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Old 11-15-2013, 10:58 AM   #21
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Way cool boat! Might not be so easy to install a bow thruster with that blunt nose, but I have a feeling the original operators didn't need no stinkin' bow thruster! Have big fun.
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:10 PM   #22
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I walked past this boat many times up in Cowichan Bay and loved the way it looks as well as the ruggedness of it. We thought it was a fabulous boat too. It was worked up the the Queen Charlottes from what I remember and has a nice working pedigree on the coast.
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:09 PM   #23
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She's gorgeous! I love that you're safe and secure going forward. Very nice -- stout! I like her. You can have fun in a boat like that. Enjoy!
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:33 PM   #24
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:55 PM   #25
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And an engine room with a work bench - love it!
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Old 11-15-2013, 04:01 PM   #26
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That, ummmmm, "step" out of the pilot house looks like it could be a surprise after a drink or three (at the dock, naturally). Otherwise you have to admire the salty look of the boat. An old pea jacket, beat up Breton cap, and perhaps an eye patch would be appropriate yachting apparel.
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:25 PM   #27
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Nice job! Enjoy!
Looks like it has a bow thruster?
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Old 11-15-2013, 05:55 PM   #28
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Form follows function. Great boat.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:15 PM   #29
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You guys are making me all weepy... No, wait, aargghhh Billy, ever been to sea?

It does have some funny things like those doors, but already I rafted up to a 70' seiner and after our chin-wag I climbed over the rail, right into the wheelhouse, so it does have a use. There is a safety that clips across the opening so you get a small warning before you launch into the void. There is also a folding platform outside the starboard door so you can stand there and take the salute. There is a hand-hold in front of the house so you can sort of swing around to the forward cargo deck.

It has a fold-up swim grid to save me a few feet of moorage, a covered back deck so you can stand out of the rain and watch the 36" wheel dig a large hole, a giant top deck to keep kayaks and look down on the world with your beaker of rum, a giant Sampson post to tow various things, a crane on the front deck and a level area with tie-downs to take pallets (might make a buck hauling freight?) and store a dinghy; it actually draws 4 1/2 feet, although it has a fairly flat bottom, it has a substantial keel which is also its keel cooler. It's loud, I have ordered a muffler for her and it's very work-boat inside so it will get some nice panelling and paint and a few less bunks. It has a double bunk in the wheelhouse too, which we will keep.

It needs a heavier anchor rode, a new water heater, a newer battery charger and some new poop hose, all of which I ordered. It also needs some minor changes to the coolant pipes and a barrier/bottom job, which will probably take a week in a yard and seriously damage my wallet. No electrolysis! Maybe I should add, "yet?"

Topside pressure washing and some cosmetics, although it is never going to be shiny, I want it to look cared for, which it will be. New bedding, LED lights, better dinghy, wash the lines, new fenders...........

It does have a cheesy bow thruster, which surprised me by actually working, but installing a conventional tunnel would be hard because she is very wide and has a very stubby bow so the tunnel would be very long. I've always disdained a bow thruster so I'll see if I can do without it; it just unbolts, but I'm not making any changes right away. She seems to maneuver as well as any single although she has a lot of windage. When she is hauled for the bottom work I am going to weld an angle on the trailing edge of the rudder, even though she turns fine in her own length with some creative gear-work. She steers fine as long as she is in gear.

She spent 5 years servicing the park on the Queen Charlottes so she's seen her share of weather and seas, she has a set of flopper-stoppers which a previous owner removed as he claimed it was unnecessary, I don't know if I will hang them back up, yet.

We're gathering up all our tools and boating gear that has been gathering dust for a couple of years and we will be heading over to start the cleaning/adoption phase of a "new" boat in a day or so. Have to buy an old truck! We think we will change the name as it's not us, but we haven't got a replacement yet. Once we have decided, we will have the proper ceremony and we think we will re-christen her by smacking her with a can of Guinness, the containers being made of the same material...

No outside varnish, canvas, teak, wood windows, tarps etc. A pressure wash and a good soak with an evil non-green product should make her look a lot better. A friend of mine said it would be like polishing a turd.

I took the teak bungs and the bronze screws out of my kit this afternoon...
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:21 PM   #30
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It also has an engine-driven fire pump and hose, which will be useful for keeping other boats from anchoring too close(!) and it has an 8 foot drop-down boarding ladder, suitable for divers and for dropping on the aft deck of boats who moor too close.

My friend said I could use the fire hose as a bow thruster. The previous owner used the fire hose to wash down his anchor chain. I'm looking forward to trying that!
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:49 PM   #31
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Congratulations. A word of advice---don't hit the dock or you will be buying the marina a new dock.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:57 PM   #32
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:02 PM   #33
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I don't like it, I love it! Big ole salty boat full of character that says, "yeah I'm here, deal with it!"

Well played sir!

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Old 11-15-2013, 09:03 PM   #34
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I actually used a dock to dock, so to speak. My current slip is in a corner of two docks, put the bow gently against the corner of the dock, throw the wheel over and scoot the stern over. You would never do that with a painted boat!
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:49 PM   #35
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I actually used a dock to dock, so to speak. My current slip is in a corner of two docks, put the bow gently against the corner of the dock, throw the wheel over and scoot the stern over. You would never do that with a painted boat!
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:06 PM   #36
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Congratulations.
I think she looks tough.
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:19 PM   #37
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Undoubtedly you will receive many, continuous unsolicited compliments about your boat. Same thing with my Coot: "beautiful boat," "love your boat," "my favorite boat," and so on from passerbys, although with my boat it has much to do with the color scheme besides the boat's figure/outline.
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:06 AM   #38
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Topside pressure washing and some cosmetics, although it is never going to be shiny, I want it to look cared for, which it will be. New bedding, LED lights, better dinghy, wash the lines, new fenders...........
We used a chemical brightener on the aircraft, it removes all the stains and is easy to use, just brush on wait a few minutes and wash off, while she's on the hard of course

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Old 11-16-2013, 10:03 AM   #39
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Nice find Xsbank! That boat will be a hoot. Where will home port be?
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:46 AM   #40
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Let me say "well built" I dig well built
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