08-26-2018 08:54 PM

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Dust was becoming a problem. I sheeted in with poly, and used a sonotube and fan to create a negative pressure ventilation system.

....:popcorn: ........

Gut shots next :eek: :devil:

GoneFarrell 08-26-2018 08:58 PM

More! More! I can smell the burning polyester resin!

This has to be more satisfying (in the end) than shooting up Git Rot with syringes and horse needles.

PNW Drifter 08-26-2018 08:59 PM

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If you are faint of heart, please avert your eyes........

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Click on the image for the full effect, if you are into that sort of thing. :devil:

Stay tuned!

MurrayM 08-26-2018 09:06 PM

Take it off baby, take it all off!!!!!!

MurrayM 08-26-2018 09:08 PM

Smart move keeping the toilet in place.

GoneFarrell 08-26-2018 09:10 PM

OMG! That is more than I can take at high res, even with gin and tonic.

Apollo 13 "Houston, we have a problem!"

Must replenish/refill before further maritime decay can be adsorbed/diluted/dispersed.

Obsessed now, what is next? What could possibly be worse?

Lou_tribal 08-26-2018 09:25 PM

What kind of engine is it in there?


Nomad Willy 08-26-2018 09:25 PM

Drifter I thought you said “gutted”.
I see an engine’s still there.

PNW Drifter 08-26-2018 10:36 PM

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"I see an engine’s still there."

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Nomad, when I said completely gutted, the engine wasn't part of the deal. :D
Sorry for any misunderstanding. :)

Lou_tribal, the engine is 200hp Volvo Penta AD41B turbo/after-cooled, ~5000hrs. Gonna keep it in for now.

MurrayM, the toilet is going to go..... sorry (we Canadians are good for that!).

PNW Drifter 08-26-2018 10:50 PM

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The fuel tank (no picture) was a 200gallon aluminum bottom mounted v-shaped thing. It was foamed in place. Bilge water and diesel has completely saturated the foam, dripping liquid when removed, and pretty stinky too. And heavy.

The tank looked corroded, and had lots of tiny pinholes. I had the tank inspected by a local welding/boat fab guy, and he said the tank was a write-off. This was disappointing, and not in the budget. :nonono:

Off the shelf plastic gunnel tanks 2 x 50 gal would be the cheapest option, and easy to build around.

Foam removed.
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PNW Drifter 08-26-2018 11:04 PM

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Grinding off the bulkhead remnants. Its amazing how simply and yet strongly the bulkheads were attached to the hull (fibreglass tape and resin) and in some of them didn't have filet.

Banging them off with a hammer did work on occasion, revealing that the weak link was adhesion. In the end, I used an angle grinder and personal protective equipment (PPE), which was a 3M brand full face shield respirator with organic cartridges and hearing protection.

By this point, a lot of really hard, physical, dirty dusty work has gone into this, and I'm not done yet. I had now realized that the front and rear decks couldn't be saved. This was a low point. And there is no turning back. :ermm:

PNW Drifter 08-26-2018 11:17 PM

Further into the rabbit hole.....
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The fuel tank rubbed against the stringers, causing breeches, and allowing bilge water to get soaked into the the foam used to mold the stringers.

Maybe it could have been left alone, but I chose to clean them out. I cut open the stringers and used a claw hammer to pull out the saturated foam.

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Of course, this meant more work fixing the stringers later..... :ermm:

PNW Drifter 08-26-2018 11:32 PM

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Front deck removed.

Still to go: rear deck, front and rear helms, and some hoses.

The hull was starting to feel slightly "floppy" when walking around in it, so getting the stringers fixed was a priority.

BruceK 08-27-2018 01:12 AM


Originally Posted by Lou_tribal (Post 692996)
What kind of engine is it in there?


What about the anchor?:D

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