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Old 04-23-2014, 07:27 AM   #1
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Greetings all,

My blog with more detail about my boat build is @ Conall's Boat Build

I'd like to start posting updates here as I've been lurking around this site and getting good info for years now. I'm going to start off at my current state of construction, but a brief summary of my boat is she's 48' overall with a 15'4" beam, 44' on deck, 39' @ DWL, full displacement @ 72,000 LBS, single engine Deere 6068TFM, twin disc gear @ 2.95 reduction, 2" shaft with 30 x 20 four blade, 1300 gallons of fuel in four tanks, 400 gallons of water in 8 SS tanks, two staterooms, two heads, two showers ( one shower is on aft deck), hydraulic system powered from live PTO off of gear, 10" hydraulic bow thruster, hydraulic anchor winch.

I built her in my barn, and after 10 years moved her last fall in two pieces to our current location @ Washington Marine on the Ohio River.

I'm closing in on completing the wood work having just finished trimming the salon. Last night I stopped by on my way home from work and installed the stereo in the salon. There's a day head in the salon. I'll be installing the rest of the galley cabinets this weekend and finalizing the air conditioning duct work so I can build the settee platform. All the cabinets in the salon were built in the shop last year. All the wood on board is Cherry.

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Old 04-23-2014, 11:57 AM   #2
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Please post some exterior shots. Nice work.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:55 PM   #3
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Conall-ten years? You are really going to be ready for some serious cruising! Beautiful woodwork! Since I am really bad a it, I always admire someone who can do such great work. One question, how did you move it in two pieces? It is a steel hull, no?
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That is very nice. I'm so impressed with folks who have this level of skill.

Where are you going to go when it's finished? Big trip planned?
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:06 PM   #5
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Yes, steel hull. 1/4" thickness on hull bottom, 3/8 & 1/2" thickness on keel, 3/16 sides, decks, tops. We moved in two pieces using a dolly for the hull, and hauled the super structure on a trailer. There are a few posts about moving it on my blog... around last October. The move was quite an adventure and a story on it's own.

No big plans when she's completed but to enjoy some time on the water. We want to move to Western Florida in a couple of years, then start to do some short cruising.We sold our 30' cruiser three seasons ago to get funds to work on the trawler, so we've been boat less for that long. We have six kids who are just starting to head off to college's, so change is in the air.

Here are some exterior shots.

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Old 04-23-2014, 08:10 PM   #6
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Wow, just Wow! Beautiful vessel and love the use of cherry inside. That is my all time favorite wood.
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Looks a lot like a Florida Cruiser (not sure on name). We have one in my marina in Deltaville, Va. I'll post some pictures next chance I get.
You have done a wonderful job...beautiful.
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Wow!!! I'm guessing this is not your first boat you've built? How long have you been building? All yourself or did you have some weld up the hull? Who's design? Thanks for sharing! Look forward to hearing updates!!
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Think it's a Bruce Roberts design
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Think it's a Bruce Roberts design
Yes it is.

I spend every evening for a couple of weeks reading Conall's blog and it was time well spent. He has built a beautiful boat and done some imaginative things along the way.

His blog is a great read.

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This is a Bruce Roberts design, and I've been working on it part time, after work and on evenings for ten years. I met a guy in Seattle who built this model professionally in his shop, and it took himself and two others a year to complete. A typical build weekend would have me in the shop on the weekends about 0500, and work on her until 1300 or 1400, then do family duties. Since I'm a self employed excavating contractor, Winters gave me longer stretches of being able to work on the build. This is my first boat build. My last two house's were built by me as a general contractor.

All the welding was done by me ( along with everything else). A 200 amp Lincoln MIG machine with .035 wire size, and a Lincoln plasma cutter were my primary welding tools. The metal was blasted, primed and cut by a CNC plasma machine, so I didn't have to do any lofting. I built her inside of my barn, so rust was not an issue. The only deviation from the plans were adding the swim platform, the anchor pulpit, and increasing the fuel capacity. I checked with the designer, Hal Whitacre before making changes, and he altered the stability calculations and ballast for the increased fuel capacity.

There's a few jobs on this type of project that rank pretty low in regard to a high ranking on the enjoyment scale, but for the most part I've enjoyed it immensely. That being said, the time to wrap this up and get her in the water has arrived.

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Well done Conall!
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Wow!! Conall nice build .Ten years man and your first boat build ,my hat's off to you
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Great job, Conall, but let's hope Matt can get Axe done in less than ten years!
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Great job, Conall, but let's hope Matt can get Axe done in less than ten years!

Haha chalk and cheese mate. This vessel is in a totally different league to mine. His is art, mine is just ... Well ... It is what it is, but in saying that, I'm hoping for late 2015 splash.

If I can get a 1/4 of the class this one and Portuguese's vessels have then I'll be happy. Heck I just hope mine floats haha

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Kinda makes me sick when I complain how much wiring work I have to do yet, and then see something like this being completed in about the same time I've been doing the wiring job.
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Thanks for all the kind words.

Florida Coasters Bill Ranson?

The wiring comment is spot on Larry. On my last boat, a 30' Carver, it needed a compete re wire, and it seemed I'd work a weekend to not get much done. I looked at buying an older trawler and doing a renovation, but the money was a little more in my favor by building new.

Once I'm finished with the wiring, I won't be accessing the cabinet much, but I wanted to make it fairly easy to gain access behind the console and the electric distribution panel, so I hinged both of them. All the boat wiring home runs to he helm, so most of the work gets done under the console. It for sure is a much better job having the panel swing open and stare you in the face as you sit on a bucket to work...

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Good job Conall. I've been on two Bruce Roberts designs that are currently for sale in the PNW. One is listed at Van Isle and the other in Anacortes through Yachtfinders. If you've not already done so, a pull up of the pictures may be interesting.

I may have missed it, she has both bow and stern thrusters? How about heating and AC?
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